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, investment management, private markets and hedge funds. 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. In 1990 Nicola founded TASS, which became one of the market’s leading global data and research firms specialising in hedge funds. She then became MD and member of the Investment Committee Blackstone Alternative Asset Management between 2001 and 2004. Based in London, she established and managed the development of the group’s hedge fund activities outside the US. From 2008 to 2012, Nicola was CEO of Alpha Strategic Plc, the UK listed company which provided access to passive minority equity capital to independent, owner-managed investment managers. Nicola currently runs Dumas Capital Ltd, a company she founded in 2004 which provides strategic advisory and research services in the alternative investment sector. She serves as an independent director on alternative investment funds. Nicola is approved by the Central Bank of Ireland as an independent director. She is the co-author of two books: ‘Derivative Markets & Investment Management’ and ‘Futures Fund Management’.