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Edmund (“Edi”) Truell
Chairman, Disruptive Capital
Having managed third party money since he was 16, Edi’s private equity career began at the Bankers Trust buyout group. A qualified investment analyst, he then co-founded Hambro European Ventures, which he spun out by way of an MBO to form Duke Street Capital, which he led until selling his stake to HboS and management in 2006. He also co-founded Duke Street Capital Debt Management (which was sold to Babson Capital), at the time one of Europe's largest leveraged loan investors. He was Chairman of the Charles Darwin Foundation, co-founder and Chair of the Galapagos Conservation Trust. Edi set up the Truell Charitable Foundation (now known as the Truell Conservation Foundation) to "make money for charity by being a good investor". On behalf of the charity, Edi was the co-founder of Pension Insurance Corporation, which received full life insurance authorisation from the UK Financial Services Authority in 2007. Pension Insurance Corporation now has over £50 billion of financial investments and made profits before tax in 2021 of £393 million. He was Group Chief Executive until 2012, when he left to become Chairman of the London Pension Fund Authority between 2012 and 2015, where he consummated the merger with the Lancashire Pension Fund. Therefrom, he orchestrated the consolidation of the UK's Local Government pension funds, whose £260 billion of assets are concentrated into seven "superpools". Edi was Special Adviser to the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, on pensions and investment August 2015 and May 2016. He is the co-founder and Chairman of the Investment Manager and CEO of Disruptive Capital Acquisition Company Limited, a vehicle listed on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange; and in the pensions world, co-founder and Chairman of PSF Capital Holdings. He attends the OECD / G20 Long-term Investment Council and is a trustee of the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum.
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