Investment Committee

Dr. Alexander Leeb

Dr. Alexander Leeb Chairman IVUK IC + Board of LGT VP Foundation

Dr. Alexander Leeb serves on the boards of several corporations and foundations in Austria and Switzerland. He chairs the board of LGT Venture Philanthropy Foundation, a philanthropic investment firm in Vaduz, Liechtenstein.

Before returning to his native Austria in 2005, Alexander was a senior partner, regional chairman for Asia-Pacific, leader of the Financial Services Practice in Germany and an elected member of the Global Executive Board of Boston Consulting Group, residing in Munich and Singapore.

During his 20 years with BCG, he supported clients in the development and implementation of corporate and divisional strategies, acquisition searches, post-merger integrations, restructurings and reorganizations across Asia Pacific, Europe and the U.S.

Prior to BCG, he worked for Deutsche Bank AG, Frankfurt, in corporate finance and served in the Austrian Army as an officer in the Alpine Special Forces.

Alexander received his MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France and also holds a PhD in Law from the University of Salzburg, Austria. He is married with four adult children.

Liam Black

Liam Black

Liam Black is co-founder and Chief Encouragement Officer of Wavelength, a global leadership development company, which runs events for business leaders, social entrepreneurs and innovators in Europe, the USA and Asia. Liam has created and led a dozen social businesses including Fifteen, which, with Jamie Oliver, he grew into a global brand.

He speaks and writes widely on innovation, leadership and social change and is President of the Friends of Grameen (an international solidarity network to support microfinance pioneer Muhammad Yunus) and helped found and advises Ignite, Centrica’s social investment fund. He is the author of two books There’s No Business Like Social Business (2004) and The Social Entrepreneur’s A to Z (2014).

He is married to Maggie, a school teacher, and they have three lovely grown up children.

Richard Brass

Richard Brass

Richard, Head of Private Banking UK joined Berenberg in June 2011 from Schroders Private Banking. Richard began his career in corporate finance having initially qualified as a chartered accountant at KPMG. He went on to co-found the European office of the transatlantic corporate finance firm, Compass Advisers before spending two years in emerging markets with Montpelier Asset Management.

Richard is Director and non-family trustee of The Montpelier Foundation and Founder of Impact Ventures UK. He is a Chairman of the Arts Impact Fund and Board Director and member of the Advisory Council of the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Richard sits on the Advisory Council of the Institute for Family Business and is a member of the Family Business Steering Committee for the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

Susannah Nicklin

Susannah Nicklin

Susannah is an entrepreneur and investment and financial services professional, with 20 years experience including corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions, equity research, wealth management and asset management sales. She served as Executive Director at Goldman Sachs in the US, Australia and UK in the Investment Banking and Global Investment Research divisions before joining Alliance Bernstein in 2008, where she managed private client portfolios and led family office and quasi-institutional business development. She was also the first Fellow on the Bridges Ventures Fellowship Programme and the first UK Liaison for The Global Impact Investing Network.

Susannah is currently co-Founder and CEO of Apprecie Ltd., and a Director of Pantheon International Participations PLC and Baronsmead VCT. She is a CFA charterholder and member of STEP.

Janette Faherty, OBE

In memory of Janette Faherty OBE, 1949-2017

Janette was a truly wonderful human being with an infectious enthusiasm for wanting to help people. Always considered in thought and judgement, she had that special ability to pinpoint business opportunities and issues with elegance and precision. A natural entrepreneur and mentor, she was generous and unhesitating to spare time to give wise advice and share her experience and contacts, selflessly. She inspired us to stay true to our values, to follow our instincts and to remain focused on ensuring we help those around us less fortunate. We learned a lot from knowing her for which we will be forever grateful. May she rest in peace.

For more than 30 years, Janette Faherty owned and built Avanta Enterprise Ltd on the premise that businesses could do well by doing good. Started in 1983 as TNG, with a merger in 2006 to become Avanta and sold in 2014, Avanta delivers outsourced government services in employment, vocational skills and enterprise, and has helped thousands of people to get back to work or start businesses.

Awarded an OBE in 2010 for her services to unemployed people and to entrepreneurship, Janette also won London Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005 and was the sole, new UK honoree at the Leading Women Entrepreneurs of the World in 2004.

Janette is the former Chair of the Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP), which focuses on improving professional standards and development within the welfare-to-work industry. She was formerly Chairperson of the Digital Youth Academy Ltd, a supporter of the Manchester University Access Programme for disadvantaged students, and a speaker on the Manchester Leadership Programme.

Janette holds an Honours degree in Politics and Modern History, Manchester University, and a Masters in Philosophy from Brunel University.

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