Event Speakers

The following Speakers are due to speak at Mello 2020.

Keith Ashworth-Lord

Keith Ashworth-Lord is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, having formerly been an individual member of the Stock Exchange, and he holds the Investment Management Certificate of the United Kingdom Society of Investment Professionals. His work has been rewarded with the accolade of winning three top-three sectoral, and one top-ten general, Thomson-Reuters StarMine stock-picking awards in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Keith has had the privilege of meeting super-investors Warren Buffett and his investment partner, Charlie Munger on two separate occasions in Omaha. Learning from these masters transformed Keith’s understanding of investment philosophy and with it, his investment performance. Keith was responsible for founding Sanford DeLand Asset Management Limited with the encouragement of a small group of businessmen who are now shareholders in the company.

Judith MacKenzie

Judith is a Partner of Downing LLP, an investor in UK Smaller Companies. Judith has been investing and involved in Small Cap for over 20 years, having been a Co-Fund Manager of the Aberdeen Asset Growth Capital Venture Capital Trusts and Partner at Acuity Capital, the buy-out of Small Company Funds from Electra Partners. Judith is Head of Public Equities, and is Manager of the flagship and award winning Micro-cap fund, MI Downing Micro Cap Growth, and the Downing Strategic Micro Cap Investment Trust. The philosophy that Judith applies to investment in UK micro cap investments is conviction led, bottom up and more akin to a private equity investment process than traditional fund management.

Andy Brough

Andy Brough is the Head of the Pan European Small and Mid Cap team at Schroders, responsible for managing the Schroder UK Mid 250 Fund since its launch in 1999 and the Schroder UK Smaller Companies Fund.

Stephen English

Head of AIM Stocks Blankstone Sington Stephen joined the investment management firm, Blankstone Sington, in 2002 where he has evolved his own, truly unconstrained investment strategy employing the rigour of an institution with the freedom of a boutique manager. To Stephen all that matters is what works. Now Head of AIM stocks Stephen is responsible for selecting investments for the firm’s award winning Inheritance Tax Portfolio, which he has been successfully managing since its inception in 2010. Featured on Sky News as well as the Financial Times and Investors Chronicle, he remains deeply passionate about investing.

Edward Page Croft

Edward Page Croft, CFA, is the CEO & founder of - the award-winning stock selection & portfolio analysis platform for individual investors. Ed has a background in asset management, having managed ultra high net wealth private client accounts at Goldman Sachs and a family office. Ed is a committed educator and regular keynote speaker at investment conferences focusing on the benefits of systematic investing in countering common behavioural biases.

Gervais Williams

Gervais Williams joined Miton Group plc in 2011. He manages a number of funds and trusts that aggregate to over £1.5bn. He is also Senior Executive Director at Miton Group plc. His fund management career extends over 30 years including 17 years at Gartmore Group Ltd, where he was head of UK Small Companies investing in UK smaller companies and Irish equities. Gervais is a member of the AIM Advisory Council, chairman of the Quoted Companies Alliance and a board member of The Investment Association. He is also on the EU Taskforce reviewing why the number of smaller IPOs has declined over recent decades. Gervais Williams published his first book 'Slow Finance' in the autumn of 2011, and his second book 'The Future is Small' was published in November 2014. His most recent book 'The Retreat of Globalisation' was published in December 2016. Gervais was awarded Fund Manager of the Year 2014 by What Investment.

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