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.