Frances Cowell is a specialist investment risk consultant. Since its founding in 2007 she has served on the board and is Company Secretary and Treasurer of London Quant, an organisation that provides a forum for discussion of practical issues in quantitative investment techniques. She is a member of the Institute of Directors, an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and a member of CFA UK.
Her direct investment management experience began in 1983, when she established an investment research function at Aetna Life & Casualty in Australia. In 1994 she became Head of Enhanced Passive Investments at NatWest Investment Management in Australia and subsequently headed the Quant team. In the UK she specialised in risk management, joining Morley Fund Management (now Aviva Investors) as Head of Portfolio Risk, a role that included membership of a range of governance bodies, including the Aviva Derivatives Committee. She then served as Chief Risk Officer for CCLA Fund Management. She is now Director of Risk Consulting at R-Squared Risk Management.
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