Chris was appointed to the Board as an independent Non-executive Director in April 2020 and became Chair of the Board in July 2020. He is a member of the Investment Oversight Committee.
Chris has considerable experience in financial services, particularly in the areas of investment and asset management. He was Chief Executive of Ignis Asset Management, a business with £65bn of assets under management, from 2009 to mid-2014. Over this period, Chris led the successful transformation, and then sale, of the business.
Prior to this, Chris held Board-level positions at a number of asset management businesses including Gartmore, Hill Samuel Asset Management and Cambridge Place Investment Management. Before his move in to asset management in 1995, Chris spent 10 years with a US Investment Bank, Prudential-Bache. He began his career with KPMG in 1980 where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
Chris is an experienced Chair and Non-executive Director. He currently serves as Chair of BlackRock Throgmorton Trust plc and JP Morgan Japanese Investment Trust plc, and a Non-executive Director of Alliance Trust PLC, Sarasin & Partners LLP and UIL Limited.