Corporate Governance

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Meet our Board of Directors

At Alliance Trust, we are led by a highly experienced and skilled non-executive Board, chaired by Lord Smith of Kelvin. Our Board is independent and driven by the best interests of our shareholders. Here is a short biography of each of our six Board members:

Lord Smith Chairman
Lord Smith, Chairman

Lord Smith joined the Board in 2016. He is also currently Chairman of IMI PLC, British Business Bank plc and Forth Ports Limited.

Lord Smith is currently Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde and previously chaired the Organising Committee for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and the Smith Commission to oversee the process of more powers for the Scottish Parliament.

He has previously held the role of Chairman of both The Weir Group and SSE PLC and Non-Executive Director of Standard Bank Group Limited.

A chartered accountant by profession, Lord Smith was formerly President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. He has also been a Governor of the BBC, and a member of the Financial Services Authority.

Lord Smith was knighted in 1999, appointed to the House of Lords as an independent cross-bench peer in 2008, and appointed Knight of the Thistle in 2013 and in 2016 was appointed a Companion of Honour.

‘The Trust has successfully implemented its new investment approach. We are confident that our alliance of best ideas will deliver attractive returns for shareholders over the long term.’

Gregor Stewart Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director
Gregor Stewart, Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director

Gregor joined the Board in 2014 and chairs Alliance Trust’s Audit and Risk Committee. He is also a Director of Alliance Trust Savings, Chairman of Intrinsic Financial Services and a Non-Executive Director of Direct Line Insurance Group Plc, FNZ (UK) Limited and its holding company.

Previously, he was Finance Director for the insurance division of Lloyds Banking Group, including Scottish Widows, and a member of the Group's Finance Board.

Bringing over 20 years’ experience at Ernst & Young, with ten years as a partner in the firm’s Financial Services practice, Gregor is also Honorary Treasurer for the charity International Alert.

‘The Board wants to ensure that the Trust continues to be a core portfolio holding for shareholders as we aim to achieve consistent outperformance at a competitive cost.’

Karl Sternberg Senior Independent Director
Karl Sternberg, Senior Independent Director

Karl has been a member of the Board since 2015. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of JPMorgan Elect PLC, Jupiter Fund Management PLC, Monks Investment Trust PLC, Lowland Investment Company PLC, Herald Investment Trust PLC, Railpen Investments and Clipstone Logistics REIT PLC.

Previously, he was a founding partner of Oxford Investment Partners and enjoyed a career in fund management at Deutsche Asset Management, most recently as both its Global Head of Equities and Chief Investment Officer for Europe and Asia Pacific.

‘Our equity managers, selected from many thousands operating globally, are simply best in class. Performance will come from stocks not top-down regional allocations.’

Anthony Brooke Non-Executive Director
Anthony Brooke, Non-Executive Director

Anthony joined the Board in 2015 and chairs Alliance Trust’s Remuneration Committee. He is currently a Non-Executive Director of Quintessentially UK.

Anthony sits on the Investment Committee of the National Portrait Gallery and of Christ’s College, Cambridge. He acts as an adviser to a number of endowments and is also a Trustee of the Portrait Trust. Anthony was previously a Vice Chairman of S.G. Warburg & Co. Ltd and until 2010 was a Non-Executive Director of the PR consultancy, Huntsworth PLC.

‘The Trust has undergone a significant transformation over the past year. We are confident that the new approach will deliver value for our shareholders.’

Clare Dobie Non-Executive Director
Clare Dobie, Non-Executive Director

‘At Alliance Trust we have a compelling offering and look forward to continuing to invest for generations.’

Clare joined the Board in 2016. She is currently Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Aberdeen New Thai Investment Trust PLC and is a Non-Executive Director of BMO Capital and Income Investment Trust PLC and Schroder UK Mid Cap Fund PLC.

Clare ran a marketing consultancy from 2005-2015. Before that she was Group Head of Marketing at GAM (formerly Global Asset Management) and served on its Executive Business Committee. Prior to that, Clare held a number of roles at Barclays Global Investors, including Head of Marketing.

Chris Samuel Non-Executive Director
Chris Samuel, Non-Executive Director

Chris joined Alliance Trust PLC’s Board in 2015. He is currently Chairman of Defaqto and BlackRock Throgmorton Trust PLC and a Non-Executive Director of JPMorgan Japanese Investment Trust PLC, Sarasin LLP and UIL Limited.

Chris was Chief Executive of Ignis Asset Management from 2009-2014 and was previously a Director and Chief Operating Officer of Gartmore and Hill Samuel Asset Management and a partner at Cambridge Place Investment Management. He is a chartered accountant.

‘Our high conviction approach means every single stock is one of our equity managers’ best ideas.’

Board committees

We have a number of board committees to ensure good governance and to enhance accountability and independence. Each of our directors may be a member of one or more board committees, the Terms of Reference for which can be downloaded below. You can read more about our corporate structure and each of our board committees in our latest Annual Report.

Company policies
Company disclosures
Our AIFM, Investment Manager and Equity Managers

Alliance Trust is an ‘alternative investment fund’ (AIF) for the purposes of the EU Alternative Investment Fund Managers Directive (Directive 2011/61/EU), sometimes referred to as ‘AIFMD’.

Alliance Trust has appointed Towers Watson Investment Management (Ireland) Limited (TWIMI) as its Alternative Investment Fund Manager (AIFM). TWIMI has delegated the investment management of the Alliance Trust portfolio to its specialist investment management division, Towers Watson Investment Management Limited (TWIM). TWIMI and TWIM are both part of Willis Towers Watson (WTW). On this website, we refer to both TWIMI and TWIM as Willis Towers Watson or ‘WTW’.

TWIM (as a delegate of TWIMI) operates our unique investment approach, in line with the Board’s requirements, and delegates certain portfolio management responsibilities to our equity managers, who you can find out more about here.

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