Investment governance - meet the team

Our AJ Bell investment solutions are powered by AJ Bell Investments. With more than 60 years’ combined experience of managing funds for retail and institutional investors, this is the team that we trust to provide all of AJ Bell’s in-house fund management solutions.

In addition to their investment experience, several members 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 Passive Portfolios

Matt is responsible for the day-to-day running of the AJ Bell Passive 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, and is a CFA charterholder.

Ryan Hughes Head of Active Portfolios

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 Active Portfolios, Ryan now oversees all actively managed investment solutions and fund research.

Terry McGivern: Fund Manager - Passive Portfolios

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 1 exam.

Simon Molica: Fund Manager Active Portfolios

Before joining AJ Bell, Simon worked for an investment management company in the role of Portfolio Manager, running a variety of investment propositions – including the active range of their Managed Portfolio Service. Prior to this he worked at a global consulting firm and one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. Simon holds a BSc in Mathematics with Management Studies, with honours, from the University of Sussex. He also holds the Investment Management Certificate.

James Piper: Active Portfolio 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 Passive funds range. James has a degree in Political, Economic and Social Sciences from the University of Sydney.

Mark Gillan: Head of Operations

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.

Arnie Millington: Operations & Portfolio Analyst

Arnie joined the Investment Administration team at AJ Bell in August 2016, and quickly progressed to the role of Team Leader in just five months. Looking for his next challenge, he moved to the Operations role in October 2017. Arnie studied Economics at Coventry University and is currently working towards his Investment Management Certificate, with a view to gaining further qualifications in the future.

Natalie Yau: Operations & Portfolio 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 has a First Class (Hons) BSc Mathematics degree from the University of Salford, and is currently studying towards the Investment Management Certificate.

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