Our Ambassadors

We are extremely grateful to our Ambassadors. These are individuals who are particularly well aligned to the overall purpose and mission of the Transparency Task Force, and have agreed to do what they can, when they can, to further the cause for greater transparency in financial services.

 

Ambassadors can provide support and leadership in many useful ways; for example as a sounding board, as wise counsel, by providing constructive challenge, as a mentor and through the on-going developmemt of TTF's strategy. 

David Pitt-Watson,

Executive Fellow,

The London Business School.

 

David is Co-Author of ‘The Purpose of Finance’, ‘What they do with your Money’ and several other books. He Co-Chaired the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative, and led the Royal Society of Arts Tomorrow's Investor Project. David is the Treasurer of Oxfam, a Board-member at NESTA and is recognised globally as a leading thinker and practitioner in the field of responsible investment and business practice. David is a winner of the Transparency Trophy and his ground-breaking work on 'Purpose' was the initial inspiration behind the creation of Team PISCES. David is a frequent speaker at TTF events.

Catherine Howarth,

Chief Executive Officer,

ShareAction.

 

Catherine is CEO at ShareAction, the leading civil society organisation in Europe promoting Responsible Investment, transparency and good governance by institutional investors. Catherine holds a First Class BA in Modern History from Oxford University and an MSc in Industrial Relations from the London School of Economics. In June 2011 she was named a 'Rising Star of Corporate Governance' by Yale University's, Millstein Center. Catherine was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014 and is a Transparency Trophy winner. Catherine is a frequent speaker at TTF events.

Daniel Godfrey

Founder,

The People's Trust.

 

For most of the last twenty years Daniel has held CEO roles at two trade associations. Firstly, as Director General of the Association of Investment Companies for eleven years and then, for three years, he was CEO of the Investment Association - the trade body for the UK’s £5.5 trillion investment management sector. At the Investment Association, Daniel drove forward the development of a client-centric set of Investment Principles. In addition to his role at The People's Trust, he is currently a Non-Executive Director of Big Issue Invest Fund Management, the Investor Forum and the Ethical Capitalism Group. Daniel is a member of the Transparency Task Force’s Costs & Charges Team and a Transparency Trophy winner. Daniel is a frequent speaker at TTF events.

Jackie Beard,

Director of Manager Research Services for Europe, the Middle East and Africa,

Morningstar.

 

Jackie leads Morningstar’s engagement with the due diligence teams of institutional investors. She is a leading industry voice on investment trusts and has pioneered greater transparency from closed-end funds on their holdings, authoring the paper “Investment Trusts: Why Transparency Matters”. Jackie is a member of the Transparency Task Force’s Stewardship & Decision-Making Team and a Transparency Trophy winner. 

Con Keating,

Head of Research,

Brighton Rock Group.

 

Con has been a member of the steering committee of the financial econometrics research centre at the University of Warwick. He has held senior positions at several international institutions including the European Federation of Financial Analysts Societies, Societe Universitaire Europeene de Recherche en Finance and the OECD’s private pensions committee. Con has published widely on the regulation of financial institutions and pension systems and has developed new statistical tools for financial data analysis. Con is involved with many of the Transparency Task Force’s Teams and is a winner of the Transparency Trophy. He speaks frequently at TTF events. 

Dr. Anna Tilba,

Lecturer in Strategy & Corporate Governance and Director of Corporate Engagement,

Newcastle University Business School.

 

Dr. Tilba's research interests include pension fund investment, financial intermediation and networks, accountability, corporate governance and investor engagement. Anna has been a member of the advisory committee on fiduciary duties of investment intermediaries for the Law Commission and was Co-Author of research for the Financial Conduct Authority’s Asset Management Market Study. Anna is a member of the Transparency Task Force’s Costs & Charges Team and the International Best Practice Team; and she frquently participates at TTF events. 

Ralph Frank,

CEO DC (UK),

Cardano

 

Ralph was part of the team that set up Cardano's UK business in 2007. Prior to Cardano, Ralph was European Director of Consulting at Mercer Investment Consulting. Ralph is a Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries. He graduated as a Bachelor of Economic Science from the University of Witwatersrand. Ralph is a leader of the TTF's Costs & Charges Team and a Transparency Trophy winner. 

JB Beckett,

UK Lead,

Association of Professional Fund Investors.

 

JB is a veteran fund selector and strategist. He is a recognised thought leader in the fields of fund strategy, research and governance and author of the controversial book ‘#NEWFUNDORDER’. JB is a columnist and global presenter on a variety of fund management and macro issues. In addition to his role as UK Lead at APFI, JB's senior portfolio includes: consulting Chief Investment Officer to Gemini Investment Management, Chartered Member, Author and Senior Reviewer for the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, and member of the Z/Yen Long Finance think-tank. JB is a member of several Transparency Task Force Teams

 

Robin Powell,

Founder,

The Evidence Based Investor.

 

Robin was a TV reporter, producer and presenter for more than 20 years, working for Sky News, ITV and for The Sunday Politics on BBC 1. For Sensible Investing TV, Robin produced and presented the online documentary ‘How to Win the Loser’s Game’. He is the founder of Regis Media, which provides niche content and social media management for growing fiduciary businesses and he also runs The Evidence Based Investor. Robin is a member of the Transparency Task Force’s Costs & Charges Team and a Transparency Trophy winner.

Steve Conley,

Managing Director,

Workplace Pensions Direct. 

 

In addition to his role at Workplace Pensions Direct, Steve is:

 - Chief Executive of Values Based Adviser, an international operation helping individuals connect with values-based advisers, organisations and investments, and helping social entrepreneurs in developing countries set-up values-based investments

 - Director of The Blair Project, using motorsport as a tool for engagement to enthuse and inspire young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and digital industries

 - Former Head of Investments of HSBC

 - Former Head of Savings & Investment Strategy RBS Group

 - Former Head of Wrap & Innovation at Santander

 - Former Chair of British Bankers’ Association Bancassurance Steering Group

 

He has worked at a senior level in the pensions and investments sector since 1982 and is known for bringing the first wrap platforms and the first retail multi-asset funds to the UK. He has been a chartered insurance professional since 1989, twice Jubilee Prize winner at IIM and twice Broker Prize winner at BIIBA.

 

Steve is an active participant in several of the TTF's Teams and leads the Market Integrity Team. Steve is a frequent participant at TTF meetings.  

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