Judging Panel

Helen Bradshaw

Portfolio manager

Quilter Investors

Helen Bradshaw is a portfolio manager at Quilter Investors focussed on managing multi-asset income portfolios. She has over 15 years of investment industry experience and joined Quilter Investors in January 2019 from Janus Henderson Investors, where she ran a number of multi-asset income strategies. Helen holds an LLB law degree from Exeter University, the Legal Practice Course from the University of Law, Guildford as well as the Investment Management Certificate.

Mark Dunn

Head of Retail Business Development

Franklin Templeton Investments

Mark Dunn joined Franklin Templeton Investments in April 2014. He has responsibility for fund distribution within the UK retail channel and managing the retail sales team.

Alan Glendon

Director, UK Fund Distribution

Principal Global Investors

Alan is a Director, UK Fund Distribution at Principal Global Investors. He is responsible for the strategic direction, sales management and delivery for our UK Financial Institutions channels. The role involves building relationships with Private Banks, Wealth Managers, Fund of Funds, Platforms, Family offices, Rating Agencies. Alan joined the firm in 2017. Prior to his current role, Alan served as a Sales Director - UK Financial Institutions at Janus Capital. He received a BA Hons in Business Studies with H.R.M from University of East London.

Dan Franklin

Head of Wholesale UK

Pictet Asset Management

Dan Franklin joined Pictet Asset Management as Head of Wholesale UK in September 2017. Based in London, Dan focusses on developing the Wholesale business in London & the Channel Islands.
Prior to joining Pictet Asset Management, Dan was a Business Development Director at Legg Mason for nearly 6 years. He has also held roles at Legal & General Investment Management, Threadneedle and M&G.
Dan graduated with a BA in History & American Studies from Middlesex University and holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).

Simon Jagger

Director, UK Wealth


Simon joined as Head of UK Wealth Distribution in January 2016 and now focuses on Global and Multi-Asset clients. He joined from Schroders where he worked for 20 years in various roles within distribution, multi asset and the hedge fund business based in Guernsey, London and Singapore. Prior to Schroders, Simon worked for Barings Guernsey, having previously served in the British Army.

Rodger Kennedy

Head of London Wealth, UK Client Group

Investec Asset Management

Rodger is the Head of London Wealth within the UK Client Group at Investec Asset Management. He is responsible for distribution to discretionary wealth managers and stock brokers as well as multi managers and private banks.
Prior to joining Investec Asset Management in 2001, Rodger began his career in the financial services industry in 1997 with Bell Lawrie in Edinburgh where he qualified as a stockbroker.

Rodger has passed the Registered Representatives exam from the Securities Institute, and holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and FPC Qualifications from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Natalie Kenway

Acting Editor & Chairperson

Investment Week

Natalie Kenway is acting editor of Investment Week. She first joined the publication in 2005 as junior reporter before working her way up to an editing role. She has a particular passion for covering diversity-related topics.

Andy Merricks

Head of Investments

Skerritt Wealth Managers

Andy has been in financial services since 1987 and has been Head of Investments at Skerritt Wealth Managers since 2004. He has overseen funds under management in their discretionary portfolios grow to around £450 million from a standing start in 2008 and co-manages the VT Esprit range of funds that Skerritts launched in 2018. Whilst retaining his role at Skerritts he has joined 8AM to run the Focussed Fund with long time associate Tom McGrath, aiming to bring a straightforward and sensible approach to achieving consistently above average capital growth for investors.

Joe O’Donnell

Head of Wealth Management Distribution

Legg Mason Global Asset Management

Joe has 20 years' experience in the investment management industry and is responsible for Legg Mason's distribution strategy into the Wealth Management channel in the UK. In addition, Joe is Head of Investment Trusts and responsible for business development in the North, midlands and Bristol. He joined Legg Mason in 2007 from Barclays Wealth where he worked as a Private Banker. Prior to that, Joe spent 8 years working as Portfolio Manager for Rensburg Sheppards. Joe graduated in Philosophy and Politics from the University of York and is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI.

Richard Philbin

Chief Investment Officer

Wellian Investment Solutions

Richard is one of the UKs best known Multi-Manager investors and has previously been AA rated by OBSR, Citywire and S&P. Before joining Wellian, Richard was formerly the Chief Investment Officer at AXA Architas Multi-Manager where he helped them to grow with assets of over £7bn, and before that he was Head of Multi-Manager at F&C Investments where he launched the LifeStyle range of funds and grew assets to over £1bn during his tenure.

Bev Shah

Founder & CEO

City Hive – Women in Asset and Investment Management

Bhavini ‘Bev' Shah, is the Founder and CEO of City Hive, the only professional network dedicated to uniting, supporting and championing women at all levels of asset and investment management. Prior to setting up City Hive she clocked up over fifteen years' in the City at some of the world's largest financial institutions - Aviva, Aviva Investors, Merchant Securities (now part of San Lam UK), HSBC, Bear Stearns & Lehman Brothers. She has extensive multi-asset multi-manager investment and governance experience as a portfolio manager and research analyst with a 360-degree understanding off the industry having held positions on both sides of the fence (platform, asset manager and private client investment manager). She holds a BSc (Hons) in Economics and Accountancy from City University (CASS) and is an Advisory Board Member of the Association of Professional Fund Investors (APFI). As a British-Indian dyslexic woman, Bev's strength is diversity.

Ebru Smith


Ebru Smith Consultancy

Ebru Smith worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years starting her career as an analyst & reporter at Bloomberg when they first launched their offices in London. She briefly worked as an Economic Assistant at the British Embassy in Ankara, followed by her role as a Client Services Manager at Schroders working with institutional pension funds. For 10 years she worked at Reliance Mutual Insurance Society managing a £450mn UK Equity Fund as well as co-managing the Society's other funds including their Life & Pension Funds. She worked as a buy-side analyst at Duncan Lawrie Private Banking helping the team set up tailored portfolios using her skills in portfolio construction and asset allocation. She was appointed Director at Brewin Dolphin, charged with managing their £550mn AUM as Head of Portfolio Management. She decided to start up her own company in 2018; Ebru Smith Consultancy Limited, to make better use of her multi-skills and give something back to the industry as an analyst, trainer, mentor & marketing consultant at Denny Ellison and as an investment consultant for Incisive Media.

Mark Thomas

Managing Director, Wholesale Distribution

River and Mercantile Asset Management

Mark began his career at Sun Alliance Insurance Group, Manchester in 1979. Six years later, he joined Mortgage & Insurance Services as a Financial Advisor, prior to being enlisted by Royal Trust Fund Management Ltd in 1998 to act as their Regional Sales Manager for the North of England. After three years at Scottish Widows Investment Management Ltd, working as the Broker Unit Trust Manager, Mark joined Credit Suisse Asset Management Ltd as UK Sales Director, Head of Retail Sales. After spending thirteen years with Credit Suisse, Mark left to found River and Mercantile Asset Management LLP as Managing Director, Wholesale Distribution.

Ruli Viljoen

Head of Manager Selection, EMEA

Morningstar Investment Management Europe Ltd

Ruli Viljoen is Head of Manager Selection for Morningstar's Investment Management team in the EMEA region. She is responsible for driving the research efforts of the investment team to ensure best ideas are surfaced and reflected in the Morningstar client portfolios and client panels, as well as ensuring that there is a buy list of suitable alternative funds at all times. In addition, Ruli is involved in the management of client relationships.

Ruli joined Morningstar in 2010 through the company's acquisition of OBSR, where she had worked since 2009. Most recently she served as head of investment research for Morningstar's open-end manager research in the UK.

Prior to joining OBSR, Ruli managed the long-only fund of funds portfolios for TriAlpha Investment Advisors, a London-based asset management group. She was previously a private client relationship manager for Nedcor Investment Group, a private banking organisation based in South Africa. She has worked in the UK fund research industry since 1996 and the investment industry since 1987.

Ruli holds a B.Soc.Sc in Economics, with honours, from the University of Cape Town. She also holds the Investment Management Certificate and the Investment Advice Certificate.