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) joined the Board in 2004. He is Chairman of Value and Income Trust plc, The Monks Investment 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.

Anne West joined the Board in July 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.

Jeremy Whitley (Audit Committee Chairman) was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company in March 2017. Following a twenty nine year investment career, Jeremy 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. He began his investment career at SG Warburg & Co in 1988.

Andrew Baird (Senior Independent Director) was appointed as a non-executive Director of the Company in June 2017. After a period with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Andrew 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.

Michelle Paisley joined the Board in April 2020. Michelle 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' Hong Kong/China institutional equities business.  She led a 50-strong team of traders, salespeople and analysts across Hong Kong and Shanghai.  Michelle was a fund manager during the dot com boom with Bankers Trust.  She was a member of the team managing US$10bn in long-only, fundamental equity strategies.  She also ran a global natural resources fund.  Michelle started as an analyst at HSBC James Capel in London, before relocating to Australia with Citigroup in 1996.   She recently retired after 8 years on the board of The Women's Foundation, a leading Hong Kong non-profit, where she served as Treasurer, chair of the Finance & Audit Committee and co-chair of the Development Committee.  Michelle has an MA Hons in Psychology & French from St Andrews University.

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