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Meet our Business Development Directors

Christopher Tingle

Christopher Tingle

Midlands | Business Development Director

Christopher Tingle

Christopher Tingle

Midlands | Business Development Director

  • Midlands
  • Christopher.Tingle@closebrothers.com
  • +44 (0) 7394422919

Chris joined Close Brothers Asset Management in May 2020 as a Business Development Director for the Midlands and has over 23 years of experience in financial services.

Having started his career in 1997 at Standard Life, Chris then moved into a specialist role within unit-linked guarantees working at both market leaders in this space; Met Life and AXA Life Invest. He then made the decision to focus on a career in asset management. He previously covered the East and West Midlands as a Regional Sales Manager at Premier Asset Management, as well as working at Old Mutual Wealth as the Investment Specialist supporting the Midlands region, focused on discretionary and multi-asset solutions.

Darren Saddler

Darren Saddler

Head of Intermediary Partnerships

Darren Saddler

Darren Saddler

Head of Intermediary Partnerships

  • London City
  • darren.saddler@closebrothers.com
  • +44 (0) 789 063 0179 

Darren joined Close Brothers Asset Management in September 2009. He has worked in intermediary-facing roles for over 30 years. Prior to joining CBAM, Darren worked for Standard Life in Edinburgh and London. He holds the IMC.

Ian Christie

Ian Christie

North West | Business Development Director

Ian Christie

Ian Christie

North West | Business Development Director

  • Manchester
  • ian.t.christie@closebrothers.com
  • +44 (0) 789 662 0611 

Ian Christie joined Close Brothers in January 2011 as Business Development Manager for the North, and is based in our Manchester office. Ian is responsible for promoting our Discretionary portfolio management services to IFAs. Ian has extensive experience in financial services beginning his career in 1987 as an IFA. Before joining Close, he was the Client Services Director of an IFA specialising in affluent and HNW clients directly providing regulated investment advice. Prior to this, Ian was North West Investment Sales Manager for Premier Asset Management promoting their Discretionary Management Services, Structured products and Retail Funds.Ian also spent 11 years at Standard Life as an IFA account manager developing and maintaining key relationships and gaining extensive knowledge of the SIPP and Investment markets.

Kurt Davidson

Kurt Davidson

London and South East | Business Development Director

Kurt Davidson

Kurt Davidson

London and South East | Business Development Director

  • London City
  • kurt.davidson@closebrothers.com
  • +44 (0) 7917 008680

Kurt joined Close Brothers in March 2018 as Business Development Director for London and the South East and has over 35 years’ experience in Financial Services.

He left Standard Life after nearly 20 years of service in 2008, the latter stage of his career as part of the Sales Investment Team. He then started his own distribution business where, amongst other projects, he helped set up and distribute a hedge fund, raised capital all over the UK and Ireland for various investment houses and family offices, including the Guinness family. Kurt also dealt directly with clients and advised on tax and Estate Planning with an advisory firm in the South East and worked with introducers on projects in Dubai and Italy as well as the UK.

He has maintained key relationships in London and the South East with extensive experience of the sales process at both face to face and business to business.

Matthew Heappey

Matthew Heappey

South West and M4 Corridor | Business Development Director

Matthew Heappey

Matthew Heappey

South West and M4 Corridor | Business Development Director

  • London City
  • matthew.heappey@closebrothers.com
  • +44 (0) 759 505 6322

Matthew joined Close Brothers in September 2016 as Business Development Director. He manages some of our key relationships in the South West and Thames Valley and promotes the full range of the Close Investment Proposition.

Prior to joining Close Brothers Asset Management, Matthew was a Retirement Specialist for AXA Life Invest focussing on the Decumulation stage of an adviser's advice proposition. Matthew joined AXA Life Invest from Standard Life where he held a variety of roles.

Matthew has a degree in Politics from the University of Newcastle and holds the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

Robert Simmons

Robert Simmons

National Account Manager

Robert Simmons

Robert Simmons

National Account Manager

  • London City
  • robert.simmons@closebrothers.com
  • +44 (0) 7510 586173

Robert Simmons joined Close Brothers Asset Management in April 2019, as a National Account Manager and has over 20 years’ experience in Financial Services. Prior to joining us Robert worked for Aegon UK, where most recently he was responsible for the relationships with National Adviser Firms, Networks and Service providers.   

He holds the IMC and is a member of the Personal Finance Society, holding the Diploma qualification.

Sebastian Ladimeji

Sebastian Ladimeji

London and South East | Business Development Director

Sebastian Ladimeji

Sebastian Ladimeji

London and South East | Business Development Director

  • London City
  • sebastian.ladimeji@closebrothers.com
  • +44 (0) 207 426 4179 

Sebastian has more than 17 years’ asset management experience supporting professional intermediaries. He has held key positions at Schroders, and SG Asset Management. Sebastian previously worked at Quartet Capital Partners where he managed the distribution of the firm’s bespoke discretionary investment service in the UK.

Simon Lloyd

Simon Lloyd

South West and South Wales | Business Development Director

Simon Lloyd

Simon Lloyd

South West and South Wales | Business Development Director

  • Bristol
  • simon.lloyd@closebrothers.com
  • +44 (0) 7522 597 382

Simon joined Close Brothers Asset Management in June 2019, providing IFA support through the South West and South Wales regions. Simon has over 25 years’ experience within financial services. Prior to joining Close Brothers Asset Management, he held positions at Barclays Bank, SIP Nordic, Meteor Asset Management and Charles Stanley. He is a member of the Personal Finance Society and holds the Diploma in Financial Planning qualification. 

David Wilson

David Wilson

Scotland, Northern Ireland and North East England | Business Development Director

David Wilson

David Wilson

Scotland, Northern Ireland and North East England | Business Development Director

  • Edinburgh
  • davidrwilson@closebrothers.com

David joined Close Brothers Asset Management in October 2022 as Business Development Director for Scotland, Northern Ireland and North East England. He is responsible for managing the key relationships in the region, promoting the full CBAM investment proposition. He has over 23 years of experience in Financial Services.

Prior to joining CBAM David was a Business Development Manager with Triple Point Investment Management where he focussed on assisting advisers and their clients with Estate Planning and other tax efficient investment planning. He has previously held various roles including business development, business consultancy and platform relationship management with Just Group, Standard Life and other leading Life, Asset Management and Pension providers.

He is a member of the Personal Finance Society and holds the Diploma in Financial Planning qualification.

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