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Brown Shipley names new Birmingham head

by Annabelle Williams on Dec 14, 2012 at 12:11

Brown Shipley names new Birmingham head

Brown Shipley has made the latest in a string of top regional appointments by naming Anne Brookes as head of its Birmingham office.

The private bank has been making a concerted effort at building out its top team, with hopes of following through on an ‘ambitious’ plan to grow assets and build out regional offices.

Brown Shipley poached Brookes and two colleagues from Coutts’ Birmingham office in January 2011. The trio were tasked with building out the bank’s presence in the city, and Brookes, who had 30 years’ experience under her belt, was seen as a high flier in the region.

Commenting on the hire, Julian Hardiman, who was recently promoted to the newly-created head of private banking role, said Birmingham was a big part of Brown Shipley’s expansion strategy.

‘Anne has over 30 years of private banking experience – of which the past 10 years have been at a senior level,’ he said. ‘Birmingham and the Midlands remain important to our overall strategy and Anne’s appointment is a reflection of this.’

Brown Shipley recently signalled plans to grow north of the border with the appointment of Charles Fotheringham as head of its Edinburgh branch. At the time he said the business hoped to exploit some of the ‘turmoil’ facing other local players.’

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Jan 09, 2013 at 15:16

Brown Shipley have been trying to grow north of the border for the past 3 years and the only growth has been by acquisition - not organic. It's about time they got serious and appointed some experienced bankers/wealth managers who not only know but have experience of the Scottish market.

It's a case of they can't make their minds up for fear of falling flat on their faces - go on grab the chance now as all the other banks are stripping out both staff and clients. There never has been a better time.

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