Direct Investments

Diane Seymour-Williams appointed as a Non-executive Director of Mercia

We are delighted to announce that Diane Seymour-Williams has been appointed as a Non-executive Director of Mercia with immediate effect.

Diane is a non-executive director of Standard Life Private Equity Trust plc, PraxisIFM Group Limited and SEI Investments (Europe) Ltd and is a director of Acorn Capital Advisers Limited. Most recently, Diane was also a non-executive director of Brooks Macdonald Group Plc, serving a nine-year tenure. Diane has significant industry experience, having worked at Deutsche Asset Management Group (previously Morgan Grenfell) for over 23 years where she held various senior positions, including CIO and CEO for Asia. Diane subsequently spent nine years at LGM Investments Limited, a specialist global emerging and frontier markets equities manager, where she was global head of relationship management. Her non-executive experience spans the quoted wealth and asset management, global equity, private equity, investment services and VCT sectors. She is a pro-bono member of the Investment Committees of Newnham College, Cambridge and the Canal & River Trust.

Ian Metcalfe, Non-executive Chair of Mercia Asset Management PLC, said: 

I am delighted to welcome Diane to our Board. She has longstanding and deep experience in the funds and asset management space, and she has a very good understanding of the sectors in which we operate, notably Venture Capital Trusts and other closed-end funds. I have no doubt that she will make a strong contribution to our Board debates as Mercia continues to prove out its model and we work towards fulfilling its strategic objectives. I also believe that Diane will broaden the diversity of the Boards thinking and prove to be an excellent addition to Mercia Asset Management.”