Rachael Rickwood

Head of Finance, London

Rachael joined Northzone as a finance manager in August 2020. As finance Controller her role is varied and she is responsible for areas on both the fund and operational parts of the business such as improving internal reporting and processes, streamlining the investment process and helping Jackson to ensure the firm meets its obligations.
Prior to joining Northzone, Rachael trained at Grant Thornton specialising in the TMT sector and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales. Rachael has also worked as part of the in-house finance teams at technology start-ups and headed up the finance team at a fast-growing fintech start-up.

It’s a balancing act

I’ve recently spent some time focusing on myself and working out what makes me happy. One of those things is maintaining a balance. I really enjoy working hard and feeling productive but I also need some time to work out, travel, read and spend time with friends and family.

Leap of faith

I took a stand by abandoning the traditional route of university and I started working at Grant Thornton as a school leaver. I hit the ground running, and there were some big learning curves, but I was able to stand on my own two feet and I’ve gained a lot of experience from it – no regrets.

Always exploring

I struggle to sit still and let the world pass me by. I’ve got a list of all the things I’d like to do and I’m constantly updating it when something new pops up.