Yvonne Gale is CEO of NEL Fund Managers, a North East impact investment firm where she is responsible for the strategic direction and leadership. Yvonne is a finance specialist passionate about improving access to finance for small businesses and enabling economic growth. She holds a doctorate in investment decision making, fellowship of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a membership of the Institute of Economic Development. She advised the UK government Small Business Commissioner on prompt payment for small businesses and the UAE Ministry of Finance-backed, Mohammed bin Rashid AED 2 billion Innovation Fund. She holds several non-executive board and advisory board positions as well as charity trustee roles from very local to highly international.