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Kleinwort Hambros strengthens UK regional presence with senior appointments

  • Leigh Philpot announced as new Head of UK Regions
  • Chris Thomson new Deputy Head of UK Regions
  • Richard Brown and Mark Sinclair named Head of Yorkshire and Head of Cambridge

Kleinwort Hambros, one of the leading private bank and wealth manager’s 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 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.”

Press contacts:

Tom O’Brien, Lansons: tomo@lansons.com / 0207 294 3656

Biographies

Leigh Philpot has 20 years’ experience in private wealth management, joining Kleinwort Benson as a portfolio manager in 2006 and later becoming a relationship manager. Leigh spent 4 years managing the affluent client segment at Kleinwort Benson before becoming Group Head of Privilege at the time of the Kleinwort Hambros merger. More 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. Leigh has built a significant book of clients from the IFA channel in the regions, working alongside Business Development Managers – all factors which will be key to the growth of our regional offices.

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.

Richard Brown joined Kleinwort Hambros in 2015 and has over 30 years’ experience of working in the private banking and wealth management industry, within the Yorkshire region. During the last 30 years Richard has dealt with a variety of high net worth individuals with differing backgrounds, and his client base includes Entrepreneurs, Retired Business Owners, Family Businesses and Landed Estates.

Mark Sinclair joined Kleinwort Hambros in 2016 and has over 30 years of experience in financial services and private banking, both in the UK and more recently as Head of UK clients for a leading private bank in Monaco. Mark is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and a Chartered Wealth Manager. He has a particular interest and experience in working with clients who are entrepreneurs and who are considering selling their business. He covers Cambridge, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex areas.