Sesame poaches new technology chief from Avelo

Sesame Bankhall Group has appointed Avelo head of financial planning and wealth management James Stevenson as head of adviser technology.

Stevenson will help develop the adviser technology which underpins Sesame’s new investment and adviser services, including design and implemen-
tation of the group’s new client and practice management system being developed with software firm Iress. He will also build the team which will promote and deliver the new technology offering to Sesame members and Bankhall customers throughout 2012. This team will work with Iress UK to deliver the service.

Sesame chief executive George Higginson (pictured) says: “We are investing in a valuable new services and that includes recruiting experts with the knowledge to ensure that advisers and their clients reap the full benefit from these new developments.”

Stevenson says: “The solution from Iress will be a real differentiator and brings a unique blend of breadth and depth of functionality across front, middle and back office. It will give advisers the ability to automate many repetitive activities, ensuring consistency of advice and lower operational costs.”

Stevenson was Focus Business Solutions head of software delivery and has also held roles with Accenture, CMG and Axa.