PIMFA, the trade association for wealth management, investment services and the investment and financial advice industry, has announced the addition of Ciaran Whelan and Mike Morrow to its Board with effect from 1 February 2021.
Both new directors bring substantial experience of the wealth management and advice sectors, which will help inform the direction and strategy undertaken by PIMFA as it continues its efforts to provide Professional Advice for All that want it and An Industry Fit for the Future challenges and opportunities to come.
Ciaran Whelan is managing director of Investec and CEO of Investec Wealth and Investment (UK). He has held various senior positions globally within the Investec group over the past 30 years. Ciaran sits on the Investec Board as an Executive Director. Before being appointed to his current roles in April 2020, he was group chief operating officer, and prior to that he was group director of risk and global head of private banking. Between 2013 and 2015 Whelan was CEO of Investec Bank Australia Ltd and prior to that, he was CEO of Investec Employee Benefits Limited.
Mike Morrow is chief commercial officer at Openwork. A highly experienced leader, he has held a variety of senior level wealth management roles at AXA, HSBC and Ascentric (formerly part of the Royal London Group) before joining Openwork as Wealth Director in June 2015. In his current role, he provides a focal point for Openwork's proposition development and contractual relationships with adviser firms and third parties as well as leading on the development of the Wealth Platform. He is a member of the Openwork Investment Committee, the Executive, and a number of Openwork Boards (Openwork Holdings Limited, 2Plan and Openwork Wealth Services Ltd).
Lord Deben, chairman of PIMFA, commented: "I'm delighted to welcome both Ciaran and Mike to PIMFA's Board of Directors and look forward to working with them. I have no doubt that their considerable experience and insights will help take PIMFA forward in a way that benefits our members and the profession overall."
"There were already many challenges and opportunities facing the wealth management and advice industry before the pandemic took hold. Many of those challenges and opportunities remain, and some have been amplified by the pandemic. Ciaran and Mike's experience will be invaluable in helping navigate a path that creates an industry that is Fit for the Future and benefits the financial and mental wellbeing of an ever-widening pool of consumers through the provision of professional advice for all."