Board of Directors


Norman Crighton

Norman is Chairman of the Company. He is also a non-executive chairman of RM Secured Direct Lending plc, Weiss Korea Opportunity Fund and Global Fixed Income Realisation Limited. Norman was, until May 2011, an investment manager at Metage Capital Limited where he was responsible for the management of a portfolio of closed-ended funds and has more than 27 years’ experience in closed-ended funds having worked at Olliff and Partners, LCF Edmond de Rothschild, Merrill Lynch, Jefferies International Limited and latterly Metage Capital Limited. His experience covers analysis and research as well as sales and corporate finance. Norman is British and resident in the United Kingdom.

Chairperson of the Audit Committee

Katya Thomson

Katya is Chairperson of the Audit Committee. She is non-executive director and chairman of the audit committee of Henderson EuroTrust plc, non-executive director and chairman-elect of the audit committee of Miton Global Opportunities plc and director of The New Carnival Company CIC. She started her career at Deloitte LLP where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1996. Katya has held senior positions in corporate finance at Lazard, ABN Amro Bank NV and Thomas Cook Group plc. She is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Yoshi Nishio

Yoshi Nishio began his career at Goldman Sachs International, where he had overall responsibility for the trading of Japanese equities and equity derivative products. Since then, he has combined his twin specialisations of finance and media as an investor, advisor and consultant. Much of his work has had a Japanese focus, with clients ranging from family offices to the office of the chairman of Columbia Pictures in Hollywood in the period following the studio’s acquisition by the Sony Corporation, to the Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation. Yoshi is fluent in Japanese and in English. He was born in Japan but now holds dual British/American citizenship and lives in the United Kingdom.

Margaret Stephens

Margaret was a partner of KPMG until 2016 having qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1988. From 2007, she played a key role in building KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Practice, also leading UK and international tax due diligence and tax structuring services on major M&A transactions and public private partnerships. Margaret is currently a Non-Executive Board Member and Chair of the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee of the Department for Exiting the European Union. She is also a Trustee of the London School of Architecture.

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