Why does NTree exist?

Tim Harvey set up NTree in 2017 to help investors obtain a better understanding of the investment opportunities in China. This remains one of the core activities of the business, NTree providing education and serving as a bridge between investors and Chinese asset managers.

The second core activity of the business relates to commodities. The NTree team has considerable experience with the asset class, both as investors and in the distribution of commodity solutions. In the last two years NTree built an entire physical commodities ETC platform for Elementum Metals Securities plc.

Primary Market Services

We also engage in primary market services, assisting domestic Chinese and Private Equity managers in connecting with inbound and outbound investment opportunities. We have a broad network of contacts so are able to facilitate introductions and source opportunities. For more information or to discuss any potential projects, please contact us initially via the contact page and we will follow up with you.

The Team

Tim Harvey

CEO / Founder

Tim’s ETF distribution career started as Head of German sales at ETF Securities in January 2007. There, him and his team raised over $3bn in 3 years.

He became ETFS’ head of European Sales in late 2009 and ultimately moved to New York in 2011 to help build institutional sales.

In 2013 Tim joined Velocityshares looking after ETF sales and home office relationships before moving back to Europe in 2015. Prior to starting his ETF issuing career Tim worked in sales trading for numerous US investment houses specializing in US, European or Asian single stocks.

Tim started NTree in March 2017 to help non-European based ETF asset managers access quality ETF distribution.

In his spare time Tim volunteers in London with various church homeless kitchens.

Ashwin Tirodkar


Ashwin has spent most of the past two decades working for either Goldman Sachs in Chicago and New York working on algorithmic and program trading as a strategist, or as a commodity trader for Unicredit in London.

He managed Unicredit’s commodity structured product desk from 2012 to 2017.

When not working with NTree, Ashwin spends his time gardening or solving sudokus and crossword puzzles!

Derek Brander

Head of Sales

Derek has been an asset management distribution specialist for over 3 decades. He joined NTree in the summer of 2022 as Head of Sales with a strong sales track record across all asset classes. Having spent 5 years at Candriam, he also has extensive knowledge of sustainability and how this is changing the traditional asset management landscape globally. His extensive industry knowledge and experience have assisted asset managers in formulating and executing a sales strategy leading to significant asset gathering.

Neil Jamieson

Head of UK Sales

Neil has been involved with Exchange Traded Products, primarily in marketing and distribution, since the listing of the first ETFs on London Stock Exchange in 2000.  He worked with comdirect and Selftrade, B2C investment platforms that championed ETFs, and subsequently at ETF Securities and GraniteShares, as well as the global macro team at Plurimi Investment Managers.  Neil’s prior experience includes work on energy and economic policy at Chatham House, the International Energy Agency and OECD.

Neil is a Sloan Fellow from London Business School and also holds degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Reading.

Sara Di Minni

Marketing Consultant

Sara joined NTree in 2017, bringing experience in Marketing Strategies and Sales. Sara has been developing systems, marketing and sales strategies for more than 12 years and speaks Italian, English, Spanish, French and German. Prior to joining NTree, Sara was Marketing Coordinator at First Trust Global Portfolios. She has also had a variety of roles in multiple industries, from wine to oil.

In her spare time, Sara is also a musician and an Inist Photographer. She uses her creative skills as a troubleshooting tool to find innovative solutions to real-world problems.

Alistair Gunn-Forbes

Chairman of the Board

Mr Gunn-Forbes has been associated with Asian regional stock markets since 1973 when he was a fund manager at Brown Shipley Ltd.

Subsequently, he was a director of W.I Carr, Sons & Co. (Overseas) Ltd until 1985. Since then he has held directorships with other Asian securities firms in the United Kingdom prior to joining the WorldSec Group in 1993 where he is now Non-Executive Chairman. Mr Gunn-Forbes is the Chairman of Opera Holdings, a recruitment company and also an Advisor to FutureBiogas, a green energy company.