The Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Gray and Julia Chapman as non-executive Directors of the Company with effect from 1 October 2015. Michael Gray has also been appointed as a member of the Company's Audit Committee and Julia Chapman has been appointed as a member of the Company's Investment Committee.
Michael Gray (FCIBS) is a Jersey resident, a qualified Corporate Banker and Corporate Treasurer. Michael was most recently the Regional Managing Director, Corporate Banking for RBS International, based in Jersey but with responsibility for The Royal Bank of Scotland's Corporate Banking Business in the Crown Dependencies and British Overseas Territories.
In a career spanning 31 years with The Royal Bank of Scotland, Michael has undertaken a vairety of roles including that of an Auditor for 4 years and has extensive general management and lending experience across a number of industries. Prior to moving to Jersey in 2005, Michael was Regional Director with responsibility for the Bank's Corporate business in the North of Scotland as well as its Oil and Gas interests in the North Sea. Other roles include Head of Funds for the Bank and latterly Chairman Funds, Financial Institutions UK.
Michael utilises that extensive corporate lending experience across a number of industries, now acting as an adviser to a number of companies with global interests and as a director of various Private Equity Funds.
Michael is not currently, and has not been in the last five years, a director of any other publicy quoted companies.
Resident in Jersey, Julia Chapman is a solicitor qualified in England & Wales and Jersey with over 25 years' experience in the investment fund and capital markets sector. Having trained with Simmons & Simmons in London, Julia moved to Jersey to work for Mourant de Feu & Jeune (now Mourant Ozannes) and became a partners in 1999. Julia was then appointed general counsel to Mourant International Finance Administration ("MIFA") (the firm's fund administration division) with responsibility for legal, risk and compliance oversight of third party administration services to alternative investment funds.
Following the acquisition of MIFA by State Street in April 2010, Julia was appointed European Senior Counsel at State Street heading up a European-based legal and corporate secretarial professionals responsible for internal legal affairs and governance in State Street's alternative investment division. In July 2012, Julia left State Street to focus on the independen provision of directorship and governance services to a small number of alternative investment fund vehicles.
Julia is currenly a director of Henderson Far East Income Limited but has not been in the last five years, a director of any other publicly quoted companies.
Michael Gray and Julia Chapman have confirmed that there are no other details required to be disclosed under LR 9.6.13R (2) to (6) of the Financial Conduct Authority Listing Rules.
Both Michael Gray and Julia Chapman are regulated by the Jersey Financial Services Commission for the provision of services as non-executive directors.
Ian Reeves CBE, Chairman commented, "We are delighted to welcome Michael and Julia to the Board and the experience and complimentary skills they bring to the Company."
Source: London Stock Exchange