Governance

The board is committed to the highest standards of corporate governance and maintaining a sound framework for the control and management of the business.

Board of Directors

Alex Hoctor-Duncan

Chief Executive Officer

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Alex Hoctor-Duncan

Chief Executive Officer

Alex Hoctor-Duncan has worked within the industry since 1995. He was Global Head of Aberdeen Standard Investments until June 2021. Before joining Standard Life Aberdeen in September 2018, Alex was Head of the European Middle East and Africa (EMEA) business at BlackRock. Prior to this Alex was Head of Merrill Lynch Investment Managers UK business which subsequently became part of BlackRock. Alex was on the board of the UK Investment Association and is currently a non-executive director of TISA. Alex became Chief Executive Officer of River and Mercantile in February 2022. His significant industry experience and asset management expertise will contribute to River and Mercantile's long-term sustainable success.

Simon Wilson

Group Chief Financial Officer

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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.

Campbell Fleming

Director

Campbell Fleming

Director

Campbell has worked within the investment industry since the 1990s. He was Global Head of Distribution & Marketing at Standard Life Aberdeen until September 2021. Before joining Aberdeen Asset Management in August 2016, Campbell was Chief Executive - EMEA and Global Chief Operating Officer at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, having joined that firm as Global Head of Distribution in November 2009. Prior to this, Campbell was Head of UK for JPMorgan Asset Management. He trained as a barrister in Australia before moving to the UK in 1995. He also chairs The Big Exchange. Campbell is CEO of AssetCo plc.

Peter McKellar

Director

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Peter McKellar

Director

Peter McKellar has spent nearly all of his working career in private markets, in particular private equity and infrastructure investment management and direct operating management. He retired in September 2020 as executive chairman and global head of private markets for Standard Life Aberdeen plc, where he oversaw investment management activities across private equity, infrastructure, real estate, natural resources, and certain private credit capabilities, totalling £55 billion of AUM.

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