Andrew set up Holland Advisors in 2009 after a 20 year career in stock broking and fund management. His career in the investment industry began in 1988 at the age of 18 first at Henderson Investors followed by a few years at the British Gas Pension Fund, both in buy side analyst positions.
After taking a year off to travel in 1994 he joined Smith New Court which was later taken over by Merrill Lynch. There Andrew was an equity analyst and salesman specialising in the transport and telecoms sectors, latterly taking a wider research and sales role covering the whole stock market. He joined Redburn Partners as a Partner in 2004 where he worked up until setting up Holland Advisors in 2009. He has had a passion for value and franchise investing for many years and the Farnam Street Capital Fund, designed to encapsulate this passion, was established in 2011.
When he is not in the office, Andrew can be found reading anything written by great investors or business managers, swinging a golf club or trying to keep up with his wife and teenage boys on a ski slope.
Mark joined Holland Advisors (and longstanding colleague Andrew Hollingworth) as a Consultant Analyst in 2011 where he has been analysing and writing on global business Franchises since.
Mark began his career in the semiconductor industry after completing a degree in electronic engineering at the Cork Institute of Technology in 1996. After a five year stint as a design engineer with Analog Devices, Mark joined Merrill Lynch equity research in early 2001 as a global semiconductor analyst covering the European sector.
In early 2004, Mark was lured to Redburn Partners as an early-stage Partner where he led the firm’s European technology hardware research team for another five years. It was when he read Seth Klarman’s ‘Margin of Safety’ in 2009 that the next pivot began.
As part of his pivot to value investing and generalist equity research, Mark left Redburn to do a stint in generalist UK equities at Edison helping to setup their institutional business in 2009 before re-joining Andrew at Holland Advisors to help develop its approach to finding the best global Franchises. Mark is also a Mentor with Enterprise Ireland where he advises start-up businesses.
A qualified yoga instructor and with a young active family, and a deep love of reading, he manages to keep both sides of his brain and body active!
Claire joined Holland in 2011. She provides general business support in the office and is involved in all aspects of the daily running of the business. Claire has an honours degree in Political Studies. Her previous positions were diverse including positions at Allianz Plc, where she was responsible for IT system security and Surrey and Berkshire Newspapers where she was Digital Media Manager.
When she isn’t at work, Claire is busy chasing round after her family and is an avid reader.