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Our Board

RIT Capital Partners plc has a world class Board, maintaining rigorous standards of corporate governance. 

You will find information about our Board committees here.

You will find the profiles of Directors below.

John Cornish
John Cornish
John Cornish

John Cornish

Non-Executive Director of investment companies

John Cornish joined the Board of the Company as a non-executive Director in January 2008. He is Chairman of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Valuation Committee and a member of both the Remuneration and Conflicts Committees.

He is a chartered accountant and was a partner at Deloitte LLP where he led the firm's services to the investment trust industry. Subsequently, John served as Chairman of Framlington Innovative Growth Trust plc and as a director of a number of other investment trust companies. Currently he is a director of Henderson EuroTrust plc and Allianz Technology Trust plc.

John Cornish
Non-Executive Director of investment companies

Jean Laurent-Bellue

Group Secretary General, Edmond de Rothschild Holdings

Jean Laurent-Bellue joined the Board of the Company as a non-executive Director in March 2012.

He is Group Secretary General of Edmond de Rothschild Holdings in Geneva and Board member of the Banque Privée Edmond de Rothschild. He joined LCF Edmond de Rothschild Group in 2004 as a member of the Executive Board of La Compagnie Financière Edmond de Rothschild Banque. He was Chairman of the Executive Board of Edmond de Rothschild Corporate Finance from 2004 until 2009 when he became General Secretary at Compagnie Financière Saint Honoré.

Previously, he was a member of the Executive Board of Clinvest (the Investment Banking arm of the Crédit Lyonnais).

The Board has determined that he is not independent due to his senior role with the Edmond de Rothschild Group, with which the Company has a joint venture.

Jean Laurent-Bellue
Group Secretary General, Edmond de Rothschild Holdings
Michael Marks
Michael Marks
Michael Marks

Michael Marks CBE

Chairman, NewSmith Capital Partners LLP

Michael Marks joined the Board of the Company as a non-executive Director in September 2004 and became its Senior Independent Director in July 2010. He is a member of the Conflicts, Nominations and Remuneration Committees.

He is the Chairman of MR Capital Consultants and was Chairman of NewSmith Capital Partners LLP, which he founded in 2003. He was formerly Co-Head of the Global Equities business of Merrill Lynch, which he joined in 1995 and where he subsequently held positions as Chief Operating Officer of Merrill Lynch Europe, Middle East and Africa. He was subsequently named Executive Chairman. He was also Executive Vice President of Merrill Lynch & Co., Inc.

Michael began his career at Smith Bros. in 1958, where he became a director in 1975 and Chief Executive of Smith New Court in 1987. He was a non-executive director of Old Mutual plc from February 2004 to May 2007 and a non-executive director of London Stock Exchange plc until 2004.

Michael Marks CBE
Chairman, NewSmith Capital Partners LLP
Mike Power
Mike Power
Mike Power

Mike Power

Professor of Accounting, London School of Economics and Political Science

Mike Power joined the Board of the Company as a non-executive Director in January 2014 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Valuation Committee.

Mike is Professor of Accounting at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has written extensively on risk and governance issues.  He was also a non-executive director at St. James's Place plc from 2005 to 2013 where he chaired the Risk Committee and was a member of the Audit Committee. He remains on the board of St. James's Place International plc, which he joined in September 2012 and was appointed as its Chairman in 2014.

Mike has a number of other advisory positions, including the Financial Reporting Lab of the Financial Reporting Council.  He is an FCA, an associate member of the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation and an honorary fellow of the Institute of Risk Management.  He also holds honorary doctorates from the Universities of Uppsala, Sweden and St Gallen, Switzerland.

Mike Power
Professor of Accounting, London School of Economics and Political Science

Hannah Rothschild

Non-executive Director of various companies

Hannah Rothschild joined the Board of the Company as a non-executive Director in August 2013.

Hannah has been involved with media for the past twenty years. An award winning documentary film maker, she also writes articles, screenplays and books.

In addition, she is a non-executive Director of WHAM, a director of Five Arrows Limited and serves as a Trustee of the Rothschild Foundation.

As well as her career in media, she has been involved in public service, including acting as a Trustee of the  National Gallery and of the Tate.  She became Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Gallery in August 2015.

Hannah Rothschild
Non-executive Director of various companies

Amy Stirling

Non-executive Director

Amy Stirling joined the Board of the Company as a non-executive Director in February 2015 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and Valuation Committee.

She is a chartered accountant and a non-executive member of the Cabinet Office Board and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee. She also serves as a director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Pets at Home Group Plc.

Amy is a Trustee of The Prince’s Trust, having held the role of Chief Financial Officer until December 2014.

Amy served as the Chief Financial Officer of TalkTalk Telecom Group Plc until 2013, having been with the business since its start up as part of the Carphone Warehouse Group, which she joined in 2000.

Amy Stirling
Non-executive Director
The Duke of Wellington
The Duke of Wellington
The Duke of Wellington

The Duke of Wellington OBE DL

Chairman, Richemont Holdings (UK)

The Duke of Wellington (formerly Lord Douro) joined the Board of the Company as a non-executive Director in July 2010. He is Chairman of the Conflicts and Remuneration Committees and a member of the Nominations Committee.

He has broad experience in banking and finance, having served as Chairman of Sun Life and Provincial Holdings from 1995 to 2000 and of the Framlington Group from 1994 to 2005. He is currently a director of Compagnie Financière Richemont.  He served on the Board of Sanofi until May 2014 and was until 2011 a director of Pernod Ricard and Abengoa Bio-Energia.

He is currently a member of the International Advisory Board of Abengoa SA. He is Chairman of Richemont Holdings (UK) Limited. He is also Chairman of the Council of King’s College, London. He is a member of the House of Lords and was a member of the European Parliament from 1979 to 1989.

The Duke of Wellington OBE DL
Chairman, Richemont Holdings (UK)

Mike Wilson CBE

Joint Founder and Life President, St James's Place plc

Mike Wilson joined the Board of the Company as a non-executive Director in October 2013 and is a member of the Audit and Risk Committee and the Remuneration Committee.

He is Joint Founder and Life President of St. James's Place plc and Chairman of the St. James's Place Foundation. He has worked in the financial services industry over many years and was a director of Allied Dunbar and BAT Industries before jointly founding J. Rothschild Assurance (now St. James's Place) in 1991. Following 13 years as Chief Executive of St. James's Place he was appointed Chairman, a role he held until the end of 2011.

Mike was a non-executive director of Vendôme Luxury Group plc and Chairman of the Mental Health Association for many years. In 2010 Mike became a director of the newly formed research charity MQ: Transforming Mental Health.

Mike Wilson CBE
Joint Founder and Life President, St James's Place plc

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild

Honorary Vice Chairman

Ariane de Rothschild was appointed as Honorary Vice Chair of RIT in March 2012.

She is the Chairwoman of the Executive Committee of the Edmond de Rothschild Group.  She holds other various board positions across the group, including Edmond de Rothschild (Suisse) SA, Edmond de Rothschild (France), SIACI Saint-Honoré, Edmond de Rothschild (Europe) and Barons & Baronne Associés.

Ariane started her career as a trader in foreign exchange and metals with Société Générale in Australia and in New York. She then joined US insurance corporation AIG and successfully developed the group’s trading operations in Europe.

The Honorary Vice Chair is not a Director of the Company.

Baroness Ariane de Rothschild
Honorary Vice Chairman