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Tony Watson


Dr Tony Watson, DSc (Econ) 1967, CBE

Dr Tony Watson is currently the senior independent director of Hammerson plc (and Chairman of the Remuneration Committee), senior independent director of Witan Investment Trust, a non-executive director of Vodafone Group, Lloyds Banking Group plc (and  Chairman of the Remuneration Committee), and on the Advisory Board of Norges Bank Investment Management.  He is also a member of the Shareholder Executive Board.   Tony was formerly Chairman of The Strategic Investment Board in Northern Ireland, but retired in March 2009.  He retired as Chairman of Marks & Spencer Pension Trust Limited in March 2010.

In January 2009, Tony was awarded the CBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List for his services to the economic redevelopment of Northern Ireland.

Early in 2006, Tony retired from his role as Chief Executive of Hermes Pensions Management Limited, a position he had held since 2002.  Prior to that he was Hermes’ Chief Investment Officer, having been Managing Director of AMP Asset Management plc, and the Chief International Investment Officer of Citicorp Investment Management from 1991 until joining Hermes in 1998.

Educated at Queen’s University Belfast and a qualified barrister, Dr Watson has held a number of advisory positions during his distinguished career.



Lincoln’s Inn Investment Committee



Lloyds Banking Group plc, Vodafone Group PLC, Hammerson plc, Witan Investment Trust PLC, Shareholder Executive Board, Trustee Lincoln’s Inn Staff Pension Scheme





Norges Bank Investment Management Advisory Board, Association of Corporate Treasurers Advisory Board


Chairman: Marks and Spencer Pension Trust Limited, Asian Infrastructure Fund Ltd., Strategic Investment Board (Northern Ireland), MEPC

Member:  Financial Reporting Council

Director: Investment Management Association, Securities and Investment Institute



Hermes Pensions Management Limited & BT Pension Scheme (“BTPS”), November 1998-January 2002, Chief Investment Officer; January 2002-January 2006, Chief Executive of Hermes Pensions Management Limited, Chief Adviser to BTPS.

AMP Asset Management plc, London,(Asset Management subsidiary of Australian Mutual Insurance Company): December 1995-October 1998, Managing Director; January 1991-December 1995, Director of International Investments; April 1985 to December 1990

April 1985 to December 1990 Citibank N A London, Global Bank: Chief International Investment Officer: Citicorp Investment Management

1975-1985 Touche Remnant & Co, London, Independent Investment Managers: Recruited as Manager of Investment Services. In 1978, I became Director of a holding company and on leaving in 1985 my major responsibilities and achievements were: Managing Director of Touche Remnant Pension Fund Management Ltd; Founding Director of Touche Remnant Unit Trust Management Ltd; Founding Director of Touche Remnant International; Director of Touche Remnant Trust Ltd; Portfolio Manager; Investment Manager for TR Property Investment Trust Plc

1971 to 1975 Slater Walker Investments Ltd, London, Merchant Bankers and Fund Managers: Investment Analyst/Fund Manager

1968 to 1971  Spense Veitch & Co, London, Stockbrokers: Investment Analyst – latterly Head of Research

1967 to 1968 Prudential Assurance Company plc, London, Insurance Company, Economic/Investment Analyst 

Dr Watson
attended Campbell College, Belfast