Liquidity Investment Strategist, Aviva Investors
Hot on the heels of Sewell’s recent appointment as Liquidity Strategist at Aviva Investors, TMI spoke to him about his new role, his professional hopes for the future – and his passion for Mandarin.
TMI: First, congratulations on your new appointment. Please remind us about your career path so far – what have been the highlights?
Alastair Sewell (AS):After a short stint at a UK local authority, I spent most of my career so far with Fitch Ratings, where I had the invaluable opportunity to learn through wide exposure to investment funds in all asset classes and across many geographies. It’s hard to pick out a particular highlight, but interactive panel debates on topical issues and face-to-face interviews are a welcome and stimulating change after the pandemic lockdowns.
TMI: Why was this move the next logical step for you?
AS: My long-term goal had been to move from being an observer of the sector, as a rating analyst, to being an active participant with an investment manager. I was particularly drawn to Aviva Investors because of the strength of its ESG credentials, its existing core capabilities, and the opportunity to help develop the liquidity solutions segment of the business. While there are currently significant challenges for investors, changing market conditions will bring opportunities.
TMI: What do you hope to bring to the new role – and achieve at Aviva Investors?
AS: I hope to be able to help translate the vast amount of information we collectively face into actionable insight and opportunity for investors. I want to use my understanding of the liquidity management sector – the product landscape, the regulation, the evolving investor needs – and find ways to communicate that effectively to investors. At an industry level, I look forward to contributing to broader initiatives to help shape the future of the wider asset management business and influence the regulatory debate.