He managed two early stage investment funds responsible for funding 53 SMEs. He acted as the fund manager for Scotland’s leading Business Angel syndicate, established in 1992, is a member of Angel groups in Scotland and the USA and has invested in over 50 companies personally. 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 provide 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. He went on to work with Deloitte Haskins & Sells (later absorbed into PWC) and qualified as a Chartered Accountant having worked in the audit and insolvency departments.
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.