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Rowan Dartington makes triple raid in regional drive

Rowan Dartington makes triple raid in regional drive

Rowan Dartington is moving full steam ahead with its ambitious growth plans, hiring three investment managers across its branch network.

The firm has recruited David Robertson, Andrew Hough-Smith and Andrew Richiardi as investment managers in its Glasgow, Manchester and London offices respectively.

Robertson joins from Psigma Investment Management where he was a private client director. There, he headed the company’s AIM inheritance tax portfolio service in Scotland and he will relocate from Edinburgh to Glasgow for the role.

Over the last year Rowan Dartington executive chairman Graham Coxell (pictured) has seen the firm increase its headcount from 131 people to more than 250, while also broadening its geographical reach.

Since its acquisition by St James’s Place (SJP) in 2015, the company has been on a significant growth drive.

Most recently SJP put in a further £5 million to help the company’s expansion plans, on top of an earlier £12 million cash injection in 2017.

Prior to Psigma, Robertson, who has 28 years’ experience in financial services, worked in a number of sales roles, including at Martin Currie Investment Management and as London Stock Exchange’s regional sales manager for Ireland and Scotland.

He also worked as an institutional fund manager and equity analyst at Standard Life Investments, covering Japanese equities for 14 years. He has also had a spell as a portfolio manager covering Asia, for boutique fund house Blairlogie Capital Management.

Hough-Smith joins Rowan Dartington from HSBC Retail Banking and Wealth Management where he had been a wealth manager for the past two years. Prior to this he was at WH Ireland.

Richiardi, who joins Rowan Dartington from Alliance Trust, was a business development manager. Prior to this, he worked as a retirement specialist for Axa Life Invest for two and a half years.

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