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Board and Management Committee

Embark Investments Board

THOMAS ROSTRON, CFA
Chief Executive Officer

Thomas has more than 30 years’ experience in asset and wealth management, including positions as Head of Global Fund Distribution at Fortis Investments and Managing Director Investment Management with Barclays Wealth. He most recently advised investment firms on strategy, marketing and organisation including Embark Group in the development of Embark’s investment activities.

FRASER BLAIN
Chief Commercial Officer

Fraser Blain is a sales and marketing professional with over 30 years of experience in the distribution and marketing of wholesale investment products across UK and Continental European Retail markets. Fraser’s previous experience includes National Investment Development Director at Zurich Insurance Group and Head of UK Wholesale Distribution at Allianz Global Investors UK.

VINCENT CAMBONIE
Chief Financial Officer

Vincent’s career spans 25 years’ working in global financial institutions, most recently as Managing Director and Group Chief Financial Officer at BNP Paribas Investment Partners. He has extensive international experience having held various senior finance positions at Merrill Lynch in their Paris, London and New York offices, Instinet Corporation and Fortis Investments before joining BNP Paribas Investment Partners.

DAVID DOWNIE
Chief Actuary

David has over 30 years of experience in Actuarial Consultancy mainly with James Hay and Rowanmoor, where he has remained a Director. He is responsible for all actuarial services provided by Embark including holding the appointment of Scheme Actuary to several Defined Benefit Schemes. He also advises several Pre-Paid Funeral Plan Trusts and pioneered the concept of the defined benefit small self-administered scheme (DB SSAS) under the Post A-day simplification landscape.

GILL HUTCHISON
Research Director

Gill launched The Adviser Centre with Peter Toogood in 2014. She was Head of Research at OBSR and subsequently ran the consulting business both there and at Morningstar. She was previously a portfolio manager at Credit Suisse Private Banking.

JACQUELINE LOWE
Non-Executive Director

Jacqueline is a Board member at Rathbone Unit Trust Management, as well as being Non-Executive Chairman of T Bailey Asset Management and has over 30 years financial services experience with Standard Life and Aberdeen Standard Investments.

MONIKA MACHON
Non-Executive Chair

Monika is currently a Board member of GAM Holding AG. She has over 30 years previous financial markets experience, most recently in the roles of Treasurer and Global Head of Asset Management at AIG.

Management Committee

THOMAS ROSTRON, CFA
Chief Executive Officer

Thomas has more than 30 years’ experience in asset and wealth management, including positions as Head of Global Fund Distribution at Fortis Investments and Managing Director Investment Management with Barclays Wealth. He most recently advised investment firms on strategy, marketing and organisation including Embark Group in the development of Embark’s investment activities.

FRASER BLAIN
Chief Commercial Officer

Fraser Blain is a sales and marketing professional with over 30 years of experience in the distribution and marketing of wholesale investment products across UK and Continental European Retail markets. Fraser’s previous experience includes National Investment Development Director at Zurich Insurance Group and Head of UK Wholesale Distribution at Allianz Global Investors UK.

VICKY RYAN
Head of Fund Group Relationships

Vicky has over 22 years’ Life Company experience and has worked in investments since 2003. She has been responsible for fund selection, commercial negotiation and partnering with fund groups to drive growth. Most recently, Vicky was Head of Fund Group Relationships at Zurich.

SIMON HARRIS
Head of Investment Operations

Simon has more than 20 years’ experience in Financial Services, as a qualified chartered accountant with Ernst & Young, then working within Global Investment Management at Zurich. He was most recently responsible for delivering operational expertise in the Zurich UK business and contributing to the core investment strategy, with oversight of the Authorised Corporate Director (ACD) and the Horizon funds.

MARK GRIFFITH
Head of Compliance

Mark has worked within the Wealth and Investment Management Industry since 1985. 20 years with Barclays Stockbrokers including 10 years managing money within the private client division and 19 years as a Compliance professional. Mark was the Head of Compliance and MLRO for Julius Baer Private Bank and also the Head of the Compliance Marketing team at M&G Investments Limited. In 2017 Mark joined Zurich Investment Services UK as the lead Compliance Consultant for the Authorised Corporate Director for the Horizon Funds, and in 2020 he joined the Embark Group, following the acquisition of the Zurich Wealth Management Platform and ZISUK.