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Who We Are

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. Four 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, Richard Parfect, Mark Wright, Tom Delic and Gary Moglione. 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 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. Together we hold a substantial minority share in the business and invest personally in the funds we manage.

Investment Team

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Peter Elston

Chief Investment Officer

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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. Peter 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.


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Richard Parfect

Fund Manager

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Richard Parfect

Fund Manager


Richard applies our value driven approach to his specific focus on specialist assets for Seneca IM.  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.


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Tom Delic

Fund Manager

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Tom Delic

Fund Manager


Tom is responsible for our third party fund selection alongside Gary Moglione. 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, Tom can be found spending time with his daughter, at the gym or attending Stoke City FC games.


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Gary Moglione

Fund Manager

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Gary Moglione

Fund Manager


Gary joined Seneca IM in April 2018 and is responsible for our third party fund selection alongside Tom Delic. He has worked in the investment industry since 1999 with a major portion of this specialising in fund selection both on a fund of funds and a multi-manager basis. He has previously worked as a fund manager for Royal Liver Asset Management where he managed two of their multi-manager funds (UK Equity and Global Equity). He then joined the multi-asset team at Pioneer Investment Management (later to be taken over by Amundi Asset Management) to manage equity assets in their funds of fund range.

Outside of the office, Gary enjoys travelling, spending time with his family and watching Liverpool FC.


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Mark Wright

Fund Manager

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Mark Wright

Fund Manager


Mark is responsible for UK equity research across Seneca IM’s investment mandates. 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 relaxing on an idyllic beach somewhere.


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Gabby Byron

Investment Services Executive

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Gabby Byron

Investment Services Executive


Gabby joined Seneca in October 2019 with over 4 years’ experience in the investment industry. Upon successful completion of a Business Administration Apprenticeship, she then studied towards and completed the CISI Investment Operations Certificate and Investment Advice Diploma. In her previous role at Quilter Cheviot, Gabby worked as a Trainee Investment Manager assisting in the management of portfolios for private clients, charities and trusts.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, travelling and spending time with her friends and family.

 


Board of Directors

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David Thomas

Chief Executive

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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.


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Ian Currie

Chairman

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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.

Ian is 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.


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David Warnock

Non-Executive Director

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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.

David 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.


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Peter Smith

Non-Executive Director

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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.

Peter joined the board in January 2016.  In his spare time, he enjoys long distance running and photography.


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Steve Scott

Non-Executive Director

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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.


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Elaine Smith

Operations Director

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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.


Sales and Marketing

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Steve Hunter

Head of Business Development

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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.


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Helen O'Loughlin

Business Development Consultant

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Helen O'Loughlin

Business Development Consultant


Helen joined Seneca IM in April 2017. In her previous role at Premier Asset Management, she had specific responsibility for business growth within the retail adviser market.

Helen has over 10 years’ experience in financial services and has also held successful roles at Friends Life, Just Retirement and with AIG in Melbourne.

In her spare time, Helen has a passion for travel and different cultures. She also likes to spend time with her family and is a season ticket holder at Manchester United.


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Lucy Dolan

Business Development Consultant

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Lucy Dolan

Business Development Consultant


Lucy joined Seneca IM in April 2018 with over 7 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry.

In her previous role at Barclays UK, Lucy was part of the Barclays Premier Relationship Team, specialising in client experience and development of colleagues.

When not working, Lucy enjoys travelling. She also enjoys keeping fit and spending time with her family.


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Emmy Duke

Senior Marketing Executive

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Emmy Duke

Senior Marketing Executive


Emmy has joined Seneca IM as Senior Marketing Executive and is responsible for marketing planning and development, brand awareness and all client communications.
Emmy has recently returned to Liverpool from London after gaining invaluable experience in both marketing and social media over the past 6 years.
When not at work, Emmy enjoys travelling, walking her dog and catching up on box sets.


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Kieran Martin

Marketing & Communications Assistant

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Kieran Martin

Marketing & Communications Assistant


After successfully completing a Sales & Marketing Apprenticeship, Kieran joins Seneca IM as Marketing & Communications Assistant supporting the Marketing Manager.
In his spare time, Kieran enjoys playing his guitar and actively gigging across the Northwest region. He is a great outdoors person and loves walking dogs and keeping active.


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Lucy Key

Marketing & Communications Assistant

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Lucy Key

Marketing & Communications Assistant


Lucy graduated from The University of Liverpool with a degree in History. With previous experience within a Digital Marketing agency, Lucy joined Seneca IM to further her marketing skills.

In her spare time, Lucy enjoys spending time with her friends, fitness, and travelling.

 


Operations and Compliance

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Elaine Smith

Operations Director

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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.


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Andy Moore

Office Manager

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Andy Moore

Office Manager


Andy has joined Seneca IM as Office Manager, with a particular focus on IT. He has a strong office management and organisational background from a range of industries. These include banking, construction, property management and the public sector.

Outside work his interests include cars, politics, reading and cooking.


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Ian Borrows

Operations and Compliance Monitoring Officer

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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.


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David Binnion

Finance and Operations Manager

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David Binnion

Finance and Operations Manager


David joined Seneca IM 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.


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Darron Pace

Compliance Manager

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Darron Pace

Compliance Manager


Darron has joined Senena IM as Compliance Manager, with 12 years’ experience in the alternative asset sector. Darron joined from SL Investment Management applying a risk based focus to compliance. He has experience with regulators in Europe and around the globe, including BaFin, the Irish Regulator and the SEC. Managing compliance with amongst others AIFMD, MiFID, OFT and FCA.

In his spare time Darron enjoys the outdoors, hiking, camping and walking the dogs.


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