Barclays Wealth further expands private banking team in Glasgow with three new appointments
Published by Anne Marie Hughes on Sat 09 Jun 12 @ 22:14
(L-R): Gair Brisbane, Kenny O’Donnell and Iain McMeechan take up their posts at Barclays Wealth Glasgow.
Barclays Wealth, the UK's largest wealth manager, has today (Thursday 02 February) announced three new additions to its private banking team in Glasgow. As part of Barclays Wealth's commitment to attracting and nurturing the best talent, the three appointments have been made via two innovative recruitment programmes.
The first of the three new appointments is Gair Brisbane, who joins Barclays Wealth as a private banker via the Embark programme - a recruitment scheme designed to source talent from diverse professional backgrounds and fast-track exceptional individuals through the private banking training process. Gair previously served as a Royal Air Force Intelligence Officer for six years before working for the Royal Air Forces Association as Director of Scotland and Northern Ireland for three years. He will report to Henry Peterkin, Senior Private Banker in Glasgow, and part of his day to day role will draw upon his charities experience as he works to develop Barclays position in this sector in Scotland alongside Diane Wilde, head of charities for the region.
Kenneth O'Donnell and Iain McMeechan have also taken up their new posts in Glasgow as private bankers. Reporting to Director Calum Brewster, both have been appointed internally from Barclays Stockbrokers through the Future Bankers Scheme - another strategic Barclays Wealth initiative aimed at identifying and developing top talent.
Kenneth O'Donnell spent the last four years as a senior relationship manager at Barclays Stockbrokers, the UK's largest execution-only stockbroker. Iain McMeechan has completed a similar move from Barclays Stockbrokers. Previously he was relationship manager at Lloyds Asset Finance for seven years.
The news follows the company's recent appointment of Gordon Scott, Director in Glasgow, who took up his appointment in January to enhance the bank's offering in the provision of bespoke financial services for high net-worth clients in Scotland.
Craig Jamieson, Head of Barclays Wealth Glasgow office said: "We are hugely focused on developing our team and capability to meet the requirements of our clients in a changing and challenging financial environment. The combination of hiring talented, experienced individuals, developing our existing team and identifying and nurturing new talent allows us to maintain a position at the forefront of the industry. I firmly believe that the team in Glasgow is one of the best in the business, and I look forward to strengthening that position further as we move forward. I am sure these three new hires will flourish and I look forward to working with them in 2012."
Mark Little, Managing Director of Scotland and Northern Ireland adds: "Over the last 12 months our Scottish operation has undergone rapid growth at a time where the wealth management industry has undergone significant consolidation. And we have benefitted from numerous strategic hires into the private banking business including most recently, Gordon Scott, Calum Brewster, Chris Arbuthnot and Mark McCue. We will continue to source the best talent in the industry through the Embark and Future Bankers Scheme initiatives and build our high calibre team for the long term benefit of our growing client base in Scotland."
The recruitment drive reflects Barclays Wealth's ongoing commitment to Scotland as it continues its rapid growth. The company is undertaking a £350m global investment programme over the next four years, 40 per cent of which is being invested in its people. Barclays employs around 2,400 staff in Scotland and is one of the top ten employers in Glasgow, the location of its global shared services hub.