Team

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CEO
  • Dominic Johnson

    Chief Executive Officer & Founding Partner

    Dominic is a founding Partner, Director of Marketing and Chief Executive of Somerset Capital Management. Prior to starting Somerset Capital, he helped to build Lloyd George Management from $1.5bn to $16bn under management between 2001 and 2007. He has spent the last 16 years raising capital for various institutions in Asia, the USA and the UK including Robert Fleming and Jardine Fleming. He graduated from Durham University in 1995.

Marketing & Client Services
  • Oliver Crawley

    Head of Marketing

    Oliver joined Somerset Capital in May 2007 with special responsibility for client reporting and is now Head of Marketing. Before joining the team at Somerset Capital, Oliver sold fixed income securities at Barclays Capital before joining Lloyds of London where he worked in both underwriting and marketing in London and Houston, Texas. He graduated from Bristol University in 2001.

  • Sebastian Stewart

    Head of Client Services

    Sebastian graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2012 with a First Class degree in Mathematics and Business Studies. He joined Somerset in October of the same year and currently heads the Client Services team. Sebastian is a CFA® charterholder.

  • Louise Parsons

    Client Services

    Louise graduated from the University of Leeds in 2012 with a degree in Economics and Politics. She joined Somerset in December of the same year and currently works in the Client Services team.

  • Conor Devlin

    Client Services

    Conor graduated from Queen’s University Belfast in 2015 where he studied Mathematics with Statistics. He joined Somerset in November 2015 and works in the Client Services team.

  • Maryam Young

    Client Services

    Maryam graduated from the University of Exeter in 2015 with a First Class degree in Economics. She joined Somerset in February 2016 and works in the Client Services team.

Investment Managers
  • Edward Robertson

    Founding Partner & Manager, Global EM and Mid Cap Strategies

    Edward is the Lead Manager of the Global EM and Mid Cap products, and co-manager for two of our other products. He worked in Hong Kong and London before joining Lloyd George Management in 1999 where, along with Jacob Rees-Mogg, he built the Emerging Market products. He also ran the top performing Russian Fund – SIBINCo. He co-founded Somerset Capital along with Jacob Rees-Mogg and Dominic Johnson in April 2007. Edward graduated from the University of East Anglia.

  • Mark Asquith

    Manager, Small Cap Strategy

    Mark is the Lead Manager of our Small Cap strategy, having joined Somerset in 2007. Previously he worked at Lloyd George Management, where he was instrumental in helping to build the smaller companies product along with Edward Robertson and Jacob Rees-Mogg. He also had a focus on Latin America. Mark graduated from St Andrew’s University prior to joining Lloyd George.

  • Edward Lam

    Manager, DG Strategy

    Edward is the Lead Manager of the Dividend Growth product. He joined Somerset when it was founded in 2007 to cover EMEA, and has been responsible for managing the research process since 2008. Before joining Somerset, he was a senior analyst at Lloyd George, covering Asia for GEM mandates and Taiwan. Edward graduated from Downing College, Cambridge, where he read History.

  • Timothy Hay

    Manager, Small Mid Cap Strategy

    Timothy joined the firm in January 2008 and is the manager of the Small Mid Cap strategy and head of the Singapore office. He started his career in 2003 at Lloyd George Management where he was the EMEA investment analyst and where he assisted Edward Robertson on his SIBINCo Russian Fund. Upon joining Somerset, he covered Latin America, before launching the Small Mid Cap Fund in April 2011. Timothy graduated from Manchester University where he read Economics and Economic History.

  • George Birch Reynardson

    Manager, Frontier Strategy and Co-Manager, Small Mid Cap Strategy

    George joined Somerset as an analyst when it was founded in 2007. He moved to Singapore in 2010 to cover ASEAN and Asian frontier markets. In 2013, he returned to London to take on coverage of global frontier markets. He now manages the Frontier Strategy, which was launched in December 2013, and started co-managing the Small Mid Cap Strategy in April 2016. George graduated from Pembroke College, Oxford, and holds an MSc from the London School of Economics.

Analysts
  • Kumar Pandit

    Senior Analyst - LATAM

    Kumar graduated from Kingston University where he read Computer Science and Business Studies.  Prior to joining Somerset he was a senior project manager at a real estate development and investment company. He joined the team in Jan 2011 as a Latin American analyst.

  • Henrietta Seligman

    Senior Analyst - EMEA

    Henrietta graduated from St. Anne’s College, Oxford in June 2010, where she read Classics. She joined Somerset Capital as an analyst in June 2011, and she now covers Asia.

  • Anthony Linehan

    Senior Analyst - Asia

    Anthony works as a Senior Analyst on Asia from our Singapore office, having joined Somerset in 2013. He has ten years’ experience of investing in emerging markets, having worked as a fund manager and analyst at F&C Asset Management where he managed a range of Asian equity portfolios for institutional clients. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh where he read Economics & Politics, and is a CFA charter.

  • Dhawal Mehta

    Senior Analyst - India

    Dhawal joined Somerset in September 2014 as a Senior Analyst in our Singapore office. He has 15 years’ experience in investing in emerging markets, most recently as manager of the Indian Equity Growth Fund at Reliance Asset Management. He graduated from Mumbai University, where he read Mathematics, and is a CFA charterholder. He has also completed a PGDM in Finance, and is a graduate of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.

  • Asyraf Salman

    Analyst - Asia

    Asyraf graduated from Singapore Management University after completing a BSc in Economics with a double major in finance. Prior to joining Somerset, Asyraf was awarded the School of Economics scholarship from 2009-2011 and won the Top SMU Trader in the 2011 Barclays-Oxyor Singapore Traders Trophy. He now works as an Asia analyst in our Singapore office.

  • Sherwin Chan

    Analyst - Asia

    Sherwin graduated from the University College of London in 2015 where he read Economics. He joined the team via the internship programme and covers Asia from the Singapore office.

  • Dave Heng

    Analyst - Asia

    Dave graduated from Nanyang Technological University in 2015 where he read Accountancy. He joined the team via the internship programme and covers Asia from the Singapore office.

  • Matthew Guinness

    Analyst - LATAM

    Matthew graduated from The Queen’s College, Oxford in 2013 with a degree in Philosophy, Politics & Economics. He joined Somerset in May 2014 and currently works as an analyst covering Latin America and Frontier Markets. He had previously helped marketing and client services whilst building up his skills to join the investment team.

  • Ariadne Baden-Powell

    Analyst - EMEA

    Ariadne joined Somerset in July 2015 and currently works as an analyst covering EMEA. She graduated from Cass Business School in 2015 with an MSc in Investment Management, and previously graduated from the London School of Economics. She graduated through our internship programme.

  • Christopher White

    Analyst - EMEA

    Christopher graduated from
    Magdalen College, Oxford in 2010, where he read Classics. He holds
    an MBA from Columbia Business School, and is a graduate of the
    school’s Value Investing Program. Prior to joining Somerset,
    Christopher worked in investment banking for Goldman Sachs in
    London and then for Makinson Cowell, an independent UK capital
    markets advisory firm. Christopher joined Somerset as an analyst
    covering EMEA in August 2016.

DG Strategy
  • Edward Lam

    Manager

    Edward is the Lead Manager of the Dividend Growth product. He joined Somerset when it was founded in 2007 to cover EMEA, and has been responsible for managing the research process since 2008. Before joining Somerset, he was a senior analyst at Lloyd George, covering Asia for GEM mandates and Taiwan. Edward graduated from Downing College, Cambridge, where he read History.

  • Fergus Argyle

    Senior Analyst

    Fergus joined Somerset in September 2014 and works as a Senior Analyst covering the EMEA region. He has 6 years’ experience, having worked for 5 years as an analyst at BlackRock, and more recently as an analyst and assistant portfolio manager at Herald Investment Management, a global technology fund. Fergus graduated from Somerville College, Oxford in 2007, where he read Classics, and spent a year studying in the Middle East at Damascus University and the Sana’a Institute of Arabic Language.

  • Thomas Hartley

    Analyst

    Thomas graduated from the University of Cambridge in 2008 where he read Natural Sciences. He has 6 years’ experience in consulting in the technology and financial services sectors. He joined the Investment team in September 2015.

  • Michael Mortimore

    Analyst

    Michael Mortimore joined Somerset in April 2017 as a Portfolio Manager’s
    Assistant for the DG Fund. Prior to Somerset he worked in roles as a
    Client Services Adviser for the Macquarie Bank and as a Trainee Legal
    Analyst for Societe Generale (Corporate and Investment Banking).
    Michael holds a Master of Laws from the Queensland University of
    Technology and a BA in Politics and International Relations from the
    University of Cambridge.

  • Sarah Shiels

    Associate

    Sarah Shiels graduated from the University of Newcastle having read Politics and Sociology. She is an associate for the Portfolio manager assisting him in all areas of the business. Prior to joining SCM she was an assistant to the Chairman and Managing Director of Cartier UK.

Operations, Trading & Compliance
  • Robert Diggle

    Chief Operating Officer & Compliance Officer

    Robert joined Somerset Capital when it was founded in 2007 and is the Chief Operating Officer. Robert worked for the Cathay International Group, a China-based investment group, for over 10 years where he spent time in corporate finance. In 2000 he returned to Cathay’s London office where he held senior finance positions with responsibility for corporate governance and compliance before becoming a Partner at Somerset. Robert graduated from Selwyn College, Cambridge in 1992 and holds an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France.

  • Robert Broadhurst

    Compliance Analyst

    Robert graduated from the University of Durham in 2006 with a First Class degree in Politics with Law. Between 2007 and 2015 he worked in the House of Commons, providing research on European matters to MPs. Robert joined the Operations team as Compliance Analyst in June 2015.

  • Joseph Clarke

    Compliance Analyst

    Joseph joined the Compliance team at Somerset in April 2016. He has a degree in Information and Computer Science Engineering from St. John’s College, Cambridge and subsequently received an LLM in International Commercial Law and Practice at the University of Edinburgh. He is also a qualified accountant, holding the ACCA designation.

  • Audrey Ng

    Singapore Compliance Officer & Office Manager

    Audrey joined
    Somerset Singapore in 2013, having spent 7 years in the hedge fund
    industry. Audrey is the office manager and head of compliance in the
    Singapore office.

  • Kay Leeds

    Central Dealer

    Kay started her career at HSBC trading Foreign Exchange for the equities division before moving to the Equity Portfolio Trading Desk. She then spent 5 years working for Convergex trading Emerging and Frontier equities in the EMEA region. Kay joined Somerset in May 2015.

  • Peter Osborn

    Central Dealer

    Peter graduated from the University of the West of England where he read Business Studies. Prior to joining Somerset he worked as a portfolio manager at Horizon Asset Ltd and a central dealer at Lloyd George Management, gaining 9 years’ experience in fund management. Peter joined the Operations team in September 2013.

  • Peter Fiveash

    Operations Manager

    Peter joined the team at Somerset Capital in October 2009. He has over ten years’ experience in banking operations, working for top-tier investment banks such as The Bank of New York and Société Générale. He has specialist knowledge within the Emerging Markets sector and gained an IAQ qualification in Investments in 2005.

  • Ryan Bosch

    Operations

    Ryan joined the Operations team at Somerset Capital in April 2013. He has a Bachelor of Commerce in PPE and an Honours degree in Financial Analysis and Portfolio Management. Ryan has over 7 years’ experience in investment management operations, at firms both in South Africa and the UK.

  • Kunal Gupta

    Operations

    Kunal graduated from University of Mumbai in 2005 and holds an MBA in Corporate Finance from University of Stirling. He has over 4 years’ experience in Operations, working at JP Morgan Chase and Principal Financial Group. He joined the Operations team at Somerset in September 2012.

  • Emad El-Shafie

    Operations

    Emad joined the Operations team in August 2014. He Has over 3 years’ experience in banking working at Royal Bank of Scotland and Sumitomo Mitsui Trust and Banking.

  • Ryan Hardy

    Operations

    Ryan joined the Operations team in April 2015. He has over 18 years’ experience in Banking and Custody, having worked previously for BNY Mellon and Northern Trust.

  • Andrew Barber

    Operations

    Andrew graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2013 with a First Class degree in Economics. He joined Somerset in July of the same year and he currently works in the Operations team.

Office Management & Support
  • Fiona Oldfield-Hodge

    Office Manager

    Fiona has worked with the Investment team since 2003 and is responsible for the management of the office and the smooth running of the business. She has been involved with Somerset Capital since its founding in 2007.

  • Alice Rule

    Executive Assistant

    Alice graduated from the University
    of Oxford Brookes in 2011 with a First Class degree in History. She joined Somerset in March 2013 and provides support for two of the senior partners and the office manager.

  • Charlie McDonagh

    Receptionist & Personal Assistant

    Charlie graduated from the University of Edinburgh in 2012 with a degree in History. She joined Somerset in February 2017 and works in the Administrative Team.

  • Lauren Joseph

    Personal Assistant

    Lauren graduated from The University of Nottingham with a BA Hons in Theology. With over 11 years’ experience in the asset management industry, Lauren joined Somerset in April 2017 to support Dominic Johnson and Edward Robertson.

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In Memoriam
Eric Tan (1971 – 2013)
Partner, Somerset Capital Management LLP (2007 – 2013)