Alex Hammond-Chambers was born in India, the son of a British Army officer and as a consequence he lived in many countries during his childhood, including Singapore, America, France and Germany. He then attended Cambridge University, graduating with an Honors Degree in Economics.
After University Alex joined the investment management firm of Ivory & Sime in Edinburgh. Following his formal training period, he began to specialise in investment in North American stock markets and became the assistant investment manager and then the investment manager of British Assets Trust and Edinburgh American Assets Trust. During the 1970â€™s and early 1980â€™s he managed these two investment trusts, ran the North American research and initiated the development of Ivory & Simeâ€™s ERISA business in the USA. In 1975, upon Ivory & Simeâ€™s incorporation, he became director of the Company. In 1982 he became joint deputy chairman and then in 1985 chairman of Ivory & Sime PLC, by then a quoted company.
From 1984 to 1987 he served as the overseas governor of the National Association of Securities Dealers ("NASD"), which ran the NASDAQ.
He served from 2003 to 2005 as Chairman of the Association of Investment Companies, the trade body which serves the UK investment company business.
In 1991 he retired as chairman of Ivory & Sime and is currently a professional non-executive director, concentrating on investment trusts and companies. They have a wide range of investment objectives covering global markets.