Nicola Horlick: CEO, Money & Co
Nicola Horlick read Jurisprudence at Balliol College, Oxford. In 1983, she joined S.G. Warburg as a graduate trainee. She worked with Leonard Licht, one of the leading fund managers in the City during the 1980s, and together, they built up the Specialist Equity team of what became Mercury Asset Management. Nicola was appointed a director of Mercury in 1989.
In 1991, Nicola moved to Morgan Grenfell Asset Management and she was appointed Managing Director of the UK business in 1992. Over the following five years, funds under management increased from £4 billion to £22 billion and Morgan Grenfell became recognised as one of the leading managers of UK pension funds. In 1997, Nicola left Morgan Grenfell and set up SG Asset Management for the French bank, Société Générale. The initial target for funds under management was £5 billion in five years. This target was reached after two years and within three years, funds under management had reached £7 billion.
In 2004, Nicola set up Bramdean Asset Management LLP with Sir Derek Higgs and the business was launched at the beginning of 2005. Bramdean ran a number of alternative investment mandates before selling the bulk of its business to Aberdeen Asset Management at the end of 2009. Bramdean continued to create and structure innovative new investment vehicles, primarily for the film industry through Derby Street Films.
Nicola is now the CEO of Money&Co, a new crowdfunding business aiming to connect investors looking for a better rate of interest on their cash, with businesses seeking finance to grow. The online platform will enable investors to finance a loan, which will be repaid with interest. Investors will be able to select the kind of business they want to invest in, based on factors such as geographic location or industry. By providing a new entry point to access finance, investors will be able to play a direct role in supporting UK business at this crucial time for the economy. Nicola is also the Chairman of Rockpool Investments LLP, which raises private equity for companies, primarily using the Enterprise Investment Scheme.
Nicola has five children Alice 26, Serena 24, Rupert 21, Antonia 18 and Benjie 15. Her eldest daughter, Georgina, died of leukaemia in 1998 when she was 12.
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