Meet William Bourne


William has been working in the institutional asset markets for over 30 years and in various, mainly non-executive, roles with pension funds since 2009.


A thought leader within the financial industry, he has been quoted in numerous articles and papers, both media and academic, as well as in Government responses to consultations.


He has particular technical skills in:

• Asset allocation and strategy - a core skill and interest throughout his career.
• Governance, where he acts as the chair of the Local Pension Board for two £5bn funds.
• Fund selection, where he worked at length both as an investor in funds and as a marketer.
• Japan, where he lived for eight years of his career and managed a 50-person office.


William is an experienced meeting Chair, and is familiar with LGPS legislation and regulations from his experience as an Adviser, Local Pension Board Chair and interim Pension Officer.


Current non-executive roles


Independent Adviser to East Sussex Pension Committee


Independent Adviser to Nottinghamshire Pension Fund Pension Sub-Committee and Pension Investment Sub-Committee


Independent Chair of LPFA and Lancashire County Pension Fund Local Pension Boards




Having won an academic King’s Scholarship to Eton College (the third generation in his family to do so, with his eldest son now being the fourth), William then went up to New College, Oxford University to read Classics. Once his career was in full force, William then embarked on a part-time Masters degree in Finance at the London Business School, regarding it as a valuable tool to keep himself ahead of the field.


Out of Hours

Older friends would tend to think of William in terms of boats and sailing – and not without reason. A lot of his youth was spent sailing small yachts around the more remote and interesting parts of northern Europe, earning a reputation as a respected, if hard-driving, skipper. Having said that, his crew were always keen to return for a second dose!


Of late, it’s dry land where William spends much of his free time – not least in his large East Sussex garden where he continues his war of attrition against slugs in the quest for growing his own fruit and veg.


Away from the garden (and slugs) William is a keen bridge player, competing with varying success at county level.


Married with four children, his favourite holiday destination remains the birthplace of his wife, Japan. Like its stockmarket, William sees it as a country of endless possibilities.


Proud of his ancestry and genealogy, William holds fascinating and detailed records of the Bourne family going back to the 14th century.


And in the 18th century, there lived an ancestor called Jason Bourne. But that’s another story.




Now meet Michael Howell

Linchpin Associate and founder of CrossBorder Capital

Crossborder Capital

Educated at Bristol and London Universities, Michael founded CrossBorder Capital in 1996. He began his career as Research Director at Salomon Bros, where he developed the powerful and highly regarded quantitative liquidity research methodology now used.
He was appointed Head of Research at Baring Securities in 1992 and became top-ranked “Emerging Market Strategist” by institutional investors for the three years prior to setting up CrossBorder Capital.
His association with William at Linchpin – stemming from both professional and personal synergy – goes back to 2005 and together they have helped to provide services to over 30 clients during this period.
Michael has worked in financial markets since 1981 and is a regular international conference speaker. He has consulted for the World Bank, is a qualified US Supervisory Analyst and has a Masters in Economics.
Married with four children and now living in Oxford, one of Michael’s lesser-known claims to fame is that he was the first – and last – economist to appear on the Jimmy Young Show.‚Äč