Frank Ashton, Executive Chairman
Frank Ashton, aged 57, is a highly experienced senior manager and independent management consultant. After leaving Cambridge University with a Natural Sciences degree (Metallurgy & Materials Science), he spent much of his career providing independent management advice to companies in a wide variety of sectors. With 15 years spent at PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG (Operational Due Diligence) and 5 years working in Strategy and M&A for Cummins Inc, he has a proven track record in shareholder value creation and governance, in providing strategic and operational advice to both public and private companies in Europe and USA, as well as working at a policy level for Government entities.
Dr. Emmanuel Clive Pohl, Non-Executive Director and Fund Manager
Manny Pohl, aged 65, is the Chairman and Chief Investment Officer of investment house EC Pohl & Co which he founded after he stepped down in June 2012 as Managing Director and Chair of the Investment Committee of Hyperion Asset Management Limited. Manny founded Hyperion in 1996 and headed the business through its evolution into today’s independent, highly acclaimed Australian fund manager. Manny holds engineering and MBA degrees from the University of Witwatersrand and a doctorate in Business Administration (Economics) from Potchefstroom University.
Manny has over 30 years of investment experience, initially as head of research for leading South African broking firm, Davis Borkum Hare, followed by Westpac Investment Management in Australia after he emigrated to Australia in 1994. Furthermore, his engineering background gives him a methodical and disciplined approach to his role. He has served on the Boards of several major corporations in his native South Africa, the UK and his adopted home Australia.
Simon Moore, Non-Executive Director
Simon Moore, aged 58, is a consultant Senior Investment Analyst, currently working with EQ Investors. He has been an investment trust analyst since 1994 and has worked with several stockbrokers in the City of London including Williams de Broe, Teather & Greenwood and Collins Stewart. He was also Senior Investment Manager at Seven Investment Management and Head of Research at Tilney Bestinvest. Simon is a long standing member of two important committees at the Association of Investment Companies: the Statistics committee and the Property and Infrastructure Forum. In 2013 & 2014 Simon was chosen as one of the Citywire Wealth Manager Top 100 most influential people in UK private client fund selection. Simon is a scientist by training and has worked at two start up UK biotechnology companies, before passing on his knowledge and passion as a science tutor for the Open University. He has a Biochemistry BSc from Imperial College, and an MSc in Computer modelling of molecules from Birkbeck College. He is a member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals and the CFA institute.
David Lawman, Non-Executive Director
David Lawman aged 70 years has been associated with the London Stock Market since 1969.During that period, he has been actively involved in analytical research and marketing of smaller companies at medium sized agency brokers such as Sheppards and Chase, Seymour Pierce, Williams de Broe and latterly at Daniel Stewart. He has helped to establish successful corporate broking businesses which has involved him in both floating smaller companies on AIM and raising equity finance for corporate clients thereby establishing a contact list of most small cap fund managers .He is a Liveryman with the Worshipful Company of Coach Makers and Coach Harness Makers and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.