Tilney hires former professional footballer Simon Andrews to head up business development for sport

20 May 2020

Leading UK wealth management group Tilney, has hired Simon Andrews as director for business development in sport, to grow the sports professional client base. Simon is based in the North West where Tilney has a strong presence with offices in Manchester, Liverpool and Knutsford.

Simon is a former professional footballer who played for Manchester United and Wigan Athletic (between 1985 and 1991) before transitioning into a second career in financial services. He began his 28 year career in financial services as an adviser and over the last two decades as a Business Acquisition Executive at St James’s Place – recruiting financial planner/advisers including second career individuals to be trained as financial advisers or business owners.

Alongside a considerable financial services career, Simon founded and has been actively involved with PlayersNet, a charitable endeavour providing the first independent welfare programme in professional football. PlayersNet initially supported the player and parent community at Manchester United and was later adopted by The Premier League. This charitable support, advice and guidance proposition is being delivered today by PlayersNet and its team of independent volunteers. It provides a broad range of trust-based support services to players, parents and football coaches.

Commenting, Simon said: “My passion is to help sportspeople make the best possible decisions for both their finances and their well-being. As with many sporting professionals, my career came to an end at an early age and I decided to make the transition to a second career in financial services. I want to be in a position to help those who need financial advice and wealth management during and following their playing careers.

“Tilney is the perfect place to do this. It is a hugely reputable business with a long heritage and expertise in both financial planning and investment management. Tilney already supports a growing number of sports professional clients and this provides a really strong foundation to build upon further. I am delighted to have this opportunity.”

Bill Price, managing director, investment management at Tilney, said: “Over the course of his career in financial services, Simon has built a hugely impressive network of both current and former sportspeople, as well as being extremely highly-regarded with introducers, such as solicitors and accountants. As we look to develop our business in the North West, his expertise will be invaluable and we are delighted to have him on board.”

About Tilney

Tilney is a leading investment and financial planning group that builds on a heritage of more than 180 years.  Our clients are private investors, charities and professional intermediaries who trust us with over £23 billion of their assets. We offer a range of services including financial planning, investment management and advice and, through our Bestinvest service, a leading online platform for those who prefer to manage their own investments.

We have won numerous awards. Tilney has been awarded Best Conventional Advisory Service at the 2018 City of London Wealth Management Awards, Best Advisory Service in the 2015 City of London Wealth Management Awards; Investment Award – Cautious category in the Private Asset Management Awards; and Stockbroker of the Year, Execution-only Stockbroker of the Year and Self-select ISA Provider of the Year 2015, as voted by readers of the Financial Times and Investors Chronicle. Bestinvest was voted Best SIPP Provider and Best Fund Platform at the 2017 City of London Wealth Management Awards, Best Direct SIPP Provider at the YourMoney.com Awards 2017, Best Stocks & Shares ISA Provider at the 2017 Shares Awards, as well as Best Self Select ISA Provider, Best Online/Execution-only Stockbroker and Best Investment Platform 2017 at the FT and Investors Chronicle Investment and Wealth Management Awards, as voted by readers of the FT and Investors Chronicle.

Headquartered in Mayfair, London, the Tilney Group employs over 1,000 staff across our network of 30 offices, enabling us to support clients with a local service throughout the UK.