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 firm that builds on a heritage of more than 150 years. The Tilney Group operates under the Tilney brand for Investment Management and Financial Planning and Bestinvest for execution-only investing. We look after more than £22 billion of assets on our clients’ behalf and pride ourselves on offering the very highest levels of professional client service with transparent, competitive pricing across our entire range of solutions.

We offer a range of services for clients whether they would like to have their investments managed by us, require the support of a highly qualified adviser, prefer to make their own investment decisions or want to take more than one approach. We also have a nationwide team of expert financial planners to help clients with all aspects of financial planning, including retirement planning.

We have won numerous awards including Best Fund Platform and Best SIPP Provider at the 2017 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. We are pleased that our greatest source of new business is personal referrals from existing clients.

Headquartered in Mayfair, London, Tilney Group employs over 1,000 staff across our network of offices, giving us full UK coverage, and we combine our award-winning research and expertise to provide a personalised service to clients whatever their investment needs.