Managing Partner, COO
You've had a long and varied career. Is there a theme that connects it all?
Yes, it’s my fascination with technology and my interest in how things work. That goes all the way back to my teen years. I was one of those kids who could spend all day coding, first because of the excitement about what it could do but also the curiosity about how this new system functioned. I feel the same way about organizations. I love looking at all of the different structures that organizations build within and across them, and seeing how those structures affect the way they operate—and, most importantly, how people respond.
What has had the biggest influence on your career?
Over the years, I’ve tried to pay a lot of attention to my strengths and weaknesses, which is how I know that I have a short attention span. I think that’s why I’ve been so interested in the daily operations of a global business. As the COO, that weakness is actually a strength, because I have to focus intensely on so many different things each day. I love that. Over my whole career, I haven't had a day go according to plan yet, and I see that as a good thing.
I think that how we generate returns is as important as the returns themselves. So it's essential to prioritize integrity, fairness, and transparency
What are your guiding principles, and how do you apply them?
We create value by making wise portfolio investments. We defend that value by running our firm in the best way possible. I think that how we generate returns is as important as the returns themselves. So it's essential to prioritize integrity, fairness, and transparency—we need to live that and model it.
Why do you think those values are important?
It’s really about encouraging collaboration. The real creative juice in every organization comes from teamwork, not individual heroes. Of course, it has to be the right kind of team, which is why I'm always on the lookout for people who run toward problems, rather than being frozen by them or trying to avoid them. I think innovation also thrives in a culture that encourages ownership and accountability. When you have that, people really bring and achieve at their best, and they help each other make good thinking better.
What’s your typical day like?
Well, for one thing, I can sleep in later now than with previous jobs! I live in Northwest London, and I used to have to be in the City of London, in the east, very early. Now I get up, have a cup of tea, and get my youngest daughter up for school—all before really starting the day. These days are full, and that late start can translate to a late finish, but I love those mornings. I have three daughters, ages 27, 23, and 15. I love seeing them when I can and helping them when I can—when they’ll let me.
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