As a qualified UK Financial Services Authority fund manager, he managed two early stage investment funds and was responsible for funding over 50 SMEs. He acted as the fund manager for Scotland’s leading Business Angel syndicate, established in 1992; has invested in over 30 companies personally, and is a member of Angel groups in Scotland and the USA. He has extensive international experience in supporting Angels, entrepreneurs and government bodies.
Nelson has been a non-executive director and mentor to many high growth companies and continues to apply his wide ranging knowledge and experience to business leaders; coaching and training them to become businesses of scale.
Nelson graduated with an Honours degree in Accountancy from The University of Strathclyde in 1979. He went on to work with Deloitte Haskins & Sells (later absorbed into Price Waterhouse Coopers) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1982 having worked in the audit and insolvency departments.
In 1990, whilst Managing Director of his own company, he completed a two year part time MBA at Heriot Watt University and completed a period of study with the Institute of Directors in London leading to a Diploma in Company Direction.
In 2001 Nelson completed the examinations required for him to be approved by the UK Financial Conduct Authority.