Zoe (nee Appleyard) graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics. She had a successful career in the City, first at Merrill Lynch and then at NM Rothschild where Zoe was Managing Director of Rothschild Ventures by the age of 25.
Zoe subsequently started Life Capital which she successfully sold to Durlacher in 2003 to specialise in medical ventures including Viacell, Silence Therapeutics and also advised Channel Four in its corporate and brand restructuring. Zoe’s Godfather, Sir John Vane, won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1982 and Zoe has been heavily involved in neurological research including with the MRC Prion unit with Professor Sir John Collinge.
Zoe has also been a Trustee of the Royal Institution of Great Britain and in 2004 was received by the Queen as one of the 200 “high achieving” women in England alongside Margaret Thatcher, JK Rowling and Tamara Mellon. Despite being elected by Management Today in 2003 & 2005 as one of the most powerful women in England under 35 years old, after the birth of her children Zoe focussed on motherhood.
Driven by her love for the dog she and her husband cancelled their honeymoon to rescue, called The Rockster, Zoe developed his food based around the autoimmune responses triggered by dysbiosis within the gut microbiome. Zoe began to develop The Rockster business and brand in 2015 together with her husband, Sven Ley. Life Partners Group was incorporated to help source or provide vital medical supplies and equipment at an unprecedented time of global need in recent history, including diagnostic devices that offer real time results, in order to save lives. The Company has an extensive global network active in the procurement and distribution of medical supplies.
Zoe has 2 children Balthazar and Clementine and 3 dogs, who are The Rockster’s puppies. She is a life-long dog lover and an expert on Creuzfeldt Jacob Disease & TSE’s.