Investec Wealth & Investment (IW&I) has appointed Rowena Houston as head of the firm’s Leeds office.
She will start her new role in January 2017, following the announcement of existing head Simon Kaye’s impending retirement.
A senior investment director, Houston has worked in IW&I’s Leeds office for the past 20 years and is responsible for managing funds for private clients and independent financial advisers.
Houston graduated in 1993 and joined the institutional investment team at Lloyds Investment Managers in London, which then became Hill Samuel.
In 1996, she joined BWD Rensburg (now IW&I) in Leeds as an investment assistant and was promoted through the ranks to senior investment director in 1999.
Jonathan Wragg, Investec Wealth & Investment chief executive, says: “I am delighted to be announcing Rowena’s appointment as the new head of our Leeds office. She has played a hugely significant role in building our presence in and around Leeds and the wider region, and I know she will continue to ensure we provide clients with the highest level of service. Under Simon’s leadership, we have seen the office grow considerably and I would like to formally thank him for all of his work and commitment over many years.”
Houston says: “It’s a very exciting time for the Leeds team and wider IW&I business, and I’m delighted to be given the opportunity to lead such a strong proposition. The team in Leeds, including our financial planning function, offer a very high quality and tailored service for the local wealth management market and I will ensure we will remain absolutely focused on delivering the highest possible standard of client service and market expertise.”