Born in Southampton, Mr Blighe went to Oxford University before joining Save & Prosper in 1980. He then spent time in consultancy before joining the insurance and investment arm of TSB in 1986.
He went on to work for Friends Provident in investment marketing, focusing on its socially responsible Stewardship range. Following a short stint at M&G, he was appointed head of UK marketing at Threadneedle.
In 2005, Mr Blighe joined Skandia Investment Management where he helped develop and launch the first retail global property securities fund, the innovative Best Ideas range and the first multi-manager ethical fund in the form of the Skandia ethical fund.
Skandia Investment Group chief executive Jamie MacLeod says: “Frank joined Skandia Investment Management back in 2005 when the business was really beginning to develop.
“He played a pivotal role in the marketing effort and so was instrumental in the success of this business. He did that with wit and humour and his passing has been met with great sadness among his friends and colleagues. My thoughts go out to Frank’s wife Nicki and his son Sam.”
A private funeral service followed by a public memorial service was held last week at St Thomas à Becket Church, Tilshead near Salisbury.
The service was attended by Frank’s family, friends and a large number of colleagues. past and present.