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, British & American Investment Trust PLC, F&C Global Smaller Companies PLC, Miton Worldwide Growth Investment Trust Plc and Gresham House plc. Anthony is Chairman of the Management Engagement Committee.
John Allard has served on the Board since 2000. A director of M&G Investment Management for 16 years, he was an Investment Manager with M&G for over 20 years, specialising in equity income funds. John has been a Director of various investment trust companies since 1981.
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 Limited. Prior to that he was a partner at both Binder Hamlyn and 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.
Vanessa Renwick has served on the Board since 2000. Vanessa has over 20 years’ experience in the investment funds industry, having worked for Laing & Cruickshank and UBS Warburg. Vanessa has particular expertise in corporate finance and marketing.
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.
Simon Hayes was appointed on to the Board in June 2015. Simon is the Chairman of Peel Hunt LLP. He joined Peel Hunt in 1993 and was appointed Head of Corporate Finance in 2003, Chief Executive in 2006 and Chairman in 2016.
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