Nicola is a well-known investor. She is the CEO of Money&Co., a crowdfunding site facilitating debt finance for small businesses. She is also CEO of Derby Street Films, which develops film projects for Hollywood producers.
Nicola was educated at Balliol College, Oxford and began her career in the City in 1983 when she joined SG Warburg, which was then one of the leading merchant banks. She worked in the investment department, which eventually became Mercury Asset Management, and was appointed a director in 1989. In 1991, she moved to Morgan Grenfell Asset Management (the UK institutional and private-client business) in 1992. During her time in this role, assets under management increased from £4 billion to £22.5 billion.
In 1997, Nicola set up SG Asset Management (UK) for the French Bank Société Générale with Keith Percy, with whom she had worked at Morgan Grenfell. Their target of raising £5 billion within five years was achieved in two years, and funds under management reached £7 billion a year later. In 2004, Nicola set up Bramdean Asset Management LLP with Sir Derek Higgs. The company ran a number of alternative investment mandates and the fund-of-funds business was sold to Aberdeen Asset Management at the end of 2009.