David Simpson is a qualified solicitor and was a partner at KPMG for 15 years until 2013, culminating as global head of M&A. Before that he spent 15 years in investment banking, latterly at Barclays de Zoete Wedd Ltd. He is chairman of Ecofin Global Utilities and Infrastructure Trust plc; a non-executive director of the British Geological Survey; a trustee of Cardiff University; and a non-executive director of ITC Limited, a major listed Indian company. David graduated from Cambridge University with a degree in Economics and Law.
Richard Boléat is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales, having trained with Coopers & Lybrand in Jersey and the United Kingdom. After qualifying in 1986, he subsequently worked in the Middle East, Africa and the UK for a number of commercial and financial services groups before returning to Jersey in 1991. He was formerly a Principal of Channel House Financial Services Group from 1996 until its acquisition by Capita Group plc (“Capita”) in September 2005. Richard led Capita's financial services client practice in Jersey until September 2007, when he left to establish Governance Partners, L.P., an independent corporate governance practice. He currently acts as Chairman of CVC Credit Partners European Opportunities Limited, Phaunos Timber Fund Limited and Funding Circle SME Income Fund Limited, all of which are listed on the London Stock Exchange. He is regulated in his personal capacity by the Jersey Financial Services Commission and is a member of AIMA.
Mark Hutchinson joined M&G in 1997 as Head of the Private Finance Group and has overseen the start of a number of activities including Private Placements, Leveraged Finance, Project & Infrastructure Finance and Structured Credit. In addition, he started the initiative for purchasing properties with long leases for Prudential’s annuity funds in 2000. He continues to be involved in the development and growth of private assets within M&G.
Barbara Powley is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience in the investment trust industry. Prior to her retirement in March 2018 she was a director in BlackRock’s closed end funds team from 2005 with responsibility for the oversight and administration of BlackRock’s stable of investment trusts. From 1996 to 2005 she had a similar role at Fidelity. Barbara graduated from the University of York with a degree in Mathematics and Economics. She brings to the board her extensive knowledge of the investment trust sector and its regulatory requirements.