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Woodfords strengthens compliance and operations team

Wednesday 26th November 2014

Woodford Investment Management, which has £8bn of assets under management and advice, has announced a number of senior appointments to strengthen its compliance and operations team. 
The recruitments include the dual appointment of Simon Osborne as Head of Compliance and Gavin St. John-Heath as Chief Risk and Operations Officer. 
The firm says that the new roles will bring together a team of experienced individuals who will identify, measure, and manage the operational and regulatory risks relevant to all major asset management companies. 
Simon Osborne has joined from Los Angeles-based Nuveen Investments where he worked since 2010, as Senior Vice President.
Gavin St. John-Heath has held several senior risk management and compliance roles across various market sectors with a number of leading companies, including Petronas Energy Trading. 
The team has also been bolstered by David Brailsford, who has joined as Data Architecture Delivery Manager from IBM and Vimal Patel, Business Analyst, who has joined from Abu-Dhabi-based sovereign wealth manager Mubadala Development Company, where he was Head of Investment Systems.
Craig Newman, Chief Executive, Woodford Investment Management, commented: “As our business continues to grow, the demands placed on our legal and compliance operation will intensify.” 
“We have brought in experienced specialists to help implement procedures, which will cement our goal of building a fund management company that has the cutting-edge operational platform needed in a regulation-heavy, post-financial crisis world.”

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