Janine Manning is an award-winning angel investor with experience in helping to guide, build and grow early-stage businesses with a hands-on approach. Janine is originally from New Zealand where she is a prolific angel investor and has now brought her investment experience to the UK where she actively backs local entrepreneurs. Janine is currently a Director of Crimson Education, Stitched, Beany, and co-founder of Rebecca Page
What do you enjoy most about working at RP?
I love the creativity of the RP community and the obvious pleasure that our sewers get from making something beautiful and special, either for themselves or someone else.
Can you tell us a little bit about how you got into your line of work that lead you to RP?
Rebecca was a member of the startup group that I mentored for the New Zealand Business Women’s Network between January and March 2018 (we are both Kiwis).
What qualifications do you have/ courses completed?
Bachelor of Business Studies (Accounting and Finance), Chartered Accountant (Australia & New Zealand), MBA and in January 2020 I graduated from the University of Cambridge with a Masters in Social Innovation.
What is your favourite RP pattern?
The Meghan wrap dress.
Describe a typical day in your life:
I am an angel investor/ director on 4 startup boards so I don’t have a ‘typical’ day.
Tell us a bit about your style.
I’ve never been much of a fashionista and I don’t like shopping. Before the pandemic, I didn’t get much of a chance to sew as my husband and I live in a small apartment in central London (space is tight)! Luckily, I borrowed a sewing machine from a friend the day before the lockdown and I’ve really enjoyed sewing for my family and friends. Although I prefer sewing for others, I did make myself the Taylor Trench, which I was pleased about because it was a challenge and had techniques that I had not tried before (eg: welt pockets!).
Where are you from? And where do you currently live?
I am from New Zealand and am currently living in central London.
How long have you been sewing and how did you start?
My mother taught me to sew and knit when I was a child. I had younger cousins, and when I was about 10 year’s old I starting knitting each new one a first baby cardigan for when they were first born (in non-traditional baby colours)! I made lots of clothes when I was at school and university and also for my own daughters.
If you had one wish (not necessarily sewing related) what would it be?
That all my children are happy and healthy.
What’s your superpower?
Cooking for the masses.
What’s the superpower you really want?
Can you please share some go-to fail-safe tips for beginner sewistas?
- Iron as you go,
- Try to have an area where your sewing machine and gear is permanently set up,
- If you make a mistake, fix it and then stop for the day (or at least for a while),
- Read through the instructions before you start.
Describe your perfect Sunday.
Reading the Sunday Times with a coffee, walk down the river from Marlow, late lunch at a country pub, early night to recharge before another week starts.
If you were stranded on a desert island, which historical figure would you want with you, and why?
Kate Sheppard, a member of the Women’s Suffrage Movement in New Zealand, who were the first country in the world to give women the vote (go Kiwi!).
What’s the sound of your favourite colour?
If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning medal for?
What do you wish you knew more about?
Mathematics and algorithms.