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25 Jun 2020

Investec Wealth expands in Belfast with four new senior hires

Investec Wealth & Investment is pleased to announce four new senior hires for its Belfast office, as it continues to invest in its discretionary fund management proposition across the UK.

It recently welcomed two new Senior Investment Directors, John Cubitt and Wayne Nickels and two new Investment Directors Ryan Cornett and Peter Rainey to its Belfast Office. They will manage both discretionary and non-discretionary portfolios for private clients, trusts, pensions and limited companies, using IW&I’s full range of services. Together they bring a combined 65 years of investment experience to IW&I Belfast. All four joined from Cunningham Coates (Smith & Williamson).


These new hires demonstrate Investec Wealth & Investment’s continued determination to deepen relationships in local markets. 


John Cubitt, a Chartered Wealth Manager, who has over 20 years of investment experience in a Senior Wealth Management role, most recently as Head of Estate Administration and Probate Services at Cunningham Coates says: “I am delighted to be joining Investec Wealth & Investment, one of the strongest names in the wealth management industry. It’s a very exciting time for the Belfast office and I look forward to working with the team to enhance our offering and presence in the Northern Ireland region.” Until recently, John was President of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, Northern Ireland (2017-19). 


Previously a Partner at Cunningham Coates and with almost 20 years of investment experience, Wayne Nickels is a Chartered Fellow and past President of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment, Northern Ireland (2013-15) as well as a Member of the Institute of Directors. Wayne says: "Investec have demonstrated, in word and deed, how they always put the client and society in general first and foremost. This ingrained moral component and holistic approach to deliver positive outcomes were core attractions to joining the UK's leading wealth management company. I'm really looking forward to sharing this experience with clients." 

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Ryan Cornett, a Chartered Wealth Manager, brings 13 years of investment experience from Cunningham Coates, rising to Associate Director, where he headed up their in-house Business Development team over the past three years. Speaking on his new role he says: “I am excited to have joined Investec Wealth & Investment. The company’s belief in building strong personal relationships combined with a first-class approach towards systems and support ensures that client experience remains front and centre at all times.”


Peter Rainey, Chartered Fellow of CISI has 13 years of investment experience at Cunningham Coates, rising to Associate Director. He is a Member of the House Sport and Social Committee of the Ulster Reform Club and Hon Treasurer of Coleraine Yacht Club. Commenting on his new role, Peter says: “I am delighted to have joined Investec Wealth & Investment, a wealth manager with a fantastic reputation and breadth of offering. The people I have met so far genuinely believe in the company’s core philosophies and values of integrity, distinctive performance, client focus and entrepreneurial spirit and I am looking forward to the immense opportunities the company offers.” 

Leigh Yeaman - Head of Investec's Belfast Office
Leigh Yeaman, IW&I Divisional Director for Northern Ireland

Our Belfast office has over 100 years of heritage in Northern Ireland, and we continue to invest in our future by recruiting talented local investment directors with knowledge of the Northern Ireland market. We’re delighted to welcome them to the company.

Meet the team

John Cubitt

Senior Investment Director

Peter Rainey

Investment Director

Ryan Cornett

Investment Director

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