Richard Aston manages the CC Japan Income & Growth Trust and also the CC Japan Income & Growth Fund (Irish UCITS fund). He has 20 years of experience in Japanese equities and a total of 25 years of investment experience. He first moved into the finance industry as an Investment Analyst with Sun Life Asset Management (now part of AXA Investment Managers) in 1992. After various roles within the asset management team, Richard was appointed as a Portfolio Manager on the Japanese desk in 1997. In 2000, he was appointed Head of Japanese equities at Chase Asset Management in London. Following the merger of Chase Manhattan, Flemings and JPMorgan, Richard became a member of the JPMorgan Asset Management Japanese Equities based in London and, subsequently, in Tokyo. He was promoted to Managing Director in 2008. In December 2010, Richard returned to London and joined Coupland Cardiff Asset Management LLP. Richard graduated from Cambridge University with an MA in Engineering and a sponsorship from GEC Industrial Controls.
Chief Investment Officer - Japan
Jonathan Dobson manages the CC Japan Alpha fund. Jonathan has 25 years of experience in Japanese equities. Jonathan started his career in finance in September 1990, when he joined the Credit Suisse First Boston Graduate Trainee programme in Capital Markets. In March 1992, Jonathan moved to Jardine Fleming Securities, Tokyo, as a Senior Analyst covering the Japanese autos, auto parts and steel sectors. In June 1994, Jonathan started his career in investment management by moving across to managing the Japanese small company funds at Jardine Fleming Asset Management, Tokyo. He was promoted to the Head of the Small Company Funds Team in 1996 and promoted to Director in 1998. In April 2001, Jonathan relocated to JP Morgan Fleming Asset Management, London, to run a number of long-only Japanese equity funds. In April 2002, Jonathan was promoted to Managing Director. In March 2006, Jonathan left JP Morgan Fleming Asset Management, London, to take a sabbatical, and in November 2006 joined Coupland Cardiff Asset Management LLP as a partner of the firm.