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2023 Investment Conference

The GillenMarkets 2023 Annual Investment Conference, which has grown to become one of Ireland’s leading investment conferences, takes place in the RDS Concert Hall on the evening of Thursday, 19th October 2023.

GillenMarkets (ILTB Ltd) is regulated by the Central Bank of Ireland.

Date: Thursday, 19th October 2023
Venue: RDS Concert Hall 3, Dublin 4 (Entrance via Merrion Road)
Time: Registration from 4.30pm. Start time 5.15pm.

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Our speakers for this year include:

  • David Tait, CEO, World Gold Council
  • Caroline McCarthy, Head of Fund Management, Irish Property Unit Trust (IPUT)
  • Alex Lennard, Investment Director,  Ruffer LLP
  • Michael Dwyer, Founder & ex-CEO,
  • Alex Wright, Manager, Fidelity Special Values Trust plc


The event is open to ticket holders only and tickets cost €20 per person. All ticket proceeds go to the Paris2Nice not-for-profit organisation, which operates the Paris-to-Nice annual cycle, an event that raises significant monies each year for a range of worthy Irish-based charities.

Doors open at 4.30pm and the conference kicks off at 5.15pm sharp with final comments from GillenMarkets founder, Rory Gillen, at around 8.00pm.

Event Details

4:30 PM – 5:15 PM Registration
5:15 PM – 8:00 PM Conference

*these timings may change


David Tait

World Gold Council

Caroline McCarthy

Head of Fund Management, Irish Property Unit Trust (IPUT)

Alex Lennard

Investment Director,
Ruffer LLP

Michael Dwyer

Founder & ex-CEO,

Alex Wright

Manager, Fidelity Special Values Trust plc


RDS Concert Hall 3
Merrion Road
Dublin, D04 AK83

(Entrance via Merrion Road)

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Alex Wright

Manager, Fidelity Special Values Trust plc

Alex Wright has honed his distinctive contrarian value investment approach over a career spanning 22 years with Fidelity International.

Alex joined Fidelity in 2001 and followed the traditional Fidelity approach to becoming a Portfolio Manager. He began his career as a pan-European equity analyst, rotating across a number of different sectors. In 2007, he chose to focus on UK equities, initially as a UK small cap analyst. As an analyst, he worked closely with both Anthony Bolton and Sanjeev Shah, the two previous managers of Fidelity Special Values plc.

Alex began running client assets in 2008 with the launch of the Fidelity UK Smaller Companies Fund, which he ran as Lead fund manager until 2014. In 2010, he broadened his remit to the full market cap spectrum, began working more closely with Sanjeev Shah and launched an internal all cap portfolio. In September 2012, Alex took over the Fidelity Special Values plc investment trust from Sanjeev Shah and in January 2014 he took over the open-ended fund Fidelity Special Situations Fund.

Alex has a BSc in Economics from Warwick University, where he graduated with First Class Honours, and he is also a CFA Charterholder.

Caroline McCarthy

Head of Fund Management, IPUT

Caroline McCarthy joined IPUT in 2020 as Head of Fund Management with responsibility for overseeing fund management activities, fund strategy and taking a lead role in investor relations, reporting and business development.
Previously she held roles including Chief Investment Officer at Green Property REIT Ventures Ltd and Head of Capital Markets, at CBRE Ireland.

Caroline is an Associate of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Member of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland and has over 30 years' experience in investment strategy and deployment of capital across property sectors.

David Tait

CEO, World Gold Council

David Tait was appointed CEO of the World Gold Council in November 2018.

During his 35 years in the financial services industry, David has worked for a variety of highly regarded firms, most recently as Global Head of Fixed Income Macro Products at Credit Suisse. Prior to that he held senior trading roles at both Credit Suisse and UBS Investment Bank.

David began his career trading at Goldman Sachs, and then moved to Credit Suisse before building considerable asset management experience as a Partner at Bluecrest Capital.

He is currently an Independent Member of the Bank of England’s FICC Market Standards Board and Chairs the Precious Metals working group.

David is also a major supporter of the NSPCC and has raised over £1.5 million by summiting Mount Everest on five occasions. He was the first person the traverse Everest from the North to South in 2007. He is an ex-trustee, Chair of the Rebuilding Childhoods Board and was awarded an MBE by the Queen for his services to the charity.

His life story has been made into the Julian Jarrold directed motion picture, “Sulphur and White” starring Anna Friel, Dougray Scott, Mark Stanley and Emily Beecham. The Royal Premier was February 2020 and the proceeds will benefit the NSPCC.

Alex Lennard

Investment Director, Ruffer LLP

Joined Ruffer in 2006 after graduating from Exeter University with an honours degree in economics and finance. He is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He initially worked as associate for Jonathan Ruffer and now manages institutional investment portfolios.

He sits on the senior asset allocation committee and is co–manager of two of Ruffer’s flagship funds. He is also a Non-Executive Director of the JPMorgan European Investment Trust.

Michael Dwyer

Founder & ex-CEO of

Having graduated with a degree in International Marketing and Languages in 1985, Michael spent 15 years in various marketing positions in the international food industry before launching, one of Ireland’s best-known digital platforms, in 2000 at the peak of the dot-com boom.

It was a fascinating roller-coaster ride for nearly two decades of nerve-racking financial and emotional stress. The business eventually gained dominance in the discounted consumer offering space in Ireland and was successfully sold in 2019 for nearly €25 million.