Nicola Foulston (“Nicky”) has one of the sharpest minds in business. In 1990, at the age of 22 she served as CEO of the Brands Hatch Leisure Group (“Brands Hatch”) when the business was valued at £6m. Having made transformational changes to the company’s operations and financial management over the next 6 years, she floated the group in 1996 and sold it three years later to Interpublic, the US marketing giant for over $195m, at a time when Brands Hatch was then the largest organiser and promoter of motorsport in Europe. She was subsequently named Veuve Cliquot “Business Woman of the Year” in 1996 and she remains the award’s youngest ever recipient at the age of 29.
She subsequently ran a family office with private equity investments in the USA and Europe. In 2014, she was appointed as a Board Member of the Government’s Industrial Development Advisory Board (IDAB), an advisory non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, to help government boost growth in business.
Nicky was appointed CEO of Rosenblatt, a City law firm, in September 2016 and in that role, has taken over the commercial management of the firm, transforming it in readiness for a listing on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange, which took place on 8 May 2018 at a valuation of £70m+. Prior to that, she had been a client of the firm for over 30 years.
She has a deep understanding of operational restructuring, improving business performance, best outcome identification and implementation and balance sheet de-leveraging often working with multiple stakeholders at all levels of a company’s capital structure. She has a reputation in the City for reliability, trustworthiness and delivering on time.