Board of Directors

George Kerr

Managing Director

George Kerr was appointed to the Board in August 2008. George is a member of the Remuneration and Appointments Committee. 

He has spent his entire career in financial services and previously was Chairman of Brook Asset Management and Executive Director at Sterling Grace Portfolio Management.

Russell Naylor


Russell Naylor has an extensive background in banking and finance and is the principal of Naylor Partners, a boutique Sydney-based Corporate Advisory business. Russell is an Executive Director and Investment Committee Member of Torchlight, and is a resident of Australia.

Noel Kirkwood


Noel Kirkwood was appointed to the Board in August 2014.

A New Zealand resident with 30 years experience in banking and finance, he has held senior credit and lending roles covering rural, business and property transactions and has extensive experience in the work out of distressed property assets.

He holds B.Agr.Com (Economics) from Lincoln University.

Michelle Smith

Independant Director

A highly qualified and experienced businesswoman, Michelle Smith brings a depth of experience gained in banking and financial services, investment fund management, insurance and commodities as well as in the area of governance.

She has held a number of directorships, is a qualified accountant and is a member of PGC's Audit Committee.

Michelle holds a M. Com (Hons), B. Com from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch and is a member of the Institute of Directors in both New Zealand and the UK.

Paul Dudley

Independant Director

Paul Dudley was appointed to the Board in May 2016.

Based in London, Paul is a co-founder of HD Capital Partners Limited, a FCA regulated corporate broking and advisory business to growth companies and management teams. HD Capital Partners is a Member Firm of the London Stock Exchange.

Paul is also a Chartered Accountant.