Angela started her career as a solicitor specialising in Project Finance and Banking law following degrees from Cambridge University and Law School. She spent her first five years at a City law firm, then a short period working in Manchester and two years with HM Treasury’s Private Finance Panel. In 1997 she joined global law firm DLA Piper’s Project Finance practice and in 2000 she was instrumental in developing the firm’s EMEA region Banking and Finance team, based in Amsterdam. Returning to the UK in 2008, she is a founder Director of Birling Associates, advising organisations on governance, organisational structure and finance, focussing on third sector and social enterprise. Much of her recent work has been helping such organisations respond to grant funding cuts and change in local authority commissioning techniques.
She sits on the board and is company secretary of the Big Society Co-operative an innovative social enterprise which supports collaborative working between private, public and civil society organisations through innovative use of technology and best practice.
Angela grew up on a farm in Northumberland. She returned to Northumberland in 2008, and has served the community as a non-executive Director of Homes For Northumberland, as a Magistrate on the Mid and South East Northumberland bench and as a member of Newcastle University’s Audit Committee and Court.