About the Guild

Created by asset managers, for asset managers

Our objectives

Lasting Legacy

We aim to create a powerful, lasting legacy that will continue to exist in the City of London long after we are gone.

Our Guild will allow the asset management industry to pass along values, wisdom, integrity, and business excellence from one generation to the next.

A seat at the table

Our members will have the opportunity to join the ranks of Freemen, Liverymen and Aldermen, participating in the governance of the City of London and supporting the Lord Mayor.

Members will also enjoy participating in the pageantry and traditions that are part of Livery traditions.

Together we stand

Diversity & inclusion represents a significant challenge to our industry. We will be vocal campaigners for gender equality, and will seek to promote asset managers from LGBT, BAME and other communities to high profile roles within our ranks, and to help fight for increased representation at the highest levels of the industry.   

Who are we?

We were founded in 2015 by a group of Investment Managers who felt it was time that the asset management industry had a livery company of its ow​n. Our primary goal is to contribute to the personal and professional development of our members, to give back to society by supporting charitable causes, and to increase understanding in the wider world of what asset managers do. Our ultimate aim is to become the Worshipful Company of Investment Managers.

The Guild was created to combine the benefits of a modern, dynamic network organisation with the centuries old traditions of the livery world, and to provide a means for asset management professionals to engage more deeply with each other, contribute positively to society, and to take their place amongst the traditions and ceremonies of the Livery world.   

We are run by working and retired members of the industry, who each volunteer their time to help build a better, stronger Guild, and see it as an opportunity to make a long-lasting contribution to the lives of current and future members of the profession.  

Our Guild is not a secret society, nor is it connected to in any way to such organisations. Instead we are an open and inclusive group, welcoming members from all backgrounds and communities to come and get involved. 

Fyona Knight

Fyona trained at Moody's Analytics as credit risk specialist, and now works as a counterparty credit risk analyst for Aviva Investors. She is also a Networks co-chair for Women in Banking & Finance

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Mark Wheeler

Mark started his career as an analyst (and remains ASIP) but migrated to wealth management (now
Chartered FCSI). He is already a member of a Livery but quickly saw the advantages of our industry
having one of its own.

Eoin Murray

Guild Master

Eoin was born in Glasgow, and grew up in the Highlands of Scotland, from where he takes his love of the mountains.  He switched sides to attend university in Edinburgh, where he graduated with a Masters of Arts in Economics in Law.  Drawn by the big lights of the City, Eoin completed a graduate traineeship with Manufacturers Hanover, including stints in New York, Geneva and Jersey, and was drawn into his career in asset management with the then Wells Fargo Nikko Investment Advisors (now Blackrock).  His first day was spent flying to HQ in San Francisco, where he would spend his first year, and in between learning the finer details of the trade, Eoin spent time sailing, mountain biking, skiing and enjoying the delights of the Napa and Sonoma valleys – coincidentally this was the time of the green food revolution that began in Berkeley just across the bay, and his love of haute cuisine was formed.

 

Eoin returned to London and progressed through a number of quantitative portfolio management positions with PanAgora Asset Management (another year spent in the US, this time in Boston), First Quadrant, Deutsche Asset Management and Northern Trust Global Investments.  Somewhere in among these roles, Eoin managed to complete his Masters in Business Administration from the University of Warwick.  His first executive role was with Old Mutual Asset Managers where he served as Chief Investment Officer, before he decided that he wasn’t quite ready to give up managing money himself, starting up his own business, Callanish Capital Partners, just as the GFC unfolded.  After nearly five happy year as master of his own destiny (several of which were based in Amsterdam), Eoin returned to the City to GSA Capital Partners.  He joined Hermes Investment Managers in early 2015, and today serves as CIO and member of the executive committee for Federated Hermes. 

Eoin is the executive sponsor of Hermes’ diversity and inclusion group and has served on a number of charities, most recently as Treasurer of Salusbury World.  He has recently been chosen as one of LGBT Great’s top 100 allies.  Eoin serves on the investment committees of Warwick University and provides investment advice to the National Youth Orchestra.  He is currently completing a postgrad certificate in Energy Innovation and Emerging Technologies from Stanford University.

 

Eoin was an original member of the Guild of Investment Managers although his mother company is the Blacksmiths.

 

Outside of City life, you are most likely to find Eoin in the outdoors.  With a relatively diverse palmares of fund-raising jaunts (including the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, the Devizes to Westminster canoe race, the Race to the Stones, and the Coast-to-coast Scotland), Eoin also volunteers at home in Devon with Exmoor Search and Rescue Team, part of Mountain Rescue.  He specialises in technical rescue (water and ropes), and spent some of Christmas 2016 helping out at the York floods.  Eoin holds a Diploma in Specialist Rescue from Coventry University.

 

He lives deep in the Blackdown Hills in Devon.

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