Howard Colvin (CEO)
“At Rudolf Wolff, despite the daunting outlook, our aim is to produce the best possible results for investors, by applying old ways to current situations”
Howard Colvin formed a joint venture with Rudolf Wolff Fund Management (RWFM) in 1993, which launched a fund of funds for high net worth international investors. In 1996, with the acquisition of RWFM by Sabre Fund Management, Howard became responsible for developing funds and building distribution through financial intermediaries globally including private banks, insurance companies, and independent financial advisors from SE Asia to the UK. During this time Howard coordinated the launch of the first fund of funds with an MTN guarantee. In 2000, Howard set up Rudolf Wolff ’s precursor firm with Peter Phelps, using his extensive knowledge of fund managers, strategies, and structures to develop innovative products for the intermediary distribution channel. To date, he has marketed funds across a wide range of sectors, regions and strategies, including fund of funds, commodities, bio-medical, Russian, Chinese and Indian funds. In addition to Rudolf Wolff, Howard is a trustee of an environmental charity, Earth Restoration Service and has numerous interests in film, music and media.
Peter Phelps (CFO)
“Rudolf Wolff is a forward-thinking business with a culture of excellence. Our core principles are exactly those required to succeed in uncertain times: a commitment to traditional prudence coupled with a determination to seek out innovative solutions.”
Peter Phelps has worked in funds management and investment banking since 1989, when he joined Potter Warburg Asset Management in Melbourne, Australia. He moved to the UK in 1991 where he joined Framlington Group’s emerging markets division, and then to the Republic of Kazakhstan where he was an advisor to the government on privatisation and then founder of the country’s first investment bank. In that role he led Kazakhstan’s first IPO, a US$50 million issue of a leading banking group, Kazkommerts, in 1997. Returning to the UK, he was involved in a number of financings for Central Asian banks before founding Rudolf Wolff ’s precursor firm with Howard Colvin in 2000. In addition to Rudolf Wolff, he is a major shareholder of the UK’s leading publishing marketing company, Subscriptions Marketing, owner of LetsSubscribe.com and founder and trustee of an environmental charity, Earth Restoration Service. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA).
Anthony Hodges (Chairman)
Anthony, has over 30 years experience in alternative investment, specializing in the design, implementation and development of hedge fund of fund businesses. His career started in 1977 in South Africa when he established his own fund management business, ALH Commodity Portfolios, using proprietary programmes trading commodities on the futures markets.
In 1982 he joined Rudolf Wolff & Co in London, a commodity broking firm, where he headed the research department, and from 1985 to 1996 he was Managing Director of Rudolf Wolff Fund Management where he developed from scratch a multi-manager hedge fund business, including all aspects of manager selection, asset allocation, risk management, business development and fund administration.
In 1996 the company was bought by Sabre Fund Management, where Anthony continued to run the business, before resigning in 1998 to set up Hodges Associates, an independent consultancy. He provided services to institutions seeking advice on the alternative investment sector, start-up hedge fund managers on business development and to existing fund of funds on portfolio management.
From 2004 to 2012 he was in Dubai managing the alternative investment portfolio of the Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, before returning to the UK and his consulting business.
Anthony holds a BA Economics from the University of Natal, South Africa.
Bruce holds a MA in Engineering & Computer Science from the University of Cambridge. He has over 20 years’ experience in researching and trading systematic quantitative strategies and developing large scale trading strategies and infrastructure for both equities and derivatives. His involvement in quantitative trading began at Deutsche Bank London in 1992 where he was a member of the successful Arbitrage Group. From 1999 to 2003 he was CTO and Head of Trading at Algometrics, where he was a pioneer of large scale portfolio based algorithmic trading, having implemented a quantitative trading and research environment from scratch. In aggregate, he has been personally responsible for trading over $200 billion in equity market volume using software he developed. More recently, Bruce worked in the Systematic Trading Group at Dresdner Bank and was CTO and COO of Sunofia Advisers Ltd, a systematic equity hedge fund based in London founded with colleagues from Dresdner Bank after its takeover by Commerzbank. Again he solely developed the required systems and infrastructure from scratch and the fund commenced trading pan-European equity markets in October 2010. He has extensive direct experience running a hedge fund’s trading, operations, finance and compliance.
Michael Gill (Sales Manager)
Michael has 14 years’ front-line sales experience in mortgages, insurance and investment products. Michael joined Rudolf Wolff in September 2009. He has steadily built up a strong relationships with IFA’s worldwide and developed the critical back-office and reporting infrastructure to meet client’s investment and reporting needs. He remains the key point man for all interface between clients and the funds at large.
Natalie Konschu (Compliance Officer)
Natalie, a fluent speaker of German, Russian and English, is CF10 approved and holds a BA in Business Management from University of East London and a Masters Degree in Corporate Finance Law from University of Westminster. She has been at the forefront of legal and compliance for over a decade, providing compliance guidance on projects, propulsions, regulatory amendments to name but a few. Her involvement in technical compliance started within Fidelity International in 2006. Mainly dealing with the range of legal and regulatory issues faced by the company, she worked as the Onshore and Offshore Legal Associate in Customer Operations, and the European Legal Services Associate. In 2012 she moved to M&G Investments and became the Compliance Consultant for European Distribution. Being solely responsible for advising M&G’s officers across Europe on various compliance issues, Natalie analysed key information and prepared the pivotal recommendation papers used by senior management. In 2014, after being sought out and approached by Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, she took the position of Assistant Vice President – Product and Technical Compliance. Natalie’s direct experience and exemplary track record have led her to Rudolf Wolff, where she now ensures legal and regulatory compliance both presently and with the future in mind.