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Ashcourt Rowan recruits former Skandia director Jim Roberts

Ashcourt Rowan has appointed Skandia Investment Management founder Jim Roberts as a non-executive on its board.

Roberts worked at Skandia Group for 26 years, where he held a number of senior positions including appointed actuary, finance director and group investment director.  He also set up Skandia Investment Management in 2003 which he chaired from its inception.

Last week, annuity specialist MGM Advantage recruited Roberts to its board as non-executive director.

Roberts is also non-executive director at Sarasin & Partners and holds the positions of chairman of investment committee at Insynergy Investment Management, chairman of the investment committee at Verbatim Asset Management and is a member of the advisory board at Simply Biz.


Standard Life strikes deal to take GARS fund to the US

Standard Life Investments has teamed up with John Hancock Mutual Funds to allow the firm to make its global absolute return strategies fund available to the US retail market. The fund will be called the John Hancock global absolute return strategies fund and will sit in the speciality fund category. Standard Life Investments is to […]


Alan Lakey: Time for a modest FOS complainant fee

For some time, I have campaigned to bring the Financial Ombudsman Service into line with the precepts of English law. The FOS works within an approximation of English law, with its determinations using balance of probabilities’ criteria. One central aim of claim instigators is to persuade people to agree compensation to avoid the matter being […]


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