ADVISORY BOARD

Advisory Board

SouthernSun’s Advisory Board was created because we believe that our firm can benefit from the experience, knowledge, skills and creativity of carefully selected individuals who are not involved in the day-to-day operations of our business.  Our Advisory Board is an impressive and diverse group with extensive domestic and international experience in business, public policy, entrepreneurship, investment services, technology, education, and social justice.

SouthernSun’s Management Team seeks the Advisory Board’s input on topics including: corporate strategy, business development, and team development. The board does not advise on portfolio management, risk management functions or the day-to-day operations of the firm. These important responsibilities reside with SouthernSun‘s Investment Team and Management Team.

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Gregory B. Fairchild

Gregory Fairchild is the Isidore Horween Research Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and associate dean for Washington, D.C., area initiatives and academic director of public policy and entrepreneurship. Fairchild serves as an academic director for Darden’s Institute for Business in Society (IBiS).  Read More

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Andre Fowlkes

For the past 10 years Andre Fowlkes has been working to grow the technology startup ecosystem in Memphis TN, through a venture development organization he co-founded called Start Co. As President of Start Co. Fowlkes oversees and manages sales and business development, corporate and government engagement, smart cities activity, civic innovation efforts, and resource cultivation.  Read More

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Harry Lawson-Johnston

Harry is a co-founder of Kinrise. Kinrise invests in commercial real estate across the UK and the US with a vision of creating spaces where people can thrive. Kinrise is backed by a small group of private families and institutions.

Harry is also a Principal at FODIS LLC, a US based firm delivering a comprehensive suite of direct investment services for family offices, family business holding companies and business owning families.  Read More

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Baroness Philippa Stroud

Philippa Stroud is CEO of the Legatum Institute. Previously, she was Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a think tank that she co-founded in 2004. Philippa’s life and career to date have been strongly influenced by her passion to tackle poverty and social breakdown.

Prior to the CSJ, she was Special Adviser the Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP (then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) from 2010-15, and also to the Prime Minister from 2012.  Read More


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Gregory Fairchild is the Isidore Horween Research Professor of Business Administration at the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business and associate dean for Washington, D.C., area initiatives and academic director of public policy and entrepreneurship. Fairchild serves as an academic director for Darden's Institute for Business in Society (IBiS). He teaches strategic management, entrepreneurship and ethics in Darden's MBA and Executive Education programs. He has received a number of awards for teaching excellence at the Darden School.

His research is likewise renowned, as he was recently the lead investigator studying business models and public policy issues in the field of community development finance, an initiative supported by a three-year $850,000 grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Fairchild was named one of five high impact research professors and the sole scholar focused in entrepreneurship by the Financial Times in 2010. In 2009, he received a faculty Pioneer Award presented by the Aspen Institute's Center for Business Education for his leadership and risk taking in integrating ethical, environmental and social issues into the MBA curriculum. In 2011, he was the only academic named as one of "25 Virginians to watch" by Virginia Business Magazine. In 2012, Fairchild was named one of the Top 10 Business School Professors in the World by CNN/Fortune and one of the 50 Best Business School Professors by Poets & Quants. His multidisciplinary work has been cited by Inc. MagazineThe Economist, National Public Radio (NPR), USA TodayNew York Times, and The Washington Post, among others.

Fairchild worked in marketing positions for such industry leaders as Kraft General Foods, Procter & Gamble and Saks Fifth Avenue before embarking on his doctoral studies. Fairchild served on the investment advisory of the Virginia Retirement Service (VRS), the Commonwealth's public pension fund from 2009 to 2012. Governor McAuliffe appointed Fairchild to the board of Virginia Community Capital, the Commonwealth's largest community-development bank, where he served from 2015 to 2017. University of Virginia President Terry Sullivan appointed Fairchild to the board of University Physician's Group, the University Medical Center's practice plan, where he served from 2012 to 2017. In 2017, Fairchild became a trustee of Union Square Capital Core Real Estate Fund, a mutual fund, and was appointed by Governor McAuliffe to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Commonwealth's economic development authority.

In addition to his teaching and research, he is a consultant to corporations, nonprofits and governmental agencies.

Fairchild and his wife, Tierney Temple Fairchild (MBA '94) are the founders of Resilience Education, an organization committed to providing high quality Socratic education to those that might not otherwise afford it (www.Resilience-Education.org). This is the conduit through which the Darden Prison Program is administered, among other initiatives.

For the past 10 years Andre Fowlkes has been working to grow the technology startup ecosystem in Memphis TN, through a venture development organization he co-founded called Start Co. As President of Start Co. Fowlkes oversees and manages sales and business development, corporate and government engagement, smart cities activity, civic innovation efforts, and resource cultivation. Under Fowlkes’ leadership Start Co. has seen exponential growth not just in startups supported and investment raised but in the expansion of its business model providing corporate and civic innovation solutions. As part of Start Co., Fowlkes is the Managing Partner of Wolf River Angels, a post accelerator validation fund and angel network in support of Start Co. deal flow. He directly supports Start Co. companies by serving as an Executive in Residence and deliverer of programming in areas of growth and operating modeling, business development and sales, business operations, financial forecasting, and corporate development.

With over a decade of portfolio management experience in the capital markets, Fowlkes previously served in roles at Fisher Investments in San Francisco and as a relationship manager through an agency of Guardian Life Insurance in New York City.

Today, Fowlkes brings extensive experience in building new and unconventional partnerships to assist in the brokering of technology, talent, and capital for economic growth. He leads the charge at Start Co. to build and operate new programs and resources for the inclusion of minorities and women, students, and social organizations. With great commitment to service and the community Fowlkes is Chairman of the Board for Orion Federal Credit Union and serves on the Board of Trustees for Christian Brothers University.

Fowlkes was a Mayoral appointment to the Memphis & Shelby County Metropolitan Charter Commission directed with researching, analyzing, writing a recommendation, and bringing to voters a new consolidated metropolitan Government. Fowlkes recently served on City of Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland’s Transition Team.

In acknowledgement of Fowlkes’ commitment to community and talent development, Governor Bill Haslam appointed him to the Tennessee Workforce Development Board of Directors and Mayor AC Wharton appointed Fowlkes to the Workforce Investment Network Board of Directors. Fowlkes also serves on numerous startup boards. Recognized as a leader in social innovation, Fowlkes is a trainer on the” Power of Social Innovation” as designated by Harvard University Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. He is a co-teacher and creator of the University of Memphis’ Department of Journalism’s Entrepreneurial Journalism initiative and Certificate.

Fowlkes also provided thought leadership as a frontpage business columnist for the Commercial Appeal, Memphis’ leading media outlet from 2011-2013.

Having worked in startups, wealth and money management, small business & entrepreneurship, government, non-profit, and economic & community development has allowed Fowlkes to accumulate a unique set of skills to build social, political, and financial capital for growing entrepreneurial ecosystems and startups as a diversifier to traditional forms of economic growth.

Andre is a graduate of Iona College in Business Administration with minors in Finance and History. His passions are spending time with family, traveling, cooking, live music, and civic contributions to his community.

Harry is a co-founder of Kinrise. Kinrise invests in commercial real estate across the UK and the US with a vision of creating spaces where people can thrive. Kinrise is backed by a small group of private families and institutions.

Harry is also a Principal at FODIS LLC, a US based firm delivering a comprehensive suite of direct investment services for family offices, family business holding companies and business owning families.

He is a non-executive Director of Aeon Investments, specialising in alternative investments in the transportation, infrastructure and real estate sectors. Harry is also a director of ABS CapCo, a private family office and is an Industry Advisor to Time Partners, a Merchant Bank dedicated to families.

Previously, he was a Founding Partner of LJ Partnership (rebranded Alvarium Investments), an investment group with over $19bn of assets, serving families and institutions from 8 offices across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Harry was responsible for group-wide strategy. Prior to setting up LJ, he served as Managing Director of Guggenheim Partners where he helped build out their international investment advisory practice in Europe and the Americas.

Harry was educated in Oxford and received a BA from Durham University. Harry is a Trustee of CRT, the Church Revitalisation Trust with bold ambitions to plant over 100 new churches across the U.K. He is based between Oxfordshire and Uruguay with his wife, two daughters, two dogs and his chickens.

Philippa Stroud is CEO of the Legatum Institute. Previously, she was Chief Executive of the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), a think tank that she co-founded in 2004. Philippa’s life and career to date have been strongly influenced by her passion to tackle poverty and social breakdown.

Prior to the CSJ, she was Special Adviser the Rt. Hon. Iain Duncan Smith MP (then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions) from 2010-15, and also to the Prime Minister from 2012. In these roles, she was responsible for the development of the Social Justice agenda, working on the Government’s key Welfare Reform programme, the introduction of Universal Credit, the creation of Social Investment and the new child poverty measures.

Her early career was spent in the voluntary sector including spending time in Hong Kong and Macau working with heroin addicts and ex-members of triad gangs who were undergoing rehabilitation. On her return to the UK she founded and directed a four-stage project that supported people off the streets and into independent living before moving to Birmingham in 2000 where she became Executive Director of the Bridge Project, a voluntary sector project that provided supported accommodation for homeless men and women.

Following the 2015 UK General Election, Philippa was ennobled and became Baroness Stroud of Fulham.