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Board of Directors

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 of the Group. After obtaining a first class degree in computing science from Imperial College London, Vinay worked for W.I. Carr (UK) Limited specialising in the development of equity trading systems for their Far East subsidiaries, and then at HSBC Asset Management (Europe) Limited where he was responsible for global mutual funds systems. Following a short period at S.G. Warburg and Co., he joined Liontrust in 1995.

Alastair Barbour
Alastair Barbour
Non-Executive Chairman
Alastair joined the Board in April 2011. Alastair 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 RSA Insurance Group Plc, Phoenix Group Holdings plc, The Bank of N.T. Butterfield & Son Limited, and CATCo Reinsurance Opportunities Fund Ltd.
Mandy Donald
Mandy Donald
Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Audit & Risk Committee
Mandy has board experience in both complex organisations and early stage environments, and brings a background of strategic planning and operational management to the Company. A chartered accountant by training, she spent 18 years with EY before steering her focus towards the growth of new companies, serving on the boards of a diverse range of start-up businesses. Mandy is a Trustee of The Institute of Cancer Research, where she is also Chair of the Audit Committee, she is also a Non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Punter Southall Group. Mandy holds a Financial Times Non-Executive Diploma with a focus in corporate governance.
Mike Bishop
Mike Bishop
Senior Independent Director, Chairman of the Nominations Committee
Mike joined the Board in May 2011. Mike has more than forty years’ experience as a fund manager and is currently a Non-executive Director of RWC 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.

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 since it was established in 2005. Previously, John was Joint Managing Director of SG Asset Management and Chief Executive of Société 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.

Sophia Tickell
Sophia Tickell
Non-Executive Director

Sophia joined the Board in October 2017. Sophia is Founding Partner of 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. Sophia designed and collaboratively ran the PharmaFutures, EnergyFutures and BankingFutures dialogues, which were multi-year, senior dialogues between fund managers, corporate executives, regulators and civil society. She has served on a number of commercial, financial, academic and charitable boards and advisory committees. Her current roles include being a member of the Advisory Committee of the Liontrust Sustainable Future Funds and external adviser to the Corporate Responsibility Committee of GlaxoSmithKline Plc’s Board. 

George Yeandle
George Yeandle
Non-Executive Director, Chairman of the Remuneration Committee

George joined the Board in January 2015. George is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience having specialised throughout most of his career in advising clients on executive pay and remuneration issues. He 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 of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, retiring in December 2013.

Mark Jackson
Mark Jackson
Company Secretary

Prior to joining Liontrust in October 2017, Mark spent 9 years at the accountancy firm Mazars where he was a Director in the National Company Secretarial department providing services to listed and non-listed clients including Liontrust. Prior to joining Mazars, Mark spent 16 years at Linklaters where he headed the Company Secretarial department and prior to that was a Manager in the Company Secretarial department of Coopers & Lybrand (now PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP). Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.

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