The focus of the Investment Governance Committee (IGC) is to ensure that each investment portfolio adheres to the stated remits on risk, as well as being consistent with its long-term risk and return objectives within its stable of model portfolios.

The IGC has the core belief of promoting a high level of corporate governance, which in turn, supports the long-term interests of our investors. The IGC has the necessary skills, expertise, experience and resources to be worthy stewards of our clients’ capital.

Whilst decision making for asset allocation and fund selection are taken at different levels, the critical role of the IGC is to ensure that the correct robust policies and procedures have been followed, and that the most appropriate outcome has been achieved.

Who is on the IGC?

There are nine members of the IGC; each member, and their role, is detailed below:

Committee Profile

Stephen Watson

IGC Chairman & Non-Executive Director, Beaufort Group

With nearly forty years in the industry, Stephen was previously Institutional Marketing Director at Liontrust following an earlier ten-year position as Head of the Global Equity Team at Gartmore. Previous appointments included Capel-Cure Myers and James Capel Fund Managers (now HSBC Asset Management).

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Shane Balkham

Head of Research and Portfolio Construction, Beaufort Investment Management

Shane has been in the industry for over 25 years and has been a key part of running the portfolios since their inception in 2004. He considers his role to be a mixture of probability management and information gathering; understanding the individual funds and the people who manage them. He is a Chartered Member of the Securities Institute, a member of the CFA UK Society and holds the Investment Management Certificate.

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Emma Clarke

Senior Investment Analyst, Beaufort Investment Management

Emma has worked in financial services for 13 years and joined Beaufort Investment Management in August 2016. Prior to this Emma held senior research roles at Mazars Financial Planning and Wellian Investment Solutions. She is a Chartered Member of the Securities Institute, a member of the CFA UK Society and holds the Investment Management Certificate.

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Andrew Bennett

Chief Executive Officer, Beaufort Group

Andrew has worked in the financial services sector for over 30 years, creating and running several successful advisory firms during that time. He also collaborated in forming the investment process in 2004. As Chief Executive Officer of Beaufort Group, he is responsible for ensuring that all stakeholders are aligned in the delivery of the best possible client service.

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Simon Goldthorpe

Group Executive Chairman, Beaufort Group

With nearly 40 years in the industry, Simon has held a number of board positions with London-based companies. In 2010, with a strong belief in the value of independence, both to private and corporate clients, he was a founder and shareholder in Beaufort Group and has set about building a team of like-minded people to deliver high quality advice and investment services.

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Clive Goldthorpe

Chief Operating Officer, Beaufort Group

Clive manages the compliance and operations aspects of the Beaufort Group and its subsidiaries. In addition to sitting on the IGC, Clive sits on both the Compliance Committee and Audit & Risk Committee. Clive is also a Chartered Financial Planner and a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, advocating the highest level of professional standards and technical knowledge to ensure the best outcomes for clients.

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Stuart Knight

Managing Director, Miller Knight Limited

Stuart specialises in retirement income planning and believes lifelong education is key to professional excellence. As an active member of the Institute of Financial Planning, he adheres to their high professional and ethical standards in order to consistently deliver a first class client experience.

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William Dinning

Head of Investment Strategy & Communication, Waverton Investment Management

William is on the Asset Allocation Committee at Waverton and chairs the internal Asset Allocation Forum that influences strategy across the firm. He was previously Head of Strategy for the two closed pension schemes of the coal industry, responsible for £20 billion of pension assets. Prior to Coal, he was Head of Strategy and Economics at Kames Capital in Edinburgh. He began his career in investment banking with roles including Global Investment Strategist for UBS in London, and Global Emerging Market Strategist for Merrill Lynch in New York.

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Chris Darbyshire

Former Chief Investment Officer, 7IM

Chris has a background in research and derivatives.  Prior to joining 7IM, Chris spent eight years working in derivatives, primarily at Goldman Sachs, and seven years at BNP Paribas where he headed up an equity research team.  Prior to this, he spent seven years in the media industry as finance director of a division of Viacom in the US.