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Quilter plc announces Stephen Gazard to succeed Andy Thompson as CEO of its advice business, Quilter Financial Planning

3 June 2020

Quilter is pleased to announce that Stephen Gazard, currently Group Managing Director of Quilter’s advice business, will become Chief Executive Officer of Quilter Financial Planning, subject to regulatory approval.  He replaces Andy Thompson who will leave the business at the end of June.

Andy joined Quilter as part of its acquisition of Intrinsic, having previously sold his Blueprint businesses to them. Andy became CEO and joined the Quilter Executive committee in 2016 and under his leadership Quilter Financial Planning has grown and transformed considerably both organically and through acquisition to become one of the leading advice businesses in the UK.

The next phase of Quilter Financial Planning’s strategy will focus on fully integrating the business, bringing it closer to the rest of the Quilter group, and to continue to deliver the best possible outcomes for customers through trusted financial advice.

Stephen joined Quilter Financial Planning in 2017 as Group Managing Director and has been a key member of the executive team. He has a wealth of experience with over 23 years in the financial advice industry, having previously been Managing Director at Sesame Bankhall Group where he played a pivotal role in restructuring and running the financial advice business.

Paul Feeney, Quilter plc CEO said “Delivering trusted financial advice is central to everything we do and I want to thank Andy for the role he has played in building our advice business. As we move into the next phase of our journey I’m delighted that we have such an able successor in Stephen Gazard to take over the reins”.

Andy Thompson said “I am incredibly proud of what we have created together as we have focused on serving customers and supporting advisers as a core part of the Quilter Group. Stephen Gazard is a proven leader in advice and will guide the business forward to its next more integrated phase. I would like to thank our advisers, colleagues and Board for all of their support throughout this incredible journey.”

Stephen Gazard said “It is an honour to be asked to lead Quilter Financial Planning through its next phase. We have huge potential to make trusted financial advice more accessible to ensure the best possible outcomes for customers”.

Tim Skelton-Smith

Tim Skelton-Smith

Head of External Communications