Are you an entrepreneur with questions about setting up a business on the Isle of Man? Perhaps you have just started up your business and are unsure about corporate governance? Or you may simply need help getting an idea off the ground.
With a panel of experts in their field and a superb opportunity to network with other like minded business leaders, this is the ideal event if you are a startup or entrepreneur on the Island and we would be delighted if you could join us on 25th April.
The IoD99 PanelCarolyn Gelling, Chartered FCSI, Chartered Wealth Manager, Dip (IoD)
Carolyn is Head of Isle of Man Office for The International Stock Exchange Group, a responsive and innovative listing facility for international companies. With 20 years of financial services industry experience, Carolyn is a technical investment manager by training whose career to date has encompassed asset management, investment analysis, investment operations, before progressing into corporate governance and business and strategic development, for private clients and their structures, institutional clients, funds and investment businesses in both the UK and international business jurisdictions and for whom she has held board positions. Carolyn also has a wealth of experience of small business establishment and ‘scale ups’ from family and personal investments.
She is also a past Chairman of the Isle of Man Wealth & Fund Services Association, and now continues as a Committee Member and Life Member, and currently serves as a Committee Member of the Isle of Man Branch of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and the Isle of Man Chamber of Commerce Finance & Professional Services Committee.
In 2013 Carolyn was named in Citywealth Magazine's 'Isle of Man Future Leaders List', in 2017 included in the IFC Powerwomen Top 200 list and in 2018, included in the Citywealth Leaders List for Business Services Financial Advisory & UHNW Services.
Katie Nicholson MBA, Bridge Angel Network
Katie is the Manager of Bridge Angel Network, a not-for-profit business mentoring and investment network. Katie is responsible for building key relationships and connecting investors, entrepreneurs and mentors to accelerate early stage, scale-up and growth companies on, or re-locating to the Isle of Man.
Katie returned to the island after gaining a degree in Marketing and Management and an MBA. Prior to the launch of Bridge in 2016, Katie gained 7 years industry experience in the software and e-gaming sectors with PDMS and Paddy Power.
Katie is a member of the Digital Isle of Man Executive Agency, President of the Isle of Man Business Network and member of the Chamber of Commerce Fuel committee.
Nick Preskey, Senior Manager Locate & Inward Investment
Nick has numerous years’ experience in international finance most of which has been spent at either senior manager or director level.
In his current Government role Nick works in the Locate team who work very closely with entrepreneurs, business angels and the angel network, to aid in the growth and development of businesses. He has also been a lead judge for the UK Business Angel Association for their annual awards.
Nick’s career has seen him serve as the Chief Executive Officer of a regulated Trust Service Provider, a Group Treasury Manager and a lending banker to corporates and SMEs at various stages in their funding cycle. He is a banker by profession and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.Sandra Robertson MBA, Director Steer Alliance
Sandra is an experienced CEO, non-executive director and trusted advisor having worked for entrepreneurs at board level for the past 14 years. She has experience of designing and implementing strategies for growth, achieving company turnarounds, acquisitions and disposals, as well as launching new start ups.
She is currently a Director of Steer Alliance working as a Business Confidante for serial entrepreneurs assisting them to review, develop and implement strategies to achieve their vision acting as a sounding board throughout the time. Sandra transitions easily between industries and has experience of working with both products and services. She also has significant experience working with high net worth individuals overseeing key strategic projects.
She is also a Business Advisor for the Micro Business Grant Scheme offered by the Isle of Man Government working with entrepreneurs to help them develop their business plans and mentoring them through their early stages of their businesses.
Sandra holds an MBA from Henley Business School, a 1st Class Honours in Business Studies and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Member of the Institute of Directors and the Recruitment and Employment Confederation. She is currently studying for her Certificate in Company Direction with the Institute of Directors.