Expert Panel

To simplify and streamline the voting process we have invited a panel of experts to review the investment fund and trusts choices available in each of the 15 categories. Each expert has then put forward their preferred investment fund and trust nominations. All nominees have been put together with the top six investment funds and trusts making the final short lists for AJ Bell customers to choose from.
Richard Romer-Lee

Richard Romer-Lee, Managing Director - Square Mile Research

Richard is responsible for determining the strategy and focus for the business in conjunction with the Board and the Executive Management Team. Richard works closely with our clients and all members of the team as well as forging strong business relationships within the wider industry. Prior to founding Square Mile he was Research Director and co-founder of Old Broad Street Research Limited (OBSR). Following the acquisition of OBSR by Morningstar he became joint Managing Director of Morningstar OBSR, then MD of European Investment Consulting at Morningstar Inc. He has more than 25 years industry experience, starting at BMA Services in 1986 before becoming an analyst at Buck Consultants.


Daniel Coatsworth

Daniel Coatsworth, Editor - Shares magazine

Daniel Coatsworth is the editor at Shares and has written for the publication since 2005. He is also the co-host of the AJ Bell Money & Markets podcast. His work has also appeared in many of the UK's leading newspapers, news websites and personal finance magazines. Daniel is an expert on equities and funds and is a leading commentator on financial education.

Ryan Hughes

Ryan Hughes, Head of Active Portfolios - AJ Bell Investments

Ryan has over 20 years’ investment experience. Prior to joining AJ Bell he was a fund manager and discretionary portfolio manager at a leading global investment management firm. Before that he spent eight years as a Senior Fund Manager at one of the UK’s largest investment groups, sitting as a member of their investment committee and global asset allocation committee.

Joel Adams

Joel Adams, CEO - LIFT-Financial

Joel Adams is the co-founder of LIFT-Financial, the award-winning Chartered Financial Planning Firm. He is a Chartered and Certified Financial Planner,  Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and a former PFS Chartered Financial Planner of the Year. LIFT have over £1.5bn under advice and have recently launched an in-house discretionary management firm, LIFT-Invest. 

“I’m a strong believer in the values of Chartered status and help the PFS promote these across the industry.  Helping people take control of their finances and giving them security for the future is what drives me.”

Matt Brennan

Matt Brennan, Head of Passive Portfolios - AJ Bell Investments

Matthew is responsible for the day-to-day running of the AJ Bell Passive funds, working with our investment team to further grow the range of investment options. He joined us with over six years’ experience in financial services, having previously worked at a leading provider of wealth management services as a Senior Fund Manager and Head of Fixed Income Research, with specific responsibility for managing a discretionary fixed income fund. He also formed part of a four-person fund management team that ran the company’s multi-asset funds. Matthew graduated from the University of York with a first class Masters degree in Mathematics, and is a CFA Charter holder.

William Heathcoat Amory

William Heathcoat Amory, Co-founding Partner - Kepler Partners

William Heathcoat Amory is a Co-Founding Partner of Kepler Partners, and leads the Investment Trust Research business via Kepler Trust Intelligence. William has 18 years of experience as an Investment Company analyst. Prior to co-founding Kepler Partners in 2008, he was part of the Extel number 1 rated Investment Companies Research team at JPMorgan Cazenove.