Collins joins the Liontrust Board of Directors and is set to replace non-executive chairman Bernard Asher, who is to retire at an unspecified date.
In addition to Gartmore Investment Management, Collins has held various roles in his 30 years in the fund management industry. He is currently a consultant to corporate finance business Strand Partners.
Liontrust has also announced the appointment of Ian Lewis as head of institutional clients.
Lewis joins on September 1, 2009 with institutional marketing director Stephen Watson set to take on a new part time role. Watson will assist the sales side in the North American market.
Liontrust chief executive Nigel Legge says: ““We are very confident Ian will prove to be a tremendous success at Liontrust. Through the cashflow solution investment process managed by Gary West and James Inglis-Jones, the economic advantage process managed by Anthony Cross and Julian Fosh and our new fixed income team, we offer institutional investors strong performance track records in different asset classes built on a foundation of comprehensively documented investment processes.
“We are therefore confident about raising assets from this important area of the market. Over the next year, we will also seek to expand into new asset classes, including global equities and EAFE, for which there is strong demand from institutional investors.”