Alternative investment fund manager SQN Capital Management has appointed Dawn Kendall as managing director of SQN Asset Management Ltd, the UK manager of the SQN Secured Income Fund (LSE-SSIF).
Kendall joins SQN from TwentyFour Asset Management where she was a partner, portfolio manager and a member of the executive committee.
She started her career at SG Warburg (now UBS), and has since held senior investment and management positions at Newton, Axa (Architas), and Investec Wealth & Investment as well as at TwentyFour.
Her primary specialism is fixed income with an extensive background in investment trusts, structured finance, product development, marketing, risk, derivatives and hedge funds.
Kendall will report to the chairman and co-founder of SQN, Neil Roberts, and take up her position in respect of SSIF, the LSE-listed investment trust which invests in a wide range of secured, income-producing assets with a focus on SMEs, with effect from 1 August 2017.
Roberts says: “SQN is delighted to add to the team such a senior and experienced individual as Dawn, who brings a unique depth of asset and risk management expertise, having held senior roles as a manager of assets for both institutional and wealth clients.
“We believe that SSIF has similar potential to provide reliable, positive returns over the long term to the SQN Asset Finance Income Fund and welcome a leader who can realise this potential for SQN and our investors.”
Kendall says: “After over 30 successful years working in the investment management industry, joining SQN was a logical step. Having invested with them at the launch of their first investment trust, I was aware of their focus on thorough research, risk management and client delivery. These themes are aligned to my own values and I welcome the opportunity to work with them over the years to come. The development of the secured income business alongside the mature asset finance entity is an important step for SQN and I am delighted to be involved at this pivotal stage.”
Kendall will retain her other business interests in the consultancy firm Herschel Advisory Limited and her advisory role with CityHive.