ChairmanJamie became Chairman of Saracen in December 2014. His career spans some 40 years, principally in the financial sector. For eight years until his retirement in March 2013, he was Executive Chairman of Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC. He was previously a non-executive director of both Scottish Radio Holdings plc and Maven Income and Growth VCT5 PLC. In 2007, Jamie was appointed to the STV Board. He is a director of Scottish Financial Enterprise and a non-executive director of Latchways plc. His charitable interests include being a director of The HMS Victory Preservation Company and Chairman of the Beatson Cancer Charity.
Amongst his various interests, Jamie has always had a keen interest in the sea, and in particular, wooden boats and ships. He is very much of the view that it is infinitely preferable to be on rather than in the water!
Chief Executive Officer
Graham is a major shareholder in Saracen, having joined from Edinburgh Partners, where he was one of the founding partners and director. Prior to this he was Head of Retail Funds at SWIP. Before SWIP, Graham spent ten years with Edinburgh Fund Managers, where he was a director. Previously, he worked for National Mutual and General Accident after beginning his career with Campbell Neill (stockbrokers) in 1982.
Graham remains involved in judo, where he was a former Commonwealth medallist and is a 6th Dan.
Non Executive Director
Jim established Saracen Fund Managers Ltd in 1997, and remains a major shareholder in the company. He has 35 years of experience in the investment management industry and a successful track record in managing money. He also formed a previous asset management business in 1993, SFM Investment Management Ltd, and launched an investment trust, Saracen Value PLC, on the stockmarket. SFM was successfully sold prior to the launch of Saracen Fund Managers.
Despite his advancing maturity, Jim retains his youthful outlook, thanks in no small part to his young son.
Dr John C Spence, known as Ian, was a general medical practitioner in the east end of Glasgow for 30 years, until early retirement in 2009. He joined Jim on the board of Saracen Fund Managers in 1998, and took on the role of Compliance Director. Now retired from medicine, Ian finds more time for Saracen, as well as family, playing the tuba, gardening and golf.
Chief Operations Officer
Janette has worked with Jim since 1997, helping him and Ian establish Saracen Fund Managers. Having worked in banking and administration previously, Janette’s role within Saracen has expanded as the company and funds have grown, and she has responsibilities for both the operation of Saracen and the administration and marketing of its funds.
When Janette is lucky enough to take a holiday, she can be found in foreign climes, enjoying the sun and a good book.
Head of Research
David joined Saracen from SWIP, where he was Investment Director on the UK Equities Desk, running both Institutional and Retail Funds. He was also Head of Research. Before SWIP, David spent four years on the UK Equities Desk at Edinburgh Fund Managers. He originally trained with KPMG to become a Chartered Accountant (CA), and is also a CFA Charter holder.
David is a keen golfer and claims to have been the youngest person in the UK to score a hole in one, at just 9 years old.
Craig joined Saracen in June 2008 from Aberdeen Asset Management. Craig started his career in the investment industry in 1999, when he joined Clydesdale Bank’s Portfolio Management Unit as an analyst. From there, he moved to Glasgow Investment Managers in 2001 as an Investment Manager, where he was Deputy Manager of both Shires Income PLC and Shires Smaller Companies PLC Investment Trusts. In August 2007, following their takeover of GIM, Craig transferred to Aberdeen Asset Management.
Craig is the team’s most active sporting participant and spectator.
Scott joined Saracen in August 2014 and has 20 years’ experience managing equity income funds. His career began in Glasgow at Britannia IM in the early 90s before moving to London with Aviva Investors in 1999. He returned to Scotland in 2005 joining Martin Currie where he remained until 2009. In recent years he has been managing his own private businesses and has rediscovered fund management with Saracen.
Scott’s interests include Partick Thistle, cocker spaniels and playing guitar, but rarely all three together.
Global Investment Analyst
Bettina joined Saracen from Apo Asset in Germany where she co-managed the global health care fund. Prior to this she was a sell side analyst at Kepler Capital Markets in Zurich. Before Kepler, Bettina spent 3 years at Aegon Asset Management as Investment Analyst and Portfolio Manager on the US team. Previously Bettina worked for Alliance Trust as Investment Analyst and Portfolio Manager on the European team. Bettina is a CFA Charterholder and has 14 years’ experience of equity investing.
Bettina likes travelling off the beaten track in exotic places. Back home she enjoys a trip out on the motorbike.
Megan joined Saracen in August 2016. Prior to this she studied for a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde where her PhD took her to the Utah desert for fieldwork. She has extensive experience presenting at national and international conferences in places such as Vienna.
When Megan isn’t cycling the Union Canal pathways or exploring Scotland at the weekends, she can be found cooking, baking and doing DIY crafts.