The Company’s Board of Directors is comprised of prominent investment and industry professionals.
The Board of Directors is responsible for the determination of the Company’s investment policy and overall investment strategy. The Directors are also responsible for the review of the Company’s investment activity and performance, and the control and supervision of the Investment Manager. All of the Directors are non-executive and are independent of the Investment Manager with the exception of Richard Levy.
Board of Directors
Kevin Ingram was an audit partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. He specialised in the audit of financial services businesses and the audit of investment products including investment trusts, open-ended funds, hedge funds and private equity funds. He headed PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP’s UK investment funds audit practice from 2000 to 2007. He retired from PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in 2009. Kevin was formerly senior independent director of Aberdeen Diversified Income and Growth Trust PLC from April 2017 until he retired in February 2019.
Previously, Mr. Ingram was the chairman of the Board of Aberdeen UK Tracker Trust PLC and was the chairman of the Audit Committee of that Trust from March 2010 until he was appointed chairman of the Board in April 2013. He is a Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He is also the chairman of the Audit Committee of the Westminster Catholic Diocesan Trust.
Chairman of the Audit and Valuation Committee
Clive Peggram is Chief Executive Officer of Apex2100, an elite sports performance facility based in France. He has over 35 years of experience in financial derivatives, hedge funds and private equity. He was chief executive officer of the operating businesses of Financial Risk Management, a US $10 billion institutionally focused hedge fund of fund manager. Mr. Peggram previously worked in a number of different roles, gaining considerable experience of the developing derivative and capital markets. Mr. Peggram is a non-executive director of an Italian focused private equity fund and an independent partner of Cairn Loan Investments LLP. He also serves as a trustee of the British Ski and Snowboard National Foundation and the Apex2100 Foundation.
Mark Katzenellenbogen has been involved in financial services for over 35 years. Since 2007 he has been CEO of Auden Capital LLP, a London based corporate finance advisory firm specialising in the investment and wealth management sector. He began his career with S.G Warburg in credit and banking, prior to working for the bank’s mergers and acquisitions department. Since 2005 Mark has been a non-executive director of Oldfield, a long-only value equity manager.
Elizabeth Passey is a Senior Adviser to J. Stern & Co Private Investment Office, Member of the Board of the National Lottery Community Fund and Chairman of the Rural Payments Agency. She is a past managing director of Morgan Stanley, past Chairman of the Board of Morgan Stanley International Foundation and past managing director of Investec Asset Management. She is the Convener of Court of The University of Glasgow.
Richard Levy is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of VPC. Mr. Levy oversees VPC’s investment and operational activities, and he is also the Chairman of the firm’s Senior Leadership Team and Investment Committee. He also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of PC portfolio companies, Enteris Biopharma and Giordano’s. He also serves as a member of the board of directors of VPC portfolio companies, Caribbean Financial Group, Renovo Financial and United Automobile Insurance Company.
Previously, Mr. Levy served as head of the Small Cap Structured Products Group and co-head of the Solutions Group at Magnetar Capital. He also co-founded and served as managing partner at Crestview Capital Partners.
Mr. Levy is also chairman of the board of nonprofit, Gardeneers, an active board member of the College Bound Opportunities and Camp Kesem and he sits on the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Institute of Technology.
The Directors meet at least five times per annum and more often if required. All independent Directors are members of the Board’s existing committees. The Board is chaired by Kevin Ingram.
The Company’s Audit and Valuation Committee meets at least twice a year or more often, if required. The Audit and Valuation Committee examines the effectiveness of the Company’s control systems. It reviews the half-yearly and annual reports and also receives financial information from the Investment Manager. In addition, it reviews the scope, results, cost effectiveness, independence and objectivity of the external auditor and is responsible for monitoring the Company’s valuation policies and methods. The Committee is chaired by Clive Peggram.
The Company’s Management Engagement Committee meets at least once a year or more often, if required. Its principal duty is to consider the terms of appointment of the Investment Manager and it annually reviews that appointment and the terms of the Management Agreement. The Management Engagement Committee is principally responsible for reasonably satisfying itself that the IMA is fair, and its terms remain appropriate, relevant, competitive and sensible. The Committee is chaired by Clive Peggram.
The Company’s Nominations Committee meets at least once a year or more often, if required. Its principal duty is to review the structure, size and composition of the Board. The Committee is also responsible for considering succession planning and the results of the Board performance evaluation. The Committee is chaired by Kevin Ingram.
The Company’s Disclosure Committee monitors the implementation of procedures for identifying inside information when it arises and ensures the Company complies with its disclosure and other obligations in respect of such inside information. The Committee is chaired by Elizabeth Passey.
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