Meet the team
Get to know the professionals in our investment team and our board of directors
Iain has been an Investment Director in the UK & European equities team at abrdn since 2015. He is the lead manager of Shires Income PLC and is deputy manager of Murray Income Trust PLC and abrdn Equity Income Trust plc. Within his role, he manages the UK Equity High Income Fund amongst other funds and has sector responsibility for energy and banks. Iain has been covering analyst for the pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. Prior to joining the company, Iain was a Vice President on the number one ranked European Oil & Gas research team at Sanford Bernstein from 2007. He also worked as a management consultant at PwC. Iain holds an MSc in Operational Research, a Masters in Chemical Engineering, is a CFA charterholder and is a qualified accountant.
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.
Senior Independent Director
Appointed to the Board on 1 August 2023. 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.