Douglas Needham hails from Glasgow, graduating from Strathclyde and training professionally with Cooper Brothers & Co (now PWC). The core of his career was in textiles, first with Courtaulds plc, then Dawson International plc. He mostly worked around and in the operating companies as FD or CEO with businesses trading internationally.
In 2001 he joined and ran a Scottish Family Office (trading as Ashleybank Investments Ltd) and had a wide-ranging remit managing investments and diverse asset classes. He built up strong connections in the angel sector, taking Ashleybank into membership of Braveheart, Archangels and TRICAPITAL, as well as London-based syndicates. He is a past director of LINC Scotland. Now retired from his executive role, he holds NXD positions in both the angel and private equity sectors.