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As CEO, Peter is responsible for ensuring that Raymond James Investment Services robustly delivers its regulatory, operational and commercial proposition to the commercially independent wealth management practices it supports in the UK. Under Peterís leadership, the company has grown rapidly and continues to increase market share in the wealth management sector.
Born in Dublin, Ireland, Peter read Business Studies at Trinity College, Dublin and was conferred with both a B.B.S (hons) and an M.A. degree. Peter has also completed executive education programmes at Northwestern Universityís Kellogg School of Management, Stanford Universityís Graduate School of Business and the London Business School.
Peter started his career with Chase Manhattan Bank in New York where he completed both the Associate Development Programme and the Financial Analyst (Credit) Programme. Peter spent 10 years working at Chase Manhattan in New York, Frankfurt and London initially as a Relationship Manager, Chase International Institutional and then in Chase Asset Management & Mutual Funds as Vice President, Regional Sales Director Ė Europe. Peter then joined DAB bank, a large discount broker, in Munich, Germany as Head of Group Development. In February 2002, Peter was seconded to DAB’s UK subsidiary, SELFtrade UK, as Managing Director and Senior Country Officer. The SELFtrade Group was sold to Societe Generale Group in March 2003 and Peter continued to manage the entity on behalf of the new owners. Peter joined Raymond James Investment Services in December 2004 as Managing Director and became CEO in February 2005.
Peter is a Director as well as a board member of Raymond James Investment Services. Peter also chairs the Raymond James TCF Committee. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and is a committee member of the CISIís Wealth Management Forum. He is also a member of the Institute of Directors and a mentor to start up businesses in London Business School’s Summer Entrepreneurship Programme.
Peter is married with three children. Peter is also an ambassador for Co-operation Irelandís Youth Leadership Programme that seeks to identify and intervene with specific young people who are at risk. The overall objective of the Programme is to build safer, healthier communities on the island of Ireland.
Cynthia’s responsibilities include Relationship Management, Training and Marketing. She and her colleagues are the principal contacts for the commercially independent wealth management practices Raymond James supports in the UK. In addition, her team is responsible for all corporate marketing activities.
Born in Georgia, USA, Cynthia holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Auburn University. Cynthia has also completed INSEAD’s Competitive Strategy Executive Education course to compliment her 25+ years’ experience in sales, relationship management and marketing roles in the financial services industry.
Cynthia started her career at First Atlanta Bank, which was subsequently purchased by Wachovia, where she completed the Management Associate Training Program receiving accreditation in both credit analysis and non-credit services. She advanced through several positions, moving to Wachovia’s New York office as Vice President, Corporate Banking Division. She then joined Chase Manhattan in New York where she became Vice President and Sales Manager in the Cash Management Division. Following a career break to be a full time mother, Cynthia joined Citibank International in London where she developed investment and banking business with private expatriate clients.
Cynthia joined Raymond James Investment Services in 2002 as Client Relationship Manager, assumed the role of Head of Business Support in 2003 and was appointed Director of Business Support in 2005. Her department was expanded in 2006 to include the marketing function at which point Cynthia became Director of Relationship Management and Business Support. Cynthia also chairs the Raymond James Pricing Committee.
Cynthia holds the General Securities and Derivatives Representative qualification as well as the Financial Planning Certificate. She is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment and also represents Raymond James on the CISI’s Certificate in Investment Management Panel, the CISI’s Certificate in Securities Panel and the CISI’s Certificate Programme Qualifications Assessments Board.
Cynthia is married with 2 children, is a pilates enthusiast and has even learned the tricky rules of cricket having watched her son play for many years.
As Head of Business Development, David is responsible for the business development strategy as well as managing the business development team. His department identifies new growth opportunities and works to expand the number of wealth managers working with Raymond James.
David started his career with Equity and Law, later to become part of the AXA Group, in the administration team before moving into sales as a Broker Consultant. He then spent 17 years in the Allied Dunbar IFA Division, progressing from Broker Consultant to Sales Manager, Regional Sales Manager and finally to Deputy Sales Director. He was actively involved in the merger of Allied Dunbar’s IFA division with the Eagle Star and Zurich Life sales teams to create the Zurich IFA Group (ZIFA).
In 2001 he left ZIFA to help establish Old Mutual’s new fund supermarket, Selestia. As Sales Director he had the responsibility of recruiting and managing the Selestia sales team as well as helping to develop the proposition and infrastructure of the new company. After two years David left Selestia and joined Dexia Private Banking as Head of Financial Planning, overseeing product development for high net worth investors and providing investment advice. He joined Raymond James in June 2006 as Head of Business Development, with the task of developing the wealth manager base.
David holds the Financial Planning Certificate and in September 2009 was appointed the Chairman of the Tax Incentivised Savings Association (TISA) Distribution Advisory Council. The Council serves the needs of senior distribution individuals within the financial services industry in the UK, to debate topical issues in confidence and formulate responses on behalf of TISA. David also frequently speaks at industry events and training sessions on investment related topics.
In his spare time David enjoys spending time with his children and listening to music. He is also a dedicated supporter of his local football team, Crystal Palace.
Mark is responsible for all compliance, legal and regulatory matters at Raymond James. His department supervises Branch Principals, ensuring they meet compliance, legal and regulatory requirements. In addition, Mark’s team provides dedicated assistance to Independent Contracting and Professional Partner offices on day-to-day issues while helping them navigate and realise new projects and commercial ventures.
Mark’s career in financial services began in 1983 working for a retail bank before moving on to a financial wealth manager role. The advent of financial services regulation saw him take up various training roles at Norwich Union, Old Mutual and other insurers.
In 1998 Mark decided to put theory into practice and became an IFA with a regional broker, working on SME pension plans, employee benefits, executive protection and company succession planning. After two years he joined the national IFA Inter-Alliance and became Head of Training in 2000. After overseeing the integration of over 400 new wealth managers from the Lincoln sales force and designing a new T&C scheme ready for the start of FSA regulation in 2001, Mark was made an Associate Director. With the company having grown to over 100 branches and almost 1,000 wealth managers he was formally made the Group Compliance Officer in 2002.
In late 2003 Mark joined Mortgage Intelligence as Head of Compliance to prepare the company for FSA regulation, create a new appointed representative network and manage training and T&C. In 2006 he moved to GE Money Home Lending as T&C Leader, before joining Raymond James in July 2009.
Mark is an Associate of the Personal Finance Society (APFS). He has a Diploma in Law from the Open University and is currently completing a Bachelor of Laws degree. He also holds the Investment Management Certificate. Mark is an active member of the Aldgate Group, a training and competency Forum, and the CISI’s Anti-Money Laundering Exam Panel as well as attending regular meetings of other industrial forums.
Mark is married with two children. He is an avid book reader, particularly sci-fi and historical fiction, as well as being a keen runner.