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.