Please see profiles on each of the Directors below:
Anthony Townsend (Chairman)
Anthony Townsend rejoined the Board in February 2005 and became Chairman in January 2008. He has spent over 40 years working in the City and was Chairman of the Association of Investment Companies from 2001 to 2003. He is Chairman of Baronsmead VCT 3 plc, F&C Global Smaller Companies PLC, Miton Worldwide Growth Investment Trust Plc and Gresham House plc.
Neil Collins joined the Board in 2008. He has spent most of his career in financial journalism and was City Editor of The Daily Telegraph for nearly 20 years until he retired from the position in 2005. Prior to that he had been City Editor of the London Evening Standard and The Sunday Times. A former columnist for the London Evening Standard and commentator for Reuters, Neil currently writes a column for the Financial Times on Saturdays. He was formerly a Director of Templeton Emerging Markets Investment Trust PLC.
David Hunt, FCA
David Hunt joined the Board in 2006. A Chartered Accountant, he was formerly a Director in the assurance and business services division of Smith & Williamson. Prior to that he was a partner at both Binder Hamlyn and Arthur Andersen. David has over 30 years’ experience advising quoted companies. He is the Senior Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee. David is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Church of England Pensions Board.
Simon Hayes was appointed on to the Board in June 2015. Simon is the Chief Executive of Peel Hunt LLP. He joined Peel Hunt in 1993 and was appointed Head of Corporate Finance in 2003 and Chief Executive in 2006.
Kate Cornish-Bowden joined the board on 26 October 2017. Kate worked for 12 years as a fund manager for Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she was managing director and head of the global equity team. Prior to Morgan Stanley she worked as a research analyst at M&G. Kate is a non-executive Director of Calculus VCT plc, where she is chair of the audit committee and a non-executive Director of Scancell Holdings plc.
Lorna Tilbian joined the Board on 26 October 2017. Lorna was formerly an Executive Director of Numis Corporation PLC and a Director of WestLb Panmure Limited and S G Warburg Securities. She is a non-executive Director of Jupiter UK Growth Investment Trust , Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC, M&C Saatchi PLC, Rightmove PLC and ProVen VCT.
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