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  • The Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben
    Chairman - PIMFA

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    The Rt. Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, was a Minister in the governments of Margaret Thatcher and John Major for sixteen years, when he was Secretary of State for Agriculture and Secretary of State for the Environment.

    Prior to becoming Chairman of PIMFA he was Chairman of the Association of Professional Financial Advisers (APFA).   He is a member of the Board of the Castle Trust.  He set up and now runs Sancroft, a Corporate Responsibility consultancy working with blue-chip companies around the world on environmental, social and ethical issues.

  • Gary Bottriell
    Managing Partner - Bottriell Adams LLP

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    Gary is a Chartered Financial Planner and the Managing Partner of a financial planning and investment management firm based in Dorset serving a small but geographically diverse clientele. Prior to the merger with the WMA Gary was Deputy Chair of APFA. Gary is a Member of the Chartered Insurance Institutes’ Professional Standards Board having previously been Deputy Chair of the Examiners Committee and a senior examiner in the business law, tax and pensions level six qualifications. Gary is a Lay Member of the Upper Tribunal Tax and Chancery Chamber where he makes determinations in references made by firms and individuals in respect of actions taken against them by the Financial Services regulators. From 2006 to 2012 Gary was a member of the FSA’s Regulatory Decisions Committee.

  • Tracey Davidson
    Deputy CEO, Handelsbanken Plc and Chair of Heartwood Wealth Management

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    Tracey is Deputy Chief Executive of Handelsbanken Plc, the UK arm of Handelsbanken Group.

    Tracey started her career at Barclays where she worked across the UK latterly in a variety of senior positions within the corporate and wealth management divisions. Tracey joined Handelsbanken in 2003 and accelerated her career quickly becoming Senior Vice President and Head of Northern UK. During this time Tracey was entrusted to lead an acquisition team to identify and acquire an investment and wealth management business. After the successful acquisition of Heartwood (a wholly owned subsidiary of Handelsbanken Plc), Tracey was appointed CEO in 2014. During Tracey’s tenure as CEO, the firm received numerous awards for its global multi-asset funds, wealth management solutions, and as Best Private Bank. In 2019 Tracey took on the position of Deputy CEO of Handelsbanken Plc.

    Tracey is also a Board member of the Chartered Institute for Securities And Investment (CISI). Tracey was named one of PAM’s Top 50 Most Influential in 2019. She also received the ‘Initiatives in Diversity’ award at The City of London Wealth Management Awards 2019.

  • Myles Marmion
    Co-opted Board member

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    Myles worked at ED&F Man Holdings where he was Group Chief Financial Officer and previously Head of Corporate Finance and Risk. Myles started his career at Ernst & Young and then worked for Robert Fleming Holdings Limited and Maple Financial Group. He joined Ruffer in 2009.

  • Michael Morley
    Head of Wealth Management UK - Deutsche Bank Wealth Management

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    Michael joined Deutsche Bank in July 2017 following seven years as Chief Executive of Coutts & Co. From September 2010 he was also Chairman of the Board of Royal Bank of Scotland International, the offshore banking business of the RBS Group in the Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man and the Crown Territory of Gibraltar.

    He spent eight years with Merrill Lynch as Managing Director for UK Private Banking and Director of Private Wealth Services for Europe and the Middle East and five years as Head of International Private Banking at Barclays Wealth and CEO of Barclays Switzerland.

    He is a Board Director of Walpole British Luxury and in 2014 he became a founding member of the China Advisory Council of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge. In 2016 he was appointed to the Board of the British Bankers Association and Chair of the BBA Private Banking and Wealth Management Advisory Panel now part UK Finance.

    Michael is married to a Spaniard, has two sons and studied Modern and Medieval Languages at Christ’s College, Cambridge.  He lives in London and Madrid.

  • Sarah Soar
    CEO - Hawksmoor Investment Management

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    Sarah has 35 years’ experience in investment and wealth management having previously worked for Seymour Pierce Butterfield, Brewin Dolphin and JM Finn. She has held roles ranging from Investment Manager, Head of Office, Regional Managing Director, National Director, Business Development Director and Head of Investment Management. She was the first woman to be appointed to the board of Brewin Dolphin Holdings PLC, a FTSE 250 company.

    Sarah currently sits on the board of PIMFA, the trade body of the wealth management industry, and is Chair of its Nomination Committee.  Sarah is also on the Council of the Institute of Directors (IOD) where she also sits on the Nomination Committee.

    In the past she has held external roles such as Chair of Governors of St Francis School, Pewsey and Chair of the Marie Curie Spring Arts Committee.

    Married with two daughters, Sarah is a strong supporter of diversity and inclusion and is a mentor to a number of young women in the wealth management industry.

    In her spare time she enjoys swimming, yoga, Pilates, reading, travel, theatre and walking her Great Dane.

  • Richard Wilson
    CEO - Interactive Investor

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    Richard has 25 years’ experience leading scaled international service and transformation delivery in retail and wholesale banking and broking financial services. He spent 13 years with Societe Generale CIB in various roles in London, New York and Paris, including Finance, Operations, CTO and Data.

    Richard then spent 12 years with Newedge, the global derivatives broker, one of the 30 UK systemic risk firms, where he was CTO, then CEO and ultimately Chairman, responsibility for both multiple firm acquisitions and integrations, and delivering award winning service. More recently Richard was CAO of the Co-operative Bank from May 2015 – May 2016, where he led the bank’s operating model transformation and banking operations. Richard became CEO of interactive investor (ii) in March 2017 and has been an ii Board Director since October 2015.


  • Mike Morrow
    Chief commercial officer

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    A highly experienced leader who has performed a variety of senior level Wealth Management roles. Has worked at AXA, HSBC and Ascentric (formerly part of the Royal London Group) before joining Openwork as Wealth & Platform Director in June 2015. He currently manages the Wealth & Platform Channel, which encompasses all distribution and proposition development functions, and carries the attaching SMF responsibilities.

    Mike is a member of the Openwork Investment Committee, the Executive, and a number of Openwork Boards (Openwork Access Limited, 2Plan and Openwork Wealth Services Ltd). A strong track record in sales delivery, change and relationship management, he has an open, engaging, “hands on” style that allows him to operate easily at all levels, building empathy, trust and commitment readily. His personal network in the UK Wealth Management industry is wide reaching and comprehensive.

    He is an excellent communicator in small and large forums, a regular panellist and speaker at industry events and an approved press spokesperson.


  • Ciaran Whelan
    Managing Director, Investec Bank plc and CEO of Investec Wealth and Investment (UK)

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    Ciaran has held various senior positions globally with the Investec group over the past 30 years. Ciaran sits on the Investec Board as an Executive Director. Before being appointed to his current roles in April 2020, Ciaran was Group Chief Operating Officer, and prior to that he was Group Director of Risk and Global Head of Private Banking.

    Between 2013 and 2015 Ciaran was CEO of Investec Bank Australia Ltd and prior to that, he was CEO of Investec Employee Benefits Limited.

    Before joining Investec in 1988 as a financial manager, Ciaran was an audit manager at KPMG Inc., having completed his articles at Coopers & Lybrand in Ireland.

    His qualifications include Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (Ireland), a Higher Diploma in Tax (RAU, South Africa) and an Advanced Management Course (INSEAD University in Paris, France).


  • Geoff Towers

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    Geoff brings over 35 years of wealth management and investment services experience including leadership roles at Citibank, Legal & General and Friends Life. He was the managing director of Barclays International Funds Group and he was the first chief executive of Standard Life’s platform business. He has worked in financial services in some 20+ countries and so has experienced a wide variety of regulatory and business environments.

    He served as CEO of BNY Mellon’s Pershing Ltd for six years before deciding to step down in June 2021 to focus on a number of non-executive roles.

    Geoff has a particular interest in some of the more complex areas of diversity and inclusion and, in particular, in unconscious bias and how we can overcome its effects. Geoff serves on the advisory board of the City of London Social Mobility Task Force.

  • James Clarry
    Chief Operating Officer

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    James is the Chief Operating Officer for NatWest Wealth Businesses, which includes the market-leading brand of Coutts & Co. He took on this role in July 2017, having previously headed up the Lending proposition for Private Banking clients. James is a proud executive sponsor for Diversity & Inclusion, LGBTQ+ and Learning. He has been recognised as one of the PAM ‘Top 40 under 40’ winners and nominated for the Women in Finance Awards for 2018, 2019 and 2021 for the active role he plays as an advocate in supporting women in business, as well as Male Allies and winner of the Investing in Ethnicity ‘Champion’ award in 2021.

    James was General Counsel for the Wealth division of RBS from 2011 until 2015. He began his career at Allen & Overy and after moving in-house, held a range of senior roles across the Group, including General Counsel for the Markets business, interim Chief Risk Officer and interim Chief Compliance Officer for Wealth.  A Coutts Executive Committee member since 2011, James led the sale of the Coutts International business early in 2015 and Adam Bank in 2021 and is currently focused on building a more client focused, efficient and commercial business across the Coutts and NatWest Premier business. In his role as COO, James has driven the growth of the business; solidifying the goal of making Coutts the best Wealth Manager for the UK.

    James lives near Brighton with wife Annie and four children.  He is an active member of St. Peters Church, Brighton and a keen runner.

  • Nick Bettison

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    Nick is a Partner at Redmayne Bentley with experience in Wealth Management & Stockbroking extending over three decades. His formative years were spent in dealing, stockbroking and investment management positions before joining Redmayne Bentley’s senior management team in 2008, leading a number of acquisitions and regional expansion. Based in London, Nick sits on a number of Redmayne Bentley’s key control committees and is a member of the Main and Executive Boards where he is central in Redmayne Bentley’s business strategy and development.