Appointed: July 2021
Skills and experience:
Chris has considerable experience in financial services, particularly in the areas of investment and asset management. This experience will enable him to provide challenge, advice and support to Quilter’s management team on business performance and operational matters.
Chris is an experienced Chair and Non-executive Director. He chairs Quilter Financial Planning Limited, the Quilter Group’s financial advice arm. Chris also chairs BlackRock Throgmorton Trust plc and JP Morgan Japanese Investment Trust plc and is a Non-executive Director of Alliance Trust PLC and UIL Limited. He was Chief Executive of Ignis Asset Management, a business with circa. £65bn of assets under management, from 2009 to mid-2014. Over this period, Chris led the successful transformation, and then sale, of the business. Chris stepped down from the Board of Sarasin & Partners LLP on 30 June 2021 and has confirmed he will not be seeking re-election to the Alliance Trust PLC Board at their Annual General Meeting in April 2022.
Chris has held Board-level positions at a number of asset management businesses including Gartmore, Hill Samuel Asset Management, Cambridge Place Investment Management and 10 years with a US Investment Bank, Prudential-Bache. He began his career with KPMG in 1980 where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.