The Board

Board of Directors

Arthur Copple


Arthur Copple, Chairman, was appointed a director in 2011. He has specialised in the investment company sector for over 30 years. He was a partner at Kitcat & Aitken, an executive director of Smith New Court PLC and a managing director of Merrill Lynch. He is currently a director of Montanaro UK Smaller Companies Investment Trust PLC and The University of Brighton Academies Trust.

Lesley Sherratt


Lesley Sherratt was appointed a director in 2015. She was formerly Investment Director for the Save & Prosper and Fleming Flagship range of funds, and CEO & CIO of Ark Asset Management Ltd. She has over twenty years experience investing in the financial sector, including investment trusts, and served as a director and Chair of US Small Companies Investment Trust. She is currently a director of a private foundation, a trustee of the Medical Research Foundation and the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, lectures in global business ethics at King‘s College London and is the author of ‘Can Microfinance Work? How to Improve its Ethical Balance and Effectiveness‘.

Richard Wyatt


Richard Wyatt was appointed a director in 2017. He is a former Group Managing Director at Schroders, Lazard and a Vice Chairman at Rothschild. He was Chairman of the media agency Engine Group and served on the Regulatory Decisions Committee of the FSA. He is currently Chairman of Loudwater Partners Limited and a director of a number of other companies.

Shefaly Yogendra


Shefaly Yogendra, PhD was appointed a director in 2019. She was most recently the COO of Ditto AI, a symbolic AI startup. She built her career in corporate venturing in the technology industry, followed by strategy advisory to investors, regulators and leaders of operating companies on strategic investment in emergent and regulated technologies. She focuses on digital and tech leadership and governance, organisational growth, risk, and decision making. She is an independent governor of London Metropolitan University, and a non exec director on the board of the LSE-listed JP Morgan US Smaller Co.s Investment Trust. She was listed among the "100 Women To Watch" in the 2016 edition of the Female FTSE Board Report.

All the directors are independent and members of the audit and nomination committees.