After completing a year at finishing school doing secretarial and accounting diplomas, and then working for her father’s medical aid organisation, Gail Nel spent two years in Los Angeles, California, performing typesetting and graphic design on two weekly Catholic Newspapers. Upon her return to SA, Gail worked for Douglas & Barry printing company where she ran the design studio, whilst completing her Marketing Diploma at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Business School. She then started her own small design studio, Le Projet, which she ran for eight years before being bought out by Young & Rubicam SA. She was MD of Wunderman Cato Johnson for five years before she gave birth to twin daughters, Ashleigh and Brittany. Gail then started a second design company, Two Fold Marketing, which she ran for 12 years, before joining Times Media, where she was marketing manager, working across The Sunday Times, Business Day, Financial Mail, Sowetan and Sunday World newspapers and online platforms for 10 years. Gail joined GGA in 2018 after five years as an independent marketing consultant, and was appointed Director of Operations in 2020.