About the Guild

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. 

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.   

Meet the Team

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.

Robert Hughes-Penney

Guild Master

Robert was born in Brazil and spent some of his childhood in South Africa before returning to the UK when he attended the Haberdashers’ Aske’s School.  After university and Sandhurst Robert served in the army in Canada, Germany and the UK.  He started work in the City in 1993 and is an Investment Director at Rathbone Investment Management where he manages investment portfolios for individuals, families, trusts and charities.  He is Deputy Head of the City of London office and has also held a number of other senior roles within the business, including sitting on the Board, the Management Committee and establishing and chairing the Corporate Governance Committee.  In 2016 he was appointed to the Board of the impact investment company, Investing for Good.

 

Prior to being elected as an Alderman he spent eight years as a Common Councilman and during which time he was Chairman of both the Corporation’s Investment Committee and the Financial Investment Board.

 

Robert is on the Court of the Haberdashers’ Company and has Honorary lifetime membership of the City & Guilds Institute. He also has served as a trustee of a number of charities including Trust for London and Mercy Ships.  He is currently churchwarden of St Lawrence Jewry and chair of the annual City of London Prayer Breakfast.

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