Neil is the CEO of Truestone Kenya, has significant interests in ethical investment and supports NGOs in Kenya via an innovative real estate proposition. Neil also chairs the Anglican Church’s microfinance and savings charity, Five Talents UK, that works extensively in East Africa and beyond.
Neil is based in the firm’s London City office.
Dr. Peter Higgs
Dr Peter Higgs is Chairman of Wellers Impact Limited and Tactical Global Management Limited that manages over £16 billion of assets on behalf of institutions. Peter has over 30 years professional experience in economic and financial market analysis and is a significant supporter of impact investing. Peter has a PhD in economics from Harvard University. Peter is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia (Finsia), a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and a Member of the Institute of Directors (MInstD) in London.
Prior to this, Peter had been a reader at the Graduate School of Management and deputy director of the IMPACT Research Centre at the University of Melbourne. He has written a book on applied general equilibrium economic forecasting and published in journals such as the Financial Analysts Journal. Peter has taught a number of courses on economics and applied portfolio management in Australia, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo and he has presented at industry conferences around the world.
Peter is a Kenyan citizen and resident. He owns Riva Petroleum Dealers Limited, a significant oil importer and exporter in Kenya. Furthermore, he has extensive involvement in Kenyan construction projects, including as director and 50% shareholder (see Grant Smith in part 4 above) of Briken East Africa Ltd.
Peter has a wide range of Kenyan contacts and expertise. He is a consultant to the Firm’s investment committee and, with Grant Smith, is the Firm’s local representative.
In 2005, Peter completed the largest Kenyan supermarket construction (at that time) in Nakuru, plus has worked on many other significant housing and retail developments. Current work includes a new complex for retail, office and accommodation in Embu.
Peter is well respected in the Kenyan business community as exemplified by being a 2011 finalist in the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, East Africa award. Having been awarded a BSc in civil engineering by the University of Nairobi, Peter spent his formative years as a road engineer in Kenya’s Ministry of Works.
Director and Investment Analyst
Guy Ruddle is a qualified accountant with more than ten years of experience within the financial services sector. Guy trained with Deloitte in South Africa, Australia and Ireland. He then spent over six years at Man Group PLC, managing their structured products valuation team followed by three years with Morgan Stanley helping to set up a global financial resources team within the equities division.
He spent the last two and a half years at Truestone Impact Investment Management Ltd where he was the senior investment analyst and a member of the investment management committee. He also assisted the CEO on the sale of the financial advisory part of the business. Guy reports to the CEO of Wellers Impact and is a director of the business.
Guy is based in the firm’s London City office.
Legal Adviser – Property, Company & Commercial, Charity Law
Paul joined the firm in 1978 and became a partner in 1981. He specialises in helping individuals and businesses achieve their goals by providing them with a range of legal solutions.
From the time he started working at Wellers, Paul developed relationships with like-minded law firms in Australia, the Middle and Far East as well as the USA. As a result, he has acted for many overseas-based clients who transacted business in and through the UK.
One of his favourite transactions concerned the amalgamation between a UK and USA media giant and its subsequent listing on the UK stock market. Outside of the office, Paul has served on the boards of several companies – including as board chair of an international NGO based in the Middle East. He brings commercial experience as well as legal know-how to the team.
Paul is based in the firm’s London City office.
Grant graduated as a quantity surveyor in 1983. He has worked with international construction companies and has been managing his own consultancy practice in the UK for over thirty years. In the year 2000, he recognised an opportunity to undertake construction work in Kenya, commercially creating fair pay and apprenticeship opportunities.
Today Grant is a director of a Kenyan construction company and a project management company centred in Nairobi. With a reputation for clean operations and fair deals, Grant oversees residential and commercial construction projects with Kenyan partners.
Due to his belief that commercial activity has a response to poverty, Grant is chair of Hand in Hand Foundation.
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