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Board of Directors

THE BOARD

Simon Fraser1 – Chair | Sep 2014*

Chairman since 2014, Simon is also Chair of McInroy & Wood and Chair of Murray International Trust plc. He spent 28 years at Fidelity, working in the US, Europe and Asia helping build the network of international investment professionals, ultimately becoming Chief Investment Officer of Fidelity International. Since leaving Fidelity he has also served as Chair of F&C Investment Trust plc and Merchants Trust plc and as a non-executive director of Barclays plc and Ashmore plc. Since March 2020 Simon has also Chaired the Pre-Emption Group.

Andy Griff‌iths – Executive Director | Sep 2014

Andy has over 25 years of international investment experience. Before setting up the Investor Forum in 2014, Andy was a senior investment professional at Capital Group and M&G. Throughout his career, Andy has been responsible for financial sector investments and has consistently been ranked among leading equity investors in Europe. Andy was also an Operating Partner with Corsair Capital.

Amra Balic | Dec 2020

Amra is Head of BlackRock’s EMEA Investment Stewardship team. Amra joined BlackRock in 2011 after 11 years with Standard & Poor’s (now S&P Global), where she was a Director in European Corporate Credit Ratings. Amra is also a board member of Eumedion, a Dutch investor association, and a member of the FRC Investor Advisory Group and the IA Corporate Governance and Engagement Committee.

Edward Bonham Carter2 | Dec 2014

Edward was previously Vice Chairman, CEO, Chief Investment Officer and UK fund manager at Jupiter Fund Management plc, before becoming Director of Stewardship & Corporate Responsibility in May 2021 when he stepped down from the Jupiter Board. He chairs both the CSR and Stewardship Committees at Jupiter and his role supports the work of the CIO office and the Governance and Sustainability team. Previously he worked at Schroders and Electra Investment Trust. He is currently Senior Independent Director of Land Securities Group plc and ITV plc, Chairman of Netwealth Investments, a Trustee of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and is on the Strategic Advisory Board of Livingbridge.

Paul Coombes | Oct 2017

A former director of McKinsey & Company, Paul was head of their UK insurance practice and global leader of the firm’s financial institutions practice. He is currently Chairman of the Centre for Corporate Governance, London Business School, and a member of the FRC’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel.

Anne Marie Fleurbaaij | Oct 2019

Anne Marie is the Managing Director of Marketable Assets at Cambridge Investment Management Ltd, the manager of the Cambridge University Endowment Fund. Previously, she spent 12 years as a Portfolio Manager with GIC (London), a sovereign wealth fund. Prior to this, she was a Vice- President at Morgan Stanley Investment Management and began her career at Deloitte. She serves as a Senior Adviser to Girls Are Investors and is an Ambassador to the Diversity Project.

Sir Peter Gershon | Jan 2018

Sir Peter has held senior executive and non-executive positions in public and private companies in healthcare, technology, defence and telecommunications industries. His previous senior board level appointments include Chair of National Grid plc, Chair of Premier Farnell plc, Chair of Tate & Lyle plc and Managing Director of Marconi Electronic Systems. Sir Peter also has experience of the public sector through his appointment as Chief Executive of the Office of Government Commerce and leading 3 independent reviews for the UK Government.

Jessica Ground | Jan 2017

Since 2020 Jessica has been the Global Head of ESG at Capital Group. Prior to this, she was the Global Head of Stewardship at Schroders where she was previously a fund manager and an analyst covering Financials and Utilities on a pan-European and Global basis. Jessica is a member of the Code Committee for the Takeover Panel.

Chris Hitchen | Dec 2014

Formerly CEO of RPMI Railpen, Chris is now Chairman of Border to Coast Pension Partnership and The Pension Superfund, as well as being a Trustee and Chair of the Investment Committee of NEST. Chris is also a board member of the International Centre for Pensions Management and on the investment committee for the Guardian Media Group.

Ida Levine3 | Dec 2014

Ida is a Non-Executive Director and Lead Expert on Policy/Regulation at the Impact Investing Institute, as well as a trustee of The Royal Academy of Dance and a principal at Two Rivers Associates. She also is a member of the Financial Markets Law Committee (established by the Bank of England). She was previously Senior Vice-President and Senior Counsel at Capital Group, and a Board Director of Capital International Limited.

Michael McLintock4 | May 2021

Michael McLintock became Chairman of Associated British Foods plc in April 2018, having previously been appointed a Director in November 2017. Michael retired from the M&G in 2016 having joined the company in 1992 and been appointed Chief Executive in 1997. In 1999 he oversaw the sale of M&G to Prudential plc where he served as an Executive Director from 2000 until 2016. He is also Chairman of Grosvenor Group Limited, a Trustee of the Grosvenor Estate, a member of The Takeover Appeal Board and a member of the Spencer Stuart Advisory Board.
He was a Director of Close Brothers Group from 2001- 2008 and a member of the Finance Committee of MCC from 2005 – 2018.

Andrew Millington | Dec 2020

Andrew is Head of UK Equities at Aberdeen Standard Investments. Andrew was previously a UK and European equity portfolio fund manager at ASI, after starting his career at Baillie Gifford.

Luba Nikulina | Apr 2019

Luba is Global Head of Research at Willis Towers Watson, responsible for the global team of more than a hundred investment professionals conducting economic and capital markets research, evaluating asset management firms in a variety of different asset classes, coming up with investment recommendations and creating new investment solutions for asset owners.

Robert Swannell | Dec 2014

Robert is Chair of UK Government Investments, which is the centre of excellence for corporate finance and corporate governance for HMG. He is currently a member of the Takeover Appeal Board and was previously Chair of Marks & Spencer plc. Robert spent over 30 years in investment banking with Schroders/Citigroup and was on the board of both British Land Company plc and 3i Group plc.

Chantal Waight | Dec 2020

Chantal is the Director of Strategy and Corporate Development at M&G plc. Chantal was previously an equity analyst, and more recently, the Director of Investor Relations at Prudential plc, where she led investor communications through the merger and transformation of M&G Investments and Prudential UK&E and the demerger of M&G from Prudential plc.

1. Chairman of Nomination and Remuneration Committee
2. Senior Independent Director
3. Chair of the Operating Oversight Committee
4. Chairman Elect

 

*Appointment date

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