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Abigail Stevens

Abigail Stevens is the founding Director of Think Global Recruitment Limited.  Think Global Recruitment specialises in placing Accountancy and Finance professionals overseas.  In effect, they export and import accountants.  

Abigail grew up in England and moved to Australia in her early 20’s where she spent 3 years living and working.  She then moved to Scotland in 1995.  Prior to moving into recruitment in 1996, Abigail had worked in marketing for around 8 years, covering most areas including PR, Corporate Communications and Branding. 

Think Global Recruitment has been established since July 2000 and grew to 60 staff spread across offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, New Zealand, Sydney and Dublin.  The Company re-structured in 2008 and now has centralised all staff to be based in the Edinburgh Head Office.  Abigail has learnt a lot through seeing the company grow globally and then taking the decision to refocus its resources to strengthen for the ‘recession’.

Abigail is confident that Think Global Recruitment will ride out the recession and be the strongest international accountancy recruiter on the market in future years, at which point the company will enjoy expanding internationally again.   

The Company has a strong brand which has been enhanced through the development of a very successfully conference, 'Accountancy Worldwide', which runs in London, Dublin, South Africa and Sydney and has seen companies such as PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Goldman Sachs, Procter and Gamble, TNT, Sara Lee and others 'fighting' for a place to attend.

Abigail is an enthusiastic member of the Entrepreneurial Exchange and alongside Kirsten Lord organises the 6 weekly Edinburgh Get Together evenings where members get to know each other and share ideas in an informal setting. 

Nelson Gray 

A Chartered Accountant with a background in the service industry's, who, following the sale of his own business, became a "hands on" Business Angel investor, mentor, non executive director and fund manager.

He has been involved in a wide range of companies, as diverse as a PCB and Biotech manufacturing, diagnostic platforms, intelligence software systems, medical devices, call centres and a kitchen designer. Presently chairman of Antoxis, a drug development company specialising antioxidants to combat oxidative stress and free radical damage in conditions such as ischaemic stroke and Parkinson's disease, and a mentor to a number of high growth companies involved in a range of sectors including recruitment, entertainment and call centres.

He acted as the fund manager for Scotland's leading angel syndicate and has invested in 21 companies personally.  Having qualified as a UK Financial Services Authority fund manager, he managed two early stage investment funds and was responsible for funding over 50 Scottish SME's.

He is presently an FSA registered fund manager with Braveheart Investment Group plc, the London AIM listed business angel group, a non executive director for the Genomia Seedcorn Investment Fund which is targeted the research outputs of a group of public animal and life sciences sector research establishments and until recently was the locum fund manager for Clyde Blowers Capital LLP.

Nelson is a non executive director of LINC Scotland, the Scottish national Business Angel network.

Nelson has developed and presents LINC's "Introduction to being a Business Angel" seminar and their "Business Angel Master Class", aimed at improving the returns achieved by of Business Angel investing and promoting best practice. He chairs LINC's Best Practice committee. On behalf of LINC he acts as a mentor to new investment groups and is frequently called on to provide training, mentoring and advice to Angel organisations in the UK and elsewhere.

In April 2008 Nelson was awarded the tile "Business Angel of the Year 2008" by The European Business Angel Network (EBAN) and in 2009 was invited to be a founding member of the US based Global Angel Roundtable, a "thought leadership group for serious angel investing".

Nelson has provided advice on the establishment and structuring of a number of innovative early stage investment funds both in Scotland and overseas, and is presently advising a number of national and local government development agencies on the effective promotion of innovation and commercialisation within universities, the establishment local investment communities and the promotion of an entrepreneurial culture.

He has talked and lectured at a wide range of events across the world, including the USA, Chile, Sweden, Spain, Switzerland, Estonia, Latvia, Luxemburg, Bulgaria, India, Russia, Jordan, Denmark and Holland.

Nelson is a member of the University of St Andrews "Panel for Intellectual Property and Patents" a group that oversees University policy and provides advice on the handling and development of intellectual property arising from the University's research.

Education, Training & Professional Qualifications

Chartered Accountant                            Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

BA. (Hons) Accountancy                         University of Strathclyde, 1979

MBA                                                     Heriot-Watt University, 1990

Diploma in Company Direction                Institute of Directors, 1990

Financial Services Authority registered Investment Manager and Adviser (registration number NXG01075).

 

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Venue information

Scotch Malt Whisky Society, Edinburgh 28 Queen Street
Edinburgh
EH2 1JX

0131 220 2044

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Chairman

Mr Nelson Gray, Firth Ventures, www.nelsongray.com

Speakers

  • Ms Abigail Stevens, Think Global Recruitment, www.thinkgr.com
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