The Board is responsible for strategic and major operational issues affecting the Group. It reviews financial performance, regulatory compliance and monitors key performance indicators and will consider any matters of significance to the Group including corporate activity.
Mark is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and was a senior partner in practice for 20 years before leaving to deal with the public listing of a professional football club where he became Finance Director and Deputy CEO. In recent years he has had a portfolio of interests in public and private companies and currently (in addition to chairing Arden) chairs two private companies and carries out other one-off consultancies from time to time.
Mark brings extensive experience of management, fund raising, mergers and acquisitions and public listing together with a technical background in finance and controls.
Chief Executive Officer
Donald is a senior investment banking executive with over 25 years’ experience of working in the small cap and mid cap broking sector. Most recently he was a Managing Director at the Royal Bank of Canada and previously held senior positions at Collins Stewart and Evolution Securities. He has specialist knowledge of fundraisings at primary and secondary levels and many years’ experience of advising CEOs and boards across a wide range of industries on corporate strategies within the public and private markets.
Non-Executive Director (subject to regulatory approval)
Alistair has been a fund manager specialising in UK Smaller Companies for almost 30 years. He is a graduate of Business Studies and Accounting from the University of Edinburgh and subsequently qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG in 1985. He was formerly a Director of Edinburgh Fund Managers plc and was the Head of UK Smaller Companies for that group. He joined Castlefield Investment Partners in 2007, becoming a partner in September 2009, and has been the lead manager of the Castlefield UK Smaller Companies Fund since April 2007. He also manages a number of funds investing in companies quoted on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM) for the purpose of inheritance tax planning. Alistair is also a Director of Capital for Colleagues plc, an investment company focused on the Employee Owned Business sector.
Group Finance Director (subject to regulatory approval)
Steve has spent 20 years in the City primarily as an adviser to small and mid cap companies. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a Chartered Member of the Securities Institute.
Steve joined Arden in 2004 and was Head of Corporate Finance for 5 years ending in Autumn 2018. He began his career with Deloitte & Touche. He has also worked at Arbuthnot Securities (in the Corporate Finance team), Britannic PLC and Tarmac plc in corporate development.
James is a Business Economics and Accountancy graduate of Southampton University. He joined Albert E Sharp in 1992 in their private clients unit working on the unit trust and fund management desk. In 1995 he moved to become an equity sales director selling small-mid cap stocks to UK investing institutions. James is a founding partner of Arden from inception, joining in 2002 as Head of Equity sales, and served as CEO from 2012 to 2017. He is now Head of ECM and looks after several key client relationships.