Scottish Oriental’s Board of Directors has a breadth of investment, commercial and professional experience with an international and, more specifically, an Asian perspective. Pertinent to the role of Directors on an Asian equity investment trust, the Board has a deep knowledge of Asian markets.

James Ferguson (Chairman)

James joined the Board in 2004. He is Chairman of Value and Income Trust plc, Northern 3 VCT PLC and The North American Income Trust plc and is a Director of The Independent Investment Trust PLC. He retired as Chairman of Stewart Ivory in 2000. He is a former deputy Chairman of the Association of Investment Companies. James is also the Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Management Engagement Committee.

Andrew Baird

Andrew joined the Board in June 2017. After a period with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, he worked for thirteen years at JP Morgan, culminating in a role as Head of Asian Equity Research and co-manager of the Asian Equities division in Hong Kong. He joined Goldman Sachs in 1998 as co-director of Asian Equity Research, followed by a senior management role in the European Equity Research department. On leaving Goldman Sachs in 2005 he co-founded Chayton Capital, an alternative investment management firm which he chaired until 2012. Since that time he has had a variety of non-executive roles in the investment management, social enterprise and charity sectors. Andrew is the Senior Independent Director, the Chairman of the Management Engagement Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.

Michelle Paisley

Michelle joined the Board in April 2020. Ms Paisley is a partner at global boutique advisory firm CC Strategic Partners focused on VC funds and early stage companies. Prior to that she was Managing Director at MVision, a global third-party advisor to Private Equity Funds. Michelle moved to Hong Kong in 2006 to head up Macquarie Securities’ Kong Kong/China institutional equities business, leading a 50-strong team of traders, salespeople and analysts across Hong Kong and Shanghai. She was a fund manager during the dot com boom with Bankers Trust. Michelle started as an analyst at HSBC James Capel in London, before relocating to Australia with Citigroup in 1996. Michelle is also a member of the Audit Committee, Remuneration Committee and Management Engagement Committee.

Anne West

Anne joined the Board in 2010. She retired from Cazenove Capital Management at the end of 2012 which she joined in 1989, assuming responsibility for Asian and Japanese portfolios. She was Chief Investment Officer from 2001 to 2008. Previously she held positions at Standard Chartered Bank and Hambro Pacific, based in Hong Kong. She is a non-executive Director of HgCapital Trust plc and ScotGems plc, which is also managed by First Sentier Investments (UK) Limited.

Jeremy Whitley

Jeremy joined the Board in March 2017. Following a twenty nine year investment career, he left full time employment at Aberdeen Asset Management at the end of March 2017, where he held the position of Head of UK and European equities since July 2009. Previous roles there include being a Senior Investment Manager on the Global Equities team as well as the Asian equities team, based in Singapore, where he was lead manager of the Edinburgh Dragon Trust plc. He began his investment career at SG Warburg & Co in 1988. He is a non-executive Director of JPMorgan Indian Investment Trust plc and Polar Capital Global Healthcare Trust plc. Jeremy is also the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration Committee and Management Engagement Committee.

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