Martin Gilbert has a long history in asset and wealth management. He co-founded Aberdeen Asset Management PLC in 1983 and was chief executive officer from 1991 to 2017. During that period Aberdeen Asset Management PLC grew, through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisition, to become one of the world’s leading independent asset managers with £308 billion of AUM. In 2017 Aberdeen Asset Management PLC merged with Standard Life plc, to become Standard Life Aberdeen plc. On merging, Standard Life Aberdeen plc was the biggest UK-based asset management company and the second biggest in Europe. Martin was co-chief executive officer and subsequently vice chairman until he retired from Standard Life Aberdeen plc in September 2020. Martin is chairman of Revolut Ltd and Toscafund, deputy chairman of River and Mercantile Group PLC and senior independent director of Glencore plc, alongside a number of other directorships.
Chief Executive Officer
Campbell has worked within the investment industry since the 1990s. He was Global Head of Distribution & Marketing at Standard Life Aberdeen until September 2021. Before joining Aberdeen Asset Management in August 2016, Campbell was Chief Executive - EMEA and Global Chief Operating Officer at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, having joined that firm as Global Head of Distribution in November 2009. Prior to this, Campbell was Head of UK for JPMorgan Asset Management. He trained as a barrister in Australia before moving to the UK in 1995. He also chairs The Big Exchange.
Deputy Chairman and executive director
Peter McKellar has spent nearly all of his working career in private markets, in particular private equity and infrastructure investment management and direct operating management. He retired in September 2020 as executive chairman and global head of private markets for Standard Life Aberdeen plc, where he oversaw investment management activities across private equity, infrastructure, real estate, natural resources, and certain private credit capabilities, totalling £55 billion of AUM.
Chief Financial and Operating Officer
Gary has worked in the financial services industry since 1983, initially in life assurance but for almost 30 years in asset management. He joined Aberdeen Asset Management PLC in 1997 following Aberdeen's acquisition of Prolific Financial Management and held a variety of roles leading up to his being Head of EMEA and UK Regions for Standard Life Aberdeen before retiring from that company in 2021. In his capacity as regional head, Gary served as Chief Executive for regulated operating subsidiaries based in UK and in Europe; he also served as Chief Executive and Head of Americas for Aberdeen from 2010 to 2014, based in Philadelphia. Gary brought a strong finance perspective to his previous roles and developed a deep understanding of the operational complexities of running a multinational asset management business from years spent managing and integrating acquired businesses. Gary is a qualified actuary.
Senior Independent Director
Jonathan joined the Board as senior independent director on 15 June 2022 on completion of the acquisition of River and Mercantile Group PLC, where he had been chairman for a number of years. He is a graduate of the universities of St Andrews and Cambridge and started his career in the Ministry of Defence before joining Lazard, the investment bank, where he spent over 20 years. He left Lazard in 2005 and co-founded Penfida Limited, the leading independent corporate finance adviser to pension fund trustees.
Jonathan previously served as senior independent director and chair of the remuneration committee of Next plc. Other previous appointments include non-executive directorships of Galliford Try plc, National Australia Group Europe Limited, National Grid plc and Standard Life Investments (Holdings) Limited. He also served as senior independent director of Jardine Lloyd Thompson Group plc and he is currently chairman of Penfida Limited.
Tudor Davies was appointed to the Board in March 2011 and is an experienced chairman, executive and non-executive director, and formerly a partner with Arthur Young (a predecessor firm of Ernst & Young LLP) specialising in corporate finance and recovery. He was previously chairman of Dowding & Mills plc and subsequently appointed to the board of Castle Support Services Plc, chairman of Stratagem Group PLC, chairman and chief executive of Hicking Pentecost PLC and a non-executive director of Scottish Highland Hotels plc. He was also non-executive chairman of Zytronic PLC.
Senior Independent Director
Appointed to the Board in October 2012, Mark’s previous directorships include Autologic Holdings plc, Newbury Racecourse PLC, Nationwide Accident Repair Services plc, and, as an investment manager, GPG (UK) Holdings plc, which was the UK investment arm of Guinness Peat Group plc. He currently sits on the boards of Redde Northgate plc, National Milk Records PLC, Zytronic Plc and East Balkan Properties plc as a non-executive director.
Appointed to the Board in March 2011, Christopher is chief executive officer of Harwood Capital Management Limited and chief executive and investment manager of North Atlantic Smaller Companies Investment Trust PLC.