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Corporate Governance

Meet our Board of Directors and find about more about them.

Corporate governance is a framework of principles, policies, procedures, and clearly defined responsibilities and accountabilities.

We aim to reach the highest standards of corporate governance that are appropriate to our risk appetite, strategic objectives and company values, taking into account the size and complexity of our firm.

We recognise our obligation to investors, regulators, shareholders and other stakeholders in providing services that are appropriate, well managed and meet or exceed minimum standards set out in law or regulations.

At the centre of this framework is our Board of Directors, which mixes executive management with independent non-executive management.

Executive Directors

The executive function conducts the day to day business, reporting through executive committees to the Board of Directors.  The executives are responsible for achieving the strategic goals of the Firm, whilst promoting our company values.

Toby Ricketts, CEO

Toby joined the family business in 1994 and has been lead manager of the Funds since 2001.  Toby was appointed to the Board in 2001 and promoted to CEO in 2011, part of a long term succession plan, providing the same long term focus, planning and stability as his father.

As CEO, Toby is responsible for the conduct of the whole of the business and leadership of the executive team.   

Toby's primary responsibility is to head up the investment management function alongside setting the strategic goals and objectives of the Firm.

Matthew Jealous CFA, COO

Matthew joined us in 2002 after graduating with a degree in Economics and is a CFA Charter holder.  Matthew was appointed to the Board in 2011.

Matthew's primary responsibilities are for non-human resources and the investment risk framework of the firm.  He is also responsible for Compliance Oversight. 

Matthew is an experienced fund manager, working as lead manager to several funds and holding the position of Chief Investment Officer until 2018. 

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Alex Weston FCCA, CFO

Alex joined us in 2004 as part of the Operations and Accounting teams and was appointed to the Board in 2011. Alex is a Chartered Accountant and a Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.

Alex's primary responsibilities are to plan and manage all financial aspects of the Firm and head up our Transfer Agency function, which deals with processing investors' activity within the Funds. 

Non-Executive Function

Non-executive directors are custodians of the governance process.  They provide support and challenge when required to ensure that the corporate governance framework is effective and transparent. It is important for them to be independently minded, knowledgeable and provide a balance to executive directors on the Board.  As an investment management company, the independent non executive directors have a clear responsibility to ensure that investors are treated fairly and are at the centre of operations.

Jane Vessey CFA, Chair (Independent Non-Executive Director)

Jane joined us in 2015 following a long career in the investment management industry in the UK and Asia, as both a fund manager and setting up and running an investment management operation.

Jane is a Mathematics graduate of the University of Oxford, is a CFA charter holder and serves as a non-executive director at another large asset management company. Jane also has a wide experience of serving as a non-executive director in the voluntary sector, including as Risk and Audit Committee Chair.

As Chair, Jane has responsibility for assessing the value delivered to investors, independent director representation, board composition and for ensuring that we act in the best interest of investors.

James Quy FCA, Non-Executive Director

Jim has been associated with us since 1992, providing accountancy services and corporate governance as a director and company secretary between 2001 and 2018.  He is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, building a successful career as a chartered accountant, for individuals, trusts and companies since 1968. 

Jim has held numerous positions on the boards of different businesses across a range of industries.  In 2018, he was appointed as a non executive director bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience of the business to the non-executive team.  Jim's integrity and independence of mind continues to be an invaluable resource to both executive and non-executive teams.

Nicholas Volpe, Independent Non-Executive Director

Nicholas was appointed to our board in 2021, with 20 years of global experience dedicated to Regulatory Change, Operational Risk and Compliance. 

Nicholas has his own consultancy focussing on regulatory change, business transformation, operational risk and technology strategy, having previously operated as Chief Operating Officer for a division of one of the world's largest sovereign wealth funds.