Meet the manager: Indriatti van Hien
Portfolio Manager of The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust.
If you weren’t a fund manager, what job would you do?
A doctor. Is there anything more fascinating than the human body? For now, I live vicariously through my sister and webMD.
What was the proudest moment of your career?
Answers to these sorts of questions rarely get rewarded by the gods of fund management…but if you twisted my arm, Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust reaching £1bn market cap and entering the FTSE 250 was a big moment. And I know it is going to be an even bigger moment when we get back there again.
What was the most difficult moment of your career and why?
I am currently living it. Running a UK small cap growth fund as bond yields have gone vertical. Enough said.
What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?
Have Baz Luhrmann’s “Everybody’s free” on repeat. Its all true.
Away from the workplace, how do you spend your time?
I have a son that is 3 and a half and a daughter that is 1 and half, so on weekends you will most likely find me in a playground/frantically replacing the batteries of a favourite toy/panic washing a fireman costume ready for my son to get dirty again. I enjoy the therapy of cooking in the evenings and in a previous life I would be fleeing London with my husband in search of a countryside walk and a warm spot for tea at the end of it.
“I enjoy the therapy of cooking in the evenings and in a previous life I would be fleeing London with my husband in search of a countryside walk and a warm spot for tea at the end of it.”
Indriatti van Hien, Portfolio Manager of The Henderson Smaller Companies Investment Trust
Tell us about the last book you read or the last podcast you listened to?
I recently read Anya Hindmarch’s “If in doubt, wash your hair.” An excellent read for a working mother. And I thoroughly enjoyed Alexandra Shulman’s “Clothes, and other things that matter.” I spent the whole time imagining what chapters and stories I would include if I was writing the same book.
Where was the last place you went on holiday and why?
Oman because I was keen to bring my children to a place where I had so many of my own happy childhood holidays. The geography in the Jebel is breath taking, the star gazing is magical and you won’t meet friendlier people.
In your personal life, what would you like to achieve in the next 12 months?
Inner peace, but failing that I would settle for tickets to see Taylor Swift in London and a few more dinners out with good friends as we all emerge from the (first) child rearing tunnel.