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Al Bryant

Head of Emerging Markets, ILC Equities

Al Bryant

Head of Emerging Markets, ILC Equities

Al Bryant, CFA is a portfolio manager and CIO/DOR in the Industrial Life Cycle (ILC) Equity team, specifically managing the Emerging Market (large cap) and Emerging Market Opportunities (smid cap) strategies. Mr. Bryant joined River and Mercantile in June of 2017. Prior to that, Al spent twelve years at Credit Suisse.  During that time, Al focused on developing and implementing global equity investment strategies based upon the ILC framework. The ILC framework is a structured global equity investment process that Al has been developing since 2004. Prior to joining Credit Suisse, Mr. Bryant spent four years as a portfolio manager for institutional and private clients at Segall Bryant & Hamill Investment Counsel, based in Chicago. Mr. Bryant holds an MBA in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a BA in Urban Studies and Economics from the College of Wooster

Angela Crawford-Ingle

Non-executive Director, River and Mercantile Group

Angela Crawford-Ingle

Non-executive Director, River and Mercantile Group

Angela is a Chartered Accountant with extensive audit experience of multinational and listed companies. She was a Partner in PricewaterhouseCoopers specialising in Financial Services for 20 years during which time she led the Insurance and Investment Management Division and retired in 2008. She is currently a partner in Ambre Partners, a firm providing strategic, financial and operational advice to private equity firms and entrepreneurial companies. She was appointed as a Non-executive Director of FTSE 250 insurance business Beazley plc and Swinton Insurance in 2013, where she chairs the audit and risk, and the audit committees, respectively. Mrs Crawford-Ingle is the Chair of the Audit Committee and of the Client Engagement Committee and additionally sits on the Remuneration, Nomination and Risk Committees.

Arabella Townshend

Head of UK Institutional

Arabella Townshend

Head of UK Institutional

Arabella joined River and Mercantile in 2010 and during her time with the company she has worked within the client servicing and institutional distribution teams. She is currently Head of UK Institutional Distribution, where she works with her team to provide investment solutions to UK pension schemes, their consultants and trustees.

Charles Benett

Managing Director, PVT Equities

Charles Benett

Managing Director, PVT Equities

Charles graduated from Balliol College, Oxford, with a degree in Philosophy, Psychology and Physiology. He spent five years in the Royal Navy, including active service in the Gulf. After studying for an MBA at Columbia Business School, New York, he worked as a sell-side Equity Research Analyst for Toronto Dominion Securities (USA). Returning to the UK, he worked as a Technical Product Manager at Micromuse, worked on his own technology start-up and studied for an MSc in Computer Science at Imperial College, London. Before joining RAMAM, he worked at Advanced Portfolio Technologies (APT) in software development and risk consulting. Charles joined RAMAM in July 2006. Charles is the Managing Director of the PVT Equity team. Charles is a CFA charter holder

Dan Hanbury

Head of Income & Smaller Companies Strategies, PVT Equity

Dan Hanbury

Head of Income & Smaller Companies Strategies, PVT Equity

Graduating from Loughborough University in 1996 with a First-Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering, Dan began his career at Schroders on the UK Fund Management desk before joining the research department as an analyst in the UK Research Team. He joined Investec Asset Management in 2000 and was responsible for the UK Smaller Companies Fund and the UK Unconstrained portfolios. Dan was a founding member of RAMAM. Joining in October 2006, he successfully launched the UK Equity Smaller Companies and UK Dynamic Equity strategies and currently manages the UK Equity Smaller Companies, UK Equity Income and Core strategies.

David Hanratty

Global Head of Distribution

David Hanratty

Global Head of Distribution

David Peach

David Peach

George Ensor

Portfolio Manager, PVT Equities

George Ensor

Portfolio Manager, PVT Equities

George graduated from Bristol University with an Upper Second Class degree in Chemistry in 2008 before joining Smith & Williamson Investment Management as a graduate trainee where he worked for five years as an analyst and Private Client Investment Manager. George joined RAMAM in March 2014 as a UK equity analyst and is currently Portfolio Manager of the UK Micro Cap Investment Company Limited. George is a CFA charter holder.

Grace Lavelle

Director, Macro

Grace Lavelle

Director, Macro

Since joining R&M Solutions in 2013, Grace has worked on delivering fiduciary management services to a wide range of clients. Her primary responsibility is investment solution design, ensuring the regular and detailed monitoring of client portfolios and underlying fund allocations as well as on-going research into new investment products and strategies. Grace sits on R&M Solutions’ DC Management Committee, responsible for the composition of clients’ default strategies, Grace graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a First Class degree in Mathematics.

Graham Martin

Associate Director, UK Institutional

Graham Martin

Associate Director, UK Institutional

Hugh Sergeant

Head of Value & Recovery Strategies, PVT Equity

Hugh Sergeant

Head of Value & Recovery Strategies, PVT Equity

Hugh graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Economics. He joined Gartmore in 1987 as a UK equities graduate trainee and moved to Phillips & Drew in 1990, managing UK equities throughout his twelve years there.  He became Head of Smaller Companies in 1997, establishing a new team and launching the UBS Smaller Companies Fund. In March 2000 Hugh was promoted to Head of UK Equities at UBS Global Asset Management and Chairman of the UK Equities Committee.  He joined Société Générale Asset Management in 2002 where he was Head of UK Equities, manager of the Growth strategy and co-manager of the Special Opportunities Fund. Hugh was one of the founding members of RAMAM, joining in August 2006. Hugh is Head of Value and Recovery PVT Equities at RAMAM and manages the UK Equity High Alpha, UK Recovery, Global Recovery and Global High Alpha strategies.

James Barham

Chief Executive Officer, River and Mercantile Group

James Barham

Chief Executive Officer, River and Mercantile Group

James is the CEO of River and Mercantile Group PLC. He founded River and Mercantile Asset Management (RAMAM) in 2006 with the backing of Pacific Investments and was its chief executive officer until the merger with P-Solve in 2014. Immediately following the merger James became Global Head of Distribution before becoming Head of Asset Management in 2016 whilst retaining his responsibilities for RAMAM. James has been a Group Board Director since the IPO and was appointed Deputy Group CEO with responsibility for all the Group's businesses in September 2018. James became Group CEO in July 2019. James completed his education at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and following service with the Royal Welch Fusiliers joined Shandwick Consultants in 1989. He subsequently joined James Capel in 1991 and in 1995 was part of the team that founded and successfully floated Liontrust Asset Management PLC, where he established and managed the institutional business. James joined Intermediate Capital Group in 2004 as Sales and Marketing Director, leaving to found the RAMAM business.

James Sym

Portfolio Manager, PVT Equities

James Sym

Portfolio Manager, PVT Equities

James graduated from the University of Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences. James joined Cazenove Capital in 2007 as a graduate trainee in Wealth Management before moving to work on the Pan European desk in 2008, initially on the UK desk. In 2012 he launched the Cazenove European Income fund as co-manager and, following  the Schroders acquisition of Cazenove in 2013, was appointed manager of a number of continental and pan European equity products ultimately managing over £2bn of client assets as well as forming the specialist European equity team at Schroders. He joined River and Mercantile in June 2020 and is a member of the RAMAM PVT equity team with responsibility for the European franchise.

Jason Wood

Director, UK Institutional

Jason Wood

Director, UK Institutional

Joe Andrews

Portfolio Manager

Joe Andrews

Portfolio Manager

Since joining R&M Solutions in 2012, Joe has worked in the team responsible for delivering R&M Solutions fiduciary management service. Today Joe is a member of the Macro Committee, which is responsible for setting house views for all R&M Solutions clients. He also co-manages the Research & Development process at R&M Solutions, which is responsible for idea generation and ensuring the regular and detailed monitoring of macro themes, client portfolios and underlying fund allocations as well as on-going research into new investment products and strategies.

Joe Jepson

Associate Director, UK Institutional

Joe Jepson

Associate Director, UK Institutional

John Misselbrook

Non-executive Director, River and Mercantile Group

John Misselbrook

Non-executive Director, River and Mercantile Group

John was appointed to the Board on 16 February 2018 and is the chair of the Risk Committee. Additionally John sits on the Audit, Remuneration and Nomination committees. John has extensive financial services and non-executive experience. John currently serves as Chairman of JPMorgan Chinese Investment Trust Plc, Chairman of Northern Trust Global Services Plc and as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Risk and Remuneration Committees of Brown Shipley & Co. Limited. John was formerly Chairman of Aviva Investors and served as the Chief Operating Officer of Baring Asset Management Limited for 11 years.  

Jonathan Dawson

Chairman, River and Mercantile Group

Jonathan Dawson

Chairman, River and Mercantile Group

Jonathan was appointed to the Board on 1 October 2017 as Chairman of the Company. Jonathan chairs the Nominations Committee. Jonathan has extensive financial services, pensions and non-executive experience. Jonathan started his career in the Ministry of Defence before joining Lazard, the investment bank, where he spent over 20 years. He left Lazard in 2005 and cofounded Penfida Limited, the leading independent corporate finance advisor to pension fund trustees. Jonathan currently serves as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of National Grid plc and is the Chairman of Penfida Limited. Most recently Jonathan served as Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc. Jonathan previously served as Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Next plc. Jonathan has also chaired three pension scheme boards of trustees. Other previous appointments include, Non-Executive Director of Galliford Try plc, National Australia Group Europe Limited and Standard Life Investments (Holdings) Limited.

Katie Birtwistle

Katie Birtwistle

Marcus Honig

Sales Director, London & South East

Marcus Honig

Sales Director, London & South East

Marie Martin

Marie Martin

Martin Canavan

Sales Director, North England, Scotland, Ireland & Isle of Man

Martin Canavan

Sales Director, North England, Scotland, Ireland & Isle of Man

Michelle Betts

Michelle Betts

Mike Faulkner

Chief Investment Officer

Mike Faulkner

Chief Investment Officer

Mr Faulkner founded R&M Group in 2001 and served as its chief executive officer until the merger. Under his direction, R&M Group became one of the first institutional advisers in the UK to offer fiduciary management to pension schemes. Mr Faulkner has 22 years of consulting and asset management experience. He was ranked number one in the Financial News category of Europe's most influential asset managers and included in the overall top 10 in its FN 100 Most Influential annual survey in 2011. Mr Faulkner is a Mathematics graduate from Imperial College, London.

Miriam Greenwood

Non-executive Director, River and Mercantile Group

Miriam Greenwood

Non-executive Director, River and Mercantile Group

Miriam is the Chair of the Company’s Remuneration Committee. With extensive financial industry experience she was a founding partner of SPARK Advisory Partners and has held senior roles with a number of major financial institutions. Miriam currently serves as the Senior Independent Director and Chair of the Remuneration Committee of Smart Metering Systems plc and will be appointed as Chair immediately following Smart Metering Systems plc’s next annual general meeting in June 2020, and as Non-Executive Director of Eclipse Shipping Ltd. She is an adviser to OFGEM and the Mayor of London's Energy Efficiency Fund. In previous roles she served as a partner of SPARK Advisory Partners and as a Non-Executive Director of Telit Communications plc and Mithras Investment Trust plc.

Pauline Cunningham

Pauline Cunningham

Ronan O’Riordan

Director, Business Development

Ronan O’Riordan

Director, Business Development

Sally Buckmaster

Company Secretary, River and Mercantile Group

Sally Buckmaster

Company Secretary, River and Mercantile Group

Simon Smith

Head of Wholesale Distribution

Simon Smith

Head of Wholesale Distribution

Simon Wilson

Chief Financial Officer, River and Mercantile Group

Simon Wilson

Chief Financial Officer, River and Mercantile Group

photo of Simon Wilson, Group Chief Fiancial Officer

Simon Wilson

Group Chief Financial Officer

photo of Simon Wilson, Group Chief Fiancial Officer

Simon Wilson

Group Chief Financial Officer

Simon was appointed to the Board as an Executive Director and Chief Financial Officer on 19 May 2020. Simon is a Chartered Accountant and has over 20 years’ experience in asset management and the financial services sector gained in senior financial roles. Prior to joining, Simon spent five years as Group Finance Director for the Topland Group, one of the UK’s largest privately owned investment groups which focuses on real estate, hotels, healthcare and the provision of equity and debt finance. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant at Deloitte in its financial services assurance department in London and moved to Hawkpoint, the M&A advisory business, where he advised on public and private transactions, capital raises and IPOs in the financial services and mid-market sectors. From Hawkpoint he joined the financial services investment group, Pacific Investments, where he spent twelve years, latterly as Managing Director of Corporate Finance and Chief Operating Officer of fund management. While at Pacific Investments, Simon represented Pacific’s interests in River and Mercantile Asset Management LLP from its formation in 2006 until its merger in 2014 prior to the IPO of the Company. Simon has significant financial experience, having held a number of senior financial roles. This, combined with his asset management experience and previous knowledge of the Group’s asset management business, allows him to bring in-depth expertise on a broad range of relevant areas to the Board. His appointment completes the Group’s refreshed senior management team which is integral to the delivery of the Group Chief Executive’s strategy. Simon’s contribution to the Board and senior management team is key to the long-term sustainable success of the Company.

Sudin Poddar

Portfolio Manager, ILC Equities

Sudin Poddar

Portfolio Manager, ILC Equities

Sudin Poddar, CFA is a Portfolio Manager and Analyst on the Industrial Life Cycle (ILC) Equity team. Prior to joining River and Mercantile Group in June of 2017, Mr. Poddar spent ten years at Credit Suisse helping build and grow a core equities business centered on the Industrial Life Cycle framework. Primary amongst his responsibilities was to manage a Global All Country Small Cap strategy which was incepted in January of 2014. Mr. Poddar holds an MBA in Financial Analysis and a BS in Business with a Major in Finance from Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

Tamsin Evans

Head of Macro

Tamsin Evans

Head of Macro

Tamsin is responsible for the RMG suite of multi asset products. She chairs the Global Investment Committee, the group responsible for macroeconomic research and asset allocation decisions and is integral in the implementation of those views within specific product constraints. She is an experienced manager researcher and has a particular interest in risk management. Tamsin began her career as a management consultant at Accenture and previously worked at Watson Wyatt, now Willis Towers Watson specialising in asset liability modelling and executive reward. Tamsin graduated from the University of Manchester with a BSc in Mathematics. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries.  

Tom De Lisle

Sales Director, London

Tom De Lisle

Sales Director, London

William Lough

Portfolio Manager, PVT Equities

William Lough

Portfolio Manager, PVT Equities

Will graduated from the University of Oxford with a First-Class Honours Degree in Modern History, before joining RAMAM as an equity analyst in 2009. In 2013 he was promoted to Director of Research and in 2014 became alternate Portfolio Manager on Hugh Sergeant’s Recovery and High Alpha strategies. Will is currently the lead Portfolio Manager on the UK Dynamic Equity Fund.

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