I have been in financial services all my working life and have worked for a number of major financial services intermediaries, life insurance companies and professional firms. I have extensive management experience across a wide range of business functions.
The primary focus of my activities is my non-executive director positions alongside corporate activity i.e. acquisitions, integrations and sales, strategy and proposition and pricing, and performance of people, principally within intermediary firms.
I also consult on governance, risk and compliance effectiveness, and the selection and management and review of outsourced suppliers, in particular, discretionary fund managers, platforms, and compliance consultants.
FCII, FPMI, FPFS, CFP™, Chartered MCSI, CDir FIoD
Chartered Director, Chartered Financial Planner, Chartered Wealth Manager, Certified Financial Planner
I have been a member of the CII Executive Board, the CII Professional Standards Board, the CII Disciplinary Committee, The Society of Financial Advisers Board (now The Personal Finance Society) and Vice President of the CII.
Obsidian Financial Ltd
Tavistock Investments Plc
Wembley Multi-Academy Trust
Rennison Consulting Ltd – provides non-executive director services and consultancy services in the retail financial services sector to a range of intermediaries, providers, fund managers, and other companies.
2004 – 2008
THINC – chief operating officer, responsible for operations, compliance and provider relationships as well as the merger of THINC and Destini. I worked with the CEO to raise finance and latterly sell the company to AXA in 2006. After the acquisition, I was appointed group corporate director, responsible for company secretarial, legal, compliance, risk, provider relationships, including technical services and the due diligence in connection with acquisitions and their integration. Latterly, I was the compliance director.
2001 – 2004
Bradford & Bingley – Group Financial Services Director, responsible for negotiating and developing products for the bank’s 1,000 strong sales force and involved in the acquisition and integration of high net worth intermediaries.
1998 – 2001
Mercury/Merrill Lynch – Director of Merrill Lynch Pensions (life insurance subsidiary) and Merrill Lynch Unit Trust Managers, responsible for retail pension sales and marketing funds to life insurance companies.
1987 – 1998
Robson Rhodes Chartered Accountants – (now part of Grant Thornton), equity partner in charge of the financial services subsidiary, led the consultancy for the pension transfer and opt-out review, and marketed the firm’s services to specialist industry sectors.
Vanbrugh Life (Now Prudential) – top new business consultant developing new intermediary relationships as well as re-invigorating dormant connections.
1976 – 1985
Barclays Insurance Services BISCo (Barclays Bank’s in-house financial services subsidiary) and Barclays Life – consistently amongst the top advisers and latterly responsible for the most productive team and then developing products for the Barclays Life sales force.