Meet the Board

The Brunner Investment Trust board is particularly experienced as its directors also sit on the boards of a number of large companies. So as well as providing shareholders with the reassurance of a diligent environment of checks and balances, they also provide the Trust with invaluable knowledge and economic insight.

  • Carolan Dobson  

    Carolan Dobson joined the Board in December 2013 and has been Chairman since the AGM in March 2016. She is also Chairman of BlackRock Latin American Investment Trust plc, JP Morgan European Smaller Companies Plc and Schroder UK Growth Fund plc, and a non-executive director of London CIV and Woodford Patient Capital Trust plc. She is a trustee of NEST and Chair of Nest’s Investment Committee. She was previously head of UK equities at Abbey Asset Managers, Head of Investment Trusts at Murray Johnstone and was the portfolio manager of two investment trusts.

  • Ian Barlow,  FCA, CTA (Fellow)
    Non-executive Director

    Chairman of the Audit Committee

    Ian Barlow joined the Board in November 2009. He is a non-executive director of Smith and Nephew PLC, Foxtons Group PLC, Urban&Civic plc and First Debenture Finance PLC. Ian is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. Ian retired from KPMG LLP in 2008 as Senior Partner, London.

  • Vivian Bazalgette,  MA
    Non-executive Director

    Senior Independent Director

    Vivian Bazalgette joined the Board on 1 January 2004. He is Chairman of Fidelity European Values PLC and a non-executive director of the Perpetual Income and Growth Investment Trust PLC. He is also an adviser to the pension fund of BAE Systems Plc. He retired as Chief Investment Officer of M&G Investment Management in September 2002 and was formerly a director of Gartmore Investment Management plc.

  • Peter Maynard  
    Non-executive Director

    Peter Maynard joined the Board in October 2010. He is a retired solicitor and qualified with Slaughter and May in 1977. He is a non-executive director of Edinburgh Dragon Investment Trust plc. He was Group Legal director at Prudential plc from 1998 to 2009 and Company Secretary from July 1999. Prior to that he was with HSBC for 14 years during which time he was variously a director of HSBC Investment Bank, President and Chief Executive Officer of James Capel Inc in New York and finally Deputy Group Legal Adviser. Recently he has been the Head of Group Governance and Regulatory Compliance at Old Mutual plc. He is a former chairman of the GC100 and was a supervisory board member of the London Business School Centre for Corporate Governance.

  • Jim Sharp  
    Non-executive Director

    Jim Sharp joined the Board in January 2014. He is a Partner in Sirius Equity LLP, which he co-founded in 2008, and he is a non-executive director of James Cropper PLC and He began his career in financial services with J Henry Schroder & Co from 1992 to 2002, where he was a director, and since has held senior roles with a number of private equity backed businesses.


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