Simon Taylor joins from Aberdeen Standard Investments, where he was a Global Strategic Client Director for the Americas. Prior to that, he worked at Standard Life Aberdeen over a thirty-year period, most recently as Head of Industry Relationships. He will be based in Investec’s London office, focusing on strategic partnerships with national and networked advisory businesses.

Louise Slade has more than 20 years of experience in financial services and joins from HSBC Asset Management, where she was a director for the Midlands and South West regions. She will be based in Investec’s Birmingham office.

Ed Walker joins as a Business Development Director from Quilter Cheviot, where he was based in their Bristol office building successful relationships with financial advisers across the South West of England and South Wales.

He joins with 12 years industry experience developing strategies for firms to de-risk their business through the use of discretionary and managed portfolios with a focus on providing tax efficient investment solutions for clients.

In their new roles, Louise and Ed will focus on growing the use of Investec’s MPS offering, as well as working with IFAs to promote Investec’s bespoke discretionary services in the Midlands and South West regions respectively.

John Cowmeadow, Head of Intermediary Sales at Investec, commented:

“Collectively, these three hires show the scale of our ambition to support intermediaries. By expanding our team with high-calibre people, we plan to grow our business to support more and more IFAs as they build competitive advantage, helping their clients to protect, grow and tax-efficiently pass on their wealth.”

Investec Group released its financial year end results on 21 May 2021, where the Wealth & Investment business in the UK and Europe increased adjusted operating profit by 18.0% to £74.3 million (FY2020: £63.0 million) and recorded positive net organic growth in FUM of 3.3% since 31 March 2020.

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