Ann Budge

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Ann Budge (born 21 February 1948) is a Scottish businesswoman and company director.[1]


Graduating with a psychology degree, Budge became the first woman appointed to a senior position in Scottish & Newcastle after starting her career there as a trainee programmer. After leaving F International - now Xansa - Budge set up business working from home, and teaming up with Allison Newell in 1985, launched Newell & Budge, which specialised in making bespoke software and IT systems.[2] It was sold to the French IT company Sopra Group, for a reported £30 million, and Budge became a Chief Executive.[3][4]


Budge was awarded "Entrepreneur of the Year" by the Entrepreneurial Exchange in 2005[5] and was then inducted into the Entrepreneurial Exchange Hall of Fame in November 2013.[6][7] She is listed as a role model by the Women's Engineering Society.[8]

Ann is an Honorary Graduate of Heriot-Watt University and Edinburgh Napier University.[9]


Budge was disclosed as being the sole director of BIDCO 1874, a consortium trying to buy Edinburgh-based football club Hearts out of administration, in early 2014.[10] A majority shareholding in the club, which was previously owned by Lithuanian businesses run by Vladimir Romanov, was sold to BIDCO 1874 in May 2014.[11] Budge made several changes at the club immediately after taking control, including the appointment of Craig Levein as Director of Football and Robbie Neilson as Head Coach.[12][13]

In November 2016, Budge was awarded the 'fcbusiness SPFL CEO of the Year' award at the Football Business Awards 2016. [14][15]


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  2. ^ "Is this the original IT girl? ANN BUDGE Told 30 years ago that the future was in computers, she made it big, then sold up for [pounds]30m, hears Paul Rogerson". The Herald. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  3. ^ heraldscotland, Is this the original IT girl? by Paul Rogerson, 18 June 2005
  4. ^ "Proposed merger with Newell & Budge in the United Kingdom". Sopra Group. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Entrepreneurial Exchange Entrepreneur of the Year". The Entrepreneurial Exchange. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Entrepreneurial Exchange Hall of Fame 2013 – Ann Budge". The Entrepreneurial Exchange. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  7. ^ "The Entrepreneurial Exchange Hall of Fame". The Entrepreneurial Exchange. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Women's Engineering Society Role Models". Women's Engineering Society. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Edinburgh Napier University Alumni & Development". Edinburgh Napier University. Retrieved 21 March 2014. 
  10. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (13 February 2014). "Ann Budge revealed as Foundation of Hearts' cash backer". BBC Sport. BBC. 
  11. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (9 May 2014). "Hearts: Ann Budge to start at Tynecastle on Monday". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  12. ^ McLauchlin, Brian (12 May 2014). "Craig Levein lands Hearts role as boss Gary Locke exits". BBC Sport. BBC. Retrieved 12 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Hearts: Managerial changes were required, says Craig Levein". BBC Sport. BBC. 13 May 2014. Retrieved 13 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "winners". 
  15. ^ "Portsmouth’s Mark Catlin Wins CEO Of The Year". fcbusiness Magazine. Retrieved 2016-11-07.