Tilney hires new Chief Investment Officer

09 February 2017

Leading UK investment management and financial planning group Tilney is pleased to announce that, subject to regulatory approval, it has hired Christopher Godding as Chief Investment Officer.

Chris will replace existing CIO Gareth Lewis who is taking up a new role at Tilney as Managing Director of Investment Strategy where he will focus on new business development and high value clients. Gareth will remain on the Asset Allocation Committee, chair the Investment Governance Committee and is joining the Board of its Dublin fund range.

Chris is a highly experienced Chief Investment Officer who previously served for nine years as CIO at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management in London and was also CIO and head of the Global Equity team at Signia Wealth. He has extensive investment management experience, having previously worked as fund manager for firms that include Moore Capital and SG Asset Management. Chris joins Tilney from Rubicon Fund Management LLP.

As CIO Chris will lead the group’s asset allocation process and central investment teams. Following its successful acquisitions of Towry and Ingenious Asset Management last year, Tilney is responsible for over £21 billion of assets on behalf of private investors, charities and professionals principally through managed portfolios and the Tilney fund range. Chris will also join the Tilney Executive Committee. 

Chris Godding commented: “Tilney has firmly established itself as one of the UK’s leading discretionary investment management and financial planning businesses, with award winning investment track records built on a rigorous and disciplined investment process. After the successful integrations of 2016, this is a very exciting time to be joining Tilney.”  

Peter Hall, Chief Executive Officer, of Tilney added: “We are delighted that Chris is joining Tilney as our Chief Investment Officer and a member of the senior management team. Chris is an absolutely top-calibre CIO with extensive investment experience and he will be a great successor in the role to Gareth who has delivered exceptionally strong investment performance. Together, Gareth’s new role in supporting the growth of our investment management business and the appointment of Chris as CIO further reinforces our position as a leading UK investment manager.”

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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.