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Investment Executive Committee

Meet the Executive Committee of USS Investment Management Limited (USSIM)

The USS Investment Management Limited (USSIM) board is supported by nine executives, bringing a wealth of experience to USSIM.

  • Simon Pilcher

    Simon was appointed Chief Executive of the wholly-owned investment management subsidiary of Universities Superannuation Scheme Limited (USS Investment Management Limited) in October 2019 to lead the team who manage the assets of USS, for both DB and DC sections of the scheme, investing across both Public and Private Markets. The majority of USS’s investments are managed in-house and USSIM has responsibility for selecting and overseeing third-party managers where these are used. USSIM is also the principal investment advisor to the scheme.

    Simon started his career in asset management in 1987 at Morgan Grenfell before moving to Prudential in 1998, a year before it acquired M&G Investments. At M&G Prudential, he led the Fixed Income and Alternatives businesses for two decades before being asked to become Chairman of Real Estate with a combined team of over 500 employees and around £160bn in assets. He was also a member of the Executive Leadership Team. During his tenure at M&G Prudential, Simon championed innovation and pioneered new products in Europe, for example: Leveraged Finance, Infrastructure Private Equity, Commercial Mortgage Lending and, more recently, Specialty Finance and Impact Investing.

    He has a degree from Cambridge University.

  • Ben Clissold

    Ben joined USS Investment Management Limited as Head of Fixed Income and Treasury in January 2020. He was previously at BlackRock where he managed the LDI business in EMEA and led the coordination of Integrated LDI across Global Fixed Income. In addition, he was the Chair of BlackRock’s Investment Oversight Committee and was responsible for $22bn active LDI clients. Prior to this, Ben worked with P-Solve as Deputy CIO, where he was the Chair of the Derivative Policy Committee and a voting member of the Investment Committee. Ben has an MSc in Mathematics from Durham University.

  • Dominic Gibb

    Dominic joined USS as Group Chief Financial Officer in 2017. Prior to USS, he worked as a Managing Director at Lehman Brothers, handling their insolvency. Before this, he was Lehman’s EMEA Financial Controller, EMEA Mortgage Division Chief Financial Officer and EMEA Head of Expense Management and Procurement. Before Lehman Brothers, he held various CFO and divisional finance director roles at Genesis Housing Group, Balfour Beatty plc and Unilabs SA.

  • Jeremy Hill

    Jeremy re-joined USS as Group General Counsel in 2014, having previously worked as General Counsel for the Investment Management function between 2009 and 2011. His previous experience includes responsibility for various areas of the legal coverage for the EMEA business at Morgan Stanley Investment Management, Vice President at Merrill Lynch Investment Managers and Legal Advisor at the London Stock Exchange. Jeremy was also General Counsel and a main board Director at Martin Currie Investment Management.

  • Kevin Purcell

    Kevin joined USS in 2018 from city-based private equity firm Hudson Advisors/Lone Star. He has more than 25 years’ experience in HR, working for large and medium scale companies through all stages of the business cycle. Before that he spent almost six years with Barclays Investment Bank and 14 years with UBS Investment Bank, managing every aspect of the people strategy, including performance management, remuneration, succession planning and leadership development.

  • Lindsey Matthews

    Lindsey Matthew was appointed to the Group Executive Team, as the new Chief Risk Officer in September 2020. Lindsey provides risk management expertise to the senior team and leads the Group Risk function. He also assists the board in its oversight of risk in the pension scheme, the trustee organisation and its subsidiary, USS Investment Management Ltd. Lindsey has nearly 30 years’ experience in financial markets, most recently as UK Chief Risk Officer and Global Head of Investment Risk for UBS Asset Management.
  • Mike Powell

    Mike joined USS Investment Management Limited in 2006 to form the Alternative Assets programme. Mike is responsible for the Private Markets Group and is Chair of the Private Markets Investment Committee which approves investments within Private Markets. Mike graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Economics from Warwick University and is an Associate of the UK Society of Investment Professionals.

  • Mirko Cardinale

    Mirko joined USS Investment Management Limited in January 2019 as Head of Investment Strategy. He’s responsible for the design of our strategic asset allocation processes. Prior to this, Mirko was Head of Asset Allocation-EMEA at Russell Investments where he was responsible for designing model portfolios and reviewing the asset allocation of EMEA funds. Before his appointment at Russell, Mirko was Head of Strategic Asset Allocation and Multi-Asset Fund Manager at Aviva Investors. He was also a senior Investment Consultant at Watson Wyatt (now Willis Towers Watson). Mirko holds a PhD in Finance from Imperial College, London, an MSc in Economics from Universitat Pompeu i Fabra, Barcelona and a BSc in Economics from Università Bocconi, Milan.

  • Victoria Timlin

    Victoria was appointed as Chief Operating Officer of USSIM in April 2021, having served as the Deputy for that role since October 2019. She is responsible for the end to end USSIM support operating model, infrastructure and associated control framework, including oversight of group shared services providing support to USSIM. Victoria joined USS in October 2015 as Head of Governance and moved to be Chief Compliance Officer in September 2017. She started her career with Deloitte, where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 2010 and worked in the financial services audit practice. Prior to USS, Victoria was at Martin Currie Investment Management for 4 years – initially in the compliance team, and then as Head of Governance/Company Secretary for the firm.