What I do
I joined Architas in 2010 to build a strong UK and European franchise for the business. It’s been a story of rapid growth as our operations across UK, France and Belgium expanded, leading to a mandate to establish a new Asian business. Our success comes from listening to our clients.
Where I’ve been
After a brief stint in diplomacy with the EU in Brussels, South Africa and the Middle East, I switched to finance and joined BZW (Barclays) asset management in 1997. I stayed with the Group for 14 years, always in asset management or wealth management roles, culminating in several executive roles.
What I’ve learnt
The most important, and hardest thing, in business is creating the right culture. But getting it right makes it a great place to work and delivers results to our clients and stakeholders. It’s also more fun. From time to time, when I need a break from work, I go and climb a mountain – Kilimanjaro, Elbrus, Mont Blanc. It clears the head!