BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BACKGROUND INFORMATION ON THE DIRECTORS OF THE UK INDIVIDUAL SHAREHOLDERS SOCIETY
ShareSoc is managed by a board of directors who are mainly non-executive, and who are elected or appointed in the same way as any other company directors (ShareSoc is a company limited by guarantee). Below are some photographs and brief biographical details of the current board.
Chair: Mark Northway, BA, MBA, IMC. Mark is an experienced practitioner in financial markets with wide ranging managerial and governance experience across credit, fixed income, equity and treasury markets, and associated cash and derivative instruments. His experience spans multiple disciplines including marketing, trading, investment and the management of complex financial and regulatory risk within a variety of vehicles and legal structures.
Patron: Lord Lee of Trafford – John Lee is regarded as one on the UK’s leading private investors, having bought his first shares sixty years ago. He was one of the earliest to recognise the long-term potential of PEPs (the forerunner of ISAs) when they were launched in 1987 and was judged to be the first ISA millionaire in 2003.
John has written over 250 articles for FT Money and has given numerous lectures and interviews on his investment philosophy as a long-term value investor. In 2014 Pearsons published his well-received book “How to Make a Million – Slowly: my guiding principles from a lifetime of successful investing”. In 2019 Grosvenor House published his primer for teenagers and young investors “Yummy Yoghurt: A First Taste of Stock Market Investment”.
John is a Chartered Accountant with a wide experience of investment banking and business and is Patron of ShareSoc, the leading body lobbying and campaigning on behalf of private investors. From 1979-92 he was a Member of Parliament, and during this period he was both a Defence and Tourism Minister. A former High Sheriff of Manchester, he sits as a member of the House of Lords as Lord Lee of Trafford and lives in Richmond, Surrey.
SIGnet Director: Danny Wallace. Danny has been investing since 1998. Running an investment portfolio in parallel with his Engineering Business. Each complementing and assisting the other. In order to take investing to the next level, he joined both ShareSoc and SIGnet. A move which has greatly enhanced his understanding and enjoyment of private investing. Recognising the value, he was keen to help and assist the SIGnet network of groups. These efforts were recognised by ShareSoc, awarding him the Stan Grierson Memorial Award in 2019. Progress continued and he was nominated and appointed the Director of SIGnet on 1st August 2021.
Danny is keen to help others benefit from the advantages that the understanding of investing can bring. By empowering members and tapping into the ShareSoc and SIGnet database of experts we can all learn together for a better future.
Mark Bentley, M.A. Mark has been a full-time stock market investor since 2004, having pursued investment as a rewarding hobby for 20 years previously. Most of Mark’s career was spent in the I.T. industry beginning with Logica in 1980, where he worked on the Giotto Halley’s Comet intercept mission for the European Space Agency amongst other projects. In 1987 Mark started his own IT services business, Anvil Technology Ltd, which he ran successfully for 14 years. He is an active investor, attending many company meetings each year and publishes his findings on a number of investment orientated web sites.
Sheryl Cuisia. Sheryl draws on over 20 years’ experience in shareholder engagement and corporate governance advisory, during which time she has overseen 1,000 campaigns across multiple industries and markets. With progressive proxy solicitation and shareholder communications for complex mergers and acquisitions, activist situations and corporate actions being her key focus, she is able to apply her specialist insights into her work at ShareSoc.
In 2011, Sheryl founded Boudicca, the leading UK shareholder engagement consultancy, which was subsequently acquired by Equiniti Group, to become Boudicca from Equiniti. Successes include the Xstrata-Glencore merger, rebuttal of activist Nat Rothschild at Bumi plc (later ARMS), and work for US hedge fund, Elliott Advisers. Her clients include small-cap firms through to large-cap companies such as Barclays, BG Group, GKN, Persimmon, Severn Trent, Sky and Tesco. Her substantial career spans analytical, operational and developmental roles in the UK and Canada for corporate advisory firms.
Sheryl also co-founded and co-chairs the Women’s Company Secretary Circle (WoCoS), is a member of the judging panel of the Non-Executive Director Awards, and holds a small portfolio of non-executive director roles.
Outside of work, Sheryl is an avid rare plant collector and hobbyist, combining her passion for houseplant investing and social impact via her #plantswithpurpose project on Instagram @sherylinmotion.
Mike Dennis MA, MBA, CEng. Mike has a wide range of managerial experience in processing and manufacturing industries ranging from oil production and refining to chemicals, industrial, medical and speciality gases. His functional experiences include strategy, B2B marketing, product development, sales, operations, business and project management.
Since retiring from full time roles in the corporate world Mike has put his energies into growing ShareSoc’s membership base, managing his own investment portfolio, doing consultancy work, playing golf and climbing mountains.
Paul de Gruchy. Paul has a background in law, latterly as Head of Legal for BNP Paribas Offshore, where he helped establish a large number of listed investment funds. Before that he spent time developing financial services policy and legislation for the regulator and government in Jersey.
Since moving to the UK in 2016, he has focused on investing, running a high conviction portfolio of small cap, cash generative stocks that are overlooked by the market but have potential for significant growth. Paul is also a non-executive director of GCP Infrastructure Investments, a FTSE 250 listed investment company, which gives him a direct understanding of the responsibilities of the modern board.
Karin Schulte. Karin has worked in global logistics, investment banking and private equity in Asia for a total of 25 years based in Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Karin is currently based in the UK and actively invests in listed and unlisted companies. Karin has extensive experience also in the not-for-profit sector both in the UK and internationally. Karin has a portfolio of roles and has a particular interest in the next generation of leaders.
Chris Spencer-Phillips has considerable experience of recruiting at Board Level, specialises in Non-Exec Director projects and is a qualified personal profile and psychometric analyst. Chris has a background in advertising (Young & Rubicam, US) and the graphics industry (Letraset) as well as starting two publishing companies (Doverlodge and Datateam). He is a keen golfer (Rye & St Enodoc), a former racehorse breeder (champion sprinter in Ireland) and was a Council Member of the Racehorse Owners Assoc for 16 years.
David Stredder. David started as a sports journalist in his early working life but he decided to concentrate on his growing property management business from the age of 29. That business grew to be one of the largest in South London and was sold to an industry consolidator in the late nineties. Since then he has concentrated on his listed and unlisted investments and is an active small cap investor. David was a founder and eventual chairman of the London Business Club and networking continues to play an important role with the regular monthly investor dinners and company presentations that he arranges in South East London.
Amit Vedhara BSc, MBA (dist), ON has a background in Marketing and growing organisations. With over 25 years in industry and consulting, he has operated as a Marketing director and interim consultant establishing a track record of unlocking growth across multiple sectors in listed firms, turnarounds and private venture-backed firms. Amit has change leadership experience at board level in Marketing, Pricing and Product and has worked in both digital and more traditionally organised environments. Amit has been investing his entire adult life and takes a mix of contrarian and risk-weighted approaches to his stock picking in both quoted and unquoted companies
Cliff Weight has been a stock market investor since 1984. He now focuses on smaller growth companies. He has 30+ years’ experience as a remuneration consultant advising many FTSE 350, Small Cap and AIM companies. He is the author of the Directors’ Remuneration Handbook and ShareSoc’s Remuneration Guide. Cliff leads ShareSoc’s Policy and Campaigning activities.