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Board of Directors

Adrian Collins
Adrian Collins
Non-Executive Chairman

Adrian joined the Board in June 2009. He holds a number of other non-executive directorships, including at City Natural Resources and New City High Yield.  Adrian has worked in the fund management business for more than 35 years, a large part of which was at Gartmore Investment Management Limited where, latterly, he was the Managing Director.

John Ions
John Ions
Chief Executive

John joined the Board in May 2010. Prior to joining Liontrust in February 2010, John was Chief Executive of Tactica Fund Management from when it was established in 2005. Previously, John was Joint Managing Director of SG Asset Management and Chief Executive of Societe Generale Unit Trusts Limited, having been a co-founder of the business in 1998. John was also formerly Head of Distribution at Aberdeen Asset Management.

Vinay Abrol
Vinay Abrol
Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer

Vinay joined the Board in September 2004. Vinay is responsible for overseeing all finance, information technology, operations, risk and compliance functions of the Group. After obtaining a first class degree in computer science from Imperial College of Science and Technology, Vinay worked for W.I. Carr (UK) Limited specialising in the development of equity trading systems for its Far East subsidiaries and then at HSBC Asset Management (Europe) Limited where he was responsible for global mutual fund systems. Following a short period at S.G. Warburg and Co., he joined Liontrust in 1995.

Alastair Barbour
Alastair Barbour
Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Audit Committee
Alastair joined the Board in April 2011. Alastair is an independent Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is a chartered accountant with 25 years’ experience spent auditing and advising boards and management of public companies in the UK and internationally, principally in the financial services industry. He trained with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co in London before being admitted as a partner with KPMG in Bermuda in 1985. Alastair returned to the UK as a partner of KPMG in 1991 and has specialised in financial services with extensive experience in advising on accounting, financial reporting and corporate governance. He is also a Director of Standard Life European Private Equity Trust PLC and CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd.
Mike Bishop
Mike Bishop
Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Nominations Committee
Mike joined the Board in May 2011. He has more than 30 years’ experience as a fund manager and is a non-executive director of Hermes Focus Asset Management and an adviser to its UK equity activist funds. Before joining Hermes in 2005, Mike was Head of Pan-European Equities at Morley Fund Management Limited and a director and fund manager at Gartmore Investment Management. At Gartmore, Mike was on the main Board for nine years and was a key member of the team that grew pension funds under management from £300 million in April 1984 to £20 billion in 1996, with total assets rising over this period from £1.5 billion to £25 billion.
George Yeandle
George Yeandle
Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

George joined the Board in January 2015. He is a chartered accountant with more than 30 years’ experience, having specialised throughout most of his career in advising clients on executive pay and remuneration issues. George has also held a number of internal leadership roles. He trained with Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) before being admitted as a partner in 1989. More recently, George was Operational Leader of the London Region Human Resource Services Business and a Senior Partner at PwC, retiring in December 2013.

Sophia Tickell
Sophia Tickell
Non-Executive Director

Sophia joined the board in October 2017. Sophia is founding partner of healthcare, energy, climate change and finance think tank Meteos Limited, and a writer, facilitator and advocate with more than 15 years of experience working with asset managers and corporate executives to improve their appreciation of societal expectations and environmental constraints.

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