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The Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben
Chairman - PIMFA
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.
Chief Executive - Murray Asset Management Ltd
Ruthven Gemmell is the Chief Executive of Murray Asset Management, based in Edinburgh. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and holds a Diploma in Financial Planning with the Personal Finance Society.
Ruthven is also a dual qualified solicitor (Scotland and England/Wales) and a Partner of Murray Beith Murray. He is a former President of the Law Society of Scotland and a part-time Judge in the Finance and Tax Chamber of The First Tier Tribunal and a member of the Tax and Chancery Chamber of The Upper Tribunal. He is also a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).
Senior Partner - Killik & Co Management
Paul has 50 years experience in Private Client Stockbroking, including over 30 years in two senior management roles. Before founding Killik & Co Paul was a Partner of Killik Haley & Co which merged with Quilter Goodison in 1975.
He ran the Private Client Department from 1983 and, during that time, they opened the UK’s first share shop in Debenhams, Oxford St. Paul is a board member of IMFA and is a Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute.
Killik & Co opened for business in 1989, with a vision to create a new type of investment firm, committed to increasing the understanding and use of equities and bonds as savings tools. Uniquely, the company provides a high level of personal service via its network of shop/offices, offering expert Savings Planning and Investment advice to investors, in a less intimidating environment.
Under Paul’s leadership, the company has grown rapidly and has become a significant player in the savings market. It is also one of the few remaining independent Partnerships in this space, owned by its practitioners.
Co-Chief Executive - Smith & Williamson
David is co-chief executive of Smith & Williamson Holdings Limited with responsibility for the investment management and banking division.
As such, he is a member of the Holdings board and is Chairman of the investment management and banking subsidiary board. In his role as co-chief executive, David is also a member of the tax and business services subsidiary board.
Managing Partner - Redmayne-Bentley LLP
David Loudon is Managing Partner at Redmayne-Bentley. David’s career in financial services began in 1989 as Operations Manager for HFC Bank plc. He was appointed a Partner of Redmayne-Bentley Stockbrokers in 1995 and Managing Partner in 2006. He has represented the firm as a member of various industry groups and is also a regular commentator about stock market events for BBC Radio. In addition to his role in the industry, David is also a Trustee and the Chair of Finance and Audit for the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation, one of the largest NHS-linked charities in the UK. David studied at the University of Manchester and earned an MBA from Cass Business School, London.
Head of Wealth Management UK - Deutsche Bank Wealth Management
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.
Managing Partner - Bottriell Adams LLP
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.
Co-opted Board Member
Martin a chartered accountant joined DBS Management plc, one of the original networks of financial advisers, as Finance Director and was appointed Chief Executive of the Group in May 1996. In 1997 the Group was admitted to the full Official List of The London Stock Exchange.
In the summer of 2000 he joined a number of Boards as a Non Executive Director.
Whilst a non-executive member of the Board of Tenet, Martin served as Chairman of both the Risk and Audit Committees. In August 2011 he was appointed Chief Executive. In addition Martin has represented the Group and more generally financial advisers as a whole for a number of years through his directorship of APFA (formally AIFA) and now PIMFA.
Co-opted Board Member & Principal of Capstone
Lawrence is the Principal of Capstone, a research, advisory and investment firm focused on digital. He is the former CEO of Innovate Finance, the UK not-for-profit FinTech members association. He has over 20 years’ experience as an advisor, executive, board member and owner working with start-ups to global brands, and has worked in the financial services, technology, and energy sectors in Europe, Asia and North America.
Finance Director - Ruffer LLP
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.
CEO - Sanlam Private Office
Penny was appointed as CEO of The Private Office and the Sanlam UK Executive Committee in 2017. She has over 25 years advising private clients, families and charities. Previously Penny was Managing Director at Rothschild and Fleming Family and Partners. Before Joining Sanlam, Penny was Head of Private Client, Marketing and Distribution at Close Brothers Asset Management and a member of the Executive Committee.
Penny holds the Diploma in French Civilisation from La Sorbonne. She graduated from Manchester University with a BA Honours in English and Italian. Penny trained at Friends Provident in financial planning and investment management. She is PCIAM qualified.
Penny is presently a trustee for Prism: the Gift Fund and Pennies, the Digital Charity Box and sits on the Advisory Board at Park Theatre
Deputy CEO, Handelsbanken Plc and Chair of Heartwood Wealth Management
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.
CEO - Openwork Limited
Since 2015, Mark Duckworth has served as Chief Executive Officer of Openwork, one of the largest next-generation financial advice networks in the United Kingdom. He is responsible for group and distribution strategy and oversees the development of the network’s investment fund proposition.
Duckworth originally joined the company as a Commercial Development Director in 2010 and was appointed as Managing Director of Distribution and Marketing less than a year later.
He joined Openwork from Living Time, an entrepreneurial start up credited with creating the Fixed Term Annuity. Here he served as Distribution and Partnerships Director, responsible for sales distribution, strategy and key deals throughout the United Kingdom.
Prior to this, Duckworth held tenures at various major investment firms. He served as Strategy Director and Distribution Director at Prudential, where he was responsible for distribution throughout Europe and the Middle East; National Sales Manager at French multi-national insurance firm AXA; and as a Regional Sales Manager for Scottish Amicable.
Global Head of Wealth Management - Schroders Group
Peter Hall is Global Head of Wealth Management for the Schroders Group and sits on the Group Management Committee. Over the past twenty years, he has held leadership roles in Wealth Management at UBS, Barclays and Tilney. Peter started his career in Corporate Finance at Warburgs after graduating in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford. He has an MBA from INSEAD, France.
Managing Director, Head of Client Service & Delivery - Coutts
Stuart is Managing Director, Head of Client Service & Delivery at Coutts & Co where he is a member of the Executive Committee. Stuart began his career in 1982 at NatWest in retail banking, joining Coutts & Co in 1999 . He has undertaken a variety of senior management roles across Wealth Management, Banking and Change management. A keen technologist he is interested in the application of emergent technology to our industry and the ethical issues it can raise.
Stuart holds an MBA from Warwick and is a Fellow of the Chartered Banker Institute.
CEO - Interactive Investor
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.
CEO - Hawksmoor Investment Management
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 Board of the Council of the Institute of Directors (IOD) where she also sits on the Nomination Committee and is Chair of the Governance Review Group.
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, walking, reading, travel, theatre and more recently training a newly acquired Great Dane puppy!