…when I set up UK Fund Boards in April, I had this well-intentioned idea of making sure the FCA’s Asset Management Market Study was well-understood by the UK asset management community, and that I would periodically write a blog to highlight the key issues.
Well, that certainly happened, followed by some important – and well publicised – research on the current state of UK fund boards. Slightly emboldened, the next step was the first UK Fund Boards Senior Managers Roundtable hosted and chaired by Martyn Gilbey at his Franklin Templeton Investment offices in the City. I silently hoped 15 would attend, and we had almost 60 of you pitch up – yes, the offer of a free pint at the end, I’m sure was the reason!
Like with Martyn’s, your support has been phenomenal – your time, effort, good counsel, lots of wine, and access to all manner of resources. It’s all been a bit overwhelming, actually. But this is more than the obligatory seasonal “humble brag” – it’s a call to action on a couple of important points.
Firstly, the embarrassment that was the old UK Fund Board website is mercifully no more, and under the supremely professional guidance of the multi-talented Catherine Battershill, the current avatar is remarkably impressive (video and all!). Check it out if you haven’t already, and if you like what you see, and want to keep in touch to make sure you’re hearing from us on all the important issues – news, views and everything else – you need to register here…
iNED “boot camp”
Second, and we don’t have a whole lot of places left, but if you’re interested in the latest thinking on what it takes to make a top-flight iNED of a UK fund board, then the “boot camp” on the 24th of Jan, with a keynote speech by Investment Association CEO, Chris Cummings, chaired by the erudite Piers Currie and hosted by Aberdeen Standard Investments is for you. You can register here …. and if not for you, but you know someone who ought to attend, pass the link on. It’s free to attend, but only if you’ve registered.
There’s a calendar-full of important and exciting events planned for 2019, but for now, have a very happy Xmas, and enjoy the holiday season.