View more on these topics

Wells Street Journal: Simon Hildrey’s animal instincts

Animal lover and all round philanthropist Simon Hildrey was caught short last week at a society event. Hildrey, head of marketing at Liontrust Asset Management, hosted a table at an evening of fun and fine dining at London Zoo in aid of the new lion enclosure.

With food provided by posh curry house Cinnamon Kitchen and comedian Bill Bailey kicking off the event with jokes about killing geese, it was a night to remember for innocent WSJ hacks.

On a table filled with fund managers and free-loading journalists Hildrey took Liontrust’s big-cat fandom to a new level in the silent auction.

Prizes varied from a week’s stay in a ski chalet in exclusive Verbier, to lunch with former London mayor Ken Livingstone, and a stunning pair of green tortoise cufflinks. But Hildrey had his eyes set on a bigger prize

Watched on by former-Prince Harry squeeze Chelsy Davy, Hildrey got in a bidding war for the Lion Champion package, which would give him exclusive naming rights on the first lion cub born in the new enclosure and get a private pre-opening tour of the lions’ new digs.

After a fierce battle, closet-Kylie Minogue fan Hildrey clinched the prize for a cool £12,500.

But his joy was short-lived when he tried to pay for the lot on plastic and his credit card was promptly declined. A red-faced Hildrey assures WSJ the prize is still his. But the question remains, will the new lion be called Chelsy or Kylie?


Paper mountain 010514.jpg

Wealth managers call for Mifid II to replace RDR

The RDR should be replaced by the provisions in Mifid II to address some of the “anomalies” of the current RDR regime, says the Weath Management Association. In response to an FCA discussion paper on its approach to implementing Mifid II, published in March, the trade body for wealth managers says Mifid II provisions “more […]


Alistair Cunningham: Advisers face a rocky Tory road

The change in government has so far made me a £70 profit (I took a punt the Conservatives would win by a greater margin than the pundits suggested) but I fear this will be the last time I feel positive about this victory. The Conservative majority is likely to take the party by surprise. The […]


Ex-UBS trader appears in first Libor-fixing trial

The first person to be tried for the Libor-riggng scandal will appear in court today. Former UBS and Citi trader Thomas Hayes will appear in Southwark Crown Court today, the first such trial in the widespread rigging scandal. The court appearance comes three years after the Serious Fraud Office started its investigation into the wrongdoings. Hayes […]

Saga and Tilney Bestinvest hire ex-RBS director for joint venture

Saga and Tilney Bestinvest have appointed Nicola Audhlam-Gardiner as managing director of their new investment advice and financial planning joint venture Saga Investment Services. A new appointment to the business, Audhlam-Gardiner will be responsible for running the day-to-day management of the business, which will go live towards the end of this year. She joins from RBS banking division Williams […]

Inheritance tax when it is relevant

Neil Jones is Technical Support Manager with Canada Life’s ican Technical Services Team. Canada Life offers a range of wealth management solutions, including retirement income planning, estate planning and investment solutions from a choice of jurisdictions, including the UK, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland. A trust can offer significant advantages when an individual is […]


News and expert analysis straight to your inbox

Sign up


    Leave a comment


    Why register with Money Marketing ?

    Providing trusted insight for professional advisers.  Since 1985 Money Marketing has helped promote and analyse the financial adviser community in the UK and continues to be the trusted industry brand for independent insight and advice.

    News & analysis delivered directly to your inbox
    Register today to receive our range of news alerts including daily and weekly briefings

    Money Marketing Events
    Be the first to hear about our industry leading conferences, awards, roundtables and more.

    Research and insight
    Take part in and see the results of Money Marketing's flagship investigations into industry trends.

    Have your say
    Only registered users can post comments. As the voice of the adviser community, our content generates robust debate. Sign up today and make your voice heard.

    Register now

    Having problems?

    Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3712

    Lines are open Monday to Friday 9:00am -5.00pm