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LEADERSHIP

Private offices don’t exist at Merian Global Investors. Instead, everyone sits in an open plan arrangement, and that is just how we like it – because real leadership is about helping everyone to achieve their best, not about sitting in ivory towers.

We believe that effective leadership is about enabling all colleagues to achieve their best, for the ultimate benefit of our clients.

With this in mind, we have established a number of key committees, both to ensure robust governance and to help facilitate effective communication across the business. 

LEADERSHIP

The board of our ultimate holding company, consisting of nine members, includes representation from our most senior investors, our backers, TA Associates, and independent, non-executive directors. 

Investor board membership:

  • Richard Buxton, chief executive  
  • Ian Heslop, head of global equities 
  • Richard Watts, UK mid-cap fund manager 

TA Associates board membership:

Three representatives of TA Associates sit on the board.

Non-executive directors:

As an independent, privately-owned business, Merian Global Investors expects to have three highly-experienced non-executive directors on the board of its ultimate holding company: one of the three non-executive directors is expected to be appointed as chair. Appointments, in addition to memberships of audit and remuneration sub-committees, will be announced when the most appropriate candidates have been identified. 

Our executive committee (exco) is comprised of some of the most experienced leaders in the field of asset management. The committee leads on and implements the overall strategy of the business, with the overriding aim of meeting clients’ needs. The exco is charged with developing the business in partnership with all of its key stakeholders, including clients, shareholders and employees. The exco meets frequently with, and receives significant input from, the six key investors who led the buyout of the business from its previous parent company. 

Richard Buxton

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Richard joined the company in June 2013 as head of UK equities.

Warren Tonkinson

MANAGING DIRECTOR, DISTRIBUTION

Warren joined the company in 2012 as head of distribution for Skandia Investment Group...

Karen Barnett

HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCES

Karen joined the company in 1999, and is responsible for creating...

Jessica Brescia

CHIEF RISK OFFICER

Jessica joined the company 2009, first as a funds lawyer for Skandia Investment Group...

Simon Stratford

CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER

Simon joined the company as Chief Technology Officer in 2014 to lead the development of the IT capability.

Terri Borain

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Terri was appointed as chief financial officer in December 2017. She joined the company in 2014 as the head of finance.

Nicola Stronach

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER

Nicola joined the company in 2016 as chief administration officer before her role was extended to chief operating officer.

The risk and governance committee (RGC) ensures the effectiveness of the systems of governance, risk management, and internal controls, and capital management of Merian Global Investors business. A board committee, the RGC is charged with:

  • Monitoring legal and regulatory requirements (including capital requirements)
  • Ensuring effective risk and control process operating within its stated risk appetites
  • Identification and consideration of breaches/error trends and material issues 
  • Overseeing the conflicts of interest framework 
  • Approving material changes to policy suite or control framework
  • Consideration of material compliance monitoring/audit issues 
  • Monitoring conduct issues/good customer outcomes

 

The quarterly investment committee (QIC) provides independent oversight of portfolio management activities for all Merian Global Investors funds and strategies to ensure investors are provided with products which perform as investors expect. A board committee, the QIC is charged by the fund boards with the following responsibilities:

  • Performance and risk oversight 
  • Investment risk management oversight 
  • Mandate oversight 
  • Performance, risk and mandate review 
  • Good customer outcomes considerations
  • Ad-hoc approvals (e.g. mandate changes) 

Merian Global Investors recognises that to be a successful asset management business requires both class-leading investment products and deep client relationships. To this end, we have built one of the most experienced distribution teams in the sector. The team works hand in hand with fund managers to develop and market products and capabilities to meet our clients’ investment challenges, and to provide them with the support and service they appreciate and rightly expect. 

THE SIX FUND MANAGERS WHO LED OUR BUY-OUT
AMADEO ALENTORN

RICHARD BUXTON

IAN HESLOP

DAN NICKOLS

MIKE SERVENT

RICHARD WATTS

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