About the Managers

About Us

Architas is a specialist investment company dedicated to creating flexible and credible investment solutions. Architas takes a universe of over 30,000 investment funds and subjects it to a rigorous, objective and repeatable research and analysis process. The selection process involves, quantitative screening to highlight consistent performance, qualitative research - using analytical tools, questionnaires - efficient fact finding and face-to-face meetings - always conducted by two or more of the Architas Investment Team.

Architas carries out stringent ongoing monitoring of its selections as well as continuing to research the markets. This identifies reliable performers and funds that are consistently meeting their objectives. Architas is built on a base of industry talent. With over 100 combined years of investment experience, its highly qualified team has been handpicked from across the industry. Individuals are chosen for their specialist knowledge of particular sectors and markets and their ability to provide.

Architas has been appointed by Verbatim to run the Multi-Index Funds due to their rare skill set in running passive, risk managed funds. Their expertise is crucial in selecting the right instrument – index tracking funds, ETFs or listed futures – to populate the asset allocation of each risk profile whilst operating within the given risk budget.

Sheldon Macdonald

Sheldon Macdonald

Deputy Chief Investment Officer

Sheldon manages the Architas Multi-Asset Blended Fund range and co-manages the Architas Multi-Asset Passive Fund range. He oversees fund selection and manages the products' asset allocation and investment strategies. He also leads fund manager research across a number of sectors, including multi-asset and money market strategies.

Before joining Architas in 2010, Sheldon was a fund of funds manager at Nedgroup Investments, part of Old Mutual Plc. As well as running a variety of long only multi-asset strategies, Sheldon has extensive experience in the hedge fund space and, prior to joining Nedgroup Investments, was Head of Derivative Trading at Old Mutual Asset Managers in South Africa. Sheldon has a BComm in Financial Accounting and Economics and holds the IMC. He has 22 years of investment experience.

Alex Burn

Alex Burn

Investment Manager

Alex joined the Architas investment team in May 2013 as part of the AXA UK graduate scheme before becoming a permanent investment analyst in January the following year. He became an Investment Manager in July2017 and was appointed co-manager of the Architas Multi-Asset Passive Range of funds alongside Sheldon MacDonald in September 2017. He is responsible for fund selection and the implementation of cash flows for these products as well as various additional passive offerings available to our European clients. Alex also co-manages the Architas Global Equity Income fund.

In addition Alex is responsible for research and portfolio recommendations across Architas for Japanese and Asian equity funds. He has a BA (Hons) in Corporate Management and is IMC qualified. He has also been a CFA Charter holder since May 2017.