Fergus Sheridan (Chairman) (Irish)
Fergus is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and of the Association of Corporate Treasurers (UK). Following a 20 year corporate career in risk management he departed Irish Life Assurance as Treasurer, in 1994, to establish Strategic Risk Management Ltd as a consultancy. He has also been an independent non-executive director since 1995 and is now fully engaged in that capacity. He holds post graduate qualifications in corporate governance (University College Dublin) and Company Direction (Institute of Directors); is a founding director of the Corporate Governance Association of Ireland; and is currently Chairman of the Irish Fund Directors Association.
William Backhouse (British)
William qualified as a chartered accountant. He joined the corporate finance department of Barings in 1970 and from 1984 until he retired in 1993, he was a director of Baring Asset Management. He is chairman of Thames River Multi Hedge PCC . Mr Backhouse is a shareholder in the parent company of the Investment Manager.
Charles Ekins (British)
Charles is the founder and Chief Executive of Ekins Guinness LLP. Previously he was Chief Investment Officer at Valu-Trac Investment Management, prior to which he spent 19 years at Morgan Grenfell (Deutsche) Asset Management where he was a portfolio manager, member of the Investment Policy Committee and client director. He read Maths with Computing Science at Bristol University and has an MBA from the City University Business School. Mr Ekins is a shareholder in the parent company of the Investment Manager.
Paul Halley (Irish)
Paul is a business graduate of Trinity College Dublin and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland. He acts as an independent non-executive director with board positions on a portfolio of authorised investment funds and non-financial service related entities. He has held senior management positions in the fields of compliance, fund services and trustee/depository services with a range of blue chip financial service providers in Ireland. Previous to this, he worked with Bank of Ireland Asset Management, Dolmen Stockbrokers, BNY Mellon and IBRC Assurance Company.