Mike has spent over 30 years managing or investing on behalf of both public and private sector pension schemes. Mike became CEO of LGPS Central Limited in March 2018. Since then assets under management have grown to £22bn, with several multi-billion pound fund launches. 14 separate investment fund vehicles now span both public and private markets asset classes. The “One Central” team of investment professionals has also grown and now numbers almost 70, across two offices in the Midlands.
Before taking the lead at LGPS Central, Mike was the CEO of Pensions Infrastructure Platform (PiP). Mike joined PiP in 2014 and successfully built the investment and management team, achieved FCA authorisation, launched the PiP Multi-Strategy Infrastructure Limited Partnership and acquired 16 UK infrastructure assets across renewable energy, transport, health and social housing.
Prior to PiP, Mike spent five years as Chief Investment Officer for the £2bn pension schemes of DMGT plc, the UK based, global media business. Mike was responsible for investment strategy, portfolio management, oversight of external investment managers and the management of the in-house investment team.
Between 2001 and 2008 Mike was Deputy Managing Director of Hermes Focus Asset Management. As a Board member at HFAM, Mike led the UK investment team, managed relationships with the global pension scheme investor base and helped build a profitable third-party client business. Mike began his investment career at Hermes in 1990 as a UK Smaller Companies Equity Portfolio Manager before moving to Mercury Asset Management (Merrill Lynch Investment Managers, Blackrock) in 1997.
Since 2010 Mike has served as an Independent Trustee of the Institute of the Cancer Research Pension Scheme and is the current Chair of the Trustee Board. Mike is a member of the 30% Club which is a global campaign to increase gender diversity at board and senior management levels. LGPS Central Limited is also part of the 30% Mentoring Scheme which was developed to achieve greater gender balance at all levels within organisations.