Meet the board

Our strategies and decisions are guided by an independent, non-executive Board of experienced financial experts.

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Beatrice Hollond


Appointed to the Board on 1 September 2017, Beatrice is now Chairman of the Board, the Management Engagement Committee and the Nomination Committee. Beatrice brings to the Board investment knowledge and expertise in regard to both equities and global fixed income. She also brings leadership skills from her time as a Managing Director of Credit Suisse Asset Management, LLC where she spent 16 years in global fixed income. Beatrice is a member of the Board of Brown Advisory in the United States and chairs its international advisory board. She is also the Senior Independent Director at Telecom Plus PLC.

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Richard Robinson

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board on 3 May 2024. Richard is the Investment Director at Paul Hamlyn Foundation. He was previously Head of Charities & Foundations at Schroders plc and held a number of senior positions at Rothschild Asset Management. He is a former director of JPMorgan Global Emerging Markets Income Trust plc and Aurora Investment Trust plc.

Julie Tankard

Independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee

Appointed to the Board on 1 August 2022.  Julie is a director of Fincom Advisory Limited providing commercial advice to businesses, having previously been the Chief Financial Officer and a Board member of the Port of London where, as well as finance, she was responsible for risk, procurement, legal and information technology. She was also a pension trustee for 6 years of a defined benefit scheme, working with investment advisors, the scheme actuary and pensions advisory committee. Julie is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants. She sits on the Industrial Development Advisory Board and previously chaired the audit committee of Leeds & York NHS Foundation Trust, prior to which she held various senior positions at BT plc.

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Quintin Price

Senior Independent Director

Appointed to the Board on 10 March 2020 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Quintin brings investment banking and investment management knowledge and expertise to the Board from a 30 year career working at a senior level for a number of leading companies. From 2005 to 2015 he was at BlackRock where he was Global Head of Alpha Strategies and a member of the Global Executive Committee. Quintin is a non-executive director of Aperture Investors, a New York based fund manager.

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Anuradha Chugh

Independent Non-Executive Director

Anu is the Chief Executive of Pukka Herbs where she is responsible for governance and strategy. Anu is a Marketing professional with more than 25 years’ experience in the consumer-packaged goods industry, having formerly been Managing Director of Ben and Jerrys Europe, Global Marketing Director of Unilever and Marketing Director of Pepsi Lipton International. Prior to that she held a number of senior Marketing roles at Unilever.

Stephen Russell

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board on 1 February 2022. Steve brings the highest level of investment skills and knowledge to the Board. He is Investment Director and a member of the multi asset investment committee at Ruffer LLP, where he helps direct its investment strategy. He joined Ruffer in 2003 and has managed their flagship pooled funds and developed their institutional pension fund offering into one of the largest multi asset/absolute return fund managers in the UK. Steve previously managed segregated pension funds at Sun Life of Canada and advised pension fund managers as a strategist at HSBC.

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Edward Knapp

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board on 25 July 2016 and is a member of the Audit Committee. Edward brings a combination of investment, operational and general management experience worldwide, with expertise in the digital transformation of large-scale organisations, Portfolio Management, Risk, Strategy and Technology. He is PLC Board Audit and Risk Committee Chairman elect of Ten Group, the technology service platform, where he also serves as a PLC Non-Executive Director, and is a former PLC Board Risk & Compliance Committee Chair in wealth management and financial services.  Edward was previously Chief Operating Officer and Global Head of Business Management within the Technology function at HSBC, and prior to that he was a Chief Operating Officer at Barclays Bank. Until 2012 he was at McKinsey & Company, providing board and advisory services to clients worldwide, focusing on growth strategy, technology, risk and transformation, including across asset management, banking and technology organisations. Edward is a Member of the Board of Asia House, a centre of expertise on trade, investment and public policy, and also brings regulatory, policy, competition and innovation board experience including serving on the Board of The Payment Systems Regulator and UK Endorsement Board (Department for Business & Trade), as well as advisor to a range of Fintech and wider portfolio companies.

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Rain Newton-Smith

Independent Non-Executive Director

Ms Newton-Smith is Chief Executive of the Confederation of British Industry (‘CBI’). She was previously its Chief Economist, providing business leaders with advice on the UK economic outlook and global risks. Rain has expertise in sustainability, governance on reducing carbon emissions and in developing environmental, social and governance (‘ESG’) reporting. Rain was formerly Head of Emerging Markets at Oxford Economics, where she was the lead expert on China. Prior to that, Rain worked as a research advisor to Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England including a secondment to the IMF. She is also a Director of Eynsham Partnership Academy, where she is a trustee for six primary schools and two secondary schools and is chair of the finance committee. In 2012, Rain was nominated a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and in 2020 she was asked to join their Global Future Council on Monetary and Fiscal Policy to help shape the global economic recovery plan.

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