Architas beefs up operations

Architas, the Axa owned multi-manager boutique launched in 2008, has bolstered its capabilities with the appointment of two industry veterans. Adrian Lowcock (pictured), currently head of investing at Axa Wealth, will be moving to the firm to take up the role of investment director. In his new role he will help develop a better understanding of Architas' retail investor clients, and improve the firm’s communications with advisers and the media. Prior to joining Axa, Lowcock worked as a senior research and investment commentator at Hargreaves Lansdown, and also held communications and advisory roles at Tilney Bestinvest. Steve Jackson has also been appointed to the newly-created role of key accounts director. Primary responsibilities will include building and developing new and existing relationships with national advice firms and networks, including promotion of the firm’s managed portfolio service which will launch in September this year. Jackson joins from Seneca, where he was head of retail sales. He moved to Seneca in October last year, after eight years at Schroders as head of IFA sales. Prior, he spent 15 years at M&G in a number of roles, including five years as a business development director. He will be supported by Jo Pawson as key accounts manager, who has also joined Architas from Axa Wealth. The role commences in September. Architas’ recently released half year results indicate the firm has performed strongly over the first six months of 2016, with total assets (both under management and advice) increasing to £21.2 billion (€25.1 billion) from £14 billion in the first half of 2015. Total net new money, including flows into Architas’s core UK range, unit-linked business and institutional portfolios, was £334 million. ©2016 funds europe

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