I specialize in non-executive directorships particularly in my area of expertise listed investment companies. For over a decade I have been audit and risk committee chairman of two venture capital trusts and have served on the ICAS audit and assurance committee. I am well placed to help guide companies through the ever increasing regulatory environment facing listed companies particularly investment trusts. I enjoyed thirty years working for F&C Asset Management (originally Ivory & Sime) and Standard Life Investments leading with the investment company team. During this time I gained experience working in accounting; company secretarial; marketing; business development; building relationships with clients, shareholders and the wider investment company community; and fund management. Highlights included raising over £1.5bn of assets for four commercial property investment companies and saving an investment trust from short term investors that went on in 2013 to become Investment Trust of the Year.