I was elected three times in eight years to the Court Court of Common Council, which is the City’s main assembly. I am, in fact, probably the only likely candidate with experience on the City’s Council. In this time I was the first chairman of the Investment Committee responsible for investing the Corporation’s assets that allows it to operate so effectively and was pleased to launch the Local Authorities Prime Rate Fund in which the Corporation was a cornerstone investor.
My fellow Councillors elected me to serve on the Policy & Resources Committee, which is the Corporation’s main decision-making body and the Police Committee. I also served on the Finance and other committees.
The City Corporation hosts a number of State occasions and I worked with Mansion House, Buckingham Palace and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in chairing the organising Committee for the President of South Africa’s State Banquet at the Guildhall.
I believe that this experience will stand me in good stead to contribute, on your behalf, right from the outset if elected as Alderman.
Financial and professional services lie at the heart of City life and looking back at the ups and downs over the last 25 years I have plenty of experience to draw on as I seek to represent the people and businesses in Cheap.
I come in to work every day at the Rathbone Investment Management Head Office in the City and we invest in globally diversified portfolios of stocks and shares for many City workers, charities and Livery Companies. As Deputy Head of the office I have first-hand experience of the stresses and strains so many of us are under. The business of trust is essential and, a few years ago, I established Rathbones’ Corporate Governance Committee, in the belief that we should be better stewards of our clients’ money. In 2016 I took this further by becoming a Non-Executive Director of Investing for Good, the social investment and impact advisory company.
I am a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments.
I have also served on the Council of the City & Guilds Institute that is well known for the leading role it takes in providing vocational training and qualifications.
In addition to the ancient there are also modern associations being created, such as the newly formed Guild of Investment Managers that welcomes new members working in investment. The Ward of Cheap Club welcomes new members and provides opportunities to socialise and network with others from the Ward. I would be delighted to introduce you to either.
I have previously been a trustee of Trust for London and was involved in making £10m of grants a year and visiting some of the projects to help the poor and disadvantaged of London. Prior to that I was a trustee of Mercy Ships UK, which runs the world’s largest Non-Governmental hospital ship and celebrated its 20th anniversary with a dinner, hosted by Alderman Lord Mountevans, at Mansion House.
The numerous churches around the City can often provide a sanctuary in the midst of our busyness and are a reminder of the values and ethics that we strive to uphold in the City. Indeed, the Corporation’s motto is Domine Dirige Nos (Lord guide us). I am delighted to be a St Catherine Friend of St Lawrence Jewry, which plays a central role in the life of the City.
I was born in Brazil, have lived in South Africa, graduated in European Studies and served in the British Army in Germany and Canada. I am married to Elspeth who had a career as a corporate and employment solicitor in the City and supports my civic endeavours. We live with our three teenage children (and Labrador) in Gerrards Cross, close to the Corporation’s Burnham Beeches and Stoke Common where we are often go for walks.