Board appointment

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W.H. Ireland Group PLC
29 March 2019

29 March 2019

Dissemination of a Regulatory Announcement that contains inside information according to REGULATION (EU) No 596/2014 (MAR).

WH Ireland Group PLC

(“WH Ireland” or the “Company” or the “Group”)

Board Appointment


WH Ireland (AIM: WHI) is pleased to announce the appointment of Simon Lough as a Non-Executive Director of the Company, subject to FCA approval.  He will also serve on the Audit, Risk and Remuneration Committees.


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. 



Tim Steel, Chairman, commented:


“The Board would like to welcome Simon to the Group and I look forward to working with him.  He has spent his entire career in the City and has first-hand experience of growing and developing a significant wealth manager.  We believe that he will be able to bring his extensive wealth management experience, gained over 20 years, in support of the new executive management team as we move forward to expand and develop our business.”


Simon Lough commented:  

“I am really excited by the challenge of helping the new management team at WH Ireland.  While recent financial results make it clear change has been and remains necessary, the potential of WH Ireland excites me.  The brand is well known, the key shareholders are supportive, and I have been impressed by the new management team and their recovery plans.  I am confident my experience in wealth management can contribute to those plans, and help the WH Ireland business add value for clients, employees and shareholders.”




For further information please contact:                                                                                   


WH Ireland Group plc

Tim Steel, Chairman

+44(0) 20 7220 1666

SPARK Advisory Partners Limited

Mark Brady/ Miriam Greenwood                                                                  

 +44(0) 20 3368 3551

MHP Communications

Reg Hoare

 +44 (0) 2013 128 8793





Further information in relation to Simon Lough


Save for the information above and below, there are no further disclosures to be made in accordance with Rule 17, Schedule 2(g) of the AIM Rules for Companies in respect of the appointment Simon Lough.


Full name:          Simon Nicholas Lough


Age:                   56 years old


Mr Lough currently holds the following directorships:


Haberdashers’ Aske’s Federation Trust (Registered Charity: 1001489)

Environmental Vision (Registered Charity: 1095328)


In the last five years, Mr Lough held the following directorships:


Fulham Boys School Limited

Heartwood Group

Heartwood ACD Limited

Heartwood Second Nominees Limited

Heartwood Nominees Limited

Heartwood Wealth Management Limited

Heartwood Wealth Group Limited


Mr Lough does not have any interest in the share capital of the Company.


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