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The Non-Executive Board of Directors

Andrew Watkins

Chairman

Andrew Watkins has over 25 years of client relations, sales and marketing experience in the investment company sector. Andrew joined Robert Fleming & Co Ltd in 1991 and was appointed Director of Fleming Investment Trust Management Limited in 1994. He joined Jupiter International Group plc in 2000 as Director of Jupiter Asset Management, Head of Investment Trusts, and was responsible for client relations, sales and marketing. In 2004, Andrew joined Invesco Perpetual and became head of client relations, sales & marketing for the Specialist Funds division, Invesco Perpetual’s listed investment funds business. Andrew retired from full-time executive employment in June 2017. 

He is currently a non-executive director of F&C UK High Income Trust plc and has previously been a non-executive director of Premier Asset Management plc, KI Specialty Financials Master Fund, and KI Specialty Financials Fund. Andrew is a Member of the Securities Institute, holds the IMC and is an SFA Registered Representative.




Dr. Jerome Booth

Dr. Jerome Booth is a well-known economist and leading expert on emerging markets. In 2013 Jerome retired from Ashmore Group, a world leading emerging markets asset management group he helped establish in 1999 in a Management Buy-Out from ANZ Bank. Prior to ANZ he worked in the Strategic Planning unit of the Inter-American Development Bank from 1991-4 in Washington, D.C. Prior to this, Jerome had appointments as a Lecturer in Economics at Christ Church, Oxford, a consultancy business advising on aid issues, and a position in the mid-1980s in Her Majesty’s Department of Trade and Industry.

Chairman of the Governing Board of Anglia Ruskin University, Jerome has a D.Phil and an M.Phil in Economics from the University of Oxford as well as a B.Sc in Geography from the University of Bristol.

Rita Dhut

Rita Dhut has almost 25 years of varied investment experience. In 1994 she joined M&G Investment Management as a UK equity fund manager before being appointed Director of European Equities. In 2001 she joined Aviva Investors, being appointed as Head of European Equities in 2004, then in 2006 becoming Head of UK & European Equity for value based investment styles, responsible for over £6bn of equity funds.  Whilst at Aviva Investors she was part of the ‘London Leadership Team’, directly supporting the CEO.  Having maintained her investing responsibilities whilst overcoming a serious illness, Rita resigned from Aviva Investors in 2012 to set up her own company, Practical Dialogue Ltd, to work with investment boards of fund managers on oversight and risk management of investment funds. Rita is now an active investor in, and advisor to, start up companies and is a member of the British Business Angels Association and the London Business Angels Network.

Rita has pursued other personal interests close to her heart and is currently a Member of Council, Member of Investment and Audit committees for the Girls Day School Trust, and a Trustee of the charity All Change.  She is an associate of the CFA Institute and worked on the Professional Standards committee. She is also a graduate of City University, London.

Jamie Skinner

Chair of the Audit Committee

Jamie Skinner is a qualified accountant and a fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Jamie joined Cazenove & Co in 1989 as a corporate finance executive working principally on investment companies and also other sector IPO activity, and in 1995 he was appointed Managing Director of the Johannesburg office. In 1999 Jamie joined Martin Currie Investment Management Limited as a director and in 2014 was appointed Head of Client Services. Jamie served as President and CEO of The China Fund, Inc. until 2012, President and CEO of The Taiwan Fund, Inc. until 2014 and President of the Martin Currie Business Trust until 2015. Jamie also served on the boards of Martin Currie, Inc. and the Martin Currie Japan Absolute Return Fund up to his retirement from Martin Currie on 31 July 2018.

Jamie is currently a non-executive director of Ediston Property Investment Company plc and the Asian Opportunities Absolute Return Fund Limited.