James Bedford is head of investment strategy at Tech North, an organisation whose mission is to accelerate the growth of Northern England’s digital economy.

 James is responsible for improving access to finance for tech companies and is focused on creating a co-investment fund for the North and developing new angel networks.

He also led on the Digital Powerhouse report which highlighted assets and opportunities in the North for tech companies.

 Prior to his role at Tech North, James was the senior programme manager at Creative England, responsible for the successful delivery of two access-to-finance programmes, investing almost £10m in over 200 companies.

James had previously held various positions in the fields of economic development and business support.

He went to university at Manchester and Staffordshire attaining an MA in regeneration and development and a BA in politics. Born and bred in Wiltshire, James has lived in Manchester for 10 years.