About Us

Chris Hickling

Managing Director

BACKGROUND

Chris joined PraxisIFM in 2009 as part of the purchase of Investec Administration Services' client book. Having initially joined our Operations team he became Managing Director of IFM later that year.

He had previously worked for Close Fund Services for six years, during which time he reviewed and implemented new operational procedures leading to a more focused and risk-based approach on a broad range of funds. Reviews included the areas of pricing and risk, NAV production and dealing with fund advisors. 

He continues to sit on a number of fund and general partner boards and oversees all management services including adherence to distribution rules and investor reporting.

EXPERTISE

Chris' focus is primarily on developing opportunities in fund management, risk management and AIFMD/UCITS solutions.

QUALIFICATIONS

ACA

Shaun Robert

Director

BACKGROUND

Shaun has extensive front to back experience in fund administration across transfer agency, fund custody, trustee and AIFMD depository lines of business. For more than 25 years he has dealt with most fund structures across a wide range of strategies such as hedge funds, fund of funds, fund of hedge funds, debt, bond and equity funds.

He gained valuable experience with Close Fund Services, Credit Suisse Fund Administration and J.P. Morgan Custody Services. Shaun has also held prescribed positions as recognised by the Guernsey Financial Services Commission for over 10 years, including Directorships and MLRO positions.

As a Director of IFM, Shaun offers advisors and boards with fund and risk management services solutions, including AIFMD and UCITS, providing PPM reporting and registrations for cross border marketing, together with consulting services for managers and boards seeking adherence to AIFMD and UCITS. He also assists with oversight and governance of the day-to-day business.

EXPERTISE

His risk management service solution advice to advisors and boards.

QUALIFICATIONS

Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments.

Sam Shields

Head of Fund Marketing

BACKGROUND

Educated at Elizabeth College in Guernsey, Sam joined PraxisIFM in 2007 and supervised the operation of a variety of funds administered by Praxis. In 2013 he took on a new role as Head of Fund Marketing, responsible for business development, commercial opportunities and marketing initiatives.

Sam has a wealth of fund administration experience covering both open and closed-ended funds with asset classes including equity, debt, infrastructure, real estate and private equity. He has considerable experience of listed structures and is involved from enquiry through to listing. 

EXPERTISE

Structuring and launching stock exchange listed funds and private equity structures.

QUALIFICATIONS

Sam holds a Professional Certificate in Marketing and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing.

Chris Gambrell

Director

BACKGROUND

Founder of the Praxis Funds Group, Chris spent eight years as Operations and Finance Director at Close Fund Services. During his time with the Praxis Funds Group and Close Fund Services, he has worked with numerous listed funds with several investing into debt, including but not limited to Ashmore, CypressTree, Fair Oaks and the United Bank of Kuwait. Prior to Close, he assisted in the establishment of the offshore Unigestion Funds Group, including its fund management and fund of hedge funds structures. He has resided on numerous client fund and fund management boards.

He continues to sit on a number of fund and general partner boards and oversees all management services including adherence to distribution rules and investor reporting.

EXPERTISE

Significant experience in a broad range of asset classes including property, private equity, hedge funds and debt.

QUALIFICATIONS

BA ACA

Ray Tully

Consultant

BACKGROUND

Ray joined PraxisIFM in 2007, following more than 21 years in the banking industry, including ten years with Allied Irish Bank in Dublin. He moved to Guernsey in 1996 and joined Royal Bank of Scotland International's Corporate Banking Management Team.

Ray is now Managing Director of Praxis Corporate Finance Limited (PCF) and Head of Group Marketing and Business Development. PCF provides Group clients with funding solutions across a wide range of asset classes e.g. real estate (including planning, development and investment), marine and aircraft. Ray has a large portfolio of lenders which provide senior, bridging and mezzanine finance covering high street, boutique, alternative and private lenders. PCF also has its own pool of investors who will lend or invest in a range of structures for PraxisIFM group clients.

EXPERTISE

Building strong relationships with clients and intermediaries together with his technical knowledge.

 

 

Matthew Hann

Senior Fund Analyst

BACKGROUND

Matthew joined International Fund Management Limited as an analyst in 2014, having worked in in the finance industry since 2000. Matthew provides management and risk management services as well as being a daily contact for fund management clients.

With oversight of our team of analysts, his daily responsibilities include oversight of funds under management and risk management reviews for UCITS regulated funds, principal managed funds and funds marketed under the AIFM directive including the implementation of risk systems through his experience in IT and software. He is also responsible for monthly risk reporting, the review and issue of Key Information Documents (KIDs) under the Packaged Retail and Insurance Based Investment Products (PRIIPS) regulation & UCITS, development of risk management policies and undertaking due diligence oversight visits to various counterparties and outsourced service providers. Mathew is also responsible for risk system development.

EXPERTISE

Risk oversight, fund risk analysis and systems.

QUALIFICATIONS

Post Graduate Certificate in The Mechanics of Risk Management