Board of Directors

Chairman

  • Susan Noble

    Susan succeeded Strone Macpherson as Chairman in December 2017.

    Joined the Board in 2012.

    Age: 58

    Length of Service:  6 years

    Experience: Chair of Newton Investment Management Limited and Newton Capital Management Limited, an Associate Director of Manchester Square Partners and a Trustee of the Hospice of St Francis, Berkhamsted.  Formerly Chair of Alliance Trust Investments, a Director of Alliance Trust plc, a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, Head of European Equities and Head of Global Equities. Also a Director and Senior European Portfolio Manager at Robert Fleming Asset Management.

    Last re-elected to the Board: 2016

    Committee membership: Audit Committee, Management Engagement Committee, Nomination Committee, Disclosure Committee.

Directors

  • Steven Bates

    Senior Independent Non-Executive Director

    Joined the Board in June 2006.

    Age: 58

    Length of Service: 11 years

    Experience: Chairman of VinaCapital Vietnam Opportunity Fund Limited, of Baring Emerging Europe plc and of F&C Capital & Income Investment Trust plc and a Director of Biotech Growth Trust PLC, of GuardCap UCITs Fund plc and of Magna Umbrella Fund plc. He is also a Director of GuardCap Asset Management Limited, an investment management company specialising in merging markets. He sits on, or is adviser to, various committees in the wealth management and pension fund areas.  He was Head of Global Emerging Markets at JP Morgan Asset Management until 2002.

    Last re-elected to the Board: 2016

    Committee membership: Audit Committee; Management Engagement Committee, Nomination Committee, Disclosure Committee.

  • Nigel Rich

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Joined the Board in 2012.

    Age: 70

    Length of Service: 6 years

    Experience: Non-Executive Director of Matheson & Co Ltd and Non-Executive Chairman of Pacific Industrial & Logistics REIT plc.  Formerly Chairman of SEGRO plc, Xchanging plc, Ocean Group/Exel plc, CP Ships Limited and Hamptons Group Limited and Director of Pacific Asset Trust plc, Granada plc and ITV plc. Also formerly Managing Director of Jardine Matheson Holdings and the Group Chief Executive, Trafalgar House plc.

    Last re-elected to the Board: 2016

    Committee membership: Audit Committee, Management Engagement Committee, Nomination Committee, Disclosure Committee.

  • Calum Thomson

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Joined the Board in April 2017

    Age: 57

    Length of Service: 11 months

    Experience: Non-Executive Director and Audit Chairman of The Diverse Income Trust plc, The Bank of London and The Middle East plc and BLME Holdings plc, Non-Executive Director of Baring Emerging Europe plc, Schroder Unit Trusts Limited and Schroder Pension Management Limited and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of La Serenissima.  A qualified accountant with over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, including 21 years as audit partner at Deloitte LLP, specialising in the asset management sector.

    Committee membership: Audit Committee (Chairman), Management Engagement Committee, Nomination Committee, Disclosure Committee.

  • Anja Balfour

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Joined the Board in January 2018

    Age: 54

    Length of Service: 2 months

    Experience: Non-Executive Director of Martin Currie Asia Unconstrained Trust plc, Non-Executive Director Shroder Japan Growth Fund plc, Non-Executive F&C Global Smaller Companies plc.  Twenty years experience in managing Japanese and International Equity portfolios for Stewart Ivory, Baillie Gifford and Axa Framlington.

    Committee membership: Audit Committee, Management Engagement Committee, Nomination Committee, Disclosure Committee.

Schedule of Matters Reserved for the Board