Kleinwort Hambros strengthens UK regional presence with senior appointments

Employment & Skills | Financial Services | South East
Richard Brown

Kleinwort Hambros, a private bank in the UK, has today announced a series of senior appointments to bolster its regional presence across the UK.

Leigh Philpot has been appointed the new Head of UK Regions, with immediate effect.  In this newly created role, Leigh will be based in London and will report to Andrew Hillery, Head of UK Private Banking.  He will be responsible for overseeing and implementing the UK regional strategy outside of London and strengthening its nationwide presence.  Kleinwort Hambros currently has four regional offices in Newbury, Cambridge, Leeds and Edinburgh.

Leigh previously headed up the Private Banking and Discretionary Fund Management team at Kleinwort Hambros.  Most recently, Leigh created the bank’s IFA proposition, working alongside external advisers across the country to offer investment and private banking solutions to their clients. Prior to this, Leigh worked for Ely Fund Managers (now part of Rathbones) and Killik & Co, the advisory stockbrokers.

To support Leigh, Chris Thomson has been named Deputy Head of UK Regions.  This is in addition to his role as Head of the Edinburgh office, which he founded in 2008.  Prior to Kleinwort Hambros, Chris spent twelve years in investment banking, split between London and New York.

Richard Brown and Mark Sinclair have also recently been appointed Head of Yorkshire and Head of Cambridge, respectively.

In their new roles, Richard and Mark will be responsible for leading their respective businesses and coordinating a wide range of private banking and wealth management services, including fiduciary, investment, financial planning and credit solutions for high net worth clients across Yorkshire, Cambridge and the surrounding areas.

With an amalgamation of over 60 years’ experience in financial services and private banking, Richard was formerly a wealth manager at Coutts and relationship manager for Lloyds Private Banking, while Mark had been a director at HSBC Private Bank and was later Head of UK Clients at HSBC Private Bank Monaco.

Commenting on the appointments, Andrew Hillery, Head of UK Private Banking at Kleinwort Hambros, said: “Half of the wealth in the UK is outside London and regional expansion will be a key aspect of our client offer and future growth.  With their strong track records and impressive experience in the private banking industry, we are confident that Leigh, Chris, Richard and Mark will help to take our UK business forward. It also demonstrates our recognition and support for promoting internal talent.”

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