UK Advisory Board

Kevin Burke, Managing Director, Barclays

Kevin Burke is Managing Director and Head of Investor Solutions and Funds and Advisory Distribution at Barclays. He is a member of the Sales Management Committee. The Investor Solutions team provides structured investment solutions to third-party intermediaries to be distributed to individual investors, across all asset classes. He also oversees the iPath® Exchange Traded Notes business. 

Funds and Advisory is the asset management business of Barclays, and as Head of Funds and Advisory Distribution, Mr. Burke is responsible for providing investors with investment solutions across asset classes. 

Mr. Burke joined Barclays in 2004 as Head of European Private Banking Coverage, based in London. He relocated to Singapore in 2006 when he was appointed Head of Distribution, Asia Pacific. Mr. Burke became Head of Investor Solutions in January 2011 and took on additional responsibility for Funds and Advisory Distribution in September 2011. 

Prior to joining Barclays, he was at Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) for seven years, where he held a number of senior positions, including Managing Director and Head of European Private Banking Coverage and Head of Fixed Income Sales for Asia Pacific. Prior to that, Mr. Burke worked in Fixed Income Sales for BZW Ltd in London, Hong Kong and Singapore. 

Mr. Burke holds a BSc in Toxicology and Pharmacology with First Class Honours from the School of Pharmacy, University of London and an MSc in Management from Oxford University. 

Marisa Drew, Managing Director, Credit Suisse

Marisa Drew is a Managing Director in the Investment Banking Division of Credit Suisse, based in London and is currently Co-Head of the Global Markets Solutions Group and Co-Head of the Leveraged Finance Origination and Restructuring Group.  Marisa joined Credit Suisse in 2003 and has been in the investment banking business for over 20 years, prior to joining CS, Marisa was a Managing Director at Merrill Lynch for 11 years and prior to that, worked with a private equity firm, The Trump Group. She received a BA in Finance and Marketing with distinction from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and an MBA with distinction from the Wharton School. She is the senior banker in charge of both US MBA and Wharton Recruiting.

Marisa sits on the advisory board of NESsT a social enterprise organisation focused on Central and Eastern Europe, Room to Read UK Advisory Board, a member of the European High Yield Association, the Guild of International Bankers and Pi Capital, a private investing club.  Marisa is a member of the C200 and Forum UK, both organisations made up of top women in business and has won awards from Financial News in its annual ‘FN 100 Women in Finance’ and Women in Banking and Finance Award and the Wharton Distinguished Alumni Award.  Personal interests include her wine making business in South Africa, she is a patron of the English National Opera and is a keen golfer and sailor. She is married to Steve Drew.

Martyn Gowar, Partner, McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP

Martyn Gowar is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery UK LLP, based in its London office.  His practice covers undertaking domestic, international and estate planning for individuals and their assets; planning for inter-generational business transfers and negotiation of family difficulties and disputes; and providing advice on taxation issues across borders.

Martyn has been ranked by Spears Wealth Magazine in the Top Five of their Top 25 Tax and Trust Solicitors in London.  He has also been named ‘Private Client Lawyer of the Year’ at the 2010 CityWealth Magic Circle Awards.  Described as a ‘senior statesman’ by Chambers UK 2011, Martyn is a leading name within the private client arena in the UK and is praised as “fantastically experienced”. In the PLC Which Lawyer? 2009 directory, Martyn stands alone as the only listed ‘senior figure’.  Martyn is an Executive Committee Member of the Society for Advanced Legal Studies, Chairman of the Succession Sub-Committee of the Chartered Institute of Taxation, Vice President (Europe) of the International Academy of Estate & Trust Law and Chairman of the Estates Business Group, a lobbying and mutual support group comprising 25 of the largest, traditional British landed estates.

Martyn is a regular lecturer and writer on tax and trusts issues.  He is a member of The Times Law Panel, is a Member of the International Committee of the Society of Trusts and Estate Practitioners (STEP) for whom he writes a monthly column and was editor of the Taxation Section of the Law Society’s Gazette 1979-94.

Sindhu Horder

Sindhu is founder of ethical fashion boutique, DeviDoll.

Prior to that she was an investment banker with Barclays Capital. She left in 2003 to become a full-time mother. Sindhu has degrees in politics, philosophy and public policy from Delhi University, the University of Oxford, McGill University and the University of Chicago.   She has been involved with Room to Read since 2007, and joined the advisory board in 2008.

Scott Mead, Founding Partner of Richmond Park Partners

Scott Mead was formally a Partner and Managing Director at Goldman Sachs, where he held a variety of management responsibilities including Chairman of Global Telecom, Media and Technology Investment Banking and Head of Privatisations.

Scott is involved with a number of not-for-profit institutions in education, healthcare and the arts through the Mead Foundation, of which he is Chairman. He is a member of the Board of Visitors of the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, one of the world’s largest cancer research hospitals. He is a Trustee of the Tate Foundation and a member of its executive committee and a Charter Trustee of Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. Scott is active with Harvard and Cambridge Universities and is a member of the Global Advisory Council of the WTA Tour (governing body of women’s tennis) and Chairman of the Trustees of Queen’s Club, London.

Scott received a BA from Harvard College; an M.Phil from Emmanuel College, Cambridge University, where he was the Harvard Scholar in 1977; and a JD degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Scott is a keen fine art photographer and is currently working towards a solo exhibition in spring 2010. His other interests include politics and world affairs, reading, tennis (three times Queens Club veterans’ tennis champion) and running – he aims to run a marathon on each continent for charity over the next few years and has completed the London and New York marathons. He has been based in London for 20 years and is married with five children.

John Ridding, Chief Executive, Financial Times

John Ridding has been Chief Executive of the Financial Times newspaper and since June 2006, having been with the company for 20 years in both editorial and executive positions.

Before taking up his current post, Mr Ridding was the Editor and Publisher of the Financial Times, Asia, as well as Chairman of Pearson in Asia. He led the launch of the Asia edition of the FT in 2003, and steered it to a series of commercial and editorial successes. Mr Ridding also led the development of the FT's Chinese language website, which now has more than 1.1m registered users and is the leading international source of business news in China.

In his Pearson role, Mr Ridding established a series of collaborative ventures between group companies. These include a series of business publications, including the FT/Longman Chinese/English financial dictionary. He also launched a series of financial journalism training courses, including programmes with Beijing University and Fudan University in Shanghai.

Before his appointment to Hong Kong, he held the posts of Deputy Editor of the FT and Managing Editor. Mr Ridding has held several other editorial posts at the FT since he joined in 1987, including Hong Kong bureau chief, Paris correspondent, deputy features editor, Korea correspondent, UK companies reporter and foreign desk correspondent.

Between 1986 and 1987, Mr Ridding worked at Oxford Analytica on the Asia Pacific desk. He graduated from Oxford University with a first class honours degree in philosophy, politics and economics.

Randy Work, Managing Director, Kitano Capital LLC

Randy Work is a Managing Director of Kitano Capital LLC, a US-based privately owned, financial management company.  Additionally, he currently sits on the board of several start-up companies.  

Prior to Kitano, Randy was with Lone Star Funds, a global private equity investment fund, for 12 years.  During this time, Randy helped to establish and manage the Fund's investment activities in Japan.  Lone Star invested approximately $6 billion in equity capital into the Japanese market, focusing in distressed debt, real estate and operating companies. 

Randy received his bachelor’s degree in International Economics and MBA in Finance from the University of California, Los Angeles.


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