The Corporate Finance & Stewardship team has a number of responsibilities at M&G, primarily supporting our investment teams on the range of issues that arise from being long-term shareholders. The team coordinates M&G’s Stewardship and Responsible Investment activities, engaging with investee companies on issues including corporate governance, board composition, management succession planning, remuneration, sustainability and a number of other ESG issues. The team maintains a constructive dialogue with company management (executive and non-executive) and regularly interacts with company chairmen and senior independent directors. The team also discharges M&G’s voting responsibilities at shareholder meetings for investee companies, believing this is one of our central responsibilities as long-term shareholders. Beyond this, the team is responsible for coordinating M&G’s participation in external initiatives and investor collaborations including, among others, the UK’s Investment Association, the UN Principles for Responsible Investment and the Asian Corporate Governance Association.
Joined M&G in March 2016 as Head of Corporate Finance and Stewardship, after 22 years working in investment banking. Most recently Rupert was at Numis, where he was a Director in its corporate broking and advisory business for 8 years. Prior to Numis, Rupert held senior roles at Investec and Panmure Gordon on the advisory side. Rupert graduated from Southampton University with an Honours Degree and qualified as a chartered accountant with Coopers & Lybrand. Rupert chairs M&G’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee and represents M&G on the Investment Association Corporate Governance Committee, the Investor Forum and the All-Party Parliamentary Governance Group.
Joined the Corporate Finance and Stewardship team in January 2016, with a particular focus on international companies, building on more than 15 years of experience as a fund manager and analyst. From 2011, Simon was deputy fund manager of the M&G Global Dividend Fund and previously managed the M&G Smaller Companies Fund for nearly a decade with top-quartile returns under his tenure. He joined Prudential in 1997 and became a member of the UK smaller companies team two years later, before joining M&G following Prudential’s acquisition of M&G in 1999. Prior to Prudential, Simon worked at a number of financial institutions in areas such as corporate finance and derivatives. He has an Honours Degree in Economics from Durham University and is a CFA charterholder.
Joined the Prudential in 1985 as Pharmaceuticals analyst, and moved to the Corporate Finance Department in 1989. He joined M&G following Prudential’s acquisition of M&G in 1999. Matthew’s main focus is UK-listed companies. Over the years, he has participated in a number of the Investment Association’s initiatives, including most recently the Stewardship Reporting Working Group. Matthew has an Honours Degree in Physiology and Biochemistry from Southampton University and achieved a PHD (1982) in Microbial Bioenergetics.
Joined M&G in 2003 and has been a member of the Corporate Finance and Stewardship team since 2014. Predominantly focused on UK listed companies covering a range of issues including corporate activity; corporate governance; stewardship; shareholder engagement and voting; and responsible investment. Rosie participates in the Investment Association remuneration & share schemes committee and the intangible reporting working group. Prior to joining M&G, Rosie worked for Deloitte and Arthur Andersen in both London and Chicago and has a BSc Degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Durham.
Ben Constable Maxwell
Joined M&G in 2003 as an Investment Specialist supporting the Global Equities team before moving to the Corporate Finance and Stewardship team in 2013, focusing on corporate governance and ESG at international companies. Ben has been responsible for developing the incorporation of ESG in M&G’s investment processes and sits on M&G’s Responsible Investment Advisory Committee, which oversees Responsible Investment activities at M&G including the firm’s membership of the UNPRI. Previous to M&G, Ben spent four years in the Equities team at Invesco Perpetual. Ben graduated from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne with an Honours Degree in Classics.
Joined the Corporate Finance and Stewardship team at M&G in 2003. Initially focusing on UK share ownership issues and proxy voting, Lee’s role now has a global perspective. Formerly a portfolio manager at Brewin Dolphin where Lee attained membership of the Securities Institute through completion of the Securities Institute Diploma examinations; and a research analyst at the UK corporate governance consultancy Pensions Investment Research Consultants. Lee graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with B.A. (Hons) in Business Studies.