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Our People

Meet some of the people who work at Kleinwort Hambros

Our employees reflect our values of professionalism, innovation and team spirit.  They are focused on delivering results for the business and for our clients in a sustainable manner, by developing long-term, enduring relationships with clients, colleagues and partners.

Meet some of our employees by following the links on the right.

Executive Committee

John Maitland

John Maitland

Group Chief Executive Officer
John Maitland
Gabrielle Branson

Gabrielle Branson

Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Gabrielle Branson
Mouhammed Choukeir

Mouhammed Choukeir

Chief Investment Officer and Deputy CEO
Mouhammed Choukeir
Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Channel Islands Chief Executive Officer
Mike Allen
Emma Perez

Emma Perez

Gibraltar Chief Executive Officer
Emma Perez
Paul Kearney

Paul Kearney

Head of Private Banking, Commercial Director
Paul Kearney
Elena Orsini

Elena Orsini

Head of HR
Elena Orsini
Jean-Pierre Flais

Jean-Pierre Flais

Head of Banking and Conduct
Jean-Pierre Flais
Tara Palmer

Tara Palmer

Chief Operating Officer
Tara Palmer
Oliver Duplan Meredith

Oliver Duplan Meredith

Chief Financial Officer
Oliver Duplan Meredith
Phil McIlwraith

Phil McIlwraith

CEO and Group Head of Trust & Fiduciary Services
Phil McIlwraith
Christophe Huchet

Christophe Huchet

Channel Islands Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Christophe Huchet
John Maitland

John Maitland

Group Chief Executive Officer

Kleinwort Hambros

John holds the position of Kleinwort Hambros Group Chief Executive Officer having been appointed to this role on 1st July 2018. As CEO of Kleinwort Hambros, John has the overall responsibility for implementing the strategic objectives of the Group business and ensuring the KH Group remains a major brand within the UK wealth management market.

Prior to being appointed CEO he was the KH Group Commercial Director with responsibility for defining the commercial proposition and strategic direction for Kleinwort Hambros. John joined SGPB Hambros in May 2011 having previously been Head of Private Clients at Barings where he was responsible for the development of both the onshore and offshore private client business.

John joined Baring Asset Management in 2002 from Merrill Lynch, where he worked in the International Private Client Group and held the position of Managing Director for the United Kingdom and Ireland.

His fourteen year tenure at Merrill Lynch included running both offshore and onshore private client business in the UK as well as managing the Merrill Lynch offices in Geneva and Dubai.

Prior to Merrill Lynch John worked at Schroders in the Institutional Equity Division. John received a BA from Durham University and spent three years in the Army.

Gabrielle Branson

Gabrielle Branson

Deputy Chief Executive Officer

Kleinwort Hambros

Gabrielle Branson was appointed Deputy CEO on 1 July 2018. She has also been a member of the Board of SG Kleinwort Hambros Bank limited since October 2012.

As a Managing Director and Group Secretary General of Kleinwort Hambros Gabrielle is responsible for the Banks’ regulatory relationships and leads multi-jurisdictional senior management teams for legal, compliance, financial crime, client tax affairs, corporate secretariat and office of the CEO.

Gabrielle has extensive knowledge and experience in private banking and asset management having previously covered a variety of senior management and commercial positions including as Head of UK Domestic Private Banking, Group Business Manager, Director of Product Development and Sales Management and Senior Private Banker as well as General Counsel.

Gabrielle has a Masters in Business Administration with distinction from Said Business School, Oxford University, and is a member of the Law Society having trained and practiced as a financial services lawyer with Hogan Lovells.

Gabrielle is a Société Générale Ambassador and a member of the Société Générale Private Banking Group Management Committee. Her personal interests include alpine skiing, hiking and watching a wide variety of sports.

Mouhammed Choukeir

Mouhammed Choukeir

Chief Investment Officer and Deputy CEO

Kleinwort Hambros

Mouhammed is deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer for Kleinwort Hambros heading up the investment management team. He is responsible for all aspects of the investment proposition, leading a team of experienced investment strategists and portfolio managers. He also co-chairs the Global Investment Committee for Societe General, Kleinwort Hambros’ parent company.

He is a frequent speaker at conferences and events, and a regular contributor to the media. In the past few years, the investment team has secured a number of industry awards and accolades for excellence and investment performance including Investment Team of the Year.
 
Previously, Mouhammed was Head of Multi-Asset Class investing at Morgan Stanley for Europe, Middle East and Asia, where he was responsible for managing portfolios for private (UHNW individuals and family offices) and institutional (endowments, charities) clients. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley in 2002, Mouhammed spent his early career in the fixed income division of Citigroup’s investment bank in New York, London and Madrid.  
 
Mouhammed has a Masters in Finance with distinction from London Business School, and a Bachelor’s degree with first class honours from the University of London, King’s College. He is also a CFA charter holder and a member of the CFA Institute.
 
Mouhammed is a board member and trustee for a number of educational charities, and serves as a school governor at a local secondary school. His personal interests include long distance triathlons, hiking and dance theatre.

Mike Allen

Mike Allen

Channel Islands Chief Executive Officer

SG Kleinwort Hambros (Channel Islands) Limited

Mike Allen was appointed CEO of SG Kleinwort Hambros (Channel Islands) Ltd following the acquisition of Kleinwort Benson by Societe Generale in June 2016, having been CEO of SG Hambros (Channel Islands) Limited since 2011.
Prior to this he was the Head of Private Banking and Director of SGPB Hambros in the Channel Islands from 2000, having joined the group in 1997.

Since his new appointment he has been focused on the integration and development of the firm’s offshore business in the Channel Islands.

Having received a Bachelor of Commerce from Birmingham University in 1981, Mike began his banking career that same year with Lloyds Bank International Ltd. Mike has held various executive positions in Corporate and Investment Banking divisions in London, Paris, Lisbon, Brazil and PNG. In 1991 he moved to BBVA where he worked for the corporate and investment banking arms in Oporto, Madrid and Frankfurt.

Mike resides in Guernsey with his family.

Emma Perez

Emma Perez

Gibraltar Chief Executive Officer

Societe Generale Private Banking Hambros (SGPB Hambros)

Mrs Emma Perez is the Chief Executive Officer of SGPB Hambros in Gibraltar and has a comprehensive knowledge of the banking industry. Emma joined the group in 2001, heading up the finance department in Gibraltar. She was made a director of the Gibraltar entity in 2002 and later become deputy MD responsible for all support functions.

She has held her current role since 2006 and was therefore in situ during the acquisition of ABN Gibraltar in 2008, where she was instrumental in ensuring the full integration of the two businesses.

Emma has previously held the post of president of the Gibraltar Bankers Association and is currently a non-executive member of the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission. A fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, Emma trained with KPMG before moving to Credit Suisse to pursue her banking career.

She is married and has two daughters who take up all of her spare time. Emma was included in the Citywealth IFC Power Women top 200 list for 2015.

Paul Kearney

Paul Kearney

Head of Private Banking, Commercial Director

Kleinwort Hambros

Paul is Head of KH Private Banking and Commercial Director of Kleinwort Hambros, part of the Societe Generale group. He is responsible for defining the commercial proposition and strategic direction of the Private Banking business across the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar.

Prior to the merger of Kleinwort Benson and SGPB Hambros, Paul was the Head of Private Banking at Kleinwort Benson (‘KB’), having joined in 2011.
 
Paul’s career has involved senior leadership positions in international investment banking and asset management organisations. Immediately prior to joining KB, he established and ran a successful family office.
 
Paul holds a degree in economics and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

Elena Orsini

Elena Orsini

Head of HR

Kleinwort Hambros

Elena Orsini has joined SG Hambros as Head of HR in January 2016 and has subsequently taken the same role in Kleinwort Benson from 15 July of the same year.

 In her role, Elena supervises the delivery of the HR services, ensuring consistency of the initiatives and full alignment with the business strategy. As a trusted advisor to the executive committee, Elena delivers the annual business plan, contributing to the firm’s competitiveness by maintaining critical staffing levels and strategic talent management and by facilitating organisational change.

With 20 years of experience in HR management, Elena has worked in France, the Middle East and the UK and has experienced both a large multinational and a dynamic start up.

Elena holds a master degree in Organizational Psychology from the University of Paris and an executive MBA from CASS Business School, London.

She is passionate about travelling, understanding cultural differences and promoting personal development at all stages of the career. She is member of several HR bodies in different countries and a contributor to a number of online publications about HR management and the future of work.

Jean-Pierre Flais

Jean-Pierre Flais

Head of Banking and Conduct

Kleinwort Hambros

Jean-Pierre Flais was appointed Head of Banking and Conduct of Kleinwort Hambros (KH) following the legal merger between SGPB Hambros and Kleinwort Benson in November 2017.

He is in charge of coordinating and monitoring all aspects of the banking and credit services product line (commercial, risk, end to end delivery, etc…). As Head of Conduct, he is overseeing the KH corporate conduct programme and is also sponsoring some key transversal projects.

Jean-Pierre has been working for Société Générale since 1987 and has been living in the UK for the last 20 years. He joined SGPB Hambros in 1998 and was deputy CEO from 2007 to 2012. He then became global COO for Société Générale Private Banking business line and was appointed Chief Administration Officer of Kleinwort Benson following its acquisition by Société Générale in June 2016.

Jean-Pierre graduated from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris and also studied in New York and Germany. He likes watching a variety of sports (including football, tennis, rugby and cricket) and enjoys travelling. He is very interested in modern history and international relations.

Tara Palmer

Tara Palmer

Chief Operating Officer

Kleinwort Hambros

Tara is the Group Chief Operating Officer for SG Kleinwort Hambros with management responsibility for various support functions including: Operations, IT, Project Office, Premises and Facilities, Business Continuity and Outsourcing/procurement. The role geographically covers London, Jersey, Guernsey, and Gibraltar.

Prior to her current role Tara was Head of the COO Office for the UK branch of Societe Generale, supporting the EMEA COO on all matters affecting the UK Branch. Tara is a Non-Executive Director on the board of Societe Generale International Ltd, the agency broker and prime services subsidiary of Societe Generale’s market activities which offers execution, clearing, financing and prime brokerage services.

Tara was called to the bar in 1998 (Gray’s Inn) and practiced as a Solicitor from December 2002 until her move into the COO area in 2013. Tara has substantial employment law experience covering a range of industries, as well as private practice experience.

Outside of Kleinwort Hambros Tara is a Trustee of Family Fund, one of the UK’s largest charities providing over £36m in grants for families raising disabled or seriously ill children. She is a keen mountain climber having climbed Aconcagua, Mont Blanc and Kilimanjaro and enjoys running and cycling regularly.

Oliver Duplan Meredith

Oliver Duplan Meredith

Chief Financial Officer

Kleinwort Hambros

Oliver Meredith was appointed Chief Financial Officer of SGPB Hambros in 2009. Oliver is also an executive director of SG Kleinwort Hambros Bank Limited and SG Hambros Limited being the group holding company.

Oliver has full responsibility for the Treasury and ALM function for Kleinwort Hambros. Oliver’s key current responsibilities are to create combined Kleinwort Hambros finance teams across locations by retaining key skills and knowledge. He is also responsible for maintaining accurate Prudential Regulatory monitoring reporting and relevant financial control including performance management for the Kleinwort Hambros businesses throughout multiple transformation scenarios as part of the bank reorganisation plans.

Oliver manages finance teams based in the United Kingdom, Jersey and Guernsey, Gibraltar and the services of outsourced finance hubs located in Bucharest and Bangalore. Oliver is also responsible for the Treasury and ALM teams based in the United Kingdom serving all Kleinwort Hambros locations. 

Oliver is a Chartered Accountant and Fellow of the ICAEW. He enjoys a keen interest in cricket , walking and current coinage. He also enjoys recycling and renovation of cars and computers.

Phil McIlwraith

Phil McIlwraith

CEO and Group Head of Trust & Fiduciary Services

Kleinwort Hambros

Phil joined the Kleinwort Hambros Group in 1990. He has held senior management roles in a number of areas, including Treasury, Investment Management, Risk and Commercial, both in Jersey and in London. He is a director of Kleinwort Hambros in the Channel Islands (for both the Bank and the Trust Company). In June 2018, Phil took over responsibility for the trust & fiduciary services activities of the Group.

Phil holds a BsC in Financial Services from the University of Manchester, and is a Chartered Fellow of the CISI. Outside of work, Phil is a qualified football coach and enjoys watching and playing many other sports. Phil is married with two children and is a keen reader, amateur meteorologist and chess player.

Christophe Huchet

Christophe Huchet

Channel Islands Deputy Chief Executive Officer

SG Kleinwort Hambros (Channel Islands) Limited

Christophe Huchet was appointed Deputy CEO of SG Kleinwort Hambros (Channel Islands) Ltd since January 2018 and member of the Board of SG Kleinwort Hambros CI Bank ltd and SG Kleinwort Hambros Trust Ltd. Christophe is also member of the Executive Committee of Kleinwort Hambros.

Prior to this, Christophe was SG Group Head of Tax for South Europe and COO of SG Milan branch since July 2016.

Since his new appointment, Christophe has focused on the integration and development of the firms’ offshore business in the Channel Islands both on the Bank and the trust side.

Having received a Master Degree in Tax Law (DJCE) from Rennes University in July 1996, Christophe began his career with PwC in Gabon for 2 years before moving to Paris to work for Exane SA as Head of tax and legal. In 2003 Christophe Joined SG Group when he has held various positions within the Tax Department first in Paris dedicated to the investment bank division, then in Hong Kong in 2007 when he set-up the tax functions for the non investment Bank before moving in Milan in 2011 as SG Group head of tax for Italy and then Italy and Switzerland.

Christophe is married with 3 children and resides in Jersey. His personal interests include alpine skiing, tennis and wake boarding.

Senior Management and Team Leaders

Michael Magnay

Michael Magnay

Director – Head of Key Client Team
Michael Magnay
Brendan Martin

Brendan Martin

Director – Private Banking and Head of UK Financial Intermediaries
Brendan Martin
Delyth Richards

Delyth Richards

Client Solutions Group Chief Operating Officer, and Head of Product Strategy
Delyth Richards
Clive Wright

Clive Wright

Head of Private Banking Channel Islands
Clive Wright
Paul Bentley

Paul Bentley

Director Private Banking and Head of Entrepreneurs
Paul Bentley
Dominic Peyton

Dominic Peyton

Director - Co-Head of UK Domestic
Dominic Peyton
Chris Perkins

Chris Perkins

Director - Private Banking and Head of Leeds
Chris Perkins
Amar Mir

Amar Mir

Director – Private Banking and Head of Middle East and South Asia
Amar Mir
Andy Hillery

Andy Hillery

Director – Head of UK Private Banking
Andy Hillery
Rebecca Constable

Rebecca Constable

Director – Private Banking and Head of Newbury
Rebecca Constable
Matt Falla

Matt Falla

Deputy Head of Private Banking, Channel Islands
Matt Falla
Oxana Belousova

Oxana Belousova

Director – Private Banking and Head of Russia & CIS
Oxana Belousova
Chris Thomson

Chris Thomson

Director – Private Banking and Head of Edinburgh
Chris Thomson
Andrew Costard

Andrew Costard

Director - Co-Head of UK Domestic
Andrew Costard
Thomas Cummins

Thomas Cummins

Head of Private Banking Jersey
Thomas Cummins
Michelle Ryan

Michelle Ryan

Head of Business Development - Channel Islands
Michelle Ryan
David Brennan

David Brennan

Head of Private Investment Office
David Brennan
Justine Walley

Justine Walley

Head of Private Banking Core Team - Guernsey
Justine Walley
Leigh Philpot

Leigh Philpot

Director – Private Banking and Head of DFM Relationships
Leigh Philpot
Tony Ray

Tony Ray

Chief Executive Officer - SG Trust (Asia) Ltd
Tony Ray
Michael Magnay

Michael Magnay

Director – Head of Key Client Team

Michael Magnay is responsible for managing the Kleinwort Hambros Key Client Team. The team manages domestic and international clients within a range of complex structures. Michael manages a wide range of private client, charity and trust portfolios, and is actively involved in the structuring of portfolios with a focus on risk and volatility management. He has also assisted with the set-up and creation of individual family offices for clients.

He has significant knowledge and experience in providing the advice and direction which enables entrepreneurs to meet their financial goals. The steps to achieving this involves the management of large single stock positions, timely disposal of vested stock, obtaining liquidity, establishing tax efficient vehicles and the maintenance of a regular and consistent income to replace salary.

In 2008 he opened the Kleinwort Benson Cambridge office with the mandate to grow and expand the Kleinwort Benson franchise in the East of England. In 2011 he returned to London to work in the family office business of Kleinwort Benson serving the largest clients of the bank. He joined the Key Client Team in Kleinwort Hambros in 2016.

Michael has a batchelors degree in European Studies, specialising in German, Politics and Economics from the University of Manchester. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and is a qualified mortgage advisor.

Brendan Martin

Brendan Martin

Director – Private Banking and Head of UK Financial Intermediaries

Kleinwort Hambros

Brendan Martin joined SGPB Hambros in March 2014, prior to this he worked at HSBC, Charles Schwab Stockbrokers and most recently was a Key Relationship Director at Cater Allen Private Bank.

The Financial Intermediaries Market (FIM) desk is focussed on partnering with intermediaries to develop long term relationships offering access to products/markets traditionally only available to Private Clients of the bank. Brendan leads a team of five with a focus predominately on the UK market, the service is also offered in Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Singapore, Channel Islands, Gibraltar and Monaco.

Brendan is a member of the Chartered Securities Institute and sits on their external specialist’s board reviewing and contributing to the syllabus and exam papers for the Investment Advice Diploma (IAD).

Delyth Richards

Delyth Richards

Client Solutions Group Chief Operating Officer, and Head of Product Strategy

Kleinwort Hambros

Kleinwort Hambros Client Solutions Group (CSG) combines a range of client service and product deliveries including Investment Management, Fiduciary, Credit and Banking, Communications, and special projects. As CSG Chief Operating Officer and Head of Product Strategy, Delyth works across multiple teams, to define and execute product and service deliveries, as well as spearheading a number of special projects.

Delyth has extensive experience and knowledge in asset management and private banking. Prior to her current role, Delyth was Chief of Staff for the Wealth Management Services division, and previously held roles as Head of Investment Solutions, Head of Funds Research and Structured Credit Analyst. Since the merger of Kleinwort Benson with SG Hambros, Delyth has been significantly focussed on integration activities.

Prior to joining Kleinwort Benson in 2000, Delyth spent 9 years with Citibank in roles in Investment Advisory and Credit Analysis.

Delyth has a Masters in Property Law and Valuation from Cass Business School and a BA from Durham University. Delyth is a member of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment (MSCI), Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (MRCS) and Institute of Directors.

Outside Kleinwort Hambros, Delyth is a Trustee and Vice Chair of the 500 year old Cloudesley Charity, which supports vulnerable people through various organisations in the London Borough of Islington. Delyth enjoys hiking, singing and performing, as well as supporting her two daughters’ theatrical ambitions.

Clive Wright

Clive Wright

Head of Private Banking Channel Islands

Kleinwort Hambros

Clive T Wright is a Director of SG Kleinwort Hambros (CI) Limited and Head of Private Banking for the Channel Islands. Prior to joining SGPB Hambros in April 2015, Clive was Head of Private Banking for Kleinwort Benson and before that Deutsche Bank International in the Channel Islands where he lived and worked between the Channel Islands and Switzerland, responsible for private banking businesses in Channel Islands, Turkey, Israel and Africa.

Clive has a 30-year career in finance, initially in UK with a leading High Street Bank with a particular focus on Credit, Trade finance and international banking. He subsequently moved out of the UK in 1994, establishing and leading international private banking teams focused on key growth markets in Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, North Africa, Middle East, Turkey and Israel.

Clive has particular expertise in delivering strategic solutions with emerging market clients and working with single and multiple family offices. He holds Diploma in Business Studies and in Personal Financial Services.

In his spare time Clive is an avid gardener and attends as many Shakespeare, Gilbert and Sullivan productions as he is able when not supporting Jersey Rugby Football Club.  

Paul Bentley

Paul Bentley

Director Private Banking and Head of Entrepreneurs

Paul has guided numerous entrepreneurs and business owners through the sale of their businesses and helped them plan the next phase of their lives.

He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in providing the advice and direction which enables individuals to meet their new financial goals. The steps to achieving this involves securing the cash proceeds, timely disposal of vested stock, establishing tax efficient vehicles and the maintenance of a regular and consistent income to replace salary.

Paul joined Kleinwort Hambros over 10 years ago from Mercer, a global consulting firm, where he provided wealth management advice to senior executives of the UK’s largest companies.

Paul has gained numerous financial qualifications up to and including degree level and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments.

Dominic Peyton

Dominic Peyton

Director - Co-Head of UK Domestic

Kleinwort Hambros

Dominic Peyton joined SGPB Hambros in 2010 as a Senior Private Banker and became a Director in charge of one of the UK Domestic teams in 2015. He was subsequently appointed head of one of the new UK Domestic teams for Kleinwort Hambros in 2016.

In his role, Dominic manages a large team of private bankers looking after UK resident clients from a variety of sectors – typically either Entrepreneurs or City professionals. He also manages his own portfolio of long-standing clients.

Dominic holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geography from The University of Hull. He is a Chartered Wealth Manager and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments. In 2017, Spear’s named Dominic in their Top Recommended High Net Worth Wealth Managers index.

Prior to his career in private banking Dominic completed a full circumnavigation in the 1998 Clipper Ventures round the world yacht race.

Chris Perkins

Chris Perkins

Director - Private Banking and Head of Leeds

Kleinwort Hambros

Chris Perkins is the Director in charge of the Yorkshire Kleinwort Hambros office. He provides banking, credit, financial planning and investment services to a portfolio of high-net-worth clients. He is based in the office on the Harewood estate, between Leeds and Harrogate and deals mainly, although not exclusively, with clients in Yorkshire and the North East.

Chris joined Kleinwort Hambros in October 2002. Prior to this, he has worked in senior positions in the private banking industry for over thirty years. He also spent twelve years in the accountancy profession providing capital taxes advice, predominantly to shareholders on the purchase and sale of private companies.

Chris is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a member of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (a former Yorkshire branch Chairman). He was also, until recently, a trustee of the Yorkshire Regiment charities.

Amar Mir

Amar Mir

Director – Private Banking and Head of Middle East and South Asia

Kleinwort Hambros

Amar Mir has been with SGPB Hambros Private Banking for 12 years. He is responsible for having established and developing the South Asia and African markets.

In his current role he heads up the Middle East and South Asia team based in London. He has a dual role of managing a team and clients - both HNW and Ultra high Net worth- from the region providing the traditional private banking services of wealth structuring, investment management and banking, as well as dealing with more complex needs of the UHNW segment.

He is a career banker with over 30 years of experience having worked in the commercial division for Barclays Bank PLC and as Director, South Asia for Barclays Wealth in the UK. At Barclays Wealth he set up the first Family Office offering and has considerable experience in investing directly in private equity and residential and commercial real estate.

Amar has a BSC (Hons) in Financial Services, an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a Member of Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments. In his spare time, Amar loves to travel and enjoys good food.

Andy Hillery

Andy Hillery

Director – Head of UK Private Banking

Kleinwort Hambros

Andy is Head of Private Banking in the UK for Kleinwort Hambros responsible for the domestic and international private banking in the UK.  Prior to taking up this position Andy was responsible for Kleinwort Hambros Key Clients Segment where he also looked after a portfolio of his own clients resident in both the UK and Overseas. Andy started his career with Coutts & Co in August 1984 where he spent 17 years advising private and corporate clients on all aspects of banking, credit, investments and financial planning before moving to Credit Suisse Private Banking to help set up their new wealth management offering. He joined Kleinwort Hambros in January 2005.

Rebecca Constable

Rebecca Constable

Director – Private Banking and Head of Newbury

Kleinwort Hambros

Rebecca joined SGPB Hambros in September 2009 to develop the regional office in Newbury covering the Thames Valley, Oxford, Reading, Southampton and the south coast. In this time she has built up the team and she personally advises a range of private clients, private trusts and charities on banking, lending and asset management.

She and the team work closely with the award-winning investment team at Kleinwort Hambros particularly focussing on risk management and a core component to the advice is the strength of the London wealth planning team.

She is Head of Philanthropy, and is building the partnership with Global Philanthropic a business that offers philanthropic advisory services for donors both private individuals and strategic advice to charities.

Matt Falla

Matt Falla

Deputy Head of Private Banking, Channel Islands

Matt Falla joined SGPB Hambros in December 2005 as a Senior Private Banker, from HSBC International where he was Regional Manager – Middle East & Africa in fund distribution.

In 2011 Matt was made head of the Financial Intermediaries Team in Jersey, progressing over the next few years to be promoted to Group Head in 2015.

In March 2018 Matt was promoted to Deputy Head of Private Banking, Channel Islands and relocated to Guernsey.  Matt has responsibility for the Private Banking team in Guernsey, which provides banking and investment solutions to domestic and international clients and Financial Intermediaries.

Matt holds the SII Diploma, Certificate in Mortgage Advice & Practice (CeMap), Islamic Finance Qualification and Investment Advice Certificate amongst other qualifications.

Matt’s career in Banking started straight from school and has seen him work in Australia, Greece, the Middle East, Africa and Mauritius.

Oxana Belousova

Oxana Belousova

Director – Private Banking and Head of Russia & CIS

Oxana joined Kleinwort Hambros, part of Societe Generale Group, in 2014 as Head of Eastern Europe. In 2016, she was appointed Global Segment Coordinator for Russia & CIS at Societe Generale. In this role, Oxana has an oversight of teams based in London, Geneva, Zurich and Luxemburg and is responsible for strategy, business development, regulatory and legal initiatives in relation to Russia & CIS markets. Based in London, she is managing a team of experienced private bankers looking after HNW and UHNW clients from Eastern European countries with a focus on Russia & CIS. Prior to joining Societe Generale, Oxana spent 7 years with Coutts & Co in London where she helped establish and develop Eastern European operations for the bank. She held a role of Director and managed a large portfolio of clients from Russia & CIS. Throughout her career, Oxana has held various senior roles and has over 15 years of experience in Private Client and Wealth Management industry in Russia and the UK. Oxana holds BSc (Hons) in Economics, Masters in Financial Management from the Academy of National Economy under the Government of Russian Federation, MBA from Rotterdam School of Management, and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment in the UK.

Chris Thomson

Chris Thomson

Director – Private Banking and Head of Edinburgh

Kleinwort Hambros

Chris Thomson founded and heads up Kleinwort Hambros’ Edinburgh office covering Scotland, the north of England and Northern Ireland although the office has clients from across the UK, Channel Islands and sometimes beyond. He joined Hambros in 2008 from Kleinwort Benson where he started in Private Banking so the recent merger brings two strands of his history together.

Prior to Kleinwort Benson, Chris spent twelve years in investment banking split between London and New York. The technical and corporate knowledge from this time has proved invaluable in assisting his clients to navigate the complexities of modern investing and wealth planning.

Being back in his native Edinburgh has allowed Chris to develop some long standing and loyal relationships with individuals and trusts, helping them to fulfil their financial aspirations. Chris has considerable expertise in advising charities and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He holds the Level 6 Private Client Investment Advice and Management qualification and in 2014 he attained the Chartered Wealth Manager designation.

Andrew Costard

Andrew Costard

Director - Co-Head of UK Domestic

Kleinwort Hambros

Andrew Costard has over 30 years experience in private banking, with the vast majority of that time spent in client-facing roles. He joined SGPB Hambros in 1998 having worked previously at two other leading UK private banks.  Originally appointed as a Senior Private Banker, he was a Director heading one of the UK Domestic teams prior to the merger with Kleinwort Benson. He was subsequently appointed head of one of the UK Domestic teams for Kleinwort Hambros in 2016.

Andrew’s role involves managing a team of experienced private bankers looking after UK resident clients from a variety of sectors – but including inherited wealth and retired, City professionals such as lawyers and investment bankers, entrepreneurs and owner managers of businesses. He also manages his own portfolio of long-standing clients, some of whom have complex multi-jurisdictional issues.

He is a director of SG Hambros Trust Company Limited and also has managerial responsibility for the bank’s Cambridge Office. He served as a director of the SG staff pension scheme for 10 years.

Andrew holds a Master of Arts degree in Modern History from the University of Oxford.

Thomas Cummins

Thomas Cummins

Head of Private Banking Jersey

Kleinwort Hambros

Thomas Joined SGPB Hambros in November 2014 as a Senior Private Banker before becoming a team leader and now heads up the core private banking team in Jersey.

With over 20 years experience Thomas has responsibility for a team of Senior Private Bankers and their support staff. His team provides HNW and UHNW individuals, families and their structures with Banking, Lending, Investment and Wealth Planning. The team pride themselves on a service oriented offering providing flexibility and innovative solutions to meet their clients ever growing needs.  The CI team won  “Outstanding Private Bank - UK Crown Dependencies" at the Private Banker International awards in June 2017.

Thomas is also part of out Key Client Segment team and has responsibility for the co-ordination of this offering across the Channel Islands.

Thomas has worked for a number of well know financial institutions covering the HNW and UHNW markets and various geographical regions with particular focus on East Africa, Channels Islands and The UK res non Dom Market.

A keen sportsman in his youth he now plays golf, coaches football to juniors at a local football club and is a director of the Jersey2 Africa 4 football foundation. This foundation is dedicated to improving young lives in Africa both on and off the field using football as a way of enhancing the lives young men and women, boys and girls in the Mukuru slum in Nairobi.

Michelle Ryan

Michelle Ryan

Head of Business Development - Channel Islands

Kleinwort Hambros

Born and educated in Jersey, Michelle then studied Mathematics at the University of Bath before taking up her first banking role with JP Morgan in Bournemouth. She returned to the Island in 2003 to work at HSBC Private Bank and study for her benchmark investment qualifications, taking on her first Private Banker role later that year. With a focus on international clients, Michelle furthered her studies with a financial derivatives qualification and her Investment Management Certificate.

A short sabbatical to travel then preceded a move to London in 2007 to work in the international team at Coutts & Co. Michelle expanded her focus to include UK resident but non-domiciled clients and undertook her CeMAP and PCIAM qualifications to become a Chartered Wealth Manager. A series of internal promotions saw her managing teams across London and the South East including supervising regulated advice and leading two large change projects.

Michelle took the decision to return to Jersey in 2014 to take up the role of Senior Private Banker with SGPB Hambros, targeted with growing the business and bringing on new clients. In 2015 Michelle was promoted to Head of Business Development for the Channel Islands business of SGPB Hambros, coordinating the CI Bank’s business development activity and new client acquisition strategy.

David Brennan

David Brennan

Head of Private Investment Office

Kleinwort Hambros

David Brennan is an Executive Director and head of the Private Investment Office at Kleinwort Hambros. Prior to joining Kleinwort Hambros in April 2011 David was a founder and COO of Karrig Strategic Capital LLP a family office established for a European Technology entrepreneur.

David has 25 years’ experience in the family office, asset management and investment banking sectors. After qualifying as a chartered accountant with Deloitte & Touche in Dublin he worked with a number of financial institutions in Australia, including Bankers Trust, Macquarie Bank and Zurich Capital Markets Asia before returning to Ireland.

David has particular expertise in streamlining the management of large and complex wealth for UHNW clients.

He is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Ireland, A Chartered Tax Consultant and holds B.Sc. (Mngt) Honours from Trinity College Dublin.

Justine Walley

Justine Walley

Head of Private Banking Core Team - Guernsey

Kleinwort Hambros

Justine Walley is Head of Private Banking Core Team in Guernsey responsible for managing a team of Private Bankers and support colleagues to deliver the full range of Private Banking services including banking, investment solutions, credit and wealth planning. The team focus on HNW and UHNW clients based locally, internationally and throughout the UK.

In addition to this, Justine continues to manage her own portfolio of Private Clients.

Justine is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments, holds a BA (Hons) Degree in Hospitality Management, the Investment Advice Certificate, the Guernsey Insurance Certificate and will shortly embark on studying for the Certificate in Mortgage Advice & Practice. (CeMap)

Outside of the office and in between co-coordinating her two daughter’s highly complex extra-curricular activities timetable, Justine runs the occasional 5k, 10k or half marathon.

Leigh Philpot

Leigh Philpot

Director – Private Banking and Head of DFM Relationships

Leigh heads the DFM team at Kleinwort Hambros which provides financial advisers and their clients with an accessible and responsive service from a dedicated team with strong investment backgrounds. The KH DFM offer provides a comprehensive range of private banking services and is designed to evolve along with changing client needs. Looking after a diverse range of clients, Leigh and his team have considerable experience in all wealth matters including long term planning and risk management. As well as his client responsibilities, Leigh is a senior manager in the business and has won a number of industry awards, including being voted one of PAM’s Top 40 under 40 in 2013. In 2012, Leigh was recognised as one of London’s leading lights in Private Client management by Citywire. Leigh is also a graduate of the 2009/10 Kleinwort Benson leadership development programme, run in association with CASS Business School. Leigh is a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst charter holder and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. Leigh is a holder of the Securities Institute Diploma and also holds a wide range of financial planning qualifications. Prior to joining Kleinwort Benson, Leigh worked for Ely Fund Managers (now part of Rathbones) and Killik & Co, the advisory stockbrokers.

Tony Ray

Tony Ray

Chief Executive Officer - SG Trust (Asia) Ltd

SG Kleinwort Hambros Trust Group

Tony started his career in 1991 with Barclaytrust International Limited and, after a spell working in Geneva, ultimately managed the European Trust Teams of Barclays Private Bank based in Jersey.

Tony joined the Private Client Trust team of SG Hambros Trust Company in 2006. He also sat on the committee of the Jersey Trust Companies Association as well as the Trust committee of the Jersey Bankers’ Association.

Tony moved to Singapore in 2010 as Head of Fiduciary Services for SG Trust (Asia) Ltd before taking over as CEO in 2014. SG Trust (Asia) Ltd then became a wholly owned subsidiary of SG Kleinwort Hambros Trust Company (CI) Limited in 2016.

During his 26 year career in the trust industry, Tony has gained extensive experience in wealth structuring, succession planning, life insurance, family governance, UK tax, legal and regulatory issues.

Tony is a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners and an alumnus of the Leadership Trust in the UK. Outside of work, Tony is an avid sportsman having played hockey at senior and cricket at junior county level in his younger days.

Our Experts

Rachel Iles

Rachel Iles

Head of UK Trusts
Rachel Iles
Gene Salerno

Gene Salerno

Head of Investment Strategy
Gene Salerno
Fahad Kamal

Fahad Kamal

Chief Market Strategist
Fahad Kamal
Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin

Head of Execution Only
Ben Franklin
Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

Head of Portfolio Management Solutions
Andrew Thompson
Rachel Iles

Rachel Iles

Head of UK Trusts

Kleinwort Hambros

Rachel Iles is the Head of UK Trusts for Kleinwort Hambros.  She is a Director of both SG Hambros Trust Company Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of SG Kleinwort Hambros Bank Limited, and SG Kleinwort Hambros Trust Company (UK) Limited, which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kleinwort Benson Bank Limited. Both SG Kleinwort Hambros Bank Limited and Kleinwort Benson Bank Limited are wholly owned by SG Kleinwort Hambros Limited. Kleinwort Hambros forms part of Societe Generale Private Banking’s Global Wealth Planning Solutions centre of Expertise.  Global Wealth Planning Solutions are regarded as a core component of the Group’s private banking activity.

Rachel has worked in the trust industry for 32 years, having started her career with Coutts and Co.

Rachel is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners . She is the Head of both Trust Companies and is directly responsible for UK Charitable Trust clients in both helping our clients implement the right structure and administering the structure.

The UK Trust business offers the services of a corporate trustee to our clients and also acts as administrator and or company secretary. The business consists of Private Trusts, Corporate Trusts and Charitable Trusts.

If you would like to know more about SGPB services or you have a specific requirement please contact Rachel on the contacts listed above.

Gene Salerno

Gene Salerno

Head of Investment Strategy

Kleinwort Hambros

Gene is responsible for portfolio investment strategy with expertise in asset allocation,security selection and portfolio construction. Gene is Deputy Chairperson of the Kleinwort Hambros Investment Committee reporting to the Chief Investment Officer, and oversees portfolio recommendations for Kleinwort Hambros’ investment management clients.

Previously, Gene was Portfolio Manager and Director of Research for Karrig Strategic Capital LLP, a London-based multi-family office investing across a wide range of traditional and alternative assets in both public and private markets. Gene spent his early career developing electronic equity trading networks with Thomson Financial and affiliated companies based in Boston, and initially as an engineer with Raytheon Company.

Gene has a Master’s in Business Administration with finance concentration from London Business School and graduated summa cum laude from Binghamton University, New York with a BSc in Computer Science. He also holds the Private Client Investment Management Certificate and is a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Fahad Kamal

Fahad Kamal

Chief Market Strategist

Kleinwort Hambros

Since 2012, Fahad Kamal has led the firm on developing and articulating its macroeconomic views, and translating these views into actionable investment strategy. He sits on KH’s Investment Committee, as well as Societe Generale Private Bank’s Global Investment Committee. Previously, he has worked for the US Agency for International Development and the RiskMetrics Group.

Fahad holds an Economics degree from the George Washington University and an MBA from the Cass Business School. He is also a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin

Head of Execution Only

Kleinwort Hambros

Ben joined the Group in 2006 as a Money Market Dealer in the Treasury department, then located in Guernsey.  There he developed a strong knowledge of Treasury and FX instruments and a deep understanding of risk management and regulations.  In 2010 he moved to London to help setup the Market Solutions department which comprised Treasury, FX and a Professional client execution service.  During this time he was responsible for developing the Private Banking Tactical FX Newsletter offering and improving execution capabilities for Foreign Exchange instruments across the Group.

In 2017 Ben moved out of the Treasury department to lead the implementation of the Kleinwort Hambros Execution Only Service.  In his current role he is tasked with developing the Group’s execution capabilities to meet client needs across a wide range of asset classes.

Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson

Head of Portfolio Management Solutions

Kleinwort Hambros

Andrew joined Kleinwort Benson in 2008. As Head of Portfolio Management, Andrew manages some of the firm’s most significant Discretionary and Advisory mandates.

Andrew read History at King's College, London before qualifying and practising as a solicitor in the 1990s. In the early 'Noughties' Andrew joined one of London's leading stockbrokers where he worked as a portfolio manager. Andrew is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and holds the CISI Level 6 Certificate in Private Client Investment Advice & Management.