About Us

OUR TEAM

Our leadership team are a dedicated, hands-on group of independent experts who recognise that your requirements are constantly evolving, as is the regulatory environment in which you operate. They have the experience and expertise to meet those demands by anticipating them.

They also understand that our staff are our most important asset. They are the cornerstone of the service excellence that sets us apart.

That starts with putting your needs at the heart of everything we do.

Alison Talbot

Chairman

Alison Talbot has over 20 years’ experience as a lawyer within the investment management industry where she has held a number of senior roles in authorised firms. Alison spent 10 years at AEGON Asset Management where, most recently, she was the Chief Legal Officer for AEGON Asset Management Europe. Alison was a member of the European Executive team and also had responsibility for the provision of legal and regulatory services. Alison has extensive legal and regulatory experience in financial services and is deeply experienced in the areas of governance and risk management.

Rob Leedham

Chief Executive Officer

Rob joins us from Maitland where he was Managing Director for their UK administration business. Prior to their acquisition by Maitland in 2015, Rob held the roles of CEO/COO for Phoenix Fund Services, joining in 2011. Rob has over 25 years financial services experience, specialising in fund administration and fiduciary oversight, beginning his career at Prolific Asset Management in 1995, before going on to hold management positions at BNP Paribas, Bank of New York Mellon, and Societe Generale.

Stephen Cooke

Non Executive Director

Stephen was previously the Chief Executive Officer for Carvetian Capital Management and Yealand Administration, and is now a Non-Executive Director for Carvetian. Stephen has spent more than thirty years in the investment industry. He joined the Provincial/Prolific Group in 1975, becoming Head of Sales in the East Midlands before joining Pointon York as Investment Director in 1979. Stephen joined City Financial Group in 1994 following the sale of Pointon York’s investment division to Aberdeen Trust. As Chief Executive of City Financial, Stephen led a management buyout in 1999, which was succeeded by a sale to Capita plc in 2002. Graduating from the University of Reading with a degree in Mathematics, Stephen is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute and holds the Investment Management Certificate. He was admitted as a Member of the Stock Exchange in 1991 and was granted Freedom of the City of London in 1994.

Graham F. Martin

Non-Executive Director

Graham is a Non-Executive Director of Carvetian Capital Management with over 27 years of financial services industry experience. Graham is also an Institutional Sales Director with River and Mercantile, developing and supporting Institutional clients across Europe who invest in their Equity, Derivatives and Alternative Funds. Prior to joining River and Mercantile, Graham worked at Optima Fund Management for eleven years as Managing Director and Head of European & Middle Eastern Sales. Prior to joining Optima, Graham worked at Gartmore for nine years, the last five of which he was Hedge Fund Business Development Director on a small team selected to build a $6 billion hedge fund business. Prior to Gartmore, Mr. Martin held senior roles in investment management at BRI group and at Pointon York. Graham is a UK Associate of the Society of Investment Professionals. He earned a II:I BA (Hons) Degree in Financial Services from Bournemouth University.

Samuel Jackson

Compliance and Risk Director

Samuel joined Carvetian at the beginning of March 2018 as Compliance and Risk director.  Samuel is also Compliance Officer and MLRO. Samuel has over 15 years financial services experience, specialising in compliance oversight of AFMs / ACDs including all outsourced and offshored functions such as Transfer Agency, Pricing and Fund Accounting. He joined the industry in 2002 at Churchill Insurance and has since gained a wealth of experience and knowledge through a variety of Risk and Compliance roles at RBS Insurance, NatWest Trustee and Depositary Services and Old Mutual Global Investors. His role prior to joining Yealand Administration Limited was Head of Compliance Monitoring and Deputy MLRO at Old Mutual Global Investors.