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  2. Funds
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  4. Literature
  5. News
  6. Contact

The Board

Lord Howard of Penrith
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN

Philip joined CRUX as Non-Executive Chairman in September 2018. Before this, he was a senior independent director of Schroders where he served as a non-executive director from 2008 to 2018. Philip was CIO of Beazley, the insurance specialists from 2013 to 2016 and prior to that was Chairman and CIO of Tarchon Capital Management LLP. He was a Managing Director of Lehman Brothers from 1985 to 1997, running their fixed income business overseas for most of that time. Before that, he was Partner in charge of international fixed income at Phillips & Drew. Philip was made Executive Chairman of CRUX in January 2020.

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Richard Blaksley
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Following commissioned service in the British Army and a period in defence sales Richard spent a career in the provision of investigative due diligence and risk management advice across multiple sectors. He led the operations of Kroll Inc. in EMEA and Asia before co-founding the specialist consultancy GPW & Co. Alongside his duties at CRUX he heads the Risk and Compliance team at Savannah Petroleum Plc and provides organisations and high net worth individuals with independent procedural advice on the UK Bribery Act, FCPA and related risk management.

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RICHARD PEASE
FUND MANAGER

Richard has over three decades of experience in the financial industry. His first role in fund management was with the Central Board of Finance for the Church of England where he ran two funds. There followed a short period at Windsor Investment Management, where he set up and ran the European Unit Trust and in 1989 Richard joined Jupiter Asset Management where he started and ran the Jupiter European Unit Trust and several other European funds. In 2001 he helped to set up New Star Asset Management where he launched and managed the New Star European OEIC and its sister fund, the New Star Dublin-based OEIC. On the acquisition by Henderson Global Investors of New Star in April 2009, Richard became a Director of European Equities and continued to run the New Star European funds.  In October 2009 the European Special Situations fund was launched and Richard was its manager at the outset. Richard joined CRUX in June 2015 following a Scheme of Arrangement that allowed him to merge the Henderson European Special Situations fund with the CRUX European Special Situations fund, a process which ensured that Richard has managed the fund, uninterrupted, since October 2009.

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William Kerr
NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Prior to joining CRUX, William Kerr was CEO of Lloyd George Management where he was responsible for overseeing operations, regulation, compliance and shareholder relations. Before this, he was a director at Financiere Indosuez up until 1991. William joined CRUX in June 2019 as a Non-Executive Director. William is a qualified ACA, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

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JAMES MILNE
FUND MANAGER

James graduated from Magdalen College, Oxford with a double first class degree in Engineering Science. James began his career in 2002 at KPMG in London where he qualified as a chartered accountant before moving into corporate finance. In July 2006 James joined New Star Asset Management and in April 2009 he transferred to Henderson Global Investors when it bought NEW Star. James has assisted Richard Pease with Henderson European Special Situations fund since it was launched in October 2009 and he moved to CRUX at the same time as Richard and the European Special Situations fund in June 2015. He has also co-managed the CRUX European fund since launch in November 2015.

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