Nicola is resident in Ireland and is a specialist in alternative investments with significant knowledge and experience of strategic business development, asset raising, risk management, regulation and corporate governance. Nicola graduated from Exeter University with a BA (Hons) in History and Politics. She also holds a PhD in Political Science from Trinity College, Dublin; her thesis was on financial services regulation. In 1990 Nicola founded TASS, which became the hedge fund industry’s leading information, research and advisory resource and was bought by Oppenheimer Funds Inc in 2001. Nicola then joined the Blackstone Group as Managing Director; she was responsible for establishing and managing the Group’s non-US fund of funds business and was a member of the investment committee. Nicola subsequently founded Dumas Capital Ltd, a Dublin-based specialist consultancy and advisory business regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland. From 2008 until 2012 Nicola was the Chief Executive of Alpha Strategic plc, which provides owner-managed firms with access to minority equity capital. Nicola is approved by the Central Bank of Ireland to act as a director. She is the co-author of two books: ‘Derivative Markets & Investment Management’ and ‘Futures Fund Management’.