Aberforth Smaller Companies Trust plc

Board of Directors

Meet the Board who are responsible for effective stewardship of the Company’s affairs

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Board of Directors biographies and tenure

Richard Davidson, Chairman - Appointed: 26 January 2019

Richard is Chair of Miton Global Opportunities plc. He is also Chair of the University of Edinburgh’s Investment Committee as well as being a Trustee of its pension scheme. Formerly, he was a Partner and Manager of the Macro Fund at Lansdowne Partners. Prior to that, he was a Managing Director and No.1 ranked investment strategist at Morgan Stanley, where he worked for 15 years. Since 2003, Richard has also been heavily involved in forestry investment and management.

Julia Le Blan - Appointed: 29 January 2014 and chairs the Audit Committee

Julia is a chartered accountant and has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years. She was formerly a tax partner at Deloitte and expert on the taxation of investment trust companies. She sat for two terms on the AIC’s technical committee and is also a director of The Biotech Growth Trust plc, BMO UK High Income Trust plc and JP Morgan US Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc.

Paula Hay-Plumb - Appointed: 29 January 2014 and is a member of the Audit Committee

Paula is a chartered accountant and an experienced director with a wealth of finance and governance expertise in both the private and public sectors. Her previous roles include Corporate Finance and Group Reporting Director at Marks and Spencer plc, Chairman of the National Australia Group Common Investment Fund and non-executive board member of Skipton Building Society and the National Audit Office. Paula is currently a non-executive board member of Michelmersh Brick Holdings plc, The Crown Estate and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a Trustee of Calthorpe Estates.

Victoria Stewart - Appointed: 1 September 2020 and is a member of the Audit Committee

Victoria spent twenty two years as a fund manager, mostly with Royal London Asset Management. She was the sole manager of the Royal London UK Smaller Companies Fund from its inception in 2007, leaving in 2016 and taking up a non-executive director role with Secure Trust Bank PLC where she is chairman of the remuneration committee . Victoria has considerable experience of managing and investing in various investment vehicles and mid and small-cap listed companies and has a strong working knowledge of performance analysis and corporate governance. Victoria is also a non-executive director of Artemis Alpha Fund plc and JPMorgan Claverhouse Investment Trust plc.

Martin Warner - Appointed: 1 March 2018

Martin co-founded Michelmersh Brick Holdings plc in 1997 and served as Chief Executive and subsequently nonexecutive Chairman from May 2017. Martin is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and is Chairman of the Brick Development Association.