Investment Committee

At the core of our investment process is our investment committee which consists of a number of qualified, experienced professionals. They set the strategic investment process and regularly convene to review the IMS portfolios to ensure they continue to meet their mandates.


The investment committee

Alan Durrant

Alan is CEO of Harwood Wealth and was formerly the Group CIO at The National Bank of Abu Dhabi (NBAD), Head of Asset Management at Gulf Finance House and CIO at Skandia Investment Management where Alan won best Multi-Manager at the Money Marketing Awards for three consecutive years. Prior to that Alan was at Hargreaves Lansdown for 12 years, latterly as Investment Director.

James Kempster

James started his career in financial services in 1999 working for Canada Life and for the last 17 years he has been an investment manager running managed portfolios. He is experienced in creating and maintaining risk-graded investment solutions and is lead manager on the IMS portfolio range, having overseen its formation in 2010. He holds the Investment Management Certificate and the Certificate in Investment & Risk.

James Kempster

Richard Philbin

Richard is Chief Investment Officer of Wellian Investment Solutions. He is one of the UK’s best known multi-manager investors and previously AA rated by OBSR, Citywire and S&P. Prior to Wellian, he was AXA Architas Multi Manager’s Chief Investment Officer and before that he was head of Multi Manager at F&C Investments.

Chris Mayo

Chris started his investment career in 1999 when he joined IFA AV Trinity and was involved with the firms fund research and model portfolio services to the company’s advisers, before ultimately becoming Head of Research.

From there, Chris was involved with the evolution and authorisation of the Wellian Investment Solutions business as a discretionary fund manager in 2007, where he became one of the founding fund managers responsible for fund research and managing client portfolios, becoming Investment Director in 2009. Chris holds the IMC and is an Associate of the Securities Institute.

Joanne Benson

Joanne began her career at AonHewitt, joining the pension consulting industry as a graduate. She went on to spend 10 years working with medium-sized corporate pension schemes, assisting clients with investment strategy and investment manager selection, where she had a particular focus on equity and multi-asset investment. Prior to joining Wellian Investment Solutions, Joanne worked for LGT Capital Partners, a specialist alternative investments manager.