The Company currently conducts its affairs so that its shares can be recommended by Independent Financial Advisers to ordinary retail investors in accordance with the FCA’s rules in relation to non-mainstream investment products and intends to continue to do so for the foreseeable future. The Company’s shares are excluded from the FCA’s restrictions which apply to non-mainstream investment products because the returns to investors are predominantly based on exposure to listed equities and equity-based instruments.
Mr Meader is an independent director of investment companies, insurers and investment funds. Until the autumn of 2012 he was Head of Portfolio Management for Collins Stewart based in Guernsey, prior to which he was Chief Executive of Corazon Capital. He has 30 years’ experience in financial markets in London, Dublin and Guernsey, holding senior positions in portfolio management and trading. Prior to joining Corazon he was Managing Director of Rothschild’s Swiss private-banking subsidiary in Guernsey. Mr Meader is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investments, a former Commissioner of the Guernsey Financial Services Commission and past chairman of the Guernsey International Business Association. He is a graduate of Hertford College, Oxford. Mr Meader also holds a number of directorships in other companies, several of which are publicly quoted, including investment companies ICG-Longbow Senior Secured UK Property Debt Investments Limited,KKVSecured Loan Fund Limited, Guaranteed Investment Products 1 PCC Ltd and Volta Finance Limited.
Mrs Coates is a chartered accountant who brings 25 years of significant financial expertise to the board. Mrs Coates was a senior executive of HSBC for nine years, where she served as the global CFO for the group’s asset management business and more recently led the finance function for commercial banking operations in Europe. Prior to joining HSBC, Mrs Coates worked in senior roles in retail, healthcare and professional services at J Sainsbury plc, BUPA, Williams Lea Group Ltd and CIT Bank. She started her career at Ernst & Young in 1991, where she worked in the UK and France. Mrs Coates is a non-executive director of Aviva Investors and its UK fund services company as well as non-executive director and chair of the audit and risk committee of Polar Capital Holdings plc, a publicly quoted company, and a trustee and resources committee member at the University of Essex.
Ms Cornish-Bowden is a non-executive director of Finsbury Growth & Income Trust PLC, International Biotechnology Trust plc, and CC Japan Income & Growth Trust plc where she is chair of the audit committee. Ms Cornish-Bowden worked for 12 years as a fund manager for Morgan Stanley Investment Management, where she was managing director and head of the global equity team. Prior to Morgan Stanley she worked as a research analyst at M&G. Ms Cornish-Bowden is a member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA), holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), and has completed the Financial Times Non-Executive Director Diploma.
Ms Liu has 25 years’ global experience investing equity in infrastructure. She started her investment career in Asia with the $1 billion AIG Asian Infrastructure Fund. She was Managing Director of the Asia Pacific investment business of John Laing plc. After relocating from Hong Kong to London, she was Investment Director for the €1 billion ABN AMRO Global Infrastructure Fund. Most recently Isabel served as Board Director at Pensions Infrastructure Platform, sponsored by UK pension schemes. She has also been Chair of the Audit Risk Assurance and Remuneration Committee as a Board Member of Transport Focus. Isabel holds a BA in Economics from the Ohio State University, a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Mr Winsor is an independent consultant and non-executive director. He has more than 35 years of retail and commercial banking experience with HSBC Group in a number of international markets: Brunei; Channel Islands; Hong Kong; India; Japan; Qataer; Singapore; Taiwan; United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. He was Chief Executive Officer and Vice President of HSBC Bank (Taiwan) Limited, Chief Executive Officer of HSBC’s businesses in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man and a Director of HSBC Bank Middle East Limited. Before this, he was Head of Personal Financial Services for the Asia Pacific Region. Nick is a Non-Executive Director of Metro Bank plc and a member of the Risk Oversight Committee. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the States of Jersey Development Company, Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. He is the Chair of Autism Jersey and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honours list for services to the community. Nick holds a Masters in Physics from Oxford University and is a Fellow of the Institute of Directors.
Past performance is not a guide to future performance and may not be repeated. The value of investments and the income from them may go down as well as up and investors may not get back the amount originally invested.
Investors in the emerging markets and the Far East should be aware that this involves a high degree of risk and should be seen as long term in nature. Less developed markets are generally less well regulated than the UK, they may be less liquid and may have less reliable arrangements for trading and settlement of the underlying holdings.
The Company invests in smaller companies that may be less liquid than in larger companies and price swings may therefore be greater than investment trusts, companies and funds that invest in larger companies.
The Company holds investments denominated in currencies other than sterling, investors should note that exchange rates may cause the value of these investments, and the income from them, to rise or fall.
The Company may borrow money to invest in further investments, this is known as gearing. Gearing will increase returns if the value of the investments purchased increase in value by more than the cost of borrowing, or reduce returns if they fail to do so.
Investment in warrants, participation certificates, guaranteed bonds, etc will expose the fund to the risk of the issuer of these instruments defaulting. Deducting charges from capital can result in the income paid by the company being higher than would otherwise be the case and the growth in the capital sum being eroded.
As a result of the fees being charged partially to capital, the distributable income of the Company may be higher, but the capital value of the Company may be eroded.