Monks aims for long-term capital gain, principally from an internationally diversified equity portfolio. It is prepared to move freely between markets and adjust investment style as opportunities arise, but capital growth takes priority over income.
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Gerald Smith, Trust Manager
Gerald graduated MA in Philosophy from St. Andrews University (including University of California, Berkeley in 1982/83) and B.Phil in Philosophy from Brasenose College, Oxford in 1986. He joined Baillie Gifford in 1987 and became a Partner in 1998. Gerald was head of the Emerging Markets Equity Team until the end of 2008, at which time he moved to the head of the Global Opportunities Team. Gerald is chairman of the Investment Advisory Group.
JGD Ferguson, Chairman
James Ferguson was appointed a Director in 2002 and became Chairman in 2005. He is also Chairman of the Audit Committee. He is chairman of Value and Income Trust plc, The Scottish Oriental Smaller Companies Trust Plc, Edinburgh U.S. Tracker Trust, Amati Global Investors and Northern 3 VCT Plc. He is a director of The Independent Investment Trust PLC and Audax Properties PLC. He joined Stewart Ivory in 1970, becoming chairman and chief executive in 1989 and retiring in 2000. He is a former deputy chairman of the Association of Investment Companies.
CC Ferguson, Director
Carol Ferguson was appointed a Director in 2003. A qualified Chartered Accountant, she began her investment career with Ivory & Sime, an Edinburgh fund management group. Thereafter, she moved to Wood Mackenzie, stockbrokers, becoming a partner in 1984. Her most recent position was as Finance Director for Timney Fowler, a textiles company. She is a non-executive director and chairs the audit committees of BlackRock Greater Europe Investment Trust plc and Vernalis plc. She is a director of Invesco Asia Trust plc, Standard Life UK Smaller Companies Trust PLC, the Chartered Accountants Compensation Scheme and is a former chairman of the Association of Investment Companies.
EM Harley, Director
Edward Harley was appointed a Director in 2003. He joined Cazenove & Co in 1983, becoming a partner in 1994. He has considerable experience of overseas markets, having worked in New York and latterly with responsibility for the firm’s business in Latin America, S.E. Asia and Australia. He is currently a director at Cazenove Capital Management and is president of the Historic Houses Association and is also involved with the charitable sector both as a trustee and as a member of investment committees.
DCP McDougall, Director
Douglas McDougall was appointed a Director in 1999 and is the Senior Independent Director. He is chairman of The Scottish Investment Trust plc, The Law Debenture Corporation plc, The Independent Investment Trust PLC and The European Investment Trust plc. He is a director of Herald Investment Trust plc and Pacific Horizon Investment Trust PLC. From 1969 to 1999 he was a partner in Baillie Gifford & Co and from 1989 to 1999 was joint senior partner and chief investment officer. He is a former chairman of the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation, the Fund Managers’ Association and the Association of Investment Companies.