The fund house said Awdry is presently managing several Chinese equity funds and mandates totalling $842.3m in assets.
Awdry will remain based in London while working closely and sharing resources with the Asia ex-Japan equities team in Singapore.
He reports to Andrew Gillan, head of Asia ex-Japan equities.
“[Awdry’s] appointment will provide focus to our Chinese equities offering, as we continue to build our Asian equities hub in Singapore, including the hiring of more locally-based, China focused analysts to work on this fund,” Gillan said.
Awdry joined Henderson in 2011 as part of the firm’s acquisition of Gartmore, where he had been a member of the emerging markets team since 2001. He assumed the role of investment manager and began managing Chinese equities in 2003. In June 2006, he became a lead China fund manager at Gartmore.
Following Awdry’s appointment as China fund manager, the assets managed by the Asia ex-Japan team will increase to $3.2bn from $2.4bn, the firm said.
Awdry has been managing the $820bn Henderson China Opportunities Fund since 2006.
On 30 September, Henderson had $124.1bn in assets under management on behalf of clients in the UK, Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America.