The hire coincides with confirmation the fund’s current manager Victoria Stewart has resigned from her position to pursue new challenges after 17 years at the firm.
Stewart will leave on 9th September 2016 after Lowson joins on 1st September. He will work closely with Derek Mitchell, manager of RLAM’s UK Mid Cap and UK Opportunity funds, as well as the wider equities team.
Lowson has spent his entire career AXA Framlington so far having joined the company in 2005. In May 2012 he was appointed as lead manager of the AXA Framlington UK Smaller Companies fund.
RLAM chief investment officer Piers Hillier said: “It is sad to see Victoria leave after 17 years at RLAM. We would like to thank her for her considerable contribution and wish her well for the future."
“Henry is a natural fit and compliments RLAM’s UK equity team’s approach which is based on fundamental research and stock selection,” he continued. “I am confident that Henry’s skills will help us further develop our range of high conviction UK equity funds. He is joining RLAM’s equity team at a very exciting time.”
To replace Lowson, Axa IM appointed Dan Harlow from within as lead manager on the UK smaller companies fund. Chris St John will continue as deputy on the fund.