Andrew Bell has a depth of experience both as a non-executive director and chairman of investment trusts and is currently a director and the CEO of Witan Investment Trust plc. Prior to this, his experience includes positions at Barclays de Zoete Wedd and Credit Suisse First Boston, and Carr Sheppards Crosthwaite where he spent 10 years as head of research & strategy. Mr Bell was previously a non-executive director of Henderson High Income Trust plc, Framlington Innovative Growth Trust plc, where he also chaired the audit committee for a period, and Gabelli Value Plus+ Trust plc, where he was chairman from its launch in 2015 to 2018. Mr Bell was also a director of The Association of Investment Companies from 2005 to 2015 and held the position of chairman for the last two years of his appointment.
Ms McGrade has a depth of experience as a non-executive director and in advisory and consultancy roles. She has broad experience across the investment management industry, including asset management and private wealth. Ms McGrade is currently a non-executive Director of M&G Securities Ltd and Advisor to the Investment Committee of the Sainsbury’s Pension Scheme. She also carries out independent consultancy work focusing primarily on making investing understandable to the general public. In addition, Ms McGrade was previously Chief Investment Officer of Virgin Money and Chief Investment Officer of TD Direct Investing (Europe), where she was also an Executive committee member and Chair of the Investment Committee. Appointed as a Director on 10 October 2019.
Caroline Kemsley-Pein is a qualified solicitor and has been advising corporate clients for over 20 years. She is principal and sole owner of Kemsley & Company, a specialist corporate and commercial solicitors’ practice. Throughout her career, Ms Kemsley-Pein has gained experience in mergers, acquisitions and disposals of companies and businesses within the UK market, shareholder and joint venture arrangements, corporate restructuring and complex contractual arrangements.
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