Board of Directors
The Directors are all non-executive and independent of the Investment Manager. They are responsible for the determination of the investment policy of Ediston-REIT and its overall supervision. The Directors are:
William Hill (Chairman) qualified as a Chartered Surveyor with Drivers Jonas in 1985. He left in 1989 to join Schroders and became head of its real estate investment division in 1991. He successfully grew the business to over £10 billion of assets under management. He also established a number of new business lines including the Schroder Real Estate Investment Trust, a listed investment company he secured the mandate to manage in 2011. William Hill resigned from this position in November 2013 to set up his own consultancy business. He is a past chairman of the Association of Property Unit Trusts, non-executive director of Mayfair Capital Property Investment Management Ltd and a member of the investment advisory boards of Ashby Capital LLP and The Goldsmiths’ Company. He is also Senior Warden of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Surveyors and a director of the Chartered Surveyors Training Trust. William Hill became Chairman on 13 April 2015, following the death of Ratan Engineer.
Robert Dick qualified as a member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS) in 1980 and has over 29 years’ experience of working in the real estate industry. He joined CALA in 1985 when the company had a full London Stock Exchange listing and held several key executive and non-executive positions over a 23 year period, including serving as Group Finance Director for ten years, Chairman of CALA Properties, a property development business, for eight years and a trustee of the CALA pension scheme for fifteen years including eleven years as Chairman. Robert Dick led the CALA team which completed a successful MBO in 1999, delisting the CALA group and taking it private. Robert Dick left CALA in 2008 and now works with a number of businesses as investor, mentor and non-executive director. He has been a member of the ICAS Council since 2009 and chaired one of the ICAS Boards from 2009 to 2012.
Robin Archibald has over 30 years’ experience of working in the corporate finance and corporate broking industries, including roles with Samuel Montagu, SG Warburg Securities, NatWest Wood Mackenzie and Winterflood Investment Trusts, where he was head of corporate finance and broking for ten years, before retiring in 2014.
He qualified as a chartered accountant with Touche Ross in 1983. Since the early nineties, Robin has concentrated on advising and managing transactions in the UK closed-ended funds sector and gained a wide experience in fund raising, reorganisations and restructurings for all types of listed funds.
Robin was a non-executive director and audit chairman of Albion Income and Growth VCT from September 2010 until November 2013, when the company merged with Albion Technology and General VCT plc, and he was appointed to the successor company board as audit chairman. He is also a non-executive director of Capital Gearing Trust plc since May 2015, Henderson European Focus Trust since May 2016, and most recently of Shires Income since May 2017.
Jamie Skinner has the client-relationship role for a range of key segregated accounts at Martin Currie as well as responsibility for all the firm’s closed-ended and offshore funds. In addition, he is a director of Martin Currie Inc. and the Martin Currie Japan Absolute Return Fund. He was previously appointed Head of Client Services in 2004, having held primary responsibility for Martin Currie’s clients outside of North America for five years. He joined Martin Currie from Cazenove & Co., where he was managing director of the company’s Johannesburg office, having moved to South Africa in 1995 to develop Cazenove’s corporate finance activity. His role was to generate new business for the firm and service its existing clients. Jamie started with Cazenove in London in 1989 as a corporate finance executive after qualifying as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.