Gail Monnickendam

Gail’s working career has all been based in West Yorkshire.

Qualifying, in 1985, with the chartered accountancy firm Arthur Yong McClelland Moores in Bradford, Gail moved into industry in 1987 as Financial Controller to a group of  diverse companies. She then spent four years in venture capital and corporate finance before moving to experience the National Health Service by working at the United Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust as an Assistant Finance Director. Working with the facilities, IT and assets divisions she was also heavily involved in PFI both at the hospital itself and nationally. This role in the NHS was the stepping stone for her next move to Leeds Training and Enterprise Council Limited which she joined in 1996 as Deputy Chief Executive and Commercial Director. In 2000 she was appointed Chief Executive of Leeds TEC. Due to national changes in the TEC movement Gail took the opportunity of redundancy in 2001 which coincided with the biggest challenge of all…motherhood!

Between 2001 and 2005 Gail worked part time in portfolio mode with a small number of non-executive positions and as accountant to a couple of small companies. This included a number of non-executive positions in Leeds eg Park Lane College. NHS Estates (responsible for the redundant hospital sites), and IGEN Limited ( a careers advisory company). She was also a member of an investment panel for Yorkshire Fund Managers from 2000 to 2003. 

From 2005 to 2008 Gail was the part-time Commercial Director of Lunn Ventures Group Limited and its subsidiary companies, a property trading company based in Harrogate that specialised in retail and commercial properties.

In January 2009 Gail became the Deputy Chief Executive of Leeds Federated Housing Association. This role encompassed responsibility, at different times, for the IT, Finance, Assets, HR, Business Planning and Procurement functions of the Association. The Association has 4000 properties across Leeds, Wakefield and North Yorkshire. Whilst at Leeds Fed, Gail started mentoring younger people involved in the housing sector through a mentoring programme run by Housing Diversity Network. She was also a module trainer on the programme.

Gail left Leeds Fed in July 2016. She is now enjoying a part time portfolio life once again. This includes doing due diligence work on housing associations that are looking to merge, volunteering for a charity and occasionally taking on ad hoc assignments such as acting as an independent Chair on disciplinary hearings and recruiting senior finance staff. She is a Governor of a local primary school.

Gail was President of the Bradford Chartered Accountants Student Society in 1986 and was President of the West Yorkshire Society of Chartered Accountants in 2006-2007. She is nor Bursar at Bradford Grammar School.