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RIT's Board is led by its Chairman Lord Rothschild. Please click here to find out more about the Directors.

RIT is managed by a wholly owned subsidiary, J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited (JRCM). The day to day business is run by JRCM's Executive Committee, led by its Chief Executive, Francesco Goedhuis.

We believe that our approach of active management of equity exposure, combined with early identification of opportunities and themes across asset classes, is more likely to lead to long-term outperformance. We would hope to display healthy participation in up markets, and reasonable protection in down markets. Over time, this should allow us to compound ahead of markets throughout the cycles. More information on our investment strategy can be viewed on the Investment approach page.

 

 

Lord Rothschild OM GBE

Chairman

Jacob Rothschild has chaired RIT since its flotation in 1988. He is also Chairman of the Nominations Committee as well as Chairman of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited and of its Investment Committee.

Having left NM Rothschild & Sons in 1980, Jacob developed RIT’s predecessor companies, co-founding companies in money management, insurance and investment, including Global Asset Management and St. James’s Place Capital plc. He served as Deputy Chairman of BSkyB Plc for five years, to 2008. He is Chairman of Windmill Hill Asset Management (WHAM), which he manages the philanthropic foundations connected with his family, as well as chairing his own family's office and the Rothschild Foundation. Jacob is also the Honorary Vice Chairman of Edmond de Rothschild Group S.A.

In addition to his career in finance he has been involved in public service including the arts, heritage and philanthropy having chaired The National Gallery, The National Heritage Memorial Fund and The Heritage Lottery Fund.

Lord Rothschild
Chairman
Francesco Goedhuis
Francesco Goedhuis
Francesco Goedhuis

Francesco Goedhuis

Chief Executive Officer

Francesco Goedhuis is the Chief Executive Officer of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited.  JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

He joined the Company as the Principal in the Chairman's Office in 2010. Previously, Francesco was in New York working for the Economics Nobel Laureate Robert Merton and the former Vice Chairman of J.P. Morgan Roberto Mendoza at IFL commercialising financial academic theory on both the buy and sell sides.

Francesco Goedhuis
Chief Executive Officer

Andrew Jones

Chief Financial Officer

Andrew Jones is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Risk Officer of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited.  JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

Prior to joining the Company in 2008, he spent three years in venture capital and four years at Nomura, advising on its private equity investments as well as risk, global corporate development and strategy.

He qualified as a chartered accountant with Deloitte LLP where he specialised in valuation advice.

Andrew Jones
Chief Financial Officer
Jonathan Kestenbaum
Jonathan Kestenbaum
Jonathan Kestenbaum

Jonathan Kestenbaum

Chief Operating Officer

Jonathan Kestenbaum is the Chief Operating Officer of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited. JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

Until 2011 he was Chief Executive of Five Arrows Limited. He is also an adviser to philanthropic foundations connected to Lord Rothschild and a non-executive director of WHAM. He was previously Chief Executive of NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts). Prior to that he was Chief of Staff to the Chairman of Apax Partners, Sir Ronald Cohen.

In January 2011, Jonathan was appointed to the House of Lords and became Lord Kestenbaum of Foxcote.

Jonathan Kestenbaum
Chief Operating Officer

Ron Tabbouche

Chief Investment Officer

Ron Tabbouche is the Chief Investment Officer of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited. JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

He joined the Company in 2012 having previously been the Head of Investments for Managed Portfolios at GAM. At the age of 26, he joined GAM’s Investment Committee, working with Gilbert de Botton, its co-founder. Subsequently, he led the overall investment strategy of multi-billion Dollar funds across a broad range of asset classes.

 

Ron Tabbouche
Chief Investment Officer

Roberto Ruhman

Director

Roberto Ruhman is a non-executive Director and a member of the Investment Committee of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited. JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

His business career began as a trainee at Citibank Brasil, where he worked from 1980 to 1985 and returned in 1988 as head of corporate finance, after spending three years at Banco Safra.

In 1991, Roberto founded Indosuez Capital Latin America, where he was the Managing and Founding Partner responsible for the start up and implementation of the investment banking presence of Banque Indosuez in Brazil. In 1996, he went to Banco Matrix, becoming the Managing Director and Partner in charge of Brazilian debt trading markets, equity investments and international sales efforts until 2002.

From 2002 to 2005, Roberto was the Managing Director of Banco J. Safra responsible for the Safra Family's wealth. He went on to found RXZ Investimentos, an investment company focused in Brazilian listed and private equities.

Roberto Ruhman
Director
Abbondati
Abbondati
Abbondati

Roberto Abbondati

Investment Risk Executive

Roberto Abbondati is an Investment Risk Executive at J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited.  JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

Prior to joining the Company, Roberto was a quantitative analyst at GAM responsible for managing a hedge fund replication strategy as well as providing macroeconomic and portfolio risk analysis across all of GAM's funds-of-hedge-funds. He started his career at Société Générale Corporate and Investment Bank as a sales-trader in the Global Equity and Derivatives Solutions group.

Roberto received a BSc (Hons) in Physics and MRes (Distinction) in Bio-Physics from Imperial College, London. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Science, a Chartered Financial Analyst and holds Level 3 Certificates in Securities and Derivatives from the CISI.

Roberto Abbondati
Investment Risk Executive

Aron Balas

Senior Investment Executive

Aron Balas is a Senior Investment Executive working across the Private and Public Equity Investments team of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited. JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group. 

He previously worked as an Associate in the Financial Institutions Group within the Investment Banking Division at Morgan Stanley, where he advised major financial institutions across Europe with a focus on banks and asset managers. He started his career at Oliver Wyman in their financial services practice.

Aron has a BA in Economics from Cornell University and an Msc in Economics from the London School of Economics.

Aron Balas
Senior Investment Executive
Fauzia Choudhry
Fauzia Choudhry
Fauzia Choudhry

Fauzia Choudhry

Assistant Analyst, Funds

Fauzia Choudhry is an Assistant Analyst supporting the Funds team of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited.  JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

Prior to joining the Company she worked as an Executive Assistant at Spencer House Capital Management.

Fauzia Choudhry
Assistant Analyst, Funds
Hitesh Haria
Hitesh Haria
Hitesh Haria

Hitesh Haria

Investment Executive, Funds

Hitesh Haria is an Investment Executive in the Funds team of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited.  JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

Hitesh is responsible for sourcing, researching and evaluating investment managers globally with a multi-asset class and strategy remit. Prior to joining the Company, he worked as an Investment Officer and Investment Analyst at The Atlantic Philanthropies and as a Money Markets Executive at Barclays Capital.

Hitesh holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Mathematics & Statistics from the London School of Economics, a MSc (Distinction) in Finance from London Business School and is also a CFA charter holder.

Hitesh Haria
Investment Executive, Funds
James Marshall
James Marshall
James Marshall

James Marshall

Trader, Public Equity

James Marshall is responsible for trade execution at J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited.  JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

James previously spent four years at Gradient Capital, and six years at Adelphi Capital, both European focused Long/Short funds. He also spent 5 years at GSAM, running the centralised European trading desk.

James has a BA (Hons) in Business Studies from Coventry University.

James Marshall
Trader, Public Equity
Simon Pitcher
Simon Pitcher
Simon Pitcher

Simon Pitcher

Head of Private Investments

Simon Pitcher is responsible for leading the Private Investments team of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited.  JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

Previously Simon was a Director at Standard Bank Private Equity, a Director at Blackwood Capital Partners in Sydney and an Investment Director at Hermes Private Equity. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant with PwC.

Simon Pitcher
Head of Private Investments

Brian Rutherford

Investment Executive, Private Investments

Brian Rutherford is an Investment Executive in the Private Investments team at J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited. JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

Before joining the Company, Brian worked at Goldman Sachs in London and Kensington Capital Partners in Toronto where he was responsible for analysing and developing their Private Equity and Venture Capital opportunities.

Brian holds an MBA with distinction from the London Business School, a degree with Honours in Applied Science from the University of Toronto and is a CFA Charterholder.

Brian Rutherford
Investment Executive, Private Investments
Trushant Shah
Trushant Shah
Trushant Shah

Trushant Shah

Head of Funds

Trushant Shah is responsible for leading the Funds team of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited.  JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

He previously held Senior Manager Research positions, with International Asset Management and ABN Amro. His investment career started in 1998 at Schroders Investment Management in the analytics team.

Trushant graduated from Kings College, University of London with a First Class BSc (Hons) in Mathematics and Management and was granted the most outstanding achievement award.

Trushant Shah
Head of Funds
Garret Sheridan
Garret Sheridan
Garret Sheridan

Garret Sheridan

Investment Executive, Funds

Garret Sheridan is an Investment Executive in the Funds team of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited.  JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

Garret is responsible for Operational Due Diligence on the underlying fund managers in the fund's portfolio.  Prior to joining the Company, he worked as a Senior Analyst for MAN Investments and GLG Partners in New York and London and as a Management Accountant at NewFinance Capital (Schroders) in London.

Garret holds a BBS (Hons) in Business Studies from Athlone Institute of Technology and is a Chartered Management Accountant.

Garret Sheridan
Investment Executive, Funds

Fahad Siddiqi

Head of Public Equities

Fahad Siddiqi is responsible for Public Equities at J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited. JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

Prior to joining the Company, Fahad was with MFS Investment Management, where he was a Portfolio Manager of a European Equity fund and a Sector leader of the International Consumer Cyclical Sector. Fahad was also responsible for sector coverage of the pan European Retail and Media sector.

Fahad received a BSc Economics (Hons) from the London School of Economics and an MSc in Finance from the London Business School.

Fahad Siddiqi
Head of Public Equities
Katie Thorpe
Katie Thorpe
Katie Thorpe

Katie Thorpe

Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Katie Thorpe is the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited. JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

In addition to her responsibilities across the Operations function, she has a specific focus on Investor Relations where she works closely with the Chief Investment Officer and the wider Executive Committee. 

A Chartered Accountant by background, Katie spent the first eight years of her career in PricewaterhouseCoopers’ investment management practise, where RIT numbered among her clients.  She joined the Company to become the Financial Controller in 2010, before moving into her current role at the start of 2012. 

Katie Thorpe
Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Ashley Stevens

Group Financial Controller

Ashley is the Group Financial Controller of J. Rothschild Capital Management Limited. JRCM is the principal subsidiary of RIT Capital Partners plc and responsible for the day to day management of the Group.

Having qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross & Co in 1997, working in the Financial Services Group, Ashley completed a short service commission in the Army completing operational tours in Iraq, Cyprus and Bosnia. Prior to joining JRCM he worked for a hedge fund manager operating a diverse fund portfolio.

Ashley Stevens
Group Financial Controller