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Who We Are

Seneca IM and its predecessors have managed multi-asset funds since 2002. The firm has a fund management team of five specialists who focus exclusively on multi-asset value investing. Further directors and staff focus on management, marketing, compliance and operational roles. Five non-executive directors, all with extensive experience of investment businesses, make up the team.

Our investment team is experienced, knowledgeable and well-resourced. The fund managers are Peter Elston, Alan Borrows, Richard Parfect, Mark Wright and Tom Delic. They share responsibility for the performance of our funds and segregated mandates. Each member of the team has specific research responsibilities, which feed into each of the funds we manage, and most have specific responsibilities in relation to the management of particular funds.

In addition to the depth and experience of our team, investors can take comfort from the fact that the interests of the Seneca IM are directly aligned with theirs. Overwhelmingly, we own equity in the business, and together we have considerable personal investments in Seneca IM funds, alongside those of investors.


Our People

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David Thomas

David Thomas

Chief Executive

David joined the board of Seneca IM as chief executive in April 2015. He has previously worked in management, business development and investment roles at Momentum, Midas Capital, Cazenove and Flemings among others. David graduated in Modern History from Wadham College, Oxford in 1986.  He is a member of the Liverpool University Pension Fund Advisory Committee, and is Fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society.  His interests include Asian art, history and dogs.

0151 906 2480

07469 392 164

david.thomas@senecaim.com

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Peter Elston

Peter Elston

Chief Investment Officer

Peter’s research responsibility for Seneca IM is asset allocation. Having joined the team as global investment strategist in November 2014, Peter was appointed chief investment officer in April 2015 and to the board of the company in January 2016. Peter was appointed as a fund manager on the Seneca Global Income & Growth Trust plc in March 2016. He has previously worked in investment roles at Mercury and Aberdeen, largely based in Asia. Peter graduated in Oriental Studies from Trinity College, Cambridge in 1988. He enjoys running, photography and science.

0151 906 2470

07475 362 236

peter.elston@senecaim.com

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Ian Currie

Ian Currie

Chairman

Ian qualified as a chartered accountant with KMPG and was involved in corporate finance with Peel Hunt & Co, Apax Partners & Co and Altium Capital before co-founding Zeus Group who provided corporate finance, private equity, stockbroking and pension administration services. He then went on to be co-founder of Seneca Partners. Ian joined the board of Seneca IM following its acquisition in March 2014. He is also on the board of Hedley & Co Stockbrokers, is a founder and majority shareholder of Liberty SIPP, a partner of Palatine Private Equity LLP and sits on the board of trustees for the Lowry Arts Centre in Manchester. In his spare time Ian enjoys playing golf and watching football.

01942 271 746

ian.currie@senecaim.com

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David Warnock

David Warnock

Non-Executive Director

David has experience of both public and private companies in the UK and USA. He co-founded Aberforth Partners and prior to that worked with Ivory & Sime plc and 3i Group. He is chairman of Troy Income & Growth Trust plc and a non-executive director of Standard Life European Private Equity Trust plc. He is a graduate of Edinburgh University, Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and gained a Certified Diploma in Accounting & Finance. In his spare time David can be found enjoying a round of golf.

david.warnock@senecaim.com

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Peter Smith

Peter Smith

Non-Executive Director

Following a long and successful career at Legal & General where he was national sales director for the Platform and Distribution division, Peter is now head of Policy Strategy Development at industry body TISA. Peter’s role at TISA encompasses the Distribution, Wrap & Platform, Technology Innovation and Retirement Policy Councils, as well as a number of working parties including the innovative Digital Identity project. He joined the board in January 2016.  In his spare time, Peter enjoys long distance running and photography.

peter.smith@senecaim.com

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Alan Borrows

Alan Borrows

Senior Fund Manager

Alan was one of the founders of Seneca IM in 2002. He had previously been involved in a senior role on the Merseyside Pension Fund, one of the largest UK local authority pension schemes. Alan has research responsibility for fixed interest positions. He has been lead fund manager of the CF Seneca Diversified Income Fund since its inception in 2002, and lead fund manager on the Seneca Global Income & Growth Trust plc since August 2005. He enjoys watching sport and eating hot curries (often at the same time).

0151 906 2461

07917 403 770

alan.borrows@senecaim.com

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Steve Scott

Steve Scott

Non-Executive Director

Steve is a founding Partner of Penta Capital LLP. Prior to this he was formerly a director in the private equity division of The Royal Bank of Scotland. As well as transacting, his focus is on fundraising and investor relations. Steve is a chartered accountant having trained with Arthur Andersen after graduating from the University of Glasgow. In his spare time Steve likes to ski, cycle and play golf.

steve.scott@senecaim.com

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Steve Hunter

Steve Hunter

Head of Business Development

Steve joined Seneca IM in October 2016, having held a number of senior management and business development roles within the insurance industry.  Steve is a Chartered member of the Insurance Institute, with more than 25 years’ experience working in the insurance and investment markets primarily with intermediaries.  When he isn’t working, Steve likes to spend time with his family and is a keen golfer.

0151 906 2481

07470 478 974

steve.hunter@senecaim.com

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Steve Charnock

Steve Charnock

Non-Executive Director

Steve qualified as a chartered accountant in 1986 before joining Charterhouse Securities as a building and construction analyst, later becoming a managing director and head of research. In 2000 and 2001 he was voted ‘Number One Construction Analyst’ in the Reuters survey for UK smaller companies.  Steve set up his own consultancy business in early 2003, co-founded Seneca Partners and sits on a number of private and public company boards. When not watching sport, he enjoys playing tennis and golf as well as skiing and socialising.

steve.charnock@senecaim.com

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Mark Wright

Mark Wright

Fund Manager

Mark is responsible for UK equity research across Seneca IM’s investment mandates. He is also a fund manager of the CF Seneca Diversified Growth Fund. He began his career at Seneca IM after graduating from University of York with a BSc degree in Economics. Mark is a CFA Charter holder and an accredited member of the CFA Institute. He likes to escape to the gym, regularly plays football and wishes he could be more frequently found in the Isles of Scilly or Jersey.

0151 906 2478

07793 537 762

mark.wright@senecaim.com

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Richard Parfect

Richard Parfect

Fund Manager

Richard applies our value driven approach to his specific focus on specialist assets for Seneca IM. In July 2010 he was appointed as fund manager of the CF Seneca Diversified Income Fund. Richard is a Fellow of the CISI and was a founder of Seneca IM in 2002. He previously worked as a UK equity analyst at Merseyside Pension Fund and started his career at Neilson Cobbold. Richard holds a commercial pilot’s license and is a qualified instructor. He competes in triathlons and enjoys time with his family.

0151 906 2465

07866 969 421

richard.parfect@senecaim.com

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Tom Delic

Tom Delic

Assistant Fund Manager

Tom is responsible for overseas equity, sector and thematic research across the Seneca IM mandates. He has worked in the investment industry since 2009 after graduating from the University of Liverpool with a first class degree in Mathematics with Finance. After beginning his career as an investment analyst for Royal Liver Asset Managers, he later joined Seneca IM in October 2011. During his spare time, he can be found spending time with his daughter, at the gym or attending Stoke City FC games.

0151 906 2464

tom.delic@senecaim.com

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Elaine Smith

Elaine Smith

Operations Director

Elaine was appointed to the board in September 2014 as operations director and company secretary having been compliance and money laundering reporting officer with Seneca IM since 2007. She began her career in personal tax and trust accounting, working for a number of major accountancy practices in Liverpool. She later went on to work for Rathbones, Unilever and Tilney Investment Management, before being appointed vice president for Investment Services at Pershing Securities. Elaine is qualified as a chartered management accountant. Outside of work Elaine enjoys eating, sleeping, cars and holidays.

0151 906 2468

elaine.smith@senecaim.com

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Martin Taylor

Martin Taylor

IT Manager

Martin was one of the founding members of Seneca IM in 2002. Prior to this Martin worked alongside the investment team at Merseyside Pension Fund for 11 years, focussing on document management and imaging systems. Martin continues to develop a number of key in-house computer programmes used by the investment team. Martin enjoys long distance running and woodwork in his spare time.

0151 906 2466

martin.taylor@senecaim.com

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Cathy Growney

Cathy Growney

Marketing Manager

Cathy joined Seneca IM in February 2016 from JLT Employee Benefits, where she was a consultant in the investment consulting team. She has more than 25 years’ experience across all operational and marketing aspects of the investment industry, on both the institutional and retail sides of fund management, with previous roles at HSBC, BWD Rensburg and Mercer.  Outside of work, Cathy likes to spend time with her family and particularly enjoys live music.

07711 921583

0151 906 2477

catherine.growney@senecaim.com

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Helen O’Loughlin

Helen O’Loughlin

Business Development Consultant

Helen joined Seneca in April 2017. She has over 10 years’ experience in financial services, including roles with Premier Asset Management, Just Retirement and AIG. In her spare time, Helen likes to spend time with her family and is a season ticket holder at Manchester United.

helen.oloughlin@senecaim.com

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Ian Borrows

Ian Borrows

Operations and Compliance Monitoring Officer

Ian has been with Seneca IM since 2005, after graduating from The University of Liverpool with a B.A degree in Geography. Ian is responsible for fund operations and assists with compliance monitoring for the company. Ian is a big Liverpool FC fan and also enjoys music, video games and films.

0151 906 2476

ian.borrows@senecaim.com

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David Binnion

David Binnion

Finance and Operations Manager

David joined Seneca in April 2016 as a senior member of the Operations, Finance and Compliance Team, with more than 15 years’ experience in financial, management and fund accounting. He spent five years with Greenpark Capital prior to their takeover by Stepstone Group and joined Seneca from Bibby Financial Services. When not at work, David likes to play badminton and is a fan of TT, looking for an opportunity to return to the Isle of Man TT at some point.

0151 906 2462

david.binnion@senecaim.com

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Kacper Lagowski

Kacper Lagowski

IT Developer

Kacper graduated from the City of Liverpool college in 2015 with a Distinction in Information Technology. He joined Seneca Investment Managers in April 2016 as an IT development assistant and works alongside Martin Taylor in developing the key in-house software used by the investment and business development teams at Seneca. In his spare time, Kacper is a self-proclaimed “petrolhead” and enjoys racing go-karts and motorbikes on race tracks. He is also a keen cook.

kacper.lagowski@senecaim.com

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Daniel McIndoe

Daniel McIndoe

Marketing and Client Communications Assistant

Daniel joined Seneca IM in June 2016, after a period working at Santander in the Fraud department. Prior to this, he was studying IT and Business. At Seneca, Daniel is studying for BTEC Level 2 in Business & Administration, with a focus on marketing. In his free time, Daniel can mainly be found in front of a computer playing PC games and watching films. He is also an avid reader, predominantly fiction.

daniel.mcindoe@senecaim.com

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Seneca the Younger

Seneca the Younger

Honorary Team Member

Seneca the Younger was a Roman philosopher and statesman born in 4BCE (Before the Common Era).  His famous dictum ‘Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity’ inspires our approach to everything we do. According to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, Seneca was one of Rome’s leading intellectuals in the 1st century CE and with his friends virtually managed the Roman Empire for a brief period. Seneca the Younger’s interests included writing, ruling the known world and wearing purple.