We are a small team with big ambitions: to represent our members’ interests with government, regulators and the media.
The QCA Board
QCA directors are drawn from across the membership, the City of London and UK plc. They determines the strategy of the organisation, approve the annual budget and set annual membership fees for corporate and adviser members as part of that process.
Judith is a Partner of Downing LLP having joined Downing in October 2009. She is Partner responsible for the Public Equity Division which manages a number of strategies with a value boas. Judith is Lead Manager on the award winning MI Downing Micro Cap Fund and Downing Strategic Micro-Cap Investment Trust. Previously she was a partner at Acuity Capital managing AIM-quoted VCT and IHT investments and a small-cap activist fund. Prior to Acuity, Judith spent c. 8 years as a senior investment manager with Aberdeen Asset Management Growth Capital as co Fund Manager of the 5 Aberdeen VCTs, focusing on technology and media investments in both the public and private arenas. In total Judith has over 20 years micro-cap and small cap fund management and broking experience. Judith is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and sits on a number of public and private company Boards.
Claire is founding partner and CEO of Hybridan LLP, an AIM broker and adviser, dedicated to fundraising, share price support and providing market-driven corporate finance advice.
Claire was previously at Nomura in the UK Small Cap Life Sciences and Technology Sales and Trading team, where she sold equities to UK and Continental European investors. Prior to joining Nomura, Claire was an equity analyst at Lazard, with a significant involvement in IPOs and capital market transactions. Claire started her career as an analyst and consultant at Datamonitor. Claire has a Double Honours Degree from Manchester University, where she also undertook some postgraduate studies. Claire is a mentor at Manchester University.
Paul is a capital markets and audit assurance partner at RSM in London specialising in listed companies. He has been with RSM (and its predecessor firms through various mergers) since 1985. Paul is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and a member of the Securities Institute.
He heads the RSM UK energy and natural resources sector group and also runs the RSM UK/Asia Pacific desk coordinating work between the UK and key Asia Pacific markets including China. With over 30 years of experience, Paul has worked on many flotations and capital markets transactions in the UK for domestic and international clients, primarily in the energy and natural resources, technology, media and financial services sectors.
Gervais manages a number of funds that aggregate to over £1bn. He is also Senior Executive Director at Miton Group plc. Gervais’s fund management career extends over 30 years including 17 years at Gartmore. In 2011, he joined Miton Group plc where he has set up a number of new funds with Martin Turner, that in aggregate now exceed £1.5bn. He sits on a number of industry bodies including the board of The Investment Association, and is an advisor the AIM Advisory Council and the government’s Patient Capital Review.
Gervais is the author of a number of books on the changing economic outlook going forward, and a regular industry commentator on the Radio 4 Today program. His first book 'Slow Finance' was published in the autumn of 2011, with his second book 'The Future is Small' in November 2014, and his third book ‘The Retreat of Globalisation’ in December 2016.
Steven was a founding member of D. E. Shaw Securities International, which later became the core of KBC Financial Products. At KBC he managed the Japanese and Asian Equity, Convertible and Derivatives operations in Tokyo.
Steven has been a judge for the Non Executive Director Awards for over 10 years. Steven has an accountancy degree.
Scott is a specialist in the governance issues facing smaller listed companies and writes extensively on this area. He is a member of the FRC's Audit & Assurance Council which advises the FRC on matters in this area.
Scott also specialises in the Natural Resources sector where he acts for a number of AIM listed exploration and production companies and is recognised as an expert on accounting issues in the sector and is quoted in trade journals on financial issues.
Adam is Portfolio Manager at Lombard Odier Asset Management (Europe) Limited and has been a Fund Manager for nearly 2 decades, 15 years of which has been dedicated to investing in UK listed smaller companies.
Adam became Head of UK smaller companies at Gartmore in 2010 a role in which he continued in when Gartmore was acquired by Henderson in 2011. The team, known by Volantis, the name of their flagship fund, run circa £1b investing on behalf of public bodies, blue-chip pension funds, family offices and individuals, and is now part of Lombard Odier Asset Management (Europe) Limited.
Adam’s sponsorship of good stewardship in investment decision making and the launch of product with dedicated active engagement strategies have seen him working closely with other stakeholders in the UK listed smaller company community to promote an infrastructure and policy environment that encourages investment. He is a member of the AIM advisory panel. Adam has a PhD in international relations and previously lectured in politics and economics.
Sangita has extensive experience in corporate finance, journalism and senior consultancy. She has held a number of senior roles within blue chip organisations, including Unilever, Mars, Ernst & Young and KPMG, was a former board director of Swindon Town FC and a past President of the Chartered Institute of Journalists. She has consulted to a number of organisations that include HM Cabinet Office, HSBC and other blue chip companies.
Sangita is a qualified accountant and a frequent keynote Chair and speaker in forums for the Windsor Leadership Trust and in the past the European Parliament.
Mark is a senior corporate partner in the London office of Dorsey & Whitney, specialising in UK securities law and mergers and acquisitions. He has advised banks and issuers (including non-English domiciled companies) on over 50 flotations and secondary issues (rights issues and open offers) both on AIM and the main market of the London Stock Exchange. He is listed in public equity 'Leaders in their Field' category in Chambers Directory.
Mark has been an active ambassador for the AIM market and has given seminars on AIM at conferences and other events both in the UK and abroad.