Meet the team

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

Ian Pyle

Iain Pyle

Investment Director

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.

Charles Luke

Charles Luke

Senior Investment Director

Charles Luke is a Senior Investment Director on the UK and European equities team having joined the company in 2000. Charles started his career at Framlington Investment Management in 1998, covering UK equities.

Charles graduated with a BA in Economics and Japanese Studies from Leeds University and an MSc in Business and Economic History from the London School of Economics.
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Robert Talbut


Robert Talbut was formerly Chief Investment Officer of Royal London Asset Management and has over 30 years of financial services experience. He has represented the asset management industry through the chairmanship of both the ABI Investment Committee and the Asset Management Committee of the Investment Association. He has also been a member of the Audit & Assurance Council of the FRC and the FCAs Listing Authority Advisory Panel. He is Chairman of Schroder UK Mid Cap Fund plc and a non-executive director of Pacific Assets Trust plc and JPMorgan American Investment Trust PLC.
Richard Archibald

Robin Archibald

Non-Executive Director

Robin Archibald has a wide range of experience in advising and managing transactions in the UK closed-ended funds sector over his thirty five year career as a corporate financier including with Samuel Montagu, S G Warburg and Natwest Markets. He retired from Winterflood Investment Trusts in May 2014, where he was formerly Head of Corporate Finance and Broking. He is currently a non-executive director of Capital Gearing Trust PLC, AEW UK REIT plc and Henderson European Focus Trust plc, and serves as audit committee chair on two of those companies. He is a Chartered Accountant and Chairman of the Audit Committee.

Jane Pearce

Non-Executive Director

Jane Pearce had an executive career as an Equity Analyst at leading investment banks and latterly was an Equity Strategist at Lehman Brothers and Nomura International. She is a Chartered Accountant and was a member of the Governing Council of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland from 1999-2000. She is a non-executive director of four UK subsidiaries of Morgan Stanley and is also a non-executive director of Polar Capital Technology Trust plc.

Helen Sinclair

Non-Executive Director

Helen Sinclair began her career in investment banking and spent nearly eight years at 3i plc focusing on management buy-outs and growth capital investments. She later co-founded Matrix Private Equity (which became Mobeus Equity Partners) in 2000 and subsequently became Managing Director of the company before moving to take on a number of non-executive director roles. She is also a non-executive director of Sherbourne Investors (Guernsey) C Limited and BlackRock Smaller Companies Trust plc and is Chairman of Octopus Future Generations VCT plc.
Simon White profile

Simon White

Non-Executive Director

Simon White has a background in UK equity fund management and significant experience in the investment trust sector. He joined BlackRock as Head of Investment Trusts in 2011 where he was responsible for overseeing the company secretarial, sales and marketing and third-party administration services. He was also involved in successful fundraisings and significant secondary issuance within the investment trust business. He retired from BlackRock in June 2022. Prior to joining BlackRock, Simon White worked at Kleinwort Benson and was responsible for the development of Kleinwort Benson’s (and its successor companies including Allianz Global Investors) closed end fund businesses. He is currently a Senior Adviser to Cadarn Capital, an independent distribution and investor relations company servicing London-listed investment companies.