Virginia Simpson is a highly experienced Marketing and Growth Professional specializing in HealthTech Start-Ups, Social Enterprises, and Nonprofits in the UK, EU, and Southern Africa. Virginia has an international Innovation & Change career at IBM and Deloitte Consulting, and a successful track record of driving digital marketing strategies, strategic business growth, performance, and change.
For over 10 years Virginia worked with companies in Southern Africa including Deloittes in Cape Town, developing joint venture opportunities and building new markets. Her work at Irvin & Johnson (AVI) included developing markets for South African ventures in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. Other joint ventures included mining, grain storage, farming, and food production. Since then, Virginia has been supporting Ankole Capital (Southern Africa) with its partnerships and investor relations from the UK.
Virginia’s work in HealthTech and Social Care has developed over the last five years with two successful brands iCareHealth (later acquired by Access Group), and KareInn digital care planning. She has experience working on initiatives that included NHS Digital (NHS), the National Care Forum, Aging2.0, and Care England.
Virginia is a champion of technology for good, social connectedness, and intergenerational ventures and regularly participates in discussions and forums that support these initiatives. Virginia’s interest in supporting HHERF comes out of her desire to improve global health for all and to find solutions to how organizations can work together to solve health problems and break down silos.
Volunteer work: chosen as a Business Mentor for the Prince’s Trust, helping young people turn ideas into viable businesses. She’s also a Trustee and Chair of Dream Africa Aid which creates sustainable change side-by-side with communities in Ghana. Her work there is focused on creating innovative approaches to sustainable development goals. The projects encourage health, wellbeing, education and job training through a strong community development focus.
She currently runs a Marketing and Growth business that supports start-ups, small and medium-sized businesses, looking to scale their organizations.
Virginia holds a BA from Smith College (Northampton, MA) in Economics and Psychology, from where she earned a Fellowship with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Relations and a Diploma from Copenhagen Business School in Social Enterprise.