Meet the team

Get to know the professionals in our investment team and our board of directors 

Francis Radano

Senior Investment Manager

Fran Radano is a Senior Investment Manager on the North American Equity Team. Fran joined the company in 2007 following the acquisition of Nationwide Financial Services’ equity investment management team, where he had served as a senior equity research analyst providing fundamental research coverage for the consumer discretionary and consumer staples sectors since 1999. Previously, Fran was a research analyst and vice president at Salomon Smith Barney. Prior to that, he was an associate trader at SEI Investments. Fran received a BA in Economics from Dickinson College, and has also earned a MBA in Finance from Villanova University. He is a CFA® Charterholder. 
Andrew Kohl

Andrew Kohl

Senior Investment Director

Andrew Kohl is a Senior Investment Director at abrdn and is responsible for supporting The North American Income Trust strategy. Andrew joined the company in November 2023 from Triton International where he was Vice President of Corporate Strategy & Investor Relations. Previously, Andrew worked for Alpine Woods Capital Investors as a portfolio manager and equity research analyst. Andrew graduated with a BA in economics from Williams College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Andrew is a CFA charterholder.
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Dame Susan Rice

Dame Susan Rice


Susan Rice, appointed on 17 March 2015, is a chartered banker and also chairs Forth Green Port. Her previous roles include managing director of Lloyds Banking Group Scotland, chair and chief executive of the bank Lloyds TSB Scotland plc, a director of the Bank of England and a non-executive director of J Sainsbury's plc, SSE plc, Big Society Capital and Charity Bank. She sits on the advisory group to P-CAN, the UK's Place-Based Climate Action network and chairs the Global Steering Group of GEFI, the Global Ethical Finance Initiative. She was a member of the First Minister's Council of Economic Advisers and President of the Scottish Council of Development and Industry and, until recently, chair of the Scottish Fiscal Commission, the Financial Services Culture Board and Scottish Water. Originally from the United States, her early career was at Yale and Colgate universities and then at NatWest Bancorp. In 2000, she became the first woman to head a UK clearing bank.
Patrick Edwardson

Patrick Edwardson

Non-Executive Director

Patrick Edwardson, appointed on 1 July 2022, has over 30 years of investment management experience. He joined Baillie Gifford in 1993 and became a partner in 2005. In a wide-ranging investment career, he managed bond, equity and multi-asset portfolios, was manager of the Scottish American Investment Company plc between 2004 and 2014 and led Baillie Gifford's multi-asset team until his retirement in 2020. He is currently a non-executive director on the board of Edinburgh Investment Trust plc. Patrick is also managing director of Atheian Ltd, a family investment office. He was previously a non-executive director of JPMorgan Multi Asset Growth and Income plc.

Karyn Lamont

Chairman of Audit Committee and Independent Non-Executive Director

Karyn Lamont, appointed on 18 September 2018, is a chartered accountant and former audit partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers until December 2016. She has over 25 years' experience and provided audit and other services to a range of clients, including a number of investment trusts, across the UK's financial services sector, including outsourcing providers. She is the audit committee chairman of  Scottish Building Society, iomart Group plc and Scottish American Investment Company plc.

Susannah Nicklin

Independent Non-Executive Director

Susannah Nicklin, appointed on 18 September 2018, is a financial services professional with over 25 years of experience in executive roles at Goldman Sachs and Alliance Bernstein in the US, Australia and the UK. She has also worked in the private equity sector as former Senior Independent Director at Pantheon International plc and with Bridges Ventures, the Global Impact Investing Network and Impact Ventures UK. She is an independent chair of Schroders BSC Social Impact Trust plc, senior independent director of Baronsmead Venture Trust plc and a non-executive chair of Ecofin Global Utilities, Infrastructure Trust plc and Frog Capital LLC. She is a CFA® charterholder.

Charles Park

Senior Independent Director

Charles has over 25 years of investment management experience. He was a co-founder of Findlay Park Investment Management, a US boutique asset management house established in 1997, and deputy chief officer with joint responsibility for managing Findlay Park American Fund until his retirement from the firm in 2016. Prior to co-founding Findlay Park, Charles was an investment manager at Hill Samuel Asset Management and an analyst at Framlington Investment Management. He is a non-executive director of Polar Capital Technology Trust plc.