Spokespeople

Our media spokespeople are happy to offer comment and insight on a number of investment issues.

Bryn Jones

Fixed income fund manager
Bryn Jones head shot - Rathbone Investment Management
Bryn Jones
Fixed income fund manager

Bryn is the Head of Fixed Income for Rathbones, and is lead manager on the Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund and the Rathbone Strategic Bond Fund. He joined Rathbones in November 2004 from Merrill Lynch, where he managed $2 billion of fixed income assets.

Bryn is a member of the Rathbone Strategic Asset Allocation Committee, Non-Executive Chairman of Rathbones' Fixed Income Committee, and an adviser to the Rathbone Banking Committee. He is a WMA representative for the HMT DMO’s (Her Majesty’s Treasury - Debt Management Office) Gilt market consultation process. Bryn appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg TV. He also sits on the IA Fixed Income Committee.

Bryn graduated from Birmingham University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography in 1995.  Bryn’s Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund was awarded Best Sterling Corporate Bond Fund at the Morningstar UK Fund Awards 2014 and 2016; Best SRI Bond Fund at the Money Observer 2015, 2016 and 2017 Fund Awards; the Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund is also a top performer in the Bond Pound Sterling – Corporates sector over 3 and 5 years in the UK (Lipper Fund Award 2015) and was ‘Highly Commended’ at the 2015 Moneywise Awards. His Rathbone Strategic Bond fund was voted best Multi-Asset Fixed Income Strategy at the Investment Week Specialist Investment Awards 2015 and was highly commended in 2016.

David Coombs

Head of multi-asset investments
David Coombs head shot - Rathbone Investment Management
David Coombs
Head of multi-asset investments

David Coombs is head of multi-asset investments and joined Rathbones in 2007. He is a member of our Investment Executive Committee as well as the Strategic Asset Allocation Committee . David is responsible for developing our investment propositions for national financial advisory firms and networks. He is the lead manager for the Rathbones Multi-Asset Portfolio Funds and the offshore Luxembourg-based Sicavs. He is also co-manager for the Rathbones Strategic Bond Fund.

David previously worked at Barings for almost 20 years where he managed institutional and private clients via pooled vehicles and segregated accounts. He joined Barings in 1988 from Hambros, where he managed multi-manager portfolios for private clients. David is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Financial Services.

Edward Smith

Head of Asset Allocation Research
Edward Smith head shot - Rathbone Investment Management
Edward Smith
Head of Asset Allocation Research

Edward supports Rathbones’ investment process with proprietary macro-based, multi-asset research and is a member of the strategic asset allocation committee.

Starting his career at BlackRock, working with liability-driven solutions for institutions, Edward joined Rathbones in 2014 from Canaccord Genuity Wealth Management, where he was global strategist and co-lead manager of their Risk Enhanced Multi-Asset Portfolio service.

He is a CFA charter holder and a member of the Continuing Education committee for CFA UK, helping to set the educational agenda for the investment analyst profession and ensuring it keeps abreast of the very latest ideas. Edward has completed a course in Quantitative Economic Methods at Birkbeck, University of London and received an MA from the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Society of Business Economists.

Edward is a published expert on risk management for multi-asset portfolios, recently appearing in Quantitative Approaches to High Net Worth Investment, edited by Andrew Rudd and Professor Stephen Satchell.

Ivo Darnley

Investment director, head of specialist and charity business
Ivo Clifton head shot - Rathbone Investment Management
Ivo Darnley
Investment director, head of specialist and charity business

Ivo Darnley is head of specialist and charity business, and continues to manage charity and private client portfolios. 

Ivo joined Rathbones after graduating from Edinburgh University in 1991 and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.  He was appointed an investment director of Rathbone Investment Management Limited in 1999 and joined the group executive committee in July 2015. 

Jane Sydenham

Investment director
Jane Sydenham head shot - Rathbone Investment Management
Jane Sydenham
Investment director

Jane Sydenham is an investment director, specialising in the management of portfolios for individuals, family groups and their associated trusts, charities and pension funds.

Jane is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. She is also a member of Rathbones Asset allocation committee responsible for communicating Rathbones investment views and recommendations to clients and the media,appearing regularly on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4,as well as Wake up to Money on BBC Radio 5. Jane also contributes to the FT,Times and other titles on issues relevant to private clients.

Jane started her career with mid sized private client firm Montagu Loebl Stanley in 1987,before a takeover by Robert Fleming,in 1989 .Jane became a Director of Fleming Private Asset Management in 1999,and joined Rathbones in 2001 following a takeover of Robert Fleming by Chase Manhattan,and a subsequent merger with JPMorgan.

 

Julian Chillingworth

Chief investment officer
Julian Chillingworth head shot - Rathbone Investment Management
Julian Chillingworth
Chief investment officer

Julian is Rathbones’ Chief Investment Officer, and therefore plays a key role in the ongoing development of the organisation’s investment process. Prior to this, Julian was assigned Board Director of Rathbone Unit Trust Management in October 2001, and joined Rathbones in July 2001 as deputy Chief Investment Director.

Julian is also a member of Rathbones’ Investment Executive Committee. He has over 30 year’s investment experience, gained within organisations such as James Capel, Global Asset Management, Bankers Trust and Investec Asset Management

Mike Webb

Rathbone Unit Trust Management - chief executive
Mike Webb
Rathbone Unit Trust Management - chief executive

Mike Webb is chief executive officer of Rathbone Unit Trust Management, joining in February 2010.  With over 25 years’ experience, Mike joined from Hermes Fund Managers where he was head of business development.  Previous roles include chief executive officer of Invesco Perpetual, prior to which he was managing director of the retail division of GT Global Asset Management and sales & marketing director of Prolific Financial Management.

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.

Sophie Boyd-Wallis

Head of Internal Communications
Sophie Boyd-Wallis head shot - Rathbone Investment Management
Sophie Boyd-Wallis
Head of Internal Communications

Sophie is responsible for internal communications at Rathbone Brothers plc and media relations for Rathbone Investment Management. With a PR agency background, she has also worked in-house at global organisations including Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, White & Case and Alstom. She graduated from the University of Bath with a degree in International Management and French and was a Deloitte Scholar.