Our Executive Directors

Keith Skeoch

Keith was appointed Chief Executive of Standard Life plc in August 2015. He has been Chief Executive, Standard Life Investments since 2004 and had responsibility for overseeing the £269.0bn* of assets managed for continuing operations at Standard Life Investments. He has been a Director since joining in 1999 as our Chief Investment Officer, and has also been on the Board of Standard Life plc since 2006.

Prior to that, from 1980 to 1999, Keith was with James Capel (HSBC Securities from 1996) where his previous roles included; 1998 Managing Director of International Equities, 1993 Director of Economics and Strategy, 1984 Chief Economist and in 1980 International Economist. Keith started his career in 1979 at the Government Economic Service.

Keith has held a number of key industry appointments and responsibilities. He is a board member of the Financial Reporting Council and the Investment Association.

Keith has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Sussex and Teesside University. These awards are in recognition of his contribution to the financial services industry over many years, most notably in the wake of the global financial crisis where he worked with government and trade bodies in establishing best practice in stewardship and governance.

Keith is a Fellow of the Society of Business Economists, which was awarded for service to the Economics profession. In November 2013, Keith was named European Personality of the Year by Funds Europe.

* assets under management as at 30/06/16

Colin Walklin

Colin started his career in 1975 as an auditor with Arthur Andersen before joining UK stockbroker Sheppards and Chase as Corporate Finance Manager in 1981. He then moved to Switzerland in 1982 to take up the position of Business Planning Manager with Philip Morris. In 1985, he joined Deloitte as a Management Consultant (Financial Services sector) and during his time there was seconded to the Bank of England for two years. Colin joined Standard Chartered in 1992 and was appointed Group Head of Finance in 1999. In 2002, he moved to Barclays, initially as Group Financial Controller, and, in 2005, was appointed CFO of Barclaycard. He joined Standard Life Investments in 2007.

Colin Clark

Colin began his career as a Graduate Trainee with SG Warburg & Co in 1980. In 1983, Colin joined Mercury Asset Management as a Portfolio Manager responsible for UK equity portfolios. In 1996, he was appointed Head of Global Sales and Marketing and was a member of a senior management team involved in the negotiation of the acquisition of Mercury Asset Management by Merrill Lynch in November 1997. In 1999, he was appointed Head of Global Marketing at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Colin was appointed as a Non-Executive Director of the Board of Standard Life Investments in December 2004 and appointed to our Board as Executive Director in March 2010.

Rod Paris

Rod started his career with Standard Life Investments as Head of Global Fixed Income in May 2002 and was appointed to Standard Life Investments Board of Directors in June 2004. Rod has been CIO since 2007. He was previously for three years a Managing Director and Head of the Global Fixed Income team at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. Prior to that, starting in 1984 Rod worked at Mercury Asset Management PLC, where latterly he was a Board Director. He started his career at Chase Manhattan Bank as a Credit Analyst in 1981. He holds a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Keble College Oxford (1978-1981).

William Littleboy

William Littleboy

Chief Risk Officer

William joined Standard Life Investments in 2001 from Pareto Partners (a specialist quantitative asset manager) in London where he was Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this, he had been with Citibank since 1982, initially joining in London before leading its business with the investment management industry in the UK and Europe. In 1991, he was appointed Citibank’s Regional Manager for Scotland & North Britain. He then moved to Frankfurt in 1994 where he was first appointed Regional Business Manager and subsequently Chief Risk Officer.

David Cumming

David Cumming

Head of Equities

David began his career with Royal London Mutual before moving on to hold positions with Edinburgh Fund Managers, Manufacturers Life Insurance and Morgan Grenfell, where he was a Director. He joined Standard Life Investments in 1998 as Investment Director responsible for corporate pooled pension funds, our UK equity portfolio and a number of segregated clients. Following his appointment as Head of UK Equities in March 2000, David continues to manage pooled and segregated UK equity fund portfolios as well as managing UK equity investments for Standard Life’s main UK Life Fund. David was appointed to our Board as an Executive Director in June 2004.

Stephen Acheson

Stephen started with Standard Life in 1982 as an Actuarial Trainee, qualifying in 1988. He joined the Investment operation as an Analyst in 1987 and since then he has held a variety of investment management posts within Standard Life Investments; initially on the fund management side ultimately serving as Head of the Japanese Equity desk and later on the business development and client servicing side where he was responsible for growing the UK Retail and Institutional businesses of Standard Life Investments. During 2008/9 he took on a number of senior responsibilities within the wider Standard Life group including positions on the Boards of Heng An Standard Life and Standard Life Asia as well as beginning service as a Trustee to the Standard Life Staff Pension Fund. In 2010, Stephen was appointed as an Executive Director on the Board of Standard Life Investments Limited and, following an internal re-organisation designed to support the global development of the business, he assumed his current role taking overall responsibility for the provision of investment management services and support to the wider global Standard Life group. In 2014, following the acquisition of Ignis Asset Management, Stephen assumed the added responsibility of managing the overall relationship with Phoenix Life Company.

Mike Tumilty

Mike Tumilty

Director of Operations

Mike joined Standard Life as a graduate trainee in 1994. Between 1996 and 1998, he spent time as a Business Consultant with responsibility for the Unit Trusts to OEICS Conversation Programme. In 1998, Mike was appointed Head of Mutual Funds Operations with responsibility for all aspects of Mutual Funds Administration. At the end of 2001, Mike was appointed Head of Change Management for Standard Life Investments, where he was responsible for a number of major strategic change programmes. In October 2005, Mike was appointed Head of Investment Operations where he was responsible for continuing the evolution and management of the Standard Life Investments' Operating Model. In August 2010, Mike was appointed to the Board as Executive Director of Operations.

Guy Stern

As Head of Multi-Asset & Macro Investing, Guy provides leadership to the multi-asset and macro investment capabilities at Standard Life Investments.

Guy joined Standard Life Investments in April 2008 as Head of Multi-Asset Management. Since he joined, Guy has been responsible for the day-to-day management of the Multi-Asset Investing Team that oversees asset allocation in our range of multi-asset portfolios. He has also been responsible for investment idea origination, portfolio construction and implementation.

Guy previously worked as CIO, Multi-Asset Class Solutions, at Credit Suisse Asset Management for its UK and US divisions. Guy has over 30 years' experience, holds a BA from Rutgers University and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Guy was appointed to the Board of Standard Life Investments in 2013.

Richard Charnock

Richard Charnock

CEO Standard Life Wealth

Richard is an executive director of Standard Life Investments and CEO of Standard Life Wealth. He joined Standard Life in February 2007 with a brief to create and launch Standard Life Wealth to the market. Richard oversaw the acquisition of the Newton private client business in 2013 to position Standard Life Wealth as a major provider of discretionary fund management in the UK wealth management sector. Richard was a member of Standard Life UK Executive Board from 2010 to 2014 and subsequently became Managing Director of the Adviser and Investment business of Standard Life UK. He had responsibility for all Standard Life retail channel activity in the UK and Ireland and was also CEO of Standard Life Savings with responsibility for the Wrap platform and Fundzone businesses.