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WH Ireland Group Plc Appoint Stephen Ford as New Head of Wealth Management

WH Ireland Group Plc (LON: WHI) has today announced that it has appointed Stephen Ford as the head of its Wealth Management division. Stephen will join WH Ireland during February 2019 and his exact start date will be notified in due course.

Stephen is an experienced executive director and leader in the wealth and investment management sector with a proven track record of implementing strategic change and generating shareholder value. Between 2000 and 2016 he worked at Brewin Dolphin, both in the role of Head of the London Office. He was later made Transformation Director, where he led the design and delivery of the business transformation programme. In 2013, Stephen was appointed as Head of Wealth & Investment Management at Brewin Dolphin, and became an executive board member of Brewin Dolphin Holdings plc, with responsibility for the group’s income, growth, advice standards and customer outcomes.

Since 2016, Stephen has been an Executive Director of City Asset Management, the provider of investment services to private clients and families, where he has reviewed and reinforced the investment process, reshaped the sales and distribution strategy which has resulted in significant AUM growth over the past 2 years.

Commenting on the appointment, Phillip Wale, CEO, WH Ireland said:

“Appointing someone of Stephen’s calibre to the role of Head of Wealth Management represents an exciting step for the Company as we continue along our path towards profitability and growing both of our businesses. I look forward to working with Stephen as we invest in, develop and grow the wealth management proposition at WH Ireland.”

Commenting, Stephen Ford said:

“I am looking forward to growing the wealth management franchise at WH Ireland and believe that there is real opportunity for the division to continue to grow and thrive.”