Rob joins executive team at Lancashire finance firm

Lancashire-based Ludlow Wealth Management Group has strengthened its executive team with the appointment of Rob Brown as its first chief operating officer.

Rob joins the firm from RBS where he spent five years, latterly as the quality and development director at Direct Mortgages.

Before his director role he was the bank’s regional quality and development manager in the north of England responsible for over 100 branch based mortgage advisers.

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Prior to RBS he worked for Barclays Wealth for seven years in senior regulated leadership roles in Estate and Trusts, Corporate and Personal Financial Planning, Premier Relationship Banking and Mortgage businesses.

Preceding Barclays, Rob had been at Santander for 14 years in senior regulated roles within its Wealth, Financial Planning and Mortgages divisions.

Ian Hemingway, chief executive of Ludlow, which has a Preston branch, said: “Rob fits perfectly into the business.

“He brings with him over 25 years’ experience in senior roles in the financial services sector, and it’s this knowledge that will prove important to Ludlow as the executive team looks to develop the business safely and efficiently.

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“As the business grows in the coming months and years, we need a strong, dynamic but pragmatic executive team. This team will ensure the business stays true to its credo and its growth doesn’t detract from what is at the core of the firm and that’s looking after our clients.”

Rob added: “When I was approached late last year to join the firm, and having met the people who work here, this felt like too good an opportunity to miss out on.

“Ludlow has a great reputation in the financial services sector and its people are passionate about what it does.

“I’m looking forward to work alongside Ian.”