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Berkeley picks Burns man as new chief

National IFA and network Berkeley Berry Birch has appointed Richard Howells as new chief executive of its Berkeley Independent Advisers network.

Howells, 31, joins from rival network Burns Anderson where he was group development director.

He replaces current chief executive Martin Banbury, who has held the post for the last eight years. Banbury is staying on the board of the network and moving within the group to a new role managing special projects. His first task in the new role is to head a project working with small IFA firms looking to grow but unsure how to go about it.

Howells has been with Burns Anderson since 1998 and has held a variety of positions, including head of group development and head of training. He was

previously with Bradford & Bingley and NatWest.

From September 9, he will take the helm of the UK&#39s fourth-biggest IFA network, with over 600 RIs.

Berkeley Independent Advisers founder Clifford Lockyer says: “We are sure that Berkeley Independent Advisers and its members will benefit from Richard&#39s enormous experience and industry knowledge.”

Howells says: “I am thrilled to be joining a network with such an enviable track record for achievement and quality. It is my intention to get close to the members so that I can build a close and mutually beneficial working relationship with them.”

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