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Investment team

In this section:

CIO & COO

Nancy-Curtin

Nancy Curtin

Chief Investment Officer

Appointed in 2010, Nancy oversees a successful, award winning team of 55 investment professionals with a highly disciplined investment process.

Nancy has over 20 years’ experience including Managing Partner, Fortune, where she ran an alternatives investment business, Schroders where she was Head of Global Investments for its $20bn Global Mutual Fund businesses and Barings where she was Head of Emerging Markets and served in a range of global asset allocation roles.

Nancy holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, summa cum laude, from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


T: +44 (0)20 7426 4357
E: nancy.curtin@closebrothers.com

Giles Marshall

Chief Operating Officer

Giles graduated with a First Class degree in Economics and Information Systems from the University of the West of England in 1998.

After two years as a Management Consultant he joined Singer and Friedlander as a trainee Fund Manager.

Giles moved to Close Brothers in July 2006, and is a Chartered Fellow of the Charted Institute for Securities and Investment and holder of the Diploma.


T: +44 (0)20 7426 6208
E: giles.marshall@closebrothers.com

Investment team

Chris Boon

Managing Director

Chris is a Managing Director at Close Brothers Asset Management and has been with the Group for 13 years. As Chief Executive of the High Net Worth business from 2000 to 2007 he founded the Division’s presence in this area. Chris has over 25 years experience investing on behalf of private individuals, charities, retail funds and small institutions.

Before Close Brothers, Chris was a director and Chief Investment Officer of Rea Brothers (Investment Management) Ltd and was part of the team that grew the investment business from £80m of assets under management to over £1bn in a 10 year period. Prior to this he ran Rea Brothers’ stockbroking business and managed its proprietary trading book.

Chris is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and has a postgraduate qualification in banking. He has featured twice in Spears list of most influential HNW wealth managers and been named in the Citywire Top 100 Wealth Managers. In 2013 he was named Top 5 Manager in Spears’ HNW Wealth Management Index.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 6226
E: chris.boon@closebrothers.com

Mark Bray

Managing Director

As Managing Director for Close Brothers Asset Management, Mark is responsible for managing a range of multi asset, multi currency portfolios for institutional, charity and private clients both onshore and offshore.

Previously, he was a Divisional Director of Gerrard where he managed institutional and charity accounts.

Mark was a director of Global Asset Management and also managed global institutional funds at Credit Suisse First Boston and BNP Paribas. He began his career as a Research Analyst at Carnegie Fondkommission, Sweden.

Mark is a graduate of Oriel College, Oxford.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 4738
E: mark.bray@closebrothers.com

Andrew Buss

Managing Director

Andrew is an Investment Director at Close Brothers Asset Management. He has over 30 years investment experience and manages a diverse range of investment portfolios, including private clients, trusts, pension funds and SICAVs.

Prior to joining Close Brothers in 2008, Andrew spent 5 years with Singer and Friedlander Investment Management. Before that he spent 17 years with James Capel, which subsequently evolved into HSBC Investment Management. Whilst there he grew a broad client base and headed a team managing and developing business from the branch network. He began his career in the City in 1971 with Grieveson Grant and Co and began managing client portfolios in 1977.

Andrew is a Chartered fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute

T: +44 (0)20 7426 6252
E: andrew.buss@closebrothers.com

Francis Clarke

Managing Director

Francis Clarke is Managing Director at Close Brothers Asset Management. He has over 25 years of investment experience.

From 2000 to 2006, Francis worked at Singer and Friedlander Investment Management. Before this he worked at Fleming Private Asset Management for 11 years where he was appointed Director in 1994, assuming responsibility for the International Client desk from 1996. Previously he worked for Cazenove and Co., where he spent five years as an analyst in the US department. In 1985 he transferred into fund management, specialising in charities and private clients.

Francis is a graduate in History from Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Securities Institute and holder of the Diploma.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 6201
E: francis.clarke@closebrothers.com

Paul Clements

Managing Director

Paul Clements is a Managing Director of Close Brothers Asset Management’s Northern office where, with his Manchester-based team, he provides a full range of asset management services in the North West and Yorkshire.

Paul began his career at Barclays Bank Trust Company Limited before moving to Henry Cooke Lumsden in Manchester. He held senior asset management posts in DJT Group and Rea Brothers prior to its acquisition by Close Brothers, and has headed up Close's Northern office since 1998.

Paul is a Member of the Securities Institute and a holder of its Diploma.

T: +44 (0)161 238 9491
E: paul.clements@closebrothers.com

Tom Comins

Managing Director

Tom graduated from Edinburgh University in 1990 and started his career with Singer and Friedlander Investment Management where he worked for over fifteen years.

He was appointed Director in 2002 and managed a broad spread of UK private clients and trust portfolios, SIPPs and charities.

He joined Close Brothers in July 2006 to do a very similar role. Tom is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 6206
E: tom.comins@closebrothers.com

Felix Fitch

Managing Director

Felix started his career as a trainee Private Client Fund Manager at Henderson Crosthwaite, then Carr Sheppards Crosthwaite, after graduating in Arab Studies from Exeter University.

After seven years he moved to Barclays Private Bank, and then to Singer and Friedlander Investment Management in October 2002.

Felix joined Close Brothers in July 2006, and is a Fellow of the Charted Institute for Securities and Investment and holder of its Diploma.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 6205
E: felix.fitch@closebrothers.com

Adam Griffin

Managing Director

Adam has been with Close Brothers Asset Management for nearly ten years having been involved in the investment world for almost thirty years, managing money for institutions and private individuals across a broad spread of mandates.

He has also accumulated wide- ranging industry experience and previous firms for whom he has worked include Quilter, Capel Cure Myers (now Barclays Wealth ) as well as Invesco Private Portfolio Management and Fergusson Hall Stewart (now Investec) in South Africa.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 4006
E: adam.griffin@closebrothers.com

Richard Hollowood

Managing Director

Richard Hollowood is a Managing Director having joined the organisation in 2006.

Prior to joining Close Brothers, Richard was a private client investment manager at Singer and Friedlander for three years and gained over six years of institutional investment experience managing US and Global equities with Mercury Asset Management and AXA Investment Managers.


T: +44 (0)20 7426 6207
E: richard.hollowood@closebrothers.com


Edward Colman

Investment Director

Edward is a UK Multi Asset Class Portfolio Manager with over fifteen years of financial services experience. He looks after both onshore and offshore multi asset class portfolios for private clients, trusts and corporates.

He joined Close Brothers Asset Management in September 2013. Edward holds the Private Client Investment Advice & Management Certificate (Distinction) and the Investment Management Certificate. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 2002, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant. Edward graduated from the University of Durham in 1998 with a Biological Sciences BSc.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 4384
E: edward.colman@closebrothers.com

Paul Evans

Investment Desk Assistant

Paul joined Close in June 2009 from Singer & Friedlander where he had worked for the previous 25 years, latterly heading Investment Management Operations at Singer & Friedlander, covering all aspects of Private Client Fund Administration in his career there. During his long career with Singer & Friedlander Paul worked closely with all members of the team.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 6274
E: paul.evans@closebrothers.com

Dan Gollance

Investment Director

Dan Gollance graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1999 with a degree in Economics and Spanish.

He started his career as a small cap broker at EFML before moving to Williams de Broe where he managed private client portfolios and worked on the Assetmaster range of funds.

Dan joined Close Brothers in 2005 and is currently responsible for a range of multi-asset mandates including the global equity Winchester Fund. He has passed various investment and financial planning exams and is a CFA charter holder.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 6210
E: dan.gollance@closebrothers.com

Leanne Hallworth

Investment Director

Leanne Hallworth is an Investment Director at Close Brothers Asset Management based in Manchester.

Leanne completed a Business in Europe degree in 1999 and joined the Manchester team at the beginning of 2000. She has completed both her Investment Management Certificate and Securities Institute Diploma.

Leanne manages monies on behalf of a number of actuarial practices who provide client specific briefs.

T: +44 (0)161 238 949
E: leanne.hallworth@closebrothers.com

Charles Hobday

Investment Director

Charles is a Managing Director at Close Brothers Asset Management, where he has worked for over 15 years during his career in the City that started in 1995. He manages assets for a diverse client base, domiciled both On and Offshore, encompassing Private Clients, Charities and Trusts and incorporating a broad multi-asset spread of mandates.

Charles is a graduate of the University of Bournemouth with a BA (Hons) degree in Financial Services, a Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute and achieved a Distinction in Private Client Investment Advice and Management from the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 6236
E: charles.hobday@closebrothers.com

Glenn Harrington

Investment Director

Glenn began his career in the city at Singer & Friedlander in 1980 and joined their Investment Management Division in 1988 looking after private clients, trusts, charities and pension funds.

Glenn joined Close Brothers in July 2006 as an Investment Director.


T: +44 (0)20 7426 6209
E: glenn.harrington@closebrothers.com

Chris Law

Investment Director

Chris is an experienced Portfolio Manager having worked in financial services for over fifteen years. He looks after onshore and offshore multi asset class portfolios for private clients, trusts and charities.

He joined Close Brothers Asset Management in September 2013. Prior to this Chris worked for Merrill Lynch Portfolio Managers. He holds the Investment Management certificate and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities. Chris graduated from the University of Durham in 1997 with a BA (hons) in Economics..

T: +44 (0)20 7426 4733
E: chris.law@closebrothers.com


Mark Lewis

Investment Director

Mark graduated from Reading University, with a BA Hons in Economics & Politics.

Having previously worked at JP Morgan, Mark joined Rea Brothers (later bought by Close Brothers) in October 1999 and is responsible for running a range of mandates, including private clients, trusts, pensions and corporate portfolios.

Mark is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and holds a Diploma from the Securities Institute.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 6237 
E: mark.lewis@closebrothers.com

Rob Manning

Investment Director

Rob studied economics at Cambridge University before joining Price Waterhouse and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant.

He has since worked at Singer and Friedlander Investment Management for eight years, becoming an Investment Director responsible for private client, pension and charity funds.

He joined Close Brothers in 2006 and is an Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals (ASIP).

T: +44 (0)20 7426 6204
E: robert.manning@closebrothers.com

John Marshall

Managing Director

John Marshall is Managing Director and has been managing money on behalf of Close Brothers clients and its predecessor organisations since 1997. His responsibilities include relative return and target return multi-asset mandates, both in the UK and offshore.

John joined Finsbury Asset Management in 1997, transferring within the Rea Brothers Group to the Investment Management Division the following year. After completing his post-graduate studies and prior to working in investment management, he worked in the computer research and development industry.

A graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, John is an Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals (ASIP) and a certified holder of the European Federation of Financial Analysts' Societies (EFFAS) Diploma.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 6239
E: john.marshall@closebrothers.com

Paul Roe

Investment Director

Paul Roe is an Investment Director of Close Brothers Asset Management and is based in the Manchester office.

He is responsible for managing private client assets, SSASs and SIPPs on a discretionary basis. His career in private client services includes extensive experience in private client fund management working for Henry Cooke Lumsden from 1985.

He was recruited to specialise in pension fund management with actuarial practice DJT Group in 1991 and with this function moved to Rea Brothers in 1998 and Close Brothers in 1999.

T: +44 (0)161 238 9494
E: paul.roe@closebrothers.com

Andrew Thompson

Investment Director

Andrew Thompson joined Close Brothers in December 2000 having spent 12 years with Henry Cooke Lumsden and their collective subsidiary, Solus.

This background has proven invaluable in our collective research efforts and Andrew has responsibility for a number of fund of fund briefs.

Andrew is a Chartered Fellow of the Securities Institute and a holder of its Diploma.

T: +44 (0)161 238 9497
E: andrew.thompson@closebrothers.com

Seton Craven

Managing Director

Seton began his career in the City at Sheppards & Chase in 1983. He subsequently joined Robert Fleming in 1990 and HSBC Investment Management in 2000. As a Senior Director at HSBC, Seton managed a Team of Fund Managers. Having joined Psigma Investment Management as a Senior Investment Director in 2006, Seton moved to Close Brothers Asset Management as a Managing Director in 2014. 

He manages a mixture of private clients and pension portfolios.

 T: +44 (0)207 426 6238
E: seton.craven@closebrothers.com

Niall Gallagher

Assistant Investment Manager

Niall joined Close in April 2011 after completing 18 months on the Brewin Dolphin private client graduate programme. He studied Economics and Management at Oxford University, graduating in 2009. He is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI) and is assisting the rest of the investment team.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 6203
E: niall.gallagher@closebrothers.com

Sebastian Moore

Assistant Investment Manager

Sebastian graduated from Manchester University in 2011 with a degree in Economics and Politics.

After university he joined Close Brothers Asset Management where he has now been for 3 years; assisting the investment managers with both onshore and offshore multi asset class portfolios as well as studying for further professional qualifications. He is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI).


T: +44 (0) 20 7426 6241
E: sebastian.moore@closebrothers.com

Doug McCance

Investment Manager

Doug McCance is an Investment Manager at Close Brothers Asset Management based in the Manchester office. Doug joined Close Brothers in September 2014 after starting his career in April 2007 at Brown Shipley.

Doug studied Mathematics with Finance at Leeds University before completing the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment Diploma. He is currently undertaking study for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification.

Doug specialises in managing bespoke investment portfolios for charities, private clients, associated family trusts and company pension schemes as well as providing services to IFA’s and their clients’.


T: +44 (0) 161 238 9498
E: doug.mccance@closebrothers.com

Carla Keenan

Assistant Investment Manager

Carla graduated from Warwick University in 2011 with a degree in Accounting and Finance. She previously worked at Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, before joining Close Brothers in 2015. Carla holds the Investment Management Certificate and is currently studying for her Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification with the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments (CISI), where she is already an associate.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 6231
E: Carla.Keenan@closebrothers.com

Amy-Lazenby

Amy Lazenby

Investment Director

Amy is a senior investment director at Close Brothers. She sits on the Multi Asset Class (MAC) Committee and is a key member of the investment team deciding our house asset allocation and investment decisions.

Prior to joining Close, Amy was a founding partner of a private client discretionary investment management business which she ran for 10 years before selling her 45% share to her co-founder.

She is a Chartered Wealth Manager and a Fellow of the Securities Institute and sits on the editorial panel for the Securities and Investment Review and the committee for the Wealth Management Forum.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 4739
E: Amy.Lazenby@closebrothers.com

Robert-Alster

Robert Alster

Head of Equity Research

Robert is the Head of Research for Close Brothers Asset Management.

After a period working in industry, Robert joined Fleming Asset Management in 1992 as an equity analyst following the UK capital goods sector. He later moved to American Express Asset Management to become Head of Research in London, and then UBS Brinson as a global capital goods sector analyst. In 2000 Robert joined Alliance Capital as an industrials analyst, and later became Head of Research.

T: +44 (0)20 7426 4157
E: Robert.Alster@closebrothers.com

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