I have always been in awe of supermum Nicola Horlick, who ran a multi-million pound investment company in the Nineties while raising 6 children, one desperately ill with leukaemia.
Nicola Horlick (nee Gayford) was born in 1960 in the Wirral (between Liverpool and North Wales). Her father was a Liberal candidate for Wirral in the 1970’s. She attended a private school in Hoylake, and was one of only four girls amongst 300 boys, moving on to Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Birkenhead High School, and Balliol College, Oxford, where she graduated with a law degree in 1982. She rose through the investment business ranks until 1997 when she set up her own company SG Asset Management, and then Bramdean Asset Management in 2005. She is currently the CEO of Money & Co, and has a film business Derby Street Films, and is the Chairman of film finance fund Glentham Capital.
She married Timothy Piers Horlick in June 1984, when she was 23, but eventually they divorced in 2005. She had 6 children and managed to juggle family life with business, earning the nickname of ‘Supermum’. Her eldest child eventually died of leukaemia when she was 12. Her remaining children remember their mother coming home from work every evening to say goodnight to them, before going on to the hospital to be with her eldest daughter, more often than not sleeping there.
Can you really have it all? Nicola Horlick has an urge to keep frenetically busy, and says it is possible. I’m not sure I agree, because if you go out to work then somebody else is bringing up your child. I was never blessed with Nicola’s business brain, but I understand why she felt the need to climb to the top of the business ladder. Her second eldest daughter Alice is now a handbag designer to the stars, and looks to be following down the same road, although she is not sure that you can juggle children with a career. Alice and her siblings were never short of creature comforts and enjoyed all the luxuries that their parents could afford, but I expect grew just as attached to their Nanny Joan as they were to their parents.
What do you think? Can you have it all? I don’t think so, but that’s only my own opinion. Tell me what you think!