Team

Charles A R Gillams MA (Cantab) ACA – Chief Executive Officer

After taking a degree in Economics from St Johns College, Cambridge, and qualifying as a Chartered Accountant with Touche Ross & Co (now Deloittes), Charles worked in corporate finance capital markets support with BDO, before moving to E B Savory Milln, a traditional City stockbroker, and then on to Swiss Bank Corporation International until 1989.  He then was involved in several corporate turnarounds of quoted vehicles in the 1990s, and has joined Monogram, having acquired its assets in 2020, on behalf of RJMG Asset Management. Charles has also owned and operated an FCA approved entity, Gillev Limited, for some 20 years.  Details of his varied career, spanning investment banking, private consulting, local politics and business turnarounds, may be found on his LinkedIn profile.

Contact details:   Phone:#44 7711 128457

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Mark Lynam

Mark Lynam has been managing money since the 1980s. Having carved out a successful track record of investing both in the institutional and family office arenas Mark established icf management limited in 2005. icf acts as a private investment office advising families on asset allocation and manager & fund selection. He is advised by MCM – investment meetings take place weekly.

Milena Ivanova

A Non Executive Director of MCM Ltd, Milena started her career at Goldman Sachs in Asset Management and Private Wealth Management, where over ten years she worked across a broad range of disciplines including portfolio planning and strategy, fund selection, portfolio construction and client advisory. Milena then joined boutique Vestra Wealth as Partner, Head of Portfolio Composition and Head of the Product Approval Committee. Prior to joining MONOGRAM, Milena was Managing Director at wealth management start-up Signia Wealth. She is an active trustee and board member of UK charity “One for the Boys” and a member of the investment committee for Parkinson’s UK.

Milena attended the European Business School, London on a full competitive scholarship and graduated in 1999. Milena is a CFA Charter holder and speaks five languages. She lives in London with her husband and three daughters.

Contact Details: +44 7931 776206   |  milena.ivanova@monograminvest.com

Professor Steve Thomas

Steve chairs MONOGRAM’s Investment Committee.

Steve is an expert in systematic investing with over 35 years of investment experience – both practical and academic. Steve was a director of Bear Stearns Global Alpha Macro Hedge Fund, London, 2005-7. He also manged money at Firecrest Hambro, Hasley Investment Management and WM Capital. In 2011, he co-founded Solent Systematic Investment Strategies – specialist quant investment advisor.

Steve is also Professor of Finance and Course Director for the Executive MBA at Cass Business School, London. Prior to this he was a Professor of Finance at the University of Wales, Swansea, and at Southampton University, and a Visiting Professor at the ICMA Cenre, University of Reading, and Queen’s University, Canada. He was awarded the Houblon-Norman Fellowship at the Bank of England (1990).

Steve has published widely in the areas of market microstructure, economics, and investment strategy and in 2005 was ranked 11th in Europe for published finance research over the previous decade. His research has won a number of awards: Best Paper, Global Finance Conference, Dublin, 2005, Best Market MicroStructure Paper, Mid-West Finance Meetings, Chicago, 2006. He has also co-authored the 13 editions of the Official Training Manual for the Investment Management Certificate for CFA UK. Steve was a member of the SME Business Finance Review Advisory Board for the Welsh Assembly Government (2013).