Our People

Paul Ilott - Director, Multi-Asset and DFM Research

Paul transferred to Embark in December 2016 having established Scopic Research in 2009 as the UK’s first research agency dedicated to covering multi-manger solutions. Before founding Scopic, he led and managed the global investment communications strategy for Fidelity International's unfettered multi-manager business from 2007. Between 2001 and 2005 he was a member of the management team and the investment research committee at the IFA firm, Bates Investment Services Ltd, where he led the company's investment communications strategy as well as delivering fund research and advising some of the company’s key investment clients. Paul began his career as an investment IFA and worked for the same Leicester based firm between 1991 and 2001.


Gill Hutchison – Director of Research

Gill began her career in 1992 at Credit Suisse Private Banking, working in the portfolio management team and specialising in fixed income and then the management of a portfolio of funds program. She worked at OBSR / Morningstar OBSR for 10 years, was a key member of the team that undertook fund research for the Forsyth-OBSR / Morningstar OBSR Fund Ratings Service and was instrumental in establishing OBSR’s consultancy services. As Head of Investment Consultancy Gill, along with the Investment Director, was responsible for the delivery of services to an array of different clients and were known as important influencers of fund flows in the UK. The Adviser Centre was launched in May 2014 whilst Gill was employed by City Financial. She transferred to Embark in October 2016, following the group’s acquisition of The Adviser Centre.


Mark Pearson – Head of Business Development

Mark is an investment marketeer with a commercial and customer-focused approach to the delivery of successful customer solutions. He has previously worked for M&G in various sales, marketing and product development roles and for Aegon as Head of Investment Services. His experience incorporates marketing, communications and product development, from concept stage to take-to-market. Mark has strong relationship and stakeholder management skills, forged from years of working in, and leading, cross-functional teams (including external partners from the asset management industry and technology service providers). Mark has also chaired a number of product development and governance committees. The Adviser Centre was launched in May 2014 whilst Mark was employed by City Financial. He transferred to Embark in October 2016, following the group’s acquisition of The Adviser Centre.


Miroslava Cummins – Research Associate

Mirka joined the Embark Group in October 2016 as a Research Associate. She previously worked at Fidelity Investments International as a Sales Associate, responsible for the daily management and processing of client queries, organising internal and external fund manager meetings and client events. After a few years in administrative roles, she began working in the investment industry for Forsyth Partners in 2002 as a Research Associate, where she provided administrative support to the Investment & Research team.


Scopic Research is now part of The Adviser Centre, which is part of the Embark Group. Please go to the people section of www.theadvisercentre.co.uk for more information.