Our People

We believe Columbia Threadneedle Investments' success is due to our talented people, who bring diverse and complementary skills and capabilities, working together to identify and develop the best ideas and opportunities for our clients. As an investment manager, we are responsible for managing the financial assets of individuals and families, pension and sovereign wealth funds and corporations around the world. In this important role, it is imperative that our people reflect Columbia Threadneedle's Values of Client Focus, Excellence, Integrity and Respect.

In order for us to achieve our strategic goals, it is critical that we harness and empower the right talent at all levels, including in the leadership team. Columbia Threadneedle Investments EMEA senior leadership comprises the following executives, who are members of the Business Management Committee, our primary decision-making forum. 

Senior management,  EMEA

Tim Gillbanks, Chief Financial and Operations Officer

Tim joined Columbia Threadneedle in 2004 as deputy finance director and became finance director in 2005. He is responsible for maintaining financial control of the business and its assets and to plan and manage profitability.

Darrel Buckley, Lead Compliance Officer, EMEA

Darrel is responsible for day-to-day management of the Assurance and Governance team, design and implementation of the Compliance Programme, co-ordinating and preparing the business for global regulatory risk assessments and examinations, as well as the development and implementation of the firm’s monitoring & reporting programme. He joined the company in 2011.

Mark Burgess, Chief Investment Officer

Mark joined in November 2010 and took over as the company’s Chief Investment Officer in January 2011. In this role, he is responsible for continuing Threadneedle’s strong performance track record across all asset classes.

Jim Cielinski, Head of Fixed Income

Jim joined Columbia Threadneedle in 2010 as Head of Fixed Income. Jim is responsible for the overall management of the fixed income business, including investment process, product development and investment strategy. He is also a key participant in Columbia Threadneedle’s asset allocation process.

Gary Collins, Head of 

Wholesale Distribution

Gary is Head of Wholesale Distribution, EMEA and Latin American. He joined the company as Head of UK Retail Sales in 2006 and became Head of Wholesale Distribution in April 2013. He is responsible for promoting the company’s range of funds within the EMEA wholesale market.

Jane joined the company in 2014 and is currently Head of Operational and Enterprise Risk. In this role, she is responsible for the company’s Enterprise Risk framework as well as implementation of the Operational Risk strategy and culture, ensuring the firm’s control environment is robust and operates efficiently.

Julie Griffiths joined the company in 2010 and is currently Head of Investment Risk. In this role she is responsible for overseeing the independent investment risk management process for Columbia Threadneedle’s portfolios. She is also a member of the company’s retail fund pricing and Risk and Controls committees.

Keith Haywood, Global Head of Internal Audit

Keith joined Columbia Threadneedle in 2008 as Head of Internal Audit. Prior to joining the company, he was Head of Internal Audit for Barings Asset Management and prior to that was responsible for the management of the Schroder Asset Management business audit team.

Alison Hepburn, Managing Legal Counsel

Alison joined the firm in January 2009 and co leads the EMEA Legal team.  The Legal team supports the firm’s strategic initiatives and provides legal support in a range of areas and Alison’s main area of focus is in relation to contentious matters.  Since 2014 Alison has also been the joint Chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Group.

Alison Jefferis, Head of Corporate Communications

Alison joined Columbia Threadneedle in July 2010 and is responsible for media relations, internal communication, corporate reputation and issues management, community engagement and sponsorship and events. Alison is also Chair of the Columbia Threadneedle Foundation.

Don Jordison, Managing Director, Threadneedle Property Investments

Don has over 30 years’ industry experience and joined Threadneedle in 1997. He is responsible for the management and performance of more than £6bn invested in UK commercial property.

Dominik Kremer, Head 

of Institutional Distribution

Dominik is Head of Institutional Distribution for EMEA and Latin America. He joined the company in 2010 as Head of European Distribution. Dominik has extensive experience in the investment management industry and, prior to joining Columbia Threadneedle, spent nine years at Pioneer Investments as Managing Director and a member of the Global Management Committee.

Andrew Nicoll, Global 

Head of Insurance

Andrew is Global Head of Insurance at Columbia Threadneedle Investments with responsibility for our strategic insurance client relationships across the EMEA, US and Asia Pacific regions. This includes our largest clients in the UK, as well as the extensive relationship with the Ameriprise group’s insurance business, RiverSource, in the US.

Peter Stone, Head of 


Peter joined the company in 2004 as Head of Management Information. In this role he was responsible for developing and improving financial management information supporting decision making in the business. In 2011 he became Head of Finance with responsibility for financial, accounting, tax and treasury affairs.

Laura Weatherup, Head of Investment Operations

Laura is responsible for trade settlement, portfolio events, valuations, share class pricing, investment accounting, transfer agency and investor services. Laura joined the company in 2004 and has worked in a number of operational oversight areas including transfer agency, investment operations, custody and derivatives covering UK regulated funds, SICAVs and a range of segregated funds.