Directors

Mark Nicholls

Rathbone Brothers Plc - Chairman
Mark Nicholls Headshot - Rathbone Investment Management
Mark Nicholls
Rathbone Brothers Plc - Chairman

Mark is a lawyer and corporate financier and was appointed as chairman at our 2011 AGM. After studying law at Cambridge, he qualified as a solicitor at Linklaters before joining S G Warburg in 1976. He became a director in 1984 and head of investment banking in 1994. In 1996 he joined Royal Bank of Scotland and became head of their private equity group, leaving in 2003 to pursue a plural career. He is currently chairman of the West Bromwich Building Society and a non-executive director of Northern Investors Company PLC. He is considered to be independent. 

Philip Howell

Rathbone Brothers Plc - Chief Executive
Philip Howell, photograph
Philip Howell
Rathbone Brothers Plc - Chief Executive

Philip is chief executive and was appointed in 2013. Following an early military career, Philip spent over 30 years in the investment banking and private banking sectors, undertaking a range of leadership roles as well as gaining considerable general management experience. He was with Barclays for 24 years, which included leadership assignments in Asia and South Africa and subsequently as head of strategy and corporate development focused on the international and private banking divisions. He continued his involvement in private wealth management, firstly as chief executive of Fortis Private Banking and subsequently of Williams de Broë. Philip is a graduate of the Harvard Business School, Advanced Management Programme.

Paul Stockton

Rathbone Brothers Plc - Finance Director/Designate Managing Director, RIM
Paul Stockton, photograph
Paul Stockton
Rathbone Brothers Plc - Finance Director/Designate Managing Director, RIM

Paul was appointed group finance director in 2008. He qualified as a chartered accountant with PriceWaterhouse in 1992. In 1999 he joined Old Mutual Plc as group financial controller, becoming director of finance in 2001 and finance director of Gerrard Limited eight months later. Two years after the sale of Gerrard in 2005 he left to work initially for Euroclear and, subsequently, as a divisional finance director of the Phoenix Group. He was formerly a non-executive director of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.

Sarah Gentleman

Rathbone Brothers Plc - Non-executive director
Sarah Gentleman headshot - Rathbone Investment Management
Sarah Gentleman
Rathbone Brothers Plc - Non-executive director

Sarah was appointed as a non-executive director in 2015 and chair of the remuneration committee in June 2017. She started her career as a consultant at McKinsey and Company and then worked for several years in the telecoms and digital sectors, latterly as chief financial officer of the LCR Telecom Group. In 1999, she joined the internet bank Egg, the internet banking subsidiary of Prudential, where she was responsible for business development and strategy. In 2005, she joined Sanford C. Bernstein & Co, the institutional research and trading arm of Alliance Bernstein as a banking analyst covering the European banking sector. Sarah graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Natural Sciences and also has an MBA from INSEAD.

James Dean

Rathbone Brothers Plc - Non-executive director
James Dean
Rathbone Brothers Plc - Non-executive director

James was appointed as a non-executive director in 2013 and chair of the audit committee in 2014. He is a chartered accountant with over 30 years’ experience working in financial services. James worked in a variety of roles at Ernst&Young over a period of 14 years, including holding the position of managing partner for the UK Financial Services Audit Practice for four years. He holds a number of other non-executive directorships including Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society and is chairman of The Stafford Railway Building Society.

Kathryn Matthews

Rathbone Brothers Plc - Non-executive director
Kathryn Matthews headshot - Rathbone Investment Management
Kathryn Matthews
Rathbone Brothers Plc - Non-executive director

Kathryn was appointed as a non-executive director in 2010 and chair of the risk committee. She has spent her entire career in investment management, most recently as chief investment officer, Asia Pacific (ex Japan) for Fidelity International. Prior to that, she held senior appointments with William M Mercer, AXA Investment Managers, Santander Global Advisers and Baring Asset Management. She is a non-executive director of Aperam S.A., J P Morgan Chinese Investment Trust Plc, BT Investment Management Limited and Barclays UK Limited. She is on the board of trustees of the Nuffield Trust and is a non-executive member of the Council of the Duchy of Lancaster. She retired as a non-executive director of Hermes Fund Managers Limited.

Jim Pettigrew

Rathbone Brothers Plc - Non executive director
Jim Pettigrew
Rathbone Brothers Plc - Non executive director

Jim was appointed as a non-executive director at our 2017 AGM and our senior independent director in august 2017. He is Chairman of CYBG PLC, Scottish Financial Enterprise and RBC (Europe) Ltd. He is a chartered accountant and was formerly Chief Executive Officer of CMC Markets UK plc, Chief Operating Officer of Ashmore Group plc and Group Finance Director of ICAP plc. He previously held a senior independent director role at Crest Nicholson Holdings Plc and a chairman role at The Edinburgh Investment Trust plc.  He was formerly a non-executive director at Aberdeen Asset Management plc, AON UK Ltd, Hermes Fund Managers Ltd and the immediate past President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

Ali Johnson

Company Secretary
Ali Johnson head shot - Rathbone Investment Management
Ali Johnson
Company Secretary

Ali joined Rathbones on 1 April 2016 and was appointed Company Secretary on 1 May 2016. Prior to joining Rathbones, Ali spent 9 years as Director of Company Secretarial Services at Signet Jewelers having responsibilities for a wide variety of areas and functions during this time.   Ali graduated in law and is a Fellow of Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators.