Board of Directors & Notable Personnel

The Board of Directors and Management of Crossroads Capital Management Limited (CCM) will conduct its activities honestly, fairly and with due skill. CCM considers an essential element of this, is ensuring that:

  • The Board of Directors of CCM possesses exemplary collective knowledge, skills and experience to understand CCM’s activities. In particular, the main risks involved in those activities and the assets in which the CCM Funds are invested;
  • The Directors will commit sufficient time to properly perform their functions, to the highest standard, within CCM;
  • Each Director will act with honesty, integrity and independence of mind. 

Donnacha Loughrey ​​​

Managing Director & CIO

Donnacha joined Crossroads Capital Management Ltd as Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer in December 2015.  Prior to his appointment, he was Head of Alternative Investments & Third Party Funds at KBC Fund Management Ltd with the responsibility of managing the alternative investments team, in addition to coordinating the activities of the third party fund advisory business. Over the last 12 years, he has been involved in all aspects of the creation, development, marketing and management of both the Fund of Hedge Funds and Liquid Alternative Fund (UCITS) products. He was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of KBC Life Fund Management (Ireland) Ltd, the management company of the KBC Life Alternative Investment Trust. Prior to joining KBC, Donnacha was an Associate Director at Goldman Sachs within their highly regarded Global Strategy team. 

Donnacha holds a Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) (Hons.) degree from Trinity College Dublin and the MSc in Investment & Treasury (Hons.) degree from Dublin City University (DCU) Business School. He is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA) charterholder and a member of the CAIA Association. He is also a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) and, since 1994, an Associate member of the Chartered Financial Analyst Institute (CFA), formerly as an Associate member of the Institute of Investment Management and Research (IIMR). His professional qualifications also include the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and registered membership of the Securities and Futures Authority (SFA) in the UK. 



Noel Ford 

Independent Non-Executive Chairman

Noel Ford is an independent non-executive chairman of CCM and Managing Director of A&M Investment Fund Services. Noel has over 25 years in the international investment services industry. where he has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Skandia Global Funds Plc. and Head of Operations for the Skandia Investment Group.  Noel has also served as Chairman of Skandia Life Ireland Limited and acted as the President of Skandia America Securities Inc. 

Prior to joining Skandia in 2002, Noel served as Vice Presidents of Operations for Hemisphere Management (Ireland) Limited and Managing Director of Globevest Trust Limited, both specialists in hedge fund administration.   He is a Certified Investment Funds Director and a graduate of the Irish Institute of Banking/University College Dublin.  Noel is also a director of Empeira Limited, an Irish company specialising in governance assessment.    



Emma Looney

Head of Portfolio Management

Emma Looney joined the company as Head of Portfolio Management in October 2018. Emma has over 18 years of experience in the asset management industry. Prior to joining Crossroads, Emma was the Head of the Thematic and Emerging Equity team in KBC Fund Management Limited. Emma joined the portfolio management team in KBC Fund Management Limited in 2003 where she managed their global thematic equity portfolios. In 2009, Emma was appointed as Head of Thematic and Emerging Equity Funds. In this role, Emma was responsible for overseeing the management of over forty equity funds and managing a team of portfolio managers. She has experience in managing a diverse range of products, including Socially Responsible (SRI), quantitative, thematic and passive portfolios in developed, emerging and frontier markets.

Emma graduated from University College Cork with a Bachelor of Commerce (BComm Hons.) degree and a first class honours Masters of Economics (MBS). Emma is a CFA Charterholder since 2005 and she is a member of CFA Society Ireland.



Rory Caldwell 

Head of Compliance

Rory Caldwell joined Crossroads as Head of Compliance and MLRO in September 2017. Rory is experienced in managing the compliance risks applying to firms authorised under the MIFID, UCITS, AIFMD, Investment Advisers Act and Life Insurance regulatory regimes. Prior to his appointment he was a Compliance Advisor for twenty months in Comgest Asset Management International Limited where he oversaw its registration as an Investment Adviser with the SEC and the necessary adaptation of its compliance framework. Rory also implemented a revised marketing review programme and had primary responsibility for reviewing and approving all advertising, RFPs and due diligence requests. Before joining Comgest he spent four and a half years as Compliance Officer in Mediolanum Asset Management Ltd and provided compliance support to its intra-group product manager clients. At Mediolanum, Rory managed the project to obtain an AIFM authorisation. Rory created and implemented various compliance policies and controls including in relation to conflicts of interest, inducements, market abuse, remuneration, short selling and personal dealing and worked closely with the MLROs to enhance the AML/CTF frameworks. He maintained matrices of all compliance risks, monitored the effectiveness of controls, established risk-based annual Compliance plans and reported to the Board on the activities.

He began his financial services career in fund administration in 2008 with International Fund Services (Ireland) Ltd. Rory’s academic background is in business and law. He graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway with a Bachelor of Corporate Law & French and a Bachelor of Laws (L.L.B.) in 2005 and 2006 respectively. He completed a professional Diploma in Finance Law with the Law Society of Ireland in 2009 and in 2010 he graduated from Trinity College Dublin with a Masters in Laws (L.L.M.), focusing on financial services law.



Gavin Timlin 

Chief Risk Officer

Gavin Timlin was appointed to the role of Chief Risk Officer in September 2017. Gavin is a risk management professional with over 15 years’ experience in financial services and funds industries holding senior positions in analytics, reporting and risk.  Gavin previously had the role of Credit Risk Manager at Bank of Scotland where he oversaw the successful development and implementation of sophisticated risk rating models on the bank’s corporate property investment portfolio (Advanced IRB/ Basel II). Gavin's previous roles include senior and consultant positions at Greenwich Life Settlements (US), Pepper Bank, Certus, Barclarycard (UK), and AIB project managing high profile projects incorporating full data architecture builds, data mining/modelling and regulatory reporting. Gavin holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons., UCD) and a Masters in Management Science (Hons., Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business, UCD).



Kelly McGowan

Head of Legal

Kelly McGowan joined the Company as Head of Legal in September 2018. Kelly is an Irish qualified solicitor who is also admitted to practice in England and Wales. Kelly has extensive experience in advising on regulatory and structural issues relating to the establishment, authorisation, operation and management of all types of Irish investment fund vehicles including UCITS, QIAIFs and RIAIFs. Prior to joining the Company she was Head of Legal and Company Secretary in the Irish office of a large European domiciled Asset Manager. Kelly qualified and worked as a solicitor in the Asset Management practice of a leading financial services law firm in Ireland where she was seconded to the Paris-based alternative investment management division of a major international bank. Her previous roles include acting as Company Secretary to a number of Cayman domiciled hedge fund clients with BISYS Hedge Fund Services Limited and JPMorgan Hedge Fund Services Limited. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Arts in Law (BA Hons) and a Masters in International Commercial Law (LLM) and completed a Diploma in Finance Law with the Law Society of Ireland in 2017.



Emer Riley 

Head of Accounting

Emer Riley was appointed to Head of Accounting in September 2017. Prior to her appointment, she worked in both the financial services audit and tax departments in EisnerAmper Ireland. Within audit, she was responsible for the planning, fieldwork, testing and reviewing of financial statements. While in the tax department, her role included all aspects of their corporation tax affairs. Her portfolio included aircraft leasing vehicles, structured finance SPVs, treasury companies and other financial services entities. In addition, she was the FATCA lead for the company and also prepared and reviewed iXBRL tagged financial statements for submission to Revenue. During her time at EisnerAmper Ireland, she was seconded to EisnerAmper LLP New York office for four months, working on partnership returns and extensions.

Prior to joining EisnerAmper Ireland, Emer was a Tax Senior at EY, within their Corporation Tax Department. She managed a large  portfolio including banks, securitisation companies and large aircraft leasing groups covering all aspects of corporation tax compliance.

Emer began her career as a part-time Administrator at McKenna Haulage, where she was responsible for bank reconciliations, credit control, complying with all Revenue requirements, and preparing Year End Reports. Emer holds a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting (Hons.) from National College of Ireland (NCI). Emer is currently studying to become a qualified accountant with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).



Conor Glueck

Fund Analyst

Conor Glueck was appointed Fund Analyst on the 25th of September 2017. Conor's previous experience varies across sectors. He has worked in fields such as asset management, business development and economic development and co-operation. Prior to his appointment at Crossroads Capital Management, Conor completed an internship at Global Systematic Investors (GSI), an asset-management firm and provided operational support to the fund managers. He was responsible for identifying sections of the portfolio requiring rebalancing and providing the orders necessary to fulfil the rebalancing process. He was also responsible for researching key drivers and indicators of price volatility relating to stocks held in the portfolio. Prior to working at GCI, Conor completed an internship at Health Partners International (HPI), a private health development firm based in Lewes, UK. He was responsible for researching and outlining business opportunities for HPI, scouting funding opportunities, and identifying and documenting investment trends in the public and private health development sectors across Africa and Asia. Before his internship at HPI, Conor completed a volunteer program at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) in Zimbabwe. He was responsible for the statistical analysis of economic benefits due to private-public extension systems via the collection and compilation of data into infographics.

Conor’s academic background is in economics, with a focus on quantitative economics. He graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Politics (BA) in 2017.



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