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Business Development Directors


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

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

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

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

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.


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

Anthony Hall

Business Development Director - South West

Anthony has amassed a wealth of experience in financial services encompassing 30 years – prior to joining Close he spent 12 years at Standard Life, latterly in a specialist investment role. He also worked for AXA Sun Life in a variety of IFA-facing roles for a further 11 years.

M: 07814 487 551

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

Investment Specialists


Harry Bell

Investment Specialist

Harry joined Close Brothers in September 2016 as a Director in the Investment Specialist team providing investment expertise across all Close investment propositions.

Harry began his investment career in institutional fund management as an analyst with First State Investments, working primarily with the global equity team. He then moved in to private wealth management as an Investment Manager with Killik & Co, Rowan Dartington and Tilney.

He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, a Chartered Wealth Manager and has a degree in Geography from the University of Leeds.

T: 0207 426 4360


Tim Dickens

Investment Specialist

Tim Dickens joined Close Brothers in September 2016 as an Investment Specialist, providing regulated investment advice across our investment propositions. Tim brings 10 years of private client investment management experience, having worked as a Discretionary Wealth Manager at HSBC Global Asset Management and Ashcourt Rowan.

Tim is a Chartered Wealth Manager, a member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment and has a First Class degree in Business from UWE in Bristol.

T: 0207 426 4057

Tony Whincup

Investment Specialist

Tony joined Close Brothers in May 2017 as a Director in the Investment Specialist team, providing regulated investment advice across our investment propositions.

Tony began his investment career in Jersey at Bankers Trust. After travelling, he spent 10 more years in Jersey - three at UBS Investment Bank managing the Asset-Backed Security book, before moving across to UBS Wealth Management as a Client Advisor, latterly working with UK resident, non-domiciled clients across discretionary, advisory and execution-only services, including credit and FX. In 2015, he joined a Senior Partner at St James’s Place in the UK, offering holistic financial planning and wealth management.

He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, a Chartered Wealth Manager, holds a PG Dip In Broadcast Journalism from City, University of London, and a BA (Hons) in French and Geography from Keele University.

T: 0207 426 4324

Tom Santa-Olalla

Investment Specialist

Tom joined Close Brothers Asset Management as an Investment Specialist in September 2017, providing investment expertise across all Close Brothers investment propositions.

Tom has over 9 years of industry experience, advising high and ultra high net worth individuals in all facets of wealth management. Previous to joining Close Brothers, Tom was at Santander Private Bank, and before that HSBC Private Bank, where he specialised in advising UK-based entrepreneurs and developing collaboration between the corporate and private banking arms of the business.

Tom is a Chartered Wealth Manager and Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments. He holds a degree in Politics with American Studies from the University of Nottingham.

T: 0207 426 4760

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