Nigel is part of the leadership team delivering Innovate UK’s award-winning £75m innovation loans pilot programme. He is a director and member of the credit committee of Innovate UK Loans Ltd. He also leads the team delivering investor partnership programmes, bringing equity capital to early stage businesses aligned with grant funding for highly innovative R&D projects. Prior to this, he headed the organisation’s support for innovative SMEs in gaining access to private sector capital to accelerate the journey from concept to commercialisation.
Nigel has a background in the financial services industry, having qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Whinney and spent over 10 years at each of Deutsche Bank and GE Capital. At GE, he established the European ‘Access GE’ programme, advising, coaching and mentoring management teams of businesses owned by private equity firms on operational excellence, acquisition integration, strategy development and leadership.