Colin Hook - Chairman
Colin has had extensive financial and commercial experience. He has an MA from the University of Cambridge. Colin has worked in the City for more than forty years. During this time, he successfully founded two fund management companies and directed fund management operations for more than ten years. His City involvement also includes mergers and acquisitions. From 1994 to 1997 he was the Chief Executive of Ivory and Sime plc. Until February 2013, he was the Chief Executive of Pole Star Space Applications Limited, a company which he helped to found in 1998 and which is today the world’s leading provider of real-time tracking information for the maritime industry. He remains a director on this board. Until September 2010, he was chairman and a director of Mobeus Income and Growth 4 VCT plc.
Jonathan is a qualified Chartered Accountant. He has significant experience of the investment trust sector and of serving on the boards of both public and private companies in executive and non-executive roles. Jonathan joined Caledonia Investments plc in 1989, serving as finance director from 1991 to December 2009. Prior to this he was group financial controller at Hanson plc 1984 - 1989. He was a non-executive director of Bristow Group Inc. (from 1996 to 2009) and of Serica Energy plc (from 2008 to 2012). He is non-executive chairman of BlackRock Income & Growth Investment Trust plc and also of Aberforth Split Level Income Trust plc. He is also a non-executive director of Tennants Consolidated Limited.
Helen has extensive experience of investing in a wide range of small and medium sized businesses. She has an MA from the University of Cambridge and an MBA from INSEAD Business School. She worked for 3i (1991 to 1998) and subsequently co-founded Matrix Private Equity in 2000 (now Mobeus Equity Partners), raising two funds, Mobeus Income & Growth 2 VCT and Matrix Enterprise Fund. Helen is chairman of British Smaller Companies VCT plc and a non-executive director of Gresham House Strategic plc, North East Finance (Holdco) Limited and Mobeus Income & Growth 4 VCT plc (the latter being advised by Mobeus).