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Business Development Directors

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Darren Saddler - Head of Investment Business Development

Darren Saddler

Director of Intermediary Sales

Darren Saddler joined Close Brothers in September 2009. He has worked in intermediary-facing roles for over 20 years. Prior to joining Close, Darren worked for Standard Life in Edinburgh and London. He holds the IMC and is a member of the Personal Finance Society, holding the Diploma qualification.

M: 07890 630179 

Alan Simpson - BDD Scotland

Alan Simpson

Business Development Director - Scotland

Alan Simpson joined Close Brothers in March 2019 as Business Development Director for Scotland and has over 14 years’ experience in Financial Services. Previously working at Standard  Life Investments, he has held positions covering UK Wholesale, Global Financial Institutions, Pension Funds and Discretionary Managers both within the UK and laterally within the Nordics. He has also held positions looking after wholesale clients for both Scottish Widows and Verbatim Asset Management within the UK.

M: 07908 638 796 

Ian Christie - BDD North West

Ian Christie

Business Development Director - North West

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.

M: 07896 620611 

Kurt Davidson - BDD London and South East

Kurt Davidson

Business Development Director - London and South East

Kurt joined Close Brothers in March 2018 as Business Development Director for London and the South East and has over 30 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.

M: 07917 008680 

Mark Sofflet - BDD London and South East

Mark Sofflet

Business Development Director - London and South East

Mark has 24 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Mark joined us from AEGON UK where he spent five years helping to establish the Partnerships Sales Team. Mark spent 21 of those years in field-based roles supporting IFAs and restricted intermediaries, but he has also worked as an adviser. Prior to that he spent 10 years at Standard Life looking after IFAs in North London. He started his career at Norwich Union.

M: 07718 113 809 

Matthew Heappey - BDD South West and M4 Corridor

Matthew Heappey

Business Development Director - South West

Matthew joined Close Brothers in September 2016 as Business Development Director. He manages some of our key relationships in the South West 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 as part of a Trainee Account Manager programme. Matthew has a degree in Politics from the University of Newcastle.

M: 07595 056 322 

Robert Simmons - National Account Manager

Robert Simmons

National Account Manager

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.

M: +44 (0) 7510 586173

Sebastian Ladimeji - BDD London and South East

Sebastian Ladimeji

Business Development Director - London and South East

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.


Steve Hewitt - BDD Midlands

Steve Hewitt

Business Development Director - Midlands

Steve Hewitt joined Close Brothers in February 2011 as Business Development Director for the Midlands. Steve has 25 years comprehensive experience in a variety of IFA facing roles. He joined Close from Standard Life, where he spent over 10 years in IFA sales leadership roles - most recently he had owned the lead relationships with major bank & wealth manager proposition partners.Prior to that Steve was Sales Manager for the UK Bank Distribution Team, and spent 4 years as IFA Area Sales Manager in the East Midlands Region.Steve has also previously worked for both Norwich Union and Equity & Law in intermediary facing roles.

M: 07908 620002 

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