Authentic leaders talking openly about themselves and their journey so far

Nicola Horlick


Nicola Horlick the formidable and successful city woman, and mother of six children, talks openly and frankly to Heather Jackson about her professional and personal life, the trials and tribulations that she has encountered along the way and her pragmatic approach to dealing with personal crisis.

Nicola is a self-driven, astute and motivated woman who, following Oxford became a Director of Warburgs by the unbelievably young age of 28. She openly shares her views on the importance of confidence and self-belief; diversity of thinking and the success it brings to organisations; the important paternal role that fathers have in the success of their daughters; how she dealt with personal tragedy; her ambitions and interests and how she has managed to take her love of the arts and combine it with her business skills and acumen for the benefit of the film music industry.

This is a woman who has faced it all; it’s a thought provoking and humble conversation with a woman who has been often referred to as “Superwoman” but sees herself as just a business woman, who happens to be a mother and wife.

Official Biography

Nicola 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 also the Chairman of Rockpool Investments LLP, which raises private equity for companies, primarily using the Enterprise Investment Scheme.  The launch of Money & Co is a further attempt by Nicola to help small and medium enterprises in the UK access capital in order to grow.