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Paul Bradshaw joins Sanlam UK board

Sanlam UK has announced the appointment of Paul Bradshaw to its board as non-executive director.

Bradshaw will help oversee the development of Sanlam’s portfolio of financial services businesses in the UK, which cover distribution, packaging, administration and asset management services.

Bradshaw joins the board in August 2008. He will also be appointed as non-executive chairman of Rhyl-based IFA Buckles, after Sanlam took a 60 per cent holding in the firm back in April this year.

Sanlam UK chief executive Lukas van der Walt says: “Our aim is to empower each of our independent businesses by creating a framework through which they are able to thrive through sharing knowledge and experience together with access to capital for growth. Bradshaw’s significant financial services experience will help speed the development of these plans.”

Bradshaw’s 35 year career in financial services includes stints at big brands like Abbey, Scottish Amicable and Skandia Life Assurance.

Bradshaw also acts as a non-executive director for Sanlam UK-owned pensions and investments firm Merchant Investors Assurance Limited and Principal Holdings Limited, and is non-executive chairman of the IFA-led Nucleus wrap, in which Sanlam UK holds a 42.5 per cent stake.


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