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.
Edmond Warner was appointed on 27 November 2008. He is Chairman of Grant Thornton UK LLP, and online derivatives exchange LMAX. He has been a top ranked investment strategist in the surveys of institutional investors, and a leading commentator on financial and business matters in both the press and broadcast media. He is also the Chairman of BlackRock Commodities Income Investment Trust plc, and a non-executive director of Clarkson plc.
Jonathon Bond was appointed on 15 June 2018. Jonathon has over 30 years’ experience in the private equity industry. Jonathon’s current external appointments include Senior Independent Director and Member of the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination Committees of Jupiter Fund Management PLC. Jonathon is also Executive Chairman, based in London, of the Skagen Group Limited, a family-owned group of companies operating in the UK, Europe and the USA. Other appointments include Non-Executive Director of The Farncombe Group; Non-Executive Director of Ruths Hotel; Director of Chalke Valley History Festivals Ltd and Trustee of the Cecil King Memorial Foundation.
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 non-executive director of Irish company Capital Flow Holdings DAC.
Christina McComb was appointed on 29 January 2013. Christina has a background in Private Equity and Venture Capital Investment, having spent much of her career at leading private equity firm 3i Group plc. She is currently Chairman of OneFamily Mutual Assurance and a non-executive director of Baronsmead Venture Trust PLC, Nexeon Ltd and Big Society Capital Limited. Christina is also Senior Independent Director of the British Business Bank, the government owned development bank supporting access to finance for UK SMEs.
Diane Seymour-Williams was appointed on 7 June 2017. Diane is a nonexecutive director of Witan Pacific Investment Trust plc (appointed in 2010) and Brooks Macdonald Group plc (appointed 2011), where she has also chaired the Remuneration Committee since 2012. She is also non-executive director of Calculus VCT plc. 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 markets equities manager, where she was Global Head of Relationship Management.
Calum Thomson was appointed on 30 November 2017. Calum is a qualified accountant with over 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry. He has been with Deloitte LLP since October 1988. For 21 of those years he was a partner in the firm. Calum is a non-executive director and the Audit Committee chair of the Diverse Income Trust plc , the British Empire Trust plc and BLME Holdings plc, and is a non-executive director of Baring Emerging Europe plc. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for La Serenissima.
* Edmond Warner is Chairman of the Management Engagement and Nominations Committees.
‡ Christina McComb is the Senior Independent Director.
All of the directors are members of the Audit, Management Engagement and Nominations Committees.