Our Board – WH Ireland Financial Services Company, Wealth Management & Corporate Broking | WHIreland

Phillip Wale, Chief Executive Officer

Phillip began his career in UK Gilt Edged & convertible bonds, spending ten years at Goldman Sachs in New York and then London, as co-head of pan-European equities. He managed the equity businesses at Commerzbank and then at Knight Securities, where he was appointed European CEO. In 2004 he moved into fund management as CIO of a multi-strategy hedge fund, returning to the sell-side in 2007 with Collins Stewart working closely with the expansion of the wealth management product. Phillip joined Seymour Pierce, the corporate & institutional broker and wealth manager, in 2010 and was appointed its Chief Executive Officer in 2011. Between 2012 and 2016 he was Chief Executive Officer of Panmure Gordon & Co. Prior to joining WHIreland in August 2018, Phillip was Head of Fixed Income (Europe) at Cantor Fitzgerald Europe.

Philip Tansey, Chief Finance Officer

Between 2011 and 2017, Philip, a Chartered Accountant, was Chief Financial Officer of Panmure Gordon and before that, from 2008, was Managing Director of the NASDAQ quoted US inter-dealer Broker, BGC Partners Inc. During his career he has also worked at Deutsche Bank, CSFB, CIBC Wood Grundy, Salomon Brothers and BDO Stoy Hayward.

Stephen Ford, Executive Director

Stephen is an experienced executive director and leader in the wealth and investment management sector with a proven track record of implementing strategic change and generating shareholder value. Between 2000 and 2016 he worked at Brewin Dolphin, becoming Head of Wealth & Investment Management in 2013. In 2016, Stephen joined City Asset Management as Head of Sales. Stephen is G60 pensions transfer accredited, has the Advanced Financial Planning qualification from the CII, and is a Chartered Wealth Manager and a CAIA® Charterholder. Stephen joined WHIreland as Head of Wealth Management in 2019.

Simon Lough, Non-Executive Director

After graduating from Oxford University, Simon joined Kleinwort Benson in 1984, moving to work in their Tokyo office in 1986. In 1991, he joined Banca della Svizzera Italiana, working in Tokyo and then their London office. In 1996, Simon left investment banking, joining, and co-investing, in the forerunner of the Heartwood wealth management business. His managerial role initially entailed establishing a London office for the growing business. He subsequently headed both the client and investment teams, before becoming Chief Executive in November 2008. In May 2013, Heartwood became a wholly owned subsidiary of Handelsbanken and Simon continued as Chief Executive until July 2014 and subsequently left on the third anniversary of its acquisition.

From 2013-16, he was also a member of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Smaller Business Practitioner Panel, nominated by the Wealth Management Association (now called PIMFA – Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association) to represent the wealth management sector.

Phil Shelley, Non-Executive Director, Chairman

After graduation from Edinburgh University, where he read Civil Engineering, Phil served in the Armed Forces as an Officer in the Royal Green Jackets. He joined UBS in 1995 where he worked in Corporate Broking and Equity Capital markets for 15 years, culminating as Head of Corporate Broking. He joined Goldman Sachs in 2010 where he ran the Corporate Broking and Equity Capital Markets team before joining Barclays as Vice Chairman of the Investment Bank. In September last year he set up Arlington Capital Markets Ltd. The firm advises both listed UK companies, private companies preparing for listing or sale and companies planning to IPO.

During his career of nearly 25 years Phil has advised on IPOs for many UK and European companies, including most recently Alfa Financial Software, Countryside, Global Ports Holding (GPH), Virgin Money, Direct Line Insurance Group and Saga. He has advised a large number of companies including Rolls Royce, Prudential, Imperial Brands, ARM, BP, Vodafone, Legal and General, Anglo American, Rio Tinto, Zurich Insurance and British Land amongst others.

Alistair Buchanan, Non-Executive Director

Alistair was formerly CEO of Ofgem, the UK’s gas and electricity markets’ regulator, for ten years and a partner at KPMG, where he was also UK Chairman of Power & Utilities.  He trained as a Chartered Accountant at KPMG before becoming an award-winning energy sector analyst and head of research for banks in London and New York.

Alistair is currently a NED at Thames Water (where he Chairs the Strategy Committee and is a member of audit committee), and a NED at Electricity North West Limited (where he sits on the Valuation committee). In the past he has served on the Boards of Durham University and Scottish Water, and also currently serves on the board of Royal Holloway College, University of London. He was awarded the CBE in 2008.

Helen Sinclair, Non-Executive Director

Helen is a highly experienced non-executive director having served on a number of audit, remuneration and investment committees. Prior to her focus on non-executive director roles, Helen co-founded and ran Matrix Private Equity (now Mobeus Equity Partners LLP); a successful private equity firm, with a focus on SMEs. Helen has a thirty-year track record as an investor, board member and board observer in a range of sectors, including early stage technology/digital media, retail and consumer and financial services with considerable expertise in alternative asset management.

Tom Wood, Non-Executive Director

Tom is a highly experienced CEO/CFO who has operated in senior leadership roles within Banking and Regulated Financial Services. Tom was Chief Restructuring and Financial Officer of the Co-operative Bank plc (2017-2019) having advised on its third recapitalisation. Prior to this Tom was CFO and Interim CEO of Shawbrook Group plc leading the IPO of the business in 2015.

More recently Tom has advised PE funds and investors in financial services in respect of M&A and transformational growth.