Mark Mobius: Can you tell me a bit about your career to date?
Amy Thorne: I started off in recruitment, and then moved to a large asset manager for six years. There I took part in various elements of the business from investor relations and marketing, to compliance and office management. In this role I was given the opportunity to undertake further training and to learn in depth about the industry. After this I spent two years with a governance, risk and compliance consultancy.
You were the very first person to join Mobius Capital Partners after we founded the company last year. What drove your decision at the time?
It seemed too good an opportunity to be involved in setting up a company from day one, in a job that combined everything I had learnt and with such an experienced founders team! I remember our first meeting very well, the dynamic between the three of you was extraordinary and there was such a buzz in the air… I knew right away that I wanted to be part of your team!
And you have become a very important part of our company. You are responsible for operations and compliance, what does that entail?
In a nutshell I am the first point of contact for all outsourced parties. One of the main objectives of the firm was to outsource as much as possible to allow the investment team to focus purely on managing the portfolio. Therefore, I make sure everything going on in the background is being carefully monitored and ticking along as it should be. As a regulated entity we have a huge responsibility to ensure the company remains compliant at all times. The role also includes accounting, recruitment, brand/website management and any other ad hoc projects that crop up – there is so much enjoyment watching these ideas come to fruition.
How does that differ in a start up compared to a bigger established company?
Resources – this is very much an entrepreneurial environment and whilst the work load can be split in larger companies, without sounding too clichéd I now finally know what is meant by the phrase ‘wearing several hats’ to cover numerous roles. This is what I thrive on and love about the role.
Looking back on the last year with us, what would your advice be to anyone wanting to set up a financial start up?
First, chose very carefully how you split your time – this becomes your most precious commodity! Second, manage expectations and keep communications clear. Thirdly, leverage relationships you have built throughout your career and remember that nothing happens over night. Most importantly enjoy it, everything changes very quickly.
In another life, what would be your dream job?
A war photographer… I am fascinated by different cultures and pushing myself beyond normal boundaries. This didn’t materialise as I tend to faint at the sight of blood!… Thankfully I’m already doing my backup plan.
Thank you Amy.