Long-term, aligned private equity


Clive Spears (Non-executive Director)

Clive Spears retired from the Royal Bank of Scotland International Limited in December 2003 as Deputy Director of Jersey after 32 years of service. His main activities prior to retirement included Product Development, Corporate Finance, Trust and Offshore Company Services and he was Head of Joint Venture Fund Administration with Rawlinson & Hunter. Mr Spears is an Associate of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He has accumulated a well spread portfolio of directorships centring on private equity, infrastructure and corporate debt. His current appointments include Chairman of Nordic Capital Limited and directorships of a series of ICG plc sponsored funds and funds managed by Kreos Fund Management. He is a resident of Jersey.

Heather Bestwick (Non-executive Director)

Heather Bestwick has been a financial services professional for over 25 years, onshore in the City of London and offshore in the Cayman Islands and Jersey. She qualified as an English solicitor, specialising in ship finance, with City firm Norton Rose, and worked in their London and Greek offices for 8 years. Ms Bestwick subsequently practised and became a partner with global offshore law firm Walkers in the Cayman Islands, and Managing Partner of the Jersey office. Ms Bestwick sits on the boards of the Deutsche Bank company which managed the dbX fund platform and Rathbone Investment Management International Limited. She is a resident of Jersey.

David Pirouet (Non-executive Director)

David Pirouet joined PricewaterhouseCoopers Channel Islands LLP in 1980, retiring in 2009 after being an Audit and Assurance Partner for over 20 years. During his 29 years at the firm Mr Pirouet specialised in the financial services sector, in particular in the alternative investment management area and also led the business's Hedge Fund and business recovery practices for over four years. Mr Pirouet currently holds a number of non-executive positions across private equity, infrastructure and corporate debt. Mr Pirouet's was previously non-executive Director and Chair of the Audit and Risk committee for GCP Infrastructure Investments (FTSE 250 listed company) until he retired in February 2021. He is a resident of Jersey.

Nicholas Wilson (Non-executive director)

Nicholas Wilson has over 40 years of experience in hedge funds, derivatives and global asset management. He has run offshore branch operations for Mees Pierson Derivatives Limited, ADM Investor Services International Limited and several other London based financial services companies. He is a resident of Isle of Man.

Michael Gray (Non-executive Director)

Michael Gray was at The Royal Bank of Scotland for over 30 years, latterly as Managing Director (Corporate) of RBS International before retiring in 2015. During his 32 years at the firm Michael covered a broad spectrum of financial services including corporate and commercial banking, funds, trusts and real estate. Mr Gray currently holds a number of non-executive positions across private equity, infrastructure and fund management. Michael's appointments currently include non-executive directorships of Triton Investment Management (a Swedish private equity group), GCP Infrastructure Investments (a FTSE 250 listed company), J-Star Jersey Company Limited (a Japanese private equity group), Foresight 4 VCT plc (a listed venture capital fund), Jersey Finance Limited (a Jersey finance not-for-profit promotional company), JTC plc (a FTSE 250 listed trust and corporate services company) and TEAM plc (a listed wealth management company). He is a resident of Jersey.


Risk and Audit Committee

At a Board meeting held on 22 March 2007, it was resolved that a Risk and Audit Committee be set up comprising the independent Directors, with a member to be appointed as Chairman. David Pirouet is the current Chairman of the Risk and Audit Committee, following his appointment on 28 June 2019. The Risk and Audit Committee operates within clearly defined terms of references which have been approved by the Board and provides a forum through which the Company's external Auditors report to the Board. The Board is satisfied that the Risk and Audit Committee contains members with sufficient recent and relevant financial experience.

Investment Committee

The Board established an Investment Committee, which comprises Heather Bestwick (Chair of the Committee) and all the other Directors. The purpose of this committee is to review the portfolio of the Company, new investment opportunities and evaluate the performance of the Investment Advisor.The Board is satisfied that the Investment Committee contains members with sufficient recent and relevant experience.

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