The Baillie Gifford Japan Trust aims to pursue long-term capital growth principally through investment in medium to smaller sized Japanese companies, which are believed to have above average prospects for growth.
Anzelm Cydzik interviews Matthew Brett on the Baillie Gifford Japan Trust in June 2012. Before viewing any video interviews you should read the relevant risk warning page where you can find out more about the risks involved in investing in any of our funds. • Read the investment trust risk warning page here.
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Sarah Whitley, Trust Manager
Sarah graduated BA in Experimental Psychology from Oxford University in 1980. She joined Baillie Gifford in the same year and became a Partner in 1986. She joined the Japanese Equity Team in 1982 and in 2001 became Head of this team.
Richard Barfield, Chairman
Richard Barfield was appointed a Director in 1997 and became Chairman in 2008. He was formerly chief investment manager of The Standard Life Assurance Company. He is a director of Standard Life Investments Property Income Trust Limited and Coal Staff Trustees Limited. He is also a non-executive member of the Board of the Pension Protection Fund.
Nick Bannerman, Director
Nick Bannerman was appointed a Director in 2003 and became Chairman of the Audit Committee in 2008. He is Managing Director (Knitwear) of Johnstons of Elgin, Scotland’s largest textile company. Established in 1797, Johnstons is a fully vertical operation specialising in cashmere, with sales offices worldwide, including Tokyo. He is a Chartered Accountant.
Martin Barrow CBE, Director
Martin Barrow was appointed a Director in 2001 and is the Senior Independent Director. He has extensive knowledge of Asia, having worked there for 35 years for Jardine Matheson, including eight years in Japan. He is an Honourary Ambassador for the Visit Japan Campaign. He is a director of Matheson & Co, the China Britain Business Council, Westonbirt School, and a special advisor to Malaysia Airlines, having been a board member there up to August 2011.
Paul Dimond CMG, Director
Paul Dimond was appointed a Director in 2006. In HM Diplomatic Service until 2005, he served for 16 years in Japan, working in both Tokyo and Osaka, and was Commercial Counsellor from 1989 to 1993. He had a senior British public service role in three continents, his last appointment being HM Ambassador to the Philippines. He is deputy chairman of DAKS Simpson Group plc and DAKS Limited, director of Intralink Limited, director of the Anglo- Netherlands Society and the Torch Trophy Trust.
Martin Paling, Director
Martin Paling was appointed a Director in 2008. He was an investment director of Bentley Capital (Europe) Ltd between 1996 and 2008. From 1993 to 1996 he was deputy chief investment officer of Baring Asset Management (Asia) Ltd in Hong Kong. Prior to that he worked for James Capel & Co, where he was chief international investment strategist and James Capel (Far East) Ltd in Hong Kong where he directed institutional sales. Previously, he was a partner and head of Singapore/Malaysia sales at Montagu, Loebl, Stanley & Co.