Hawksmoor Investment Management has recruited two discretionary investment management specialists.
Following his departure from Investec, Jim Wood-Smith is joining Hawksmoor as head of research.
Wood-Smith was formerly was Investec’s chief investment strategist. Previously, he was head of research at Williams de Broë and has also worked at private client investment managers Greig Middleton and Gerrard.
Also joining Hawksmoor from Investec is Henry Rising, a former investment director at Williams de Broë (formerly Christows). Rising decided to leave Williams de Broe in 2013 shortly after the completion of its takeover by Investec Wealth & Investment.
Assisting Wood-Smith and Rising at Hawksmoor will be sales and marketing specialist Jill Gill, who also worked at Investec, Williams de Broë and Christows.
Hawksmoor is an independent investment management business that specialises in managing private client, trust and charity portfolios, particularly for clients of professional introducers.
Hawksmoor chief executive John Crowley says: “The appointment of such senior and respected figures in the investment and wealth management sector clearly indicates our intention to expand and improve the services we provide for clients. We have not only recruited individuals of acknowledged expertise and experience, but also ones who acknowledge our culture and ethos of looking after investments with diligence and care while always remembering that everyone has entrusted us with the responsible management of their wealth.”
Rising says: “Having spent most of my career working for a small to medium sized business I am particularly looking forward to a return to a small-company environment where the focus will be firmly on providing my clients with the very best management of their investments using well-proven and disciplined investment processes and with a strong emphasis on a truly personal service.”
Jim Wood-Smith adds: “I am truly delighted to take up this new challenge. The market is crying out for a new face and a fresh approach, and a firm such as Hawksmoor, with local values and a commitment to first class performance and service, is perfectly placed to fill that role.“