Meet the team

Get to know the professionals in our investment team and our board of directors 

Tom Moore

Thomas Moore

Investment Manager

Thomas is an Investment Director within the UK equities team. He began his career in 1998, joining Schroder Investment Management as Assistant Fund Manager, UK Equities. He joined the company in 2002 as an Investment Analyst. He then managed EMEA portfolios before moving to the UK equities team in 2006. As well as managing income strategies, Thomas specialises in analysing Financial Services companies. Thomas began managing the abrdn Equity Income Trust in November 2011.
Wes McCoy

Wes McCoy

Senior Investment Director

Wes is a Senior Investment Director at abrdn and is portfolio manger for the UK Value Equity fund. Wes joined abrdn in 1999 as an Investment Director covering UK equities where he was responsible for the management of a wide range of institutional mandates, including the creation and launch of the UK Value Equity strategy. He left the industry in 2008 to work with a charity in Africa. He re-joined abrdn in October 2012 as Investment Director in global equities before moving to manage UK equities in April 2015. He holds a BA and the CFA.

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Sarika Patel

Sarika Patel


Appointed to the Board on 1 November 2019, and as Chair on 2 February 2023, Sarika Patel is a business leader with nearly 30 years' experience. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Marketer. Sarika Patel is a non-executive director of SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust plc and of Foresight Sustainable Forestry Company.

Previously a partner at Zeus Caps, Sarika has been on a host of public and private sector boards. She is currently Chair of Action for Children, one of the UK's leading charities for children, and a Board Member of the Office for Nuclear Regulation where she chairs the Audit, Risk and Assurance Committee.

Caroline Hitch

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board on 1 January 2017 and as Senior Independent Director on 20 February 2024, Ms Hitch is also Senior Independent Director of Schroder Asian Total Return Investment Company plc and Chair of CQS New City High Yield Fund Ltd. Her career in financial services was mainly with the HSBC group and most recently she was Head of Wealth Portfolio Management at HSBC’s asset management arm with investment responsibility for their flagship retail multi asset funds. She has worked in London, Jersey, Monaco and Hong Kong.

Mark Little

Non-Executive Director

Mark was appointed to the Board on 1 August 2022. He is a non-executive director and also chairs the audit committees of BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust plc, the Majedie Investment Trust Plc, STS plc and Fidelity Emerging Markets Ltd. He was previously Investment Director at Seven Investment Management and a non-executive director (and audit committee chairman) of Sanditon Investment Trust plc. Mr Little began his career in the investment industry as a fund manager with Scottish Widows Investment Management after qualifying in 1991 as a chartered accountant with Price Waterhouse.  He subsequently worked as Global Head of Automotive Research for Deutsche Bank and Managing Director of Barclays Wealth (Scotland and Northern Ireland), a position that he held for eight years until 2013.
Nick Timberlake

Nick Timberlake

Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board on 1 August 2023 and as Chair of the Remuneration & Management Engagement Committee on 20 February 2024. Mr Timberlake has over thirty years experience in the asset management industry as a Portfolio Manager, he was with HSBC Global Asset Management between 2005 and 2020, initially as Global Head of Emerging Markets Equities and then Head of Equities. Previously he was a Director of F&C Investment Management and has spent the last 30 years investing in equities. He is a Non-Executive Director of the India Capital Growth Fund and CT Automotive plc. He is a partner in Panorama Property Investments LLP. Nick is a member of the CFA Institute and CFA Society of the UK.