Our team

We exist to serve the needs of Churches and Charities. We are passionate about what we do.

This focus allows us to attract people who are not only experts in their fields but are committed to the rewarding work they are undertaking on behalf of our investors.

So we have developed a skilled and experienced investment team that is dedicated to serving the needs of charities.

Our investors are served
by a highly experienced
and passionate team.

David Palmer LLB, MBA
Chief Executive Officer

In January 2017, David became Chief Executive Officer of the firm. He is a Director of Epworth, leads the Executive Committee and has ultimate responsibility for all aspects of the business.

He has previous experience in the asset management industry in the USA, Guernsey and London. David has served on a number of Boards in the Private Client and Hedge Fund sectors.

In 2007, he obtained an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. David worships at St. Alfege Church in Greenwich.

Roz Amos
Chief Investment Strategist

Roz joined the firm in June 2021 as Chief Investment Strategist and is responsible for all matters relating to the investment functions of Epworth, including defining and executing the investment strategy, asset allocation, and fund performance. Roz is an Executive Committee member.

Prior to joining Epworth, Roz worked at UBS Asset Management, chairing their Product Strategy Board, helping build the global product range and develop an innovative product shelf and strategy. Roz has 25 years of experience in the investment industry, including 15 years as a consultant working with some of the world’s largest investors.

Miles Askew BA, MSc, ASIP
Head of Research

Miles has worked at the firm for over 20 years. He is Head of Research and has overall responsibility for identifying quality companies that fit our investment philosophy.

He oversees a team of five people, ensuring their research meets all our investment and ethical requirements.

Miles has an MSc in Investment Management from Cass Business School.

Rev Dr Andrew Harper BA(Hons), MTS, DMin
Chief Responsibility Officer

Andrew joined the firm in April 2021 as Chief Responsibility Officer and is responsible for all matters related to ethical thought leadership and ethical performance. Andrew is an Executive Committee member.

From Texas, and ordained in the Methodist Church of Nigeria, Andrew was previously Director of Global & Learning Innovation at Cliff College, a graduate and postgraduate evangelical learning community that forms part of the Methodist Church.

Andrew holds postgraduate qualifications in theology from the Southern Methodist University in Dallas and has completed his Doctor of Ministry with Wesley University in Nigeria.

Simon Woolnough
Head of Business Development

Simon has over 33 years’ experience in Financial Services running Distribution Teams for large corporates (AXA), and start up companies (Utmost, Flagstone and Blackfinch). He is responsible for sales, marketing and communications for Epworth.

Sarah Bourgein FCSI
Head of Client Relations

Sarah joined the firm in January 2022 as Head of Client Relations and is responsible for the management of client portfolios and providing investment advice.

Vanessa Meredith BA(Hons)
Head of Compliance

Vanessa joined the firm in September 2017. Vanessa is an Executive Committee member.

She has 23 years experience working in the financial services industry and since 2011 has worked within a number of compliance roles at Ashcourt Rowan Plc, Towry and Tilney. Prior to this she worked as a sales trader within several investment banks, including CSFB and SG Securities.

Vanessa is a graduate with a BA (Hons) degree.

Gareth Morgan BSc
Fund Manager

Gareth joined the firm in March 2020 and co-manages our equity funds. He has previously worked for a number of investment management businesses, including BMO GAM and Perpetual.

Gareth has a BSc in Business Finance and Economics from the University of East Anglia. He is also an Associate of the CFA Society of the UK.

Matthew Jones BSc, CFA
Fund Manager

Matthew joined the firm as a Trainee Fund Manager after graduating from Swansea University with a First Class Economics Degree in 2014.

He is now a Fund Manager on the equity investment funds, as well a member of the equity research and asset allocation committees.

Matthew is a Chartered Financial Analyst society charter holder. He has also achieved the CFA Society’s Certificate in ESG Investing and Investment Management Certificate.

Outside of the office, Matthew is a member of the PCC at St Andrews Church, Chorleywood. He also leads the Church’s Sustainability Committee, as well as being a member of the Finance Committee.

Sophie Forrest BA (Hons)
Fund Manager

Sophie joined the firm in November 2016 and is a Fund Manager, with a focus on ethics. She works alongside the investment team to conduct research into ethical issues and contribute to the development of ethical policies.

Sophie studied Theology and Music at university, applying theological thought to different issues in the church. She has also completed the CFA Society’s Investment Management Certificate.

Harry Evans BSc (Hons)
Fund Manager

Harry joined the firm in September 2018 and is a Fund Manager within the investment team. His role will involve assisting in the management of investment portfolios through investment research and analysis.

He read Economics at the University of Bath, from which he graduated in 2018. During his degree, he completed a placement year as a data analyst in the field of development finance with Development Initiatives.

Harry has completed the CFA Investment Management Certificate, and is working towards the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.

Chris Field IAQ
Head of Operations

Chris joined the firm in 1998.

He is responsible for the day to day administration of our investment funds and is also Head of IT. Previously Chris worked at Citibank for 15 years in various investment operation positions.

Chris studied A Levels in French, German and Economics at Colfe’s Grammar School in Lee. He is also the Treasurer of New Eltham Methodist Church.