Katherine Garrett-Cox, CBE
Katherine Garrett-Cox is CEO of GIB Asset Management, a sustainability-focused investment firm. Prior to joining GIB AM, Katherine was Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer of Alliance Trust PLC and served as a member of the UK Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Group and the Scottish Business Board. Outside of her work at GIB AM, Katherine is the Chair of the Clean Air Fund, Chair of CDP Worldwide, Chair of Gousto, and sits on the Advisory Board of The Valuable 500. Katherine is a Member of the UK Society of Investment Professionals, CFA Institute.
Katherine was nominated a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum in 2006 and was awarded a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours List for her services to charity and to the asset management industry.
Ralph is the Chief Financial Officer of Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited and has overall responsibility for the firm’s finances and financial strength. Prior to joining GIB UK, he worked at Martin Currie Investment Management for over 15 years, as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, he was a Finance Director at GE Capital.
After graduating from Heriot-Watt University and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Coopers & Lybrand, Ralph spent five years as a Senior Consultant and Financial Controller in Australia. Ralph is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland. Ralph is also a Trustee of Horseback UK, a charity which supports physically and emotionally injured servicemen & women and also young adults.
Venetia is the Group Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of Strategy at GIB Asset Management.
Venetia has the overall responsibility for GIB’s sustainability efforts, providing strategic direction, deep expertise, and developing a leading-edge ESG product suite.
As Head of Strategy at GIB Asset Management, Venetia has overall responsibility for devising and implementing the company’s strategy of succeeding through scaling and mobilising capital in support of sustainable investment strategies. She is also responsible for Governance and Communication.
Venetia joined GIB Asset Management from the Bank of England where, most recently, she was Deputy to the Chief Operating Officer. In 2017, Venetia was named one of Management Today’s 35 Women Under 35. She is an alumna of the Mentoring Foundation and a fellow of the Forward Institute. She is a Certified Investment Fund Director and a Trustee of two charities. Venetia graduated with an MSc in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MA degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge.
Neil is the Head of Equities at GIB Asset Management and has overall responsibility for GIB’s equity capabilities. Neil joined GIB Asset Management from Liontrust, where he was a Partner and Lead Fund Manager on the highly successful Sustainable Future team. Neil has pioneered the integration of sustainability into investment for more than 18 years, including as Head of Responsible Investment at Threadneedle Asset Management and as Fund Manager at Alliance Trust and Aviva Investors.
Neil graduated with an MSc in Development Economics from SOAS University of London and a BA degree in Economics from the University of Manchester.
David is the Chief Operating Officer of Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited. Having served in this role for several years, David is responsible for all major operational functions at GIB UK, including technology, operations and portfolio performance and control. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee, Change Management Committee and Business Risk Committee. Representing the asset management business at GIB Group, he serves in the Operational Risk Committee.
David has more than 35 years’ experience in various operational roles at GIB UK; he was previously the Head of Operations and Information Technology. Prior to this, he worked in commercial lending and export finance at Midland Bank.
Sophie is the Chief Risk and Compliance Officer of Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited. She is responsible for driving an effective risk culture throughout the company, designing the risk and compliance frameworks and overseeing risk management and regulatory compliance practices. Sophie joined GIB (UK) with extensive experience in the field, having previously served as Executive Director for Compliance and Operational Risk Control at UBS Asset Management. Before this, she was the Global Head of Operational Organisational Risk at Barings and non-Executive Director of the Baring-Coller Secondaries Fund. Sophie was also an Operational Risk Manager and the Group Head of Investment Risk Framework at Schroders.
Sophie graduated from Université Lumière Lyon 2 with a Master’s degree in Economics and Finance. She is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, a fellow of the Climate Safe Lending Network and a Trustee of First Light South West, a charity supporting people affected by sexual violence and domestic abuse.
Samantha is the Head of Fixed Income at GIB Asset Management and has overall responsibility for GIB's Fixed Income capabilities.
Samantha joined from abrdn, where she was Head of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG), Fixed Income. Part of a team responsible for £180bn of AUM, Samantha led the integration of ESG considerations into investment decisions and drove ESG innovation through, for example, launching one of the first SRI Corporate Bond funds. Samantha previously held the position of Investment Director, Fixed Income at Standard Life Aberdeen and over her more than 17 years of experience, has had roles at Aegon Asset Management, JP Morgan and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.
Samantha holds a BA in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Leeds and is a CFA Charterholder.
Jonathan is Head of Treasury at Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited having overall responsibility for the foreign exchange products and all balance sheet, liquidity and cash management functions. He is also responsible for the GIB BSC London and GIB (UK) New York Treasury activities.
Jonathan has 30 years’ Treasury experience gained at Sumitomo Trust, Nordbanken and Arab Banking Corp predominantly focusing on trading FX markets. He spent the following 17 years at The Kuwait Investment Office (Kuwait’s London based Sovereign Wealth Fund) heading the Treasury Department. Here he was responsible for the cash investment, FX execution, analysis and hedging for the fund.
Vanessa is the Head of Human Resources at Gulf International Bank (UK) Limited. She has overall responsibility for the Company’s Human resources function and its people initiatives, to support GIB UK employees to succeed both professionally and personally. Prior to joining GIB UK, Vanessa has worked in the financial services industry for over two decades having previously served as the Chief Human Resources Officer at FBN Bank (UK) Limited.
Before this, she held senior HR roles within Daiwa Securities Trust and Banking, BNP Paribas and Credit Suisse. Vanessa is active in building relationships with HR peers, which is evidenced in her participation acting as the Co-Chair for the City HR Association’s Small to Medium Sized Banks network. She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development and has a degree in Strategic Human Resources Management, which she studied simultaneously as well as being in a full-time role.