Board of Directors

All Directors and the Company Secretary can be contacted through the Registered Office.

Executive Directors
  • Gavin Rochussen
    Chief Executive Officer
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    Gavin Rochussen, Chief Executive, joined Polar Capital in July 2017 and was previously Group Chief Executive at J O Hambro Capital Management Limited (JOHCM). Prior to JOHCM, Gavin was Group Chief Executive at Fleming Family & Partners Limited, a pre-eminent European multi-family office, relocating from South Africa to take the position. Gavin qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1983 in South Africa and held roles before moving to the UK in 2002 which included Group Finance Director at Allied Electronics Corporation Limited, a JSE listed group, and Denel Informatics, a state owned technology group. Post his qualification, Gavin was a founding partner of Anderson Rochussen Crisp Inc, a professional services practice, where he led the firm between 1984-1996. Gavin is advisor to Amigona Holdings Inc, an investment holding company, an Independent Adviser to James Hambro & Partners LLP, a wealth management boutique and a Governor at Tonbridge School in Kent.
  • John Mansell
    Finance Director and Chief Operating Officer
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    Appointed to the Board in 2002, having joined Polar Capital in 2001. Prior to joining Polar Capital he spent 11 years at Lazard Asset Management. John is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.
Non-Executive Directors
  • Tom Bartlam
    Chairman
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    Appointed to the Board in July 2007 and became Chairman in September 2007. Tom was a managing director of Intermediate Capital Group plc which he co-founded from 1989 until his retirement in 2005. He is non-executive Chairman of Jupiter UK Growth Trust plc.
    Chairman of Nomination Committee
    Member of Audit Committee
    Member of Remuneration Committee
  • Hugh Aldous
    Non-Executive Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee
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    Appointed to the Board in 2007. Hugh was a partner in Grant Thornton UK LLP, formerly a partner in RSM Robson Rhodes from 1976, where he was latterly head of its financial services team. He was a member of the Competition Commission (formerly the Monopolies and Mergers Commission). Hugh is Chairman of SPL Guernsey ICC Ltd, Downing Strategic Micro-Cap Investment Trust plc. and is a non-executive director of Innospec Inc and elderstreet VCT plc.
    Member of Nomination Committee
  • Brian Ashford-Russell
    Non-Executive Director and Founder
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    Appointed to the Board in 2002. Brian was head of the technology team at Henderson Global Investors from 1987 until September 2000 and is a co-founder of Polar Capital. He was the appointed fund manager of Polar Capital Technology Trust plc, from launch in 1996 until May 2006. He is a Director of Polar Capital Technology Trust plc.
  • Jamie Cayzer-Colvin
    Non-Executive Director
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    Appointed to the Board in 2002. Jamie is a director of Caledonia Investments plc and Chairman of Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust plc.
    Member of Nomination Committee
    Member of Remuneration Committee
    Member of Audit Committee
  • Win Robbins
    Non-Executive Director
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    Appointed to the Board in June 2017. Win is a non-executive Director of City Merchants High Yield Trust Ltd. a Jersey-domiciled, London-listed investment trust, a non-executive member of the Investment Committee of St. James Place Partnership PLC as well as a Trustee Director and Chair of the Investment Committee of NOW:Pensions and an Independent Trustee on the Institute of Cancer Research Pension Fund.
    Member of Nomination Committee
    Member of Remuneration Committee
    Member of Audit Committee
  • Michael Thomas
    Non-Executive Director and Chairman of Remuneration Committee
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    Appointed to the Board in January 2008. Michael was a director of Martin Currie Limited and investment manager of the Japanese team until his retirement in 2007.
    Member of Nomination Committee
    Member of Audit Committee
  • Tim Woolley
    Non-Executive Director and Founder
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    Appointed to the Board in 2002 and was Chief Executive from November 2009 to July 2017. Tim has accepted the Boards invitation to remain as a non-executive Director. Tim joined Henderson Global Investor’s technology team in 1996 and left with Brian Ashford-Russell to establish Polar Capital in 2001.

Company Secretary

Neil Taylor
Company Secretary

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