Board of Directors

Board of Directors
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Chief Executive Officer

Jim Durkin

Jim was appointed as an executive Director and to the position of Chief Executive Officer of the Company in December 2011. Jim has more than 30 years’ experience in the securities industry. He is one of the founder shareholders of Cenkos and became the Head of Corporate Broking in March 2005.

Non-Executive Chairman

Gerry Aherne

Gerry was appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company in April 2012 and Chairman of the Company in May 2012. Gerry enjoyed a long career as a fund manager and was an executive Director of Schroders Investment Management Limited until 2002, managing both institutional segregated and pooled pension funds and unit trusts. He is currently Non-executive Chairman of Electric & General Investment Fund. He was previously an executive Director of Majedie Investments plc and a Non-executive Director of Henderson Company plc, Mecom Company plc, Iveagh Limited, Linear Investments Limited and Omnis Investments Limited.

 Gerry is Chairman of the Nomination Committee and is a member of the Audit and Remuneration Committees.

Non-Executive Director

Jeff Hewitt

Jeff was appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company in June 2008. Jeff was the Group Finance Director of Electrocomponents plc from 1996 to 2005 and Deputy Chairman from 2000 to 2005. Prior to 1996 he held various executive Director roles, having started his career with Arthur Andersen, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant, and The Boston Consulting Group. He is a Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Foreign & Colonial Investment Trust plc and Chairman of Electrocomponents Pension Trustees. He was previously Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee of The John Lewis Partnership and was the Senior Independent Non-executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Vesuvius plc. He has also been the Chairman or Non-executive Director of several other listed and private companies.

Jeff is Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Remuneration and the Nomination Committees.

Non-Executive Director

Anthony Hotson

Anthony was appointed a Non-executive Director of the Company in May 2012. Anthony joined the Bank of England in 1978 and worked in the Economics Division, Governor’s Office and Money Markets Division. He subsequently worked for McKinsey & Company and then the corporate finance division of S.G. Warburg & Co. Ltd. He was a Director of S.G. Warburg & Co. Ltd. from 1992 to 1995 and subsequently Managing Director and Head of the Financial Institutions Group, SBC / UBS Warburg until 1998. He was a Non-executive Director of Henderson Group plc and Chairman of its subsidiary companies, London Life and Towry Law, before their sale. Anthony has an MPhil in Economics from Nuffield College, Oxford and a PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is Deputy Director of the Centre for Financial History, Darwin College, Cambridge and an associate member of the Faculty of History, University of Oxford.

Anthony is Chairman of the Remuneration Committee and a member of the Audit and Nomination Committees.

Finance Director

Mike Chilton

Mike was appointed to the Board in June 2012. Mike joined the Company in April 2011 from NS&I (National Savings and Investments) where he was Finance and Risk Director. Prior to this, Mike worked for 10 years at Standard Chartered plc in a variety of senior finance and risk roles, including Group Head of Operational Risk and Chief Financial Officer for their Africa Region. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1988 with PWC, Mike spent several years with them as a management consultant in their financial services practice. Mike is also a Trustee and the Vice Chairman of Sightsavers (The Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind).

Executive Director

Joe Nally

Joe was appointed to the Board in June 2012. Joe has over 35 years’ experience in the UK securities industry having first joined Williams de Broe in 1976 as an investment analyst. He went on to become an institutional stockbroker covering a wide range of clients in the UK and Europe. In 1992 he was a founder of the institutional corporate finance department at Williams de Broe where he gained extensive experience as a corporate broker across a broad range of sectors in IPO’s, secondary fund raisings and takeovers and mergers, particularly in natural resources. Joe is one of the founder shareholders of Cenkos. He is the Head of the Natural Resources team.

Executive Director

Paul Hodges

Paul was appointed to the Board in June 2012. Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the UK securities industry having first joined Laurie Milbank as an insurance analyst in 1981. He subsequently worked for a number of financial institutions and was a top ranked composite insurance analyst in the City for several years, specialising in the assessment of insurers’ exposure to long-tail liability claims relating to tobacco and lead. Paul is one of the founder shareholders of Cenkos.

Non board member, Company Secretary

Stephen Doherty

Stephen has been with Cenkos since February 2007 and was appointed to the position of Company Secretary in September 2007. Stephen is a qualified Chartered Secretary and has over 20 years' experience of working in company secretarial roles within the securities industry. Prior to joining Cenkos he had spent two years with Fidelity International. From 1991 to 2005, Stephen worked at Singer & Friedlander Group and was the Group Company Secretary from 2000 until 2005. Prior to this period he spent four years with Ernst & Young where he qualified, having previously spent three years within the Legal and Compliance department of Pearl Assurance.