The Trust's board is a highly experienced group with deep insights into investment trusts, the financial services world and private equity. They work closely with the manager, SL Capital Partners to deliver shareholder value. They are responsible for stewardship, including overall strategy, investment policy, borrowings, dividends, corporate governance procedures and risk management.
Christina McComb was appointed on 29 January 2013. Christina has over 25 years’ experience of investing in growth companies, having spent much of her career at leading private equity firm 3i Group plc. She is currently Chair of financial mutual OneFamily and is Senior Independent Director of the British Business Bank, the government owned development bank supporting access to finance for UK SMEs. She is also Senior Independent Director of Big Society Capital, the UK’s leading social investment fund and a Non-executive Director of Nexeon Ltd.
Jonathon Bond was appointed on 15 June 2018. Jonathon has over 30 years’ experience in the private equity industry with a particular focus on raising standards of governance and performance. He has extensive international and general management experience, having served on the board of several significant businesses. Jonathon is Senior Independent Director and member of the Audit and Risk, Remuneration and Nomination Committees of Jupiter Fund Management PLC, Executive Chairman of The Skagen Group, Chairman of Ruths Hotel, Director of Chalke Valley History Festivals Ltd and Director of The Farncombe Group.
Alan Devine was appointed on 28 May 2014. He holds an MBA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland. Alan was formerly CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland Shipping Group and has a wide background of knowledge and over 40 years’ experience in both commercial and investment banking. Alan is a Director of Irish company Capital Flow Holdings DAC and Evedin Consulting Limited. Alan is also Chairman of the private equity owned Irish based logistics company known as GSLS.
Diane Seymour-Williams was appointed on 7 June 2017. Diane is a Nonexecutive Director of Witan Pacific Investment Trust plc and Brooks Macdonald Group plc, where she also chairs the Remuneration Committee. She is also Non-executive Director of Calculus VCT PLC and a Director of Acorn Capital Advisers Limited. Diane worked at Deutsche Asset Management Group (previously Morgan Grenfell) for 23 years where she held various senior positions, including CIO and CEO of Asia. More recently, she spent nine years at LGM Investments, a specialist global emerging and frontier markets equities manager, where she was Global Head of Relationship Management.
Calum Thomson was appointed on 30 November 2017. Calum is a qualified chartered accountant and was an audit partner with Deloitte LLP for over 21 years. Calum is a Non-executive Director and the Audit Committee chair of the Diverse Income Trust plc, the British Empire Trust plc and Barings Emerging Europe plc. He is also a Non-executive Director and Audit Committee chair of BLME Holdings Plc and the Adam Smith Advisory Group Ltd and Chairman of trustees of La Serenissima.
1 Christina McComb is Chair of the Management Engagement and Nominations Committees.
2 Alan Devine is the Senior Independent Director.
All of the directors are members of the Audit, Management Engagement and Nominations Committees.