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Thesis hires Standard Life Wealth man to head Guildford arm

Thesis hires Standard Life Wealth man to head Guildford arm

Thesis has hired Jem Turrell from Standard Life Wealth to head up its Guildford branch.

The appointment comes after Charles Stanley poached Thesis AM’s previous Guildford head John Devine.

Wealth Manager revealed in January that Devine had resigned from Thesis.

Turrell joins during a period of growth at Thesis following a management buyout in 2017. The business kicked off an acquisition drive with the purchase of Bath-based discretionary manager Cambridge Fund Managers last year.

The firm’s Guildford office has £120 million in assets under management, and recently hired Tim Harman from Royal Bank of Canada as an investment manager.

Turrell joins after five years at Standard Life Wealth, where he was a senior client portfolio manager. He has previously worked at Towry, Lloyds and Natwest.

Director of marketing and business development at Thesis Lawrence Cook said: ‘Jem’s experience in the wealth management sector is going to be a real asset for the business going forward.

‘He joins at what is an exciting time for Thesis and we believe he has the skillset to help the business continue on its growth trajectory.’

Director and investment manager Tony Gammon had taken interim stewardship of Thesis AM’s Guildford office following Devine’s departure.

A number of staff left Thesis alongside Devine in January, including client director Kate Nathoo who joined Charles Stanley and Wealth Manager Top 30 Under 30 regular Sam Lansdowne, who joined rival Seven Investment Management.

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