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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 LMA/4529
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 2005-2008
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 0.04 linear metres.
Name of creator(s): Ross Goobey | Alastair | 1945-2008 | investment manager and pension fund manager


Administrative/Biographical history:

Alastair Ross Goobey was born in 1945, the son of George Henry Ross Goobey, pension fund manager of Imperial Tobacco. After education at Marlborough and Cambridge he followed his father into the City, starting at Kleinwort Benson in 1968. He then worked at Hume Holdings, 1972-77; Courtauld pension fund, 1977-81 (investment manager); Geoffrey Morley and Partners, 1981-85 (director); James Capel, 1987-1993 (chief strategist); Hermes Pension Management, 1993 onwards (chief executive). He also served as a special advisor to the Treasury, 1986-1987; and was a member of the council of Lloyds.

Ross Goobey was noted for his contributions to the field of responsible investing and better corporate governance. He campaigned for certain elements of the UK Combined Code for the management of public companies, including the limitation of director's contracts, transparency and professionalism of appointments, and greater accountability and openness.

Ross Goobey contributed a column to various publications, and wrote two books: The Money Moguls (1986) on investment management, and Bricks and Mortals (1992) on the property market crash.

Outside the City he was a governor of the Wellcome Trust, helping to improve their income, a governor of the Royal Academy of Music (he was a keen pianist and clarinetist), and sat on the investment committee of the National Gallery.

In 1998 Ross Goobey was diagnosed with myeloma, a type of blood cancer. In 2000 he was awarded the CBE for services to pensions. He died in February 2008 aged 62, leaving a wife, Sarah, and a son and daughter.

Source of information: The Times, February 5 2008.


Scope and content/abstract:

Clippings of obituaries for Mr Alastair Ross Goobey, pensions fund manager, from various national newspapers, and photographs of Goobey and other attendees at the inaugural Ross Goobey lecture at The Cass Business School.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

LMA/4529/01: Obituaries. LMA/4529/02: Photographs.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to this collection rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

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Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited by the Pensions Archive Trust in February 2008 with an additional deposit in 2009.

Allied Materials

Related material:

For the papers of George Henry Ross Goobey see reference LMA/4481.

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
Records prepared May to September 2011, and updated October 2012.

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