Magazine article Management Today

You Live and You Learn: Nicola Horlick, CEO, Bramdean

Magazine article Management Today

You Live and You Learn: Nicola Horlick, CEO, Bramdean

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My childhood was like something out of an Enid Blyton book. We lived in the Wirral in a large house on the edge of the Royal Liverpool Golf Course, where my brother and I played on the beautiful white sands.

I have a clear idea of what's right and what's wrong. My father used to say to me: 'It's important to always behave properly towards people - you never know when you're going to come across them again.'

I've never experienced sexism from colleagues. But the press highlights high-flying women because there aren't many of us: things that happen to me get reported. But I do seem to have a dramatic life ...

I grew up surrounded by very interesting people. My father was a Liberal who was close to all the Liberal MPs. Our house was always full of people like Clement Freud and Cyril Smith, which was very exciting.

Always have fantastic mentors. I met Derek Higgs when I started at SG Warburg. Derek died in 2008, but he'd lined up his deputy at Alliance & Leicester to step in. Peter Barton is now my chairman.

I ran away from boarding school. …

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