John  Sievwright

John Sievwright

Board Director

John Sievwright has served as a director on the Board since May 2020. Mr. Sievwright also serves as the chairman of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee.

Mr. Sievwright is the former Chief Operating Officer, International, of Merrill Lynch. Mr. Sievwright had a 20-year career with Merrill Lynch with a range of global leadership positions, including Chief Operating Officer, Global Markets and Investment Banking; President and Chief Operating Officer, Merrill Lynch Japan; and Head of Global Financial Futures and Options (during which time he also served as the President of the Futures Industry Association). Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mr. Sievwright held finance and accounting functions at Bankers Trust and the Bank of Tokyo. He began his career as an auditor at Ernst & Young and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.

Mr. Sievwright also serves as a trustee and chairman of the audit committee for a number of Aberdeen Standard Investments closed end funds and as a non-executive director and the chairman of the risk committee of Revolut, a financial services company. Mr. Sievwright has previously served as the senior independent director and chairman of the audit and risk committee at ICAP plc (currently NEX Group plc) and the senior independent director and chairman of the audit committee of FirstGroup plc. He has an MA in accountancy and economics from the University of Aberdeen