Local Management Teams - London
Ben Cook Managing Director, UK
Ben is the Managing Director for Ipes in the UK. He is responsible for the overall management and development of the London office.
Ben joined Ipes in October 2013 from Dominion Asset Management Limited, where he held the position of Managing Director and authorised Compliance Officer. Ben has also held senior roles at Aviva and AXA Sun Life.
Ben has worked in the offshore investment and funds industry for 23 years and has extensive experience of asset management, administration, tax, technology implementation and outsourcing. He has worked across the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man and in recent years Continental Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East.
Ben will be joining the board of Ipes UK and will be regulated by the FCA.
Mary McGuirke - Operations Director, UK
Mary is the Operations Director for Ipes UK having joined the company in July 2011.
She has worked in Financial Services for over 20 years, holding senior roles at Santander, Capita Financial Group and Britannia Building Society. As Head of Private Equity Operations for Capita’s Specialist Fund Services division, she led a team which serviced a large number of Private Equity clients including Investment Trusts and Venture Capital Trusts. The team provided back office support and administration for both UK and Guernsey domiciled vehicles.
Whilst at Santander, Mary worked within ANTS heading up the management accounting function for Structured Corporate Banking, which included Private Equity, Infrastructure, Acquisition and Project Finance.
Mary is a qualified Chartered Management Accountant. She is also a Board Director of Ipes (UK) Limited and FCA Approved person.
John Ellman-Brown - Company Secretarial Director, UK
John is the Company Secretarial Director for Ipes UK and has been providing company secretarial services to the private asset management sectors for more than 17 years.
He previously worked for Capita Registrars where he was responsible for a variety of external and internal clients and prior to that for Fidelity International where he was responsible for a number of Fidelity’s Luxembourg-domiciled funds and companies. In London, John worked for Invesco Asset Management and Henderson Global Investors, where he was the Company Secretary to a number of their Listed vehicles.
John spent 12 years as a commissioned Supply and Secretariat Officer in the Royal Navy and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He was elected a Fellow of the Institute in 2006.
John was appointed to the board of Ipes (UK) Limited in March 2013.