SVM builds out board with two hires

Jonathan Beckett and Jonathan Hewitt join boutique asset manager as non-exec directors


SVM Asset Management has appointed Jonathan Beckett and Jonathan Hewitt as non-executive directors to strengthen its board.

Beckett (pictured), who has nearly 20 years investment industry experience as a fund selector, is an author and well-known industry campaigner on fund governance, transparency and environmental social governance issues.

He has worked at Scottish Widows and Lloyds as a fund gatekeeper, and in fund analysis and governance roles at Franklin Templeton Investments. He is also an independent member of the Investment Advisory Committee of Royal London.

Hewitt joins from Fidelity International where he was head of personal investing, and prior to that, head of UK marketing.

He has experience across strategy, delivery of sales and marketing and has held senior roles in a number of insurance organisations including Standard Life, Aegon and Sainsbury’s. He was previously a member of the Standard Life Investments Ethical Funds Advisory Group.

SVM chairman Colin McLean said: “It is a pleasure to welcome Jonathan Beckett and Jonathan Hewitt onto the SVM board. Their sector-specific experience and knowledge will be key to our ongoing development as an active and responsible investment manager – emphasising stock picking and stewardship. We look forward to adding their wise counsel to our board.”

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