Clive Waller – Chairman
Clive held positions in sales and marketing over 25 years with Scottish Amicable and Zurich Insurance. He was Investment Sales Manager and Sales Director at Zurich Life and Group Director at ZIFA. He became Managing Partner of the Training Design Studio in 1999, writing and delivering training programmes on taxation, pensions and investment. At the same time, he set up the specialized research-based consultancy, CWC Research, with his wife, Monica, to provide data and advice to insurers, fund managers and specialist consultancies.
Clive is well known for his work in the platform sector, especially the publishing of detailed research studies. He part wrote and published the first book on platforms, “The Adviser Guide to Platforms and the Provision of Advice”. He conceived and promotes the only major platform industry awards event, now in its ninth year, The Aberdeen UK Platform Awards.
Clive has an MBA from Wolsey Hall, Oxford, and is an associate of the Personal Financial Society.
He is a regular feature writer and speaker at industry events.
Peter Le Beau
Peter Le Beau has worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years and is one of the best known speakers and writers in the business. Although Peter’s career has been largely spent in reassurance, he has extensive experience in business to business marketing and in helping clients to think in original ways about their marketing approach. Peter’s success in helping Swiss Re to develop its proposition in the UK has given him an enviable network of contacts throughout the marketplace. Peter believes that business should be fun without sacrificing professionalism and has a keen sense of humour which is very much in evidence in the advice he dispenses to clients.
Peter has worked or consulted in the US, South Africa, Asia and European life markets.
Peter has established the net-work, a highly successful standing conference in financial services which meets four times a year. Further details can be found at the-net-work.org
Peter was awarded the MBE for Services to Insurance and Charity in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in June 2009.
Justin Urquhart Stewart
Having trained as a barrister, Justin took up corporate finance, working in both Africa and Singapore. He then went into marketing with a focus on corporate cash management facilities. This led him to help found Broker Services in 1986, which went on to become Barclays Stockbrokers, where he was Marketing Director. In early 2001, he co-founded Seven Investment Management, an investment management business that innovated the UK investment market with the introduction of the first Sterling Investment Wrap Account which now manages and administers in excess of £1.6 billion on behalf of professional financial wealth managers and intermediaries.
Justin has a keen interest in developing the investment market to break down as many of the traditional barriers as possible for both private investors and smaller companies. He writes regularly for national magazines and newspapers, and is a frequent commentator on television and radio, both in the UK and abroad.
Born in Zimbabwe and educated in Scotland, David spent 20 years in the asset management industry with Fidelity, Threadneedle, Mellon Bank and JPMorgan. Following a period working as a consultant for a number of wrap and platform clients, David joined IFDS in 2007 with responsibility for European sales and marketing for fund manager and platform services.
David sits on a number of industry bodies and boards and currently chairs the TISA Platform Council.
Geoff Towers was told by his first boss to learn the investment industry before he offered advice. Consequently he has worked as a salesman, a trader and a fund manager, before becoming Citibank Asset Management’s operations head, running Barclays International Funds Group, and moving on to be CEO of Standard Life’s wrap and platform business. He joined L&G to turn around their distribution business including acquiring ownership Cofunds. Most recently, he has worked with FriendsLife to design and deliver their strategic response to the 2014 Pension Freedoms.
Geoff’s great interest is understanding and closing the gap between what our customers want and what the industry can provide. So despite experience from five continents, he is still learning – although that doesn’t stop him offering advice.
Malcolm Kerr is a Senior Adviser at EY (Ernst & Young) EMEIA Financial Services. He works with leading life insurers, fund managers, platforms, retail banks, private banks and wealth managers. Assignments tend to be focussed on operational strategy, performance improvement, regulatory change and M&A.
Malcolm is renowned for spending time in his clients’ markets. He is a regular chairman, presenter and facilitator at industry events and a frequent contributor to trade and national press.
Before joining EY 10 years ago, Malcolm spent 5 years with another “Big Four” firm prior to which he held a number of senior executive and board positions in the industry based in the US and the UK.
Simon is Head of Proposition, FundsNetwork.
He spent the early part of his career working on the advisory side of the industry at Towry Law, where he held a number of roles including managing the research function, preparing the firm for Pensions A Day and creating a low cost SIPP. In 2006 Simon moved to software provider Distribution Technology, where heworked as domain in expert with DT’s enterprise clients, and was commissioned by ABI and BBA to lead the creation of an early iteration of the Simplified Advice concept, known as Assisted Purchase.
Simon joined Fidelity Worldwide Investment in 2009 and since 2010 has been responsible for the proposition of the FundsNetwork intermediary platform. Simon is a Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of the PFS.
Heather Hopkins is Research Director with Platforum, part of Centaur Financial. Heather has worked in the field of market research, competitive intelligence and industry bench marking for over two decades in North America, Asia and Europe. Heather sits on the executive committee of Centaur Financial and the Centaur Leadership Team. She is interested in the future of advice, customer behavior, vertical integration, customer communication and digital engagement.
Tony’s achievements span 30 years in the international financial services industry, specializing in high growth businesses focused on technology and outsourcing. As leader of Bravura Solutions’ global operations, Tony focuses primarily on expanding the business, working closely with the executive team on the company’s long-term strategy.
Prior to his appointment as Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in 2011, Tony was Bravura’s CEO for the European, Middle East and Africa region, having joined in 2008. Under his guidance, Bravura expanded significantly in the region both through organic and acquisitive growth.
Tony’s areas of expertise extend from M&A to IPOs and major change programmes. A pioneer in internet banking and payment systems, his track record includes a number of strategic advisory, management and board roles for major international banks, life companies and technology businesses.
Chris (Dunstan) Read is founder and CEO at Dunstan Thomas (DT), since 1986. Over the past 3 decades he has been working at DT delivering software solutions across industry and more recently over the last two decades, in the pensions and the savings market. DT’s software platform, Imago, delivers technology and service solutions to support the life cycle of products for providers and platforms.
Chris is also founder of Singing Gorilla Projects a not for profit organisation delivering community based projects in Uganda, that give people choices so that they can enrich their own lives and improve the welfare of their communities in a creative and sustainable manner.
James became Co-Head of UK Intermediary Business in October 2016. He was previously Head of UK Institutions and Strategic Accounts in September 2013, with responsibility for Schroders’ relationship with our largest distribution partners in the UK.
James joined Schroders in 2007 as Head of Marketing – UK with responsibility for all aspects of our marketing to clients in our UK intermediary and institutional businesses. Prior to joining Schroders, James spent 6 years at Baring Asset Management as Director, Fund Promotion & Marketing, where he was responsible for marketing to clients based in the UK and latterly in Asia. James’ career began in 1996 when he joined John Govett & Co.