When you choose one of our investment ideas, you're tapping into the expertise of the AJ Bell Investments team, who've more than 60 years' combined experience managing funds for retail and institutional investors. Several of the team have also worked for and alongside independent advice firms, building centralised investment propositions and other investment management solutions.
Kevin Doran: Managing Director/Chief Investment Officer
Kevin graduated with a First in Mathematics and Theoretical Physics from the University of Liverpool, and began his career in the financial services industry as an Investment Analyst, eventually progressing to become Chief Investment Officer at a major private bank. He then took on the position of Group Head of Research & Strategy for a Luxembourg-based private banking group, before moving into a number of consultant roles for various investment management and banking businesses. In October 2017 he joined AJ Bell Investments as Managing Director and CIO. He is a CFA charterholder.
Matt Brennan: Head of Investment Management
Matt is responsible for the day-to-day running of the AJ Bell funds, working with our investment team to further grow the range of investment options. He joined us with over six years’ experience in financial services, having previously worked at a leading provider of wealth management services as a Senior Fund Manager and Head of Fixed Income Research, with specific responsibility for managing a discretionary fixed income fund. He also formed part of a four-person fund management team that ran the company’s multi-asset funds. Matt graduated from the University of York with a first class Masters degree in Mathematics. He is a CFA charterholder and has also attained the Certificate in ESG Investing, awarded by CFA UK.
Ryan Hughes: Head of Investment Research
Ryan started his career in 1999 working for an independent financial adviser, progressing to become Head of Portfolio Management at an award-winning advisory firm. Ryan then joined a global asset management firm as a Fund Manager, where he oversaw more than £10bn of multi-asset portfolios and also sat on the investment and global asset allocation committees. After seven years, Ryan joined a small multi-asset boutique managing portfolios for clients all around the world, before joining AJ Bell three years later to help establish our investment capability. As Head of Investment Research, Ryan now oversees all actively managed investment solutions and fund research.
Terry McGivern: Senior Research Analyst
Terry’s career in financial services began in 2005 on the settlements team at a major bank. He later moved to an investment management company and then a leading provider of financial services. In 2010 he took up a proprietary futures trading role at one of the world’s largest independent global commodities brokers. Prior to joining AJ Bell Terry spent five years on the Investment Management Team at a discretionary investment manager in Liverpool, where he was also a member of the Asset Allocation Committee. Terry holds the CFA-UK Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and is currently studying towards the CFA Level 2 exam.
James Piper: Research Analyst
James joined AJ Bell in 2015 and spent his first two years with the company working for AJ Bell Securities, with spells in the Transfers, Conversions and Market Settlements business areas. He joined the fledgling AJ Bell Investments business unit in November 2016 as an Operations Analyst, and was heavily involved in the launch and implementation of the AJ Bell funds range. James has a degree in Political, Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Sydney.
Paul Pugh: Head of Strategic Partnerships
Paul joined the team in 2020 and is responsible for the development of AJ Bell’s funds and model portfolios with third-party distribution partners. Paul has over 20 years’ experience in financial services, having held roles at three of the UK’s leading investment management firms.
Mark Gillan: Head of Product
Mark studied Economics at Liverpool University, and has a master’s degree in International Banking & Finance from Liverpool John Moores University. Qualified to CISI Diploma level in Investment Operations, Mark came to AJ Bell with nine years’ experience in operations at a custodian and an investment management firm.
Samantha Andersen: Product Manager
Samantha joined AJ Bell Investments in 2021, bringing more than 15 years’ operations experience – including 11 years across a variety of financial services sectors. As well as managing departments helping vulnerable customers and investigating retail banking complaints, she’s also headed up the operations of an independent, Tier 2 challenger asset finance company. She has a CMI Level 6 Diploma in Management and Leadership.
Tom McGoldrick: Portfolio Analyst
Tom joined the team in October 2018, having graduated from Durham University with a Master’s degree in Mathematics.He is now part of the Operations Team at AJ Bell Investments. Tom holds the CFA-UK Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and is currently studying towards the CFA Level 1 exam.
Natalie Yau: Data Analyst
Natalie Yau joined AJ Bell Investments in the role of Operations and Portfolio Analyst following two years as a Performance Analyst at a major private bank. Natalie holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and has a First Class (Hons) BSc Mathematics degree from the University of Salford.
Ross Rogerson: Portfolio Analyst
Ross joined AJ Bell Securities as part of the Middle Office Team, where he worked for two years before joining AJ Bell Investments in April 2019. He has a Second Class (Hons) BSc in Mathematics with Finance from the University of Brighton, and is now studying towards the Investment Management Certificate (IMC).
Alexandra Farrell: Product Analyst
Alex first joined AJ Bell Securities in 2020 in the Client Services department and moved to join the Investments team in August 2021. She has a first class degree from the University of Leeds in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (International) and spent a year of this studying in Australia. She has had essays published on the Australian Association of Philosophy and is currently studying towards her Investment Management Certificate (IMC).
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