Location: United Kingdom

Neil Townson

Neil is a Chartered Accountant with 35 years of experience, the last 20 of which have been spent in the corporate services industry. Neil has been an FCA-approved person since 2008 and before joining Gen II was a director of Crestbridge’s two UK-regulated companies which were appointed to real asset funds with assets over US$25bn. As part of this role, he had oversight and monitoring responsibilities for several high-profile property development and investment strategies with assets such as office buildings, student accommodation, shopping centers, and hotels.

During his 20 years in the corporate services industry, Neil has acted as a director on over 200 vehicle companies involved in a range of structures and alternative asset classes including retail and commercial property, limited partnership structures, holding structures, and a significant number of securitization SPVs.

Prior to entering the corporate services business, Neil was the Finance Director of a rubber trading company for four years and before that, he worked for a ‘Big 4’ accounting firm in London and Sydney.

Neil is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales. He has been an FCA-approved person since 2008.

Cheryl Bai

Cheryl has over 13 years’ experience in private equity fund administration services and has previously worked with some of the largest fund management names in both the UK and the United States.

In her role, Cheryl is responsible for the evolution and growth of Gen II’s proposition to UK funds, for ensuring the highest levels of client service to existing funds, and for overseeing client onboarding and retention. Cheryl also helps to drive the business’s expansion in the UK, generating growth primarily through Gen II’s specialist private equity, venture capital, private debt, and real assets services.

Cheryl has significant asset class experience as well as extensive relationship management, and financial and investor reporting capabilities.

Cheryl holds a BSc in Economic Statistics, an MSc in International Economics, a BSc in Applied Accounting, and an ACCA Fellowship.

Barry Hindmarch

Barry has over 25 years’ experience in financial services, specializing in real asset finance he also has significant expertise in fund management and outsourcing. In his role, based in London, Barry is responsible for leading Gen II’s UK Real Asset business and for the management and evolution of services to our clients.

Prior to joining Gen II Barry was Head of UK Real Estate at Crestbridge. Before this, he was Head of Real Estate for the UK, Channel Islands, and Ireland for one of the top five fund administrators globally, where he was responsible for establishing oversight and reporting of real estate as a specialist service. Previous to that Barry was Director of Real Assets (Alternative Investments) at one of the world’s largest asset managers where he managed the finance team for open and closed-ended EMEA real estate funds.