John joined the BIA team in 2002 brings more than 35 years of experience in investment management. He started his career in the Investment Department of Midland Assurance in Birmingham before moving on to London to join a stockbroker firm. He subsequently joined the Coal Board Pension Fund as an investment analyst and later moved to the London office of Confederation Life as a fund manager. His experience there included a spell working in the Canadian head office.
He joined 3i Group as investment manager and was appointed Managing Director, 3i Asset Management in 1985, running the team responsible for the management of 3i’s quoted portfolio, the 3i pension fund and three investment trusts. He has had a long career interest in smaller cap companies and was a founding member of the executive committee of the Quoted Companies Alliance. He has participated in DTI, Stock Exchange and CBI working parties looking into the problems of UK smaller companies.
After 20 years at 3i he retired in March 2002 and remains a non-executive director of the BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust plc and is Chairman of Baronsmead VCT 5 plc. He is an Associate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.