Our Team

The Privium team has their background in all important elements of the investment management industry.  With the experience of investment banks, accountancy, fund administration and investment management we cover all angles.  We are proud of the international reach of our experiences, both onshore as well as offshore.

Clayton Heijman


‘I have the best job in the world; together we can turn people’s dreams and ambitions into reality’​

Clayton Heijman is the founder and a Director of Privium Fund Management. During the financial crisis in 2008 he started with Privium, a firm that provides support to investment management initiatives and now has 30+ teams worldwide with over $ 2 Bn AuM. The company has (full scope) investment management licenses in London, Amsterdam and Hong Kong. He also started Darwin Platform, a firm that provides middle office services.

As a Dutch national, obtained a degree from the Dutch H.E.A.O. in Utrecht in 1983 and a Master in Business Administration from Webster University in Leiden in 1986, with an emphasis in marketing and management. After working for Kas-Bank and merchant bank MeesPierson, he joined Goldman Sachs as an executive director in the Equity Finance & Prime Brokerage division from 1994. In 1998 he joined Fortis as a Managing Director to set up the Prime Fund Solutions activities. After leaving in 2006 he worked as a Managing Director at Credit Agricole-Calyon before setting out on his own.

Mark Baak


‘I enjoy helping out by providing bridges between demand from investors and investment teams with specialised investment solutions’​

Mark Baak is a Director of Privium Fund Management B.V., he has held this position since the establishment of the company. Baak brings 10 years of experience in the asset management industry. Prior to his current role, he founded and headed the fund management team at Finles Capital Management. In his role as Head of portfolio management, he was responsible for external manager selection and portfolio management. He received his master degree in economics from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam and is a CAIA charterholder. He initiated the Dutch hedge fund index and is a regular columnist and presenter at industry seminars.

Eric Pennyfather


‘Deliver what you promise’

Eric is CFO of Privium Fund Management (UK) Limited and a member of the executive committee. Eric has over 40 years experience in International and Investment Banking. Previous appointments include Operations Director of Hoare Govett Financial Services, COO of ING North Asia, Chief of Staff in UBS London and COO of Roodhals Capital BV. His career started with 15 years at Grindlays Bank, in internal audit, operations management and branch management in UK, North America, Asia and The Middle East. He then joined Barclays International in the mid 80’s to help manage the formation of BZW. From 1989 he ran a successful consultancy business specialising in Operational Improvement Programmes, before working at UBS and ING between 1996 and 2000. In 2001 he returned to consultancy with assignments in UK and Europe whilst acting as CEO for the European business arm of a global environmental organisation. In 2008 he joined Roodhals and spent most of the following 4 years based in the Netherlands.

Michael Romanek

Non-executive Director

‘While I’ve seen substantial changes to global financial markets over the prior years, I also see these changes providing great opportunities for investment managers who are adaptable’

Michael Romanek joined Privium Fund Management (UK) Limited as a non-Executive Director in October 2013 and has served as Director & Board of Managers of General Partner for Privium Selection Management, Luxembourg since August 2011. Michael is Principal and Founder of Rise Partners Limited, a boutique consultancy group specialising in arranging primary and secondary debt transactions. Client groups include banks, hedge fund and private equity fund managers, institutional investors and family offices. Michael was previously Director of Alternative Investments for Fortis Bank’s Merchant Banking Division where his role spanned multiple business lines in providing services to the alternative investment funds sector. Prior to joining Fortis, he was head of European operations for a listed derivatives trading platform firm and was a consultant to and Business Development Manager for Group Deutsche Börse. Michael began his career in the early 1990s as a derivatives trader on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange followed by the London International Financial Futures & Options Exchange (now part of NYSE Euronext).

Paul Hamill


‘In business, your reputation is the most valuable asset you have’

Paul joined Privium in November 2019 as COO. Prior to joining Privium Paul was the Global Head of Prime Finance at HSBC Bank plc (2011-2017). Previously he spent 9 years at Citadel Investment Group (Europe) Ltd and held various positions including MD Portfolio Finance, Board Director, CEO and COO (Europe and Asia). He has worked for Bankers Trust (International), ING Barings and Instinet (UK). Paul started his career at the London Stock Exchange in 1986. He holds a BE (Mechanical) from University College Dublin.

Nico Schoonderwoerd

Risk Manager

‘Keep the risks for the weekend’

Nico Schoonderwoerd is the risk manager of Privium Fund Management. He keeps oversight of the risks of our clients and of Privium. He has a Ph.D. in theoretical physics and worked from 1999 until 2004 in Amsterdam Option Traders and Binck as Head of Research and Risk Manager. He acquired front-desk experience in ABN-Amro Asset Management (2004-2005) and the Bermuda-based hedgefund Concordia Advisors (2006-2007).

Robert-Jan van Hoorn

Associate Director

‘Be good for your clients and good will come your way!’

Robert-Jan joined Privium Fund Management B.V. as an Associate Director on June 1 2016. At Privium he will be, among other things, jointly responsible for the investment oversight of the individual Privium funds. Before Privium he worked at Finles Capital Management as a Portfolio Manager for over 12 years, were he was responsible for manager selection, portfolio management and compliance. During his career Robert-Jan has been involved in the structuring of multiple investment funds. He holds a Bachelor degree in Law and Economics. He is also a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).

John Griffiths

Compliance Officer

‘Translating complex regulation into practical actions’

John joined Privium as UK Compliance Officer in November 2017. John is a regulatory compliance specialist with over 25 years’ experience of the UK governance, prudential and conduct of business requirements, gained through his experience at the regulator and subsequently as a consultant.
Prior to joining Privium, John was a Managing Director at Duff & Phelps which acquired Kinetic Partners, where he was a partner, in January 2015. John had joint responsibility for a team of 24 people, providing compliance advice and assistance to regulated firms in the alternative investment management sector, primarily private equity firms and hedge funds.
Since leaving the UK regulator in 2005, where John supervised the activities of a wide range of investment firms, John has had significant experience of assisting firms with their understanding and practical implementation of numerous regulatory initiatives, derived from UK, European and US developments.
John initially qualified as a Chartered Accountant with KPMG (London) in 1986, where he spent 9 years in audit.

Vanessa Hemavathi

Head of Investment Services

‘Passion equals drive, drive equals determination, and enough determination equals success’

Vanessa Hemavathi is currently Head of Investment Services for Privium in Hong Kong. Prior to this she was the Global Program Director for the Henley Executive Hedge Fund Program where she spearheaded the growth of the company to a global franchise. She has also worked at the Wall Street Journal in Singapore and Hong Kong where she was managing commercial strategy to accelerate business growth across the Asia Pacific region and piloted the go-to-market strategy of several high-profile projects with both Newscorp and Dow Jones entities globally. She is co-chair of the networking committee for Women in Finance Asia. Vanessa holds a Bachelor of Science from the National University of Singapore and a Post Graduate Diploma in Education from the National Institute of Education. Vanessa is fluent in Mandarin and Tamil as well.

Yang Zhao (George)

Senior Account Manager

‘Quality in a service is not evaluated by what you put into it, but by what your clients get out of it. Be the reason to make a difference for them!’

George is a senior account manager in the company where he is looking after for all investment and fund operations related matters. Prior to joining Privium, he has over 10 years of experiences in alternative fund administration and had worked for one of the largest and independent fund administration companies in the world. George works closely with all business divisions within Privium and he is based in the Netherlands.

Born and raised in mainland China, George pursued his study in the Netherlands at a young age. Over the years of living at a cultural crossroad, George has successfully formed an international vision and mindsets which combine the best of East and West.

Besides his bachelor degree, George is also a holder of the Fundamentals of Alternative Investments certificate and he is always passionately learning about the industry and each sector within through continuing professional education, self-study, industry forum and seminar.

Nicole Richardson

Senior Business Analyst

‘Risk is the downpayment on success..’

Nicole is a Business Analyst at Privium and is responsible for the project management, structuring and onboarding of Appointed Representatives and their investment strategies. Nicole has 5 years’ experience within the investment management/advisory and corporate business industry. Prior to joining Privium, Nicole worked as Head of Operations within a private equity company. Nicole holds a Bachelor degree in Business.

Marteis Versluis

Senior Account Manager

‘The most effective way to do it, is to do it.’

Marteis joined Darwin Platform as a Senior Account Manager in March 2017. At Darwin he will be, among other things, jointly responsible for all investment and fund operations related matters. Before Darwin he worked at several Fund Administrators for over 13 years in different financial roles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business economics.

Jodi Papadellis

Relationship Manager

‘The moment you stop accepting challenges, is the moment you stop moving forward.’

Jodi Papadellis joined Privium Fund Management (UK) Ltd as Office Manager in July 2016 and has now moved into the role of Relationship Manager. Originally from South Africa, she relocated with her family in 2001. Jodi has previous experience as a PA and Office Manager across a variety of industries.

Marco Wong

Operations Associate

‘If you are the striker of the fund, I will be the defender.’

Marco is currently responsible for Middle Office Operations at Privium in Hong Kong. Prior to Privium, he has worked in the trade and processing team at QRMO as an Operations Analyst, where he supported hedge funds in trade processing and shadow NAV reporting. Marco also worked as a Reconciliation Specialist at JP Morgan Asset Management where he supported the reconciliation team to perform reconciliation checks for mutual funds with leading custodians in the industry. He is fluent in English, Cantonese and Mandarin. Marco holds a Bachelor of Business Management from Griffith University and enjoys a good game of basketball.

Melissa Newman

Compliance Specialist

‘An investment in knowledge pays the best interest’.

Melissa joined Privium as a Compliance Specialist in January 2018 and is jointly responsible for the compliance oversight of Privium UK’s Appointed Representatives. Melissa has 5 years’ experience in compliance and legal teams within the investment management industry as well as extensive experience in setting up funds in multiple jurisdictions and structuring compliant monitoring frameworks across multiple strategies and instruments. Melissa holds a Graduate Diploma in Law and is currently studying towards the CISI Diploma in Investment Compliance. Melissa also speaks French.

Khanh Nguyen

Senior Operations Associate

‘Life is like accounting. Everything must be balanced.’

Khanh joined the Middle Office team at Privium Fund Management B.V. in April 2019. Her team is mainly responsible for cash and portfolio administration, reconciliation and valuation. Prior to joining Privium, Khanh has had five years of experience in back office fund accounting and middle office fund administration at Citco Fund Services. Khanh holds an MSc degree in Financial Management from TIAS School for Business and Society.

Hank Terrebrood

Compliance & Risk Officer


Felix den Ottolander

Investment Oversight Specialist

‘Without integrity, intelligence and success are worth little.’

Felix leads the fund onboarding process and conducts investment oversight for clients in Hong Kong. Prior to joining Privium, Felix was an Associate Supervision Officer at the Dutch Authority for the Financial Markets, where he was part of the Market Integrity & Enforcement division. Felix has a special interest in China, having worked as a volunteer in Xinjiang and travelled extensively throughout the country. His Mandarin Chinese is currently at HSK Level-II. Felix graduated in the Research Master programme in Philosophy and Economics and holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from Erasmus University Rotterdam. In addition, Felix has participated in an exchange semester at the Shanghai University of Finance & Economics. Felix is a CAIA Level-II candidate.

Kevin Pijper

Investment Analyst

‘I get energy from helping our investment teams continuously improve their product.’

Kevin is an investment analyst at Privium Fund Management B.V. since February 2019. At Privium he will be, among other things, jointly responsible for the investment oversight of the individual Privium funds. Previously, Kevin has been employed for nearly five years at Deloitte in the auditing business. Kevin holds a Bachelor degree in Accountancy from the Nyenrode Business University and a Master degree in Finance & Investments from the Erasmus University Rotterdam.  

Gaia Udage

Compliance Specialist

‘Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hard work you already did.’

Gaia joined Privium as a Compliance Specialist in August 2018 and is jointly responsible for the compliance oversight of Privium UK’s Appointed Representatives. Prior to joining Privium, Gaia worked as a Compliance Associate at a commodity broker and has over 6 years’ experience in UK regulatory compliance. Gaia holds a Bachelor of Laws from King’s College London.

Ruben Leemeijer

Associate Risk Management

‘Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’ (Benjamin Graham)

Jenny Overman

Associate Director

‘When creativity and best practice meet, amazing things can happen!’

Jenny joined Privium in July 2019 and will be jointly responsible for the investment oversight of the individual Privium funds. Before Privium she was a buy-side equity analyst at ING Investment Office and an assistant portfolio manager for the sustainable discretionary mandates of ABN AMRO MeesPierson and Triodos Bank. Jenny is CFA charterholder.

Marlien Blaauw

Compliance Officer

‘Compliance with laws and regulations contributes to a sound business.’

Marlien joined Privium as Compliance Officer in May 2019. Before joining Privium, Marlien gained experience as legal counsel in the Asset Management industry. Marlien holds a Master degree in both tax and notarial law and completed the Grotius Securities Law (effectenrecht) in 2013.

Pim Somerwil

Investment Analyst

‘The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.’

Pim joined Privium Fund Management B.V. as an investment analyst in January 2020. At Privium he will be jointly responsible for the investment oversight of the individual Privium funds. Simultaneously, Pim will be finishing his master Financial Economics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam, where he also obtained his Bachelor degree in Business Economics.

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