Directorate Change

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W.H. Ireland Group PLC
19 July 2018


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WH Ireland Group PLC

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

Directorate Change


WH Ireland (AIM: WHI) announces that Richard Killingbeck, the current Chief Executive Officer of the Group, will not be seeking re-election as a Director of the Company at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting of the Company on 27 September 2018 in order to pursue other opportunities.  Richard will step down as CEO with effect from 31 July 2018 and will step down as a director on or before the Annual General Meeting. A further announcement will be made at that time. Richard joined the Company in September 2012 as Head of Private Wealth Management, before being appointed Chief Executive in January 2013.


The board of WH Ireland is pleased to announce that Phillip Wale has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer elect of the Company, with effect from 1 August 2018, with his appointment to Chief Executive Officer and the board, being subject to approval by the Financial Conduct Authority.


Phillip Andrew Wale, aged 54, 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.  For the last two years, Phillip has been Head of Fixed Income (Europe) at Cantor Fitzgerald Europe.


Tim Steel, Chairman, commented:


The Board would like to express its thanks to Richard for his significant contribution to the Group over the past six years.  During this time, he has overseen the key transformational changes that have positioned WH Ireland as a modern and more efficient organisation.  We wish him well in the future. 


“I would also like to welcome Phillip to the Group and I look forward to working with him as he looks to build upon the changes that have already taken place. Phillip has held a number of senior positions in similar financial services businesses which span both Wealth Management and Corporate and Institutional Broking. I believe that we can draw upon this experience to take the Group forward in the next stage of its development with the full support of our major shareholders.


“WH Ireland has two successful businesses with good prospects and a solid financial platform. We intend to focus on accelerating the growth and profitability of each business for the benefit of all of the Company’s stakeholders.”


For further information please contact:                                                                                   



WH Ireland Group plc

Tim Steel, Chairman

+44(0) 20 7220 1666



SPARK Advisory Partners Limited


Mark Brady                                                                      

                                  +44(0) 20 3368 3551



MHP Communciations


Reg Hoare                                                                                                                              +44 (0) 2013 128 8793




Further information in relation to Phillip Wale


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 Phillip Wale.

Full name:          Phillip Andrew Wale

Age:                       54 years old

Mr Wale does not currently hold any directorships or partnerships.

In the last five years, Mr Wale held the following directorships and partnerships:


Panmure Gordon Securities Limited

Durlacher Research Limited

Life Capital Limited

Panmure Gordon & Co. Limited

Web-Angel Limited

United Energy Limited

Panmure Gordon (Broking) Limited

Web-Angel Services Limited

United Energy Properties Limited

Rotherfield Nominees Limited

Panmure Gordon (UK) Limited

Panmure General Partner Limited



Tenebris Realisations Limited (formerly Seymour Pierce Limited):


Mr Wale became Chief Executive Officer of Seymour Pierce Limited in 2011 and resigned from the board in May 2012.  In February 2013, Seymour Pierce Limited changed its name to Tenebris Realisations Limited after administrators were appointed to the company and parts of the business were sold to Cantor Fitzgerald Europe in a pre-pack administration.  In the ensuing administration and liquidation, secured creditors were repaid in full, but there was a deficit to unsecured creditors of approximately £7.5 million.



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