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Board of Directors

Manifest is a private company majority-owned and managed by the founders and directors. Manifest’s ownership ensures that we can maintain an independent and conflict-free approach.

The Manifest board of directors comprises:

Executive Directors

Chief Executive: Sarah Wilson
IT Director: Tim Clarke
Company Secretary: Jason Pullen

Non-executive Directors

Chairman: Michael Deakin
Director: William Claxton- Smith
Director: Cliff Weight

Michael Deakin –  Chairman

Manifest Chairman - Michael Deakin

Michael Deakin

Michael Deakin has over 25 years investment experience. He retired from his post as Chief Investment Officer for Insight Investment, the investment management business of the HBOS Group, at the end of September 2003. At Insight Michael was responsible for over £65 billion of assets, including fixed income, equities, property and cash and for over 150 investment professionals.

After gaining a degree in Mathematics from the University of Bristol in 1974, Michael joined Clerical Medical and General Life Assurance Society to train as an actuary. After a period in pensions, Michael moved to Investment Management just before qualifying as a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1977.

Current board positions
Non-executive director of Just Group plc (LON: JUST)
Executive Chairman Investment Committee, UBS (UK) Pension & Life Assurance Scheme
Independent trustee of the HBOS Final Salary Pension Scheme
Chairman, UKSIF’s Sustainable Pensions Advisory Board

Previous board positions
Chairman of the investment committee of the Pension Protection Fund (PPF)
Deputy Chairman of London Pension Fund Authority (LPFA)
Investment Committee of The Pensions Trust (TPT)

William Claxton-Smith – Non-executive Director

Manifest Director - William Claxton-Smith

William Claxton- Smith

William was most recently Head of Corporate Governance at Insight Investment Management. He joined Clerical Medical in 1976 initially working as a UK equity analyst, then as a portfolio manager responsible for Insight’s Equity High-Income Fund for 19 years until January 2004.

He has been involved in corporate governance and regulation issues for many years and now focuses on these and related issues. He has been a member of a number of industry bodies including the investment committee of the Association of British Insurers (ABI), the CBI companies committee and the listing authority advisory committee of the Financial Services Authority. William was closely involved with the Rights Issue Fee Inquiry on behalf of the Investment Management Association. William is a member of the CFA.

William is a graduate of Exeter College, Oxford where he earned an MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Cliff Weight – Non-executive Director

Manifest Director - Cliff Weight

Cliff Weight

Cliff has over 30 years’ experience as an HR and remuneration consultant having previously worked at Hay Group, Mercer and latterly at MM&K. He has been a non-executive director of the remuneration committees of two hedge funds and is currently a member of the Quoted Companies Alliance Corporate Governance Committee,  the Editorial Board of Executive Compensation Briefing and is the author of Bloomsbury Publishing’s Directors’ Remuneration Handbook. Cliff is a regular speaker at conferences and is the author of the Directors’ Remuneration Handbook. Since 2006 Cliff has edited the Manifest Total Remuneration Survey. In 2016 Cliff joined the board of ShareSoc the UK Individual Shareholders Society.

Cliff is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge where he earned an MA in Mathematics and Statistics.