Charles Jillings joined the ICM Group in 1995, established ICM Investment Research Limited in 1997 and ICM Investment Management Limited in 2015, and is based in Epsom, UK. Charles is a Director of ICM Limited, ICM Investment Research Limited and ICM Investment Management Limited. Charles qualified as a chartered accountant and has extensive experience in corporate finance and asset management. Charles is responsible for the day to day running of UIL Limited and Utilico Emerging Markets Trust plc, and has over thirty years of experience in international financial markets. Charles was formerly a non-executive director of Utilico Investment Trust plc and Utilico Emerging Markets Limited, and he is an experienced non-executive director. Charles is currently a director of Somers Limited, Waverton Investment Management Limited, Merrion Capital Group, Global Equity Risk Protection Limited and Allectus Capital Limited. Charles graduated from University of Cape Town with a B. Com. and qualified as a South African Chartered Accountant in 1980.
Sandra Pope joined the ICM Group in 1999 and is based in Epsom, UK. She has over twenty five years of experience in corporate finance. Prior to joining ICM, Sandra worked in corporate finance at Deloitte Haskins & Sells, Hill Samuel Bank and Close Brothers. She is a Director of ICM Investment Management Limited and ICM Investment Research Limited, ICM's fully owned UK subsidiary which focuses on research and analysis. She is also a director of several private companies including Harlequins Football Club Ltd, and Westhouse Holdings plc. Sandra is a qualified chartered accountant and holds the Securities & Investment Institute Certificate of Corporate Finance.
Conor Spencer joined ICM in 2013 as a Fixed Income Analyst based in Dublin, Ireland. Conor has over nine years of experience working in international financial markets and prior to joining ICM, Conor worked as a Senior Credit Research Analyst and Fixed Income Portfolio Manager at Dexia S.A. Previous to that he worked within the Treasury Department of Anglo Irish Bank where his roles included helping to manage the liquidity of the bank as well as conducting bank and structured credit research and analysis. Conor supports Gavin Blessing on the fixed income portfolios managed by ICM. Conor has lectured in Management Science and Statistics in the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), and holds an honours degree in Management Science and French from DIT. In addition, he has two postgraduate diplomas in Applied Computing from the University of Limerick and DIT.
Gavin Blessing joined ICM in 2012 as a Fixed Income Analyst based in Dublin, Ireland. He has over twenty years' experience, mostly in the corporate fixed income markets, both investment grade and high yield. He worked as a Credit Research Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in London for ten years, and subsequently as Head of Credit Origination at ISTC in Dublin, Ireland. Prior to joining ICM he was the Head of Bond Credit Research at Canaccord Genuity in Dublin. Gavin is responsible for the fixed income portfolios managed by ICM. Gavin graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University College Dublin, Ireland in 1992. He is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and he is a CFA Charterholder.
Jacqueline Broers joined the ICM Group in 2010 as a Senior Equity Analyst for ICM Investment Research Limited and ICM Investment Management Limited, based in Epsom, UK. Prior to joining the ICM Group, Jacqueline worked in the Corporate Finance team at Lehman Brothers and Nomura. Jacqueline is focused on the Transport sector worldwide with particular emphasis on Emerging Markets. Jacqueline is a qualified chartered accountant, and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Jonathan Groocock joined the ICM Group in 2011 as a Senior Equity Analyst for ICM Investment Research Limited and ICM Investment Management Limited based in Epsom, UK. Jonathan has over nine years of experience in sell side equity research, and prior to joining ICM, he was responsible for covering telecoms stocks at Investec. Jonathan is focused on the Utilities sector worldwide with particular emphasis on Emerging Markets. Jonathan qualified as a CFA Charterholder in 2005 and is a Member of the CFA Society of the UK.
Mark Lebbell joined the ICM Group in 2000 and is a Senior Equity Analyst for ICM Investment Research Limited and ICM Investment Management Limited, based in Epsom, UK. Prior to joining the ICM Group, Mark worked for five years as an engineer developing digital television technology. Mark has assisted managing Utilico Emerging Markets Trust plc and UIL Limited since their inception, prior to that the Utilico Investment Trust plc between 2003 and 2007, and The Special Utilities Investment Trust PLC for three years to August 2003. Mark is focused on the Communications sector worldwide with particular emphasis on Emerging Markets. Mark has a Masters of Engineering in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from the University of Birmingham, and he is an Associate Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Ross Wilding joined ICM Investment Research in 2012 as an Equity Analyst working for ICM Investment Research Limited and ICM Investment Management Limited, based in Epsom, UK. Prior to joining the ICM Group, he worked as an investment analyst at wealth manager Optima Financial (now part of Ingenious). Ross is focused on the financial services sector worldwide with particular emphasis on the Somers Limited investments. Ross completed his MBA at the Kellogg School of Management, Chicago in 2012, and is a CFA Charterholder.
Stephen Holland joined ICM in 2016 as a Product Specialist, and is based in Dublin, Ireland. Stephen has over twenty years of experience working in global investment management across a range of business management, strategic and client facing roles, including leading the business development team for Bank of Ireland Asset Management in North America. Subsequent to this role, Stephen worked at Abbey Capital, a Dublin-based hedge fund focused on managed futures and global macro strategies. Prior to joining ICM, Stephen was a Director at KKR and worked as part of KKR's Client & Partner Group in Europe. Stephen has a B.A. in Economics from University College Cork, Ireland, and an MBA from Fordham University, New York. Stephen is a member of the Society of Investment Professionals in Ireland, and a Member of the CFA Institute. He has a Certificate and Diploma in Company Direction from the Institute of Directors in Ireland, and is currently a Director of Pentagon Global Diversified Bond Fund (Alternate).