Select Committee on Treasury Minutes of Evidence


Examination of Witnesses(Questions 377-379)

MR MARTIN GILBERT, MR CHRISTOPHER FISHWICK, MR PIERS CURRIE AND MR GARY MARSHALL

TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER 2002

Chairman

  377. Good morning, Mr Gilbert and your colleagues. For the sake of the shorthand writer, would you please identify yourselves.

  (Mr Gilbert) Good morning, Chairman. I am Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management.
  (Mr Fishwick) Good morning, Chairman. My name is Chris Fishwick. I was previously Head of Closed End Funds at Aberdeen, responsible for the offices in London, Jersey and Dublin. I would just like to say at this point in time, Chairman, that I apologise for my non-appearance at the last meeting. It certainly was not intended as a snub to the Committee. I was not specifically asked to have been here and I would have been very happy to have changed my meeting and have attended, so I would just like to apologise for that misunderstanding.

  378. I do not want to interrupt you too much in that, but you know Ms Sarah Mansell, your Customer Enquiries Support Manager?

  (Mr Fishwick) I do not know her personally, no.

  379. Well, she wrote to Mr D Scott of Findhorn, Forres, Morayshire and said that it was the view of Aberdeen Asset Management that with Chris's attendance—that is yourself—the Committee would invite disproportionate attention to be paid to previous commentary regarding remuneration, so it seems there is a communication problem within your organisation.

  (Mr Fishwick) Sorry, I was not aware of that at all, Chairman.
  (Mr Marshall) My name is Gary Marshall and I am the Managing Director of Aberdeen Unit Trust Managers, the Group's retail division.
  (Mr Currie) I am Piers Currie, Marketing Director, Investment Trusts, Aberdeen Asset Managers.


 
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