Sequoia Economic Infrastructure Income Fund is led by a highly experienced and skilled independent non-executive Board, chaired by Robert Jennings.
The Board is also supported by two Independent Advisers who provide guidance to the Board on the overall approach to risk management, evaluating and supporting the selection of new investments in conjunction with Sequoia Investment Management Company and International Fund Management.
Robert Jennings, CBE Chairman
Robert Jennings is a resident of the United Kingdom and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1979. He has over 30 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. Mr Jennings was a managing director of UBS Investment Bank and was joint head of the Bank’s Infrastructure Group until 2007. He has twice acted as a special senior adviser to HM Treasury; in 2001/02 during Railtrack’s administration and again in 2007/08 in relation to Crossrail. Mr Jennings is also a non-executive director of Crossrail, and was until February 2017 Chairman of Southern Water.
Mr Jennings was appointed to the Board of 3i Infrastructure plc in a non-executive role with effect from 1 February 2018.
Jan Pethick Director
Jan Pethick is a resident of the United Kingdom and has over 35 years’ experience in the debt sector. Mr Pethick was chairman of Merrill Lynch International Debt Capital Markets for 10 years, from 2000 to 2010.
He had previously been Head of Global Debt Origination at Dresdner Kleinwort Benson which had acquired the credit research boutique, Luthy Baillie which he had co-founded in 1990. Prior to that, he worked for 12 years at Lehman Brothers where he was a member of the Executive Management Committee in Europe. Mr Pethick is currently also Chairman of Troy Asset Management and an independent member of the Supervisory Board of Moody’s Investor Services Europe.
Jonathan Bridel Director
Jon Bridel is a resident of Guernsey. Mr Bridel is currently a non-executive director of a number of London-listed investment funds. Mr Bridel was previously Managing Director of Royal Bank of Canada’s investment businesses in the Channel Islands. After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 1987, Mr Bridel worked with Price Waterhouse Corporate Finance in London. He subsequently held senior positions in banking, credit and corporate finance, investment management and private international businesses where he was Chief Financial Officer.
Mr Bridel holds a Master of Business Administration and also holds qualifications from the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, where he is a Fellow, the Chartered Institute of Marketing, where he is a Chartered Marketer, and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a Chartered Director and Fellow of the Institute of Directors and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.
Sandra Platts Director
Sandra Platts is a resident of Guernsey and holds a Masters in Business Administration. Mrs Platts joined Kleinwort Benson (CI) Ltd in 1986 and was appointed to the board in 1992. She undertook the role of Chief Operating Officer for the Channel Islands business and in 2000 for the Kleinwort Benson Private Bank Group – UK and Channel Islands. In January 2007, she was appointed to the position of Managing Director of the Guernsey Branch of Kleinwort Benson and led strategic change programmes as part of her role as Group Chief Operating Officer.
Mrs Platts also held directorships on the strategic holding board of the KB Group, as well as sitting on the Bank, Trust Company and Operational Boards. She resigned from these boards in 2010. Mrs Platts is a non-executive director of three London listed investment funds, as well as Investec Bank (Channel Islands) Limited and a number of other investment companies. She is a member of the Institute of Directors.
Tim Drayson Consultant
Tim Drayson has over thirty years’ experience in the US and European debt capital markets. He was most recently Global Head of Corporate Sales & Deputy Head of the European Corporate Debt Platform at BNP Paribas and had been a member of the Fixed Income Transaction Approval Committee, screening complex transactions and interacting with the bank’s credit committee. He joined BNP Paribas as Global Head of Securitization in 2005, with responsibility for managing all origination and structuring teams, including infrastructure. Prior to joining BNP Paribas, Tim held senior roles at Morgan Stanley in London as Head of Securitized Products Distribution and Paine Webber in New York.
Kate Thurman Consultant
Kate Thurman is a highly experienced and respected credit market professional having spent over 30 years identifying and analysing credit risk in bond and loan instruments for institutional portfolios. Kate has broad experience across industry sectors, credit grades, legal structures and jurisdictions, having special expertise in the assessment of quantitative and qualitative credit factors and downside risks. In recent years, she has been employed as a credit researcher and debt portfolio specialist by Rogge Global Partners, New Bond Street Asset Management, Dresdner Bank and independently as a consultant.