Kelsey Lynn-Skinner, Director Technology Ventures at Touchstone Innovations, was named Investment Woman of the Year in yesterday’s Investment Week Women in Investment Awards 2017.
The awards’ inaugural event, which took place at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London, aimed to celebrate the achievements of women across the sector in roles such as investor, analyst, fund manager, and mentor. The judging panel included a wide range of 25 experienced individuals from across the industry including Dame Helena Morrissey and Investment Week’s editor Katrina Lloyd. The culminating three awards were: Investment Woman of the Year (small-to-medium firms), awarded to Kelsey Lynn-Skinner of Touchstone Innovations; Investment Woman of the Year (large firms), awarded to Abbie Llewellyn-Waters of Jupiter Asset Management; and Lifetime Achievement Award, awarded to Sarah Whitley of Baillie Gifford. The other winner from the venture capital / early stage investment community was Julia Groves, Downing LLP, who was awarded the Change Excellence Award for her work in bringing crowdfunding to a mainstream asset management platform.
The “Investment Woman of the Year” award is described as an award for women whose overall achievements and work within the UK investment industry raises the profile of the investment sector as a career for women. In announcing the award of Investment Woman of the Year (small-to-medium firms) to Kelsey Lynn-Skinner, the announcer shared: “The judges felt the winner’s focus on disrupting the norm was not only a great approach, but one that had yielded results. Add some successful initiatives to encourage women into the investment sector and she’s a worthy winner.”
On receiving the award, Kelsey Lynn-Skinner said:
“It is an honour to be named Investment Woman of the Year for SMEs by Investment Week magazine. As the finalist list shows, there is no shortage of women making their mark on the investment industry. I feel incredibly privileged to work with such amazing people in both my investment team at Touchstone as well as our portfolio companies, from whom I have learned—and continue to learn—how to be a strong investor and build valuable companies. I am a longstanding supporter of greater diversity in both entrepreneurship and venture capital, and thankful to work at Touchstone where such diversity is encouraged, supported and valued. Initiatives such as the Women in Investment Awards are crucial not only in highlighting the achievement of current investors across the industry but also in encouraging greater awareness and accomplishments for the future.”
Russ Cummings, CEO at Touchstone Innovations, added:
“Kelsey is an inspirational role model both at Touchstone Innovations and in the wider venture capital and business community. She is an important part of Touchstone being a diverse and inclusive organisation; she has supported women internally and within our portfolio. Kelsey’s infectious interest for talent and diversity has changed attitudes amongst male colleagues, myself included, so her impact is multiplied many times over. She is deserving of the title 'Investment Woman of the Year', and I am proud the judges recognised her achievements.”