Board member, Social Investment Committee
Nicholas Badman joined Cass Business School in 2009 to design and lead a distinctive new Centre for Entrepreneurship - integrating development programmes for high potential entrepreneurs with access to practitioner networks, incubation support and capital. He is now a visiting professor at Cass, co-director of its New Venture Creation Programme, and a member of the Investment Committee of the Cass Entrepreneurship Fund LLP. He is a regular writer and commentator on entrepreneurship, UK enterprise, and financing issues relating to SMEs.
Nicholas originally qualified and practised as a lawyer with Clifford Chance in London, before joining 3i Group PLC. Over an 18 year career with 3i Nicholas acted as an equity investor and financial partner to diverse businesses, ranging from start ups to companies of over £1 billion in value. Latterly as managing director, he oversaw the profitable development of 3i’s controlling stakes in up to 40 businesses at a time. Both during his 3i career and subsequently Nicholas has held a succession of board seats with organisations seeking to achieve significant growth and/or strategic shift. He currently sits on several investment committees involved with early stage equity funding and/or real estate. Nicholas practices as an expert witness in high value commercial litigation and is also a non-executive director for CAF Venturesome.