Our Board

WH Ireland Chief Executive Officer Phillip Wale

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.

WH Ireland Chairman Tim Steel

Tim Steel, Non Executive Director, Chairman

Tim worked for Robert Fleming & Co between 1974-1979, firstly as an Investment Research Analyst before becoming an Investment Manager. In 1980, he moved to Cazenove & Co where he worked in a variety of roles including Head of UK Institutional Sales and latterly as vice- Chairman of Cazenove Capital Management, before retiring in 2009. In 2008 he became non-Executive Chairman of Castle Alternative Invest, a fund of hedge funds, listed on the Swiss Stock Exchange. Since 2013, he has been Chairman of a private equity boutique, Committed Capital, financing small UK private companies. Tim was appointed to the Board of WHIreland in March 2014.

WH Ireland non-executive director Richard Lee

Richard E. M. Lee, Non Executive Director

Richard is a strategy consultant with wide business experience. In his early career he worked in two stockbroking firms in the research and corporate finance departments. He has been Chairman or Non Executive Director of eleven quoted companies and a number of private companies in Banking, Finance, Invoice Factoring, Recruitment Packaging, Healthcare and a broad range of industrial areas.

He was previously a member of the Investment committee of the Lazard North West Unit Trust. Prior to becoming a Non-Executive Director he was Chairman of WHIreland Limited.

WH Ireland non-executive director Victoria Raffé

Victoria Raffé, Non-Executive Director

Victoria Raffé has had an extensive City career, latterly as a Regulator with positions as Director of the Authorisations Division for the Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), membership of both the eight strong Executive Committee of the FCA and the Executive Regulatory Issues Committee. In addition Victoria Chaired the Regulatory Transaction Committee. Previously she held various senior level roles with the Financial Services Authority (“FSA”). She currently holds two banking non-executive directorships – one with Reliance Bank, and the other with Starling Bank.

Victoria was appointed to the Board of WHIreland in January 2017.

WH Ireland non-executive director Simon Lough

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 (subject to FCA approval)

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 FTSE 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 (subject to FCA approval)

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.

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