Today we officially confirmed that the deVere Group’s Western European arm is to imminently launch an Executive Committee (Ex-Co) of leading industry figureheads from within our organisation.

The Ex-Co, which I’m delighted to be heading up, will comprise of Paul Dodds, Senior Area Manager of deVere Switzerland; Andrew Oliver, Senior Area Manager of deVere Spain; Kevin White, Head of UK Financial Planning; Mitch Hopkinson, a Financial Times IFA of the Year; Nigel Smith, the European Head of Technical Services; and Colm Donnelly, the European Head of Compliance and Regulatory Policy.

The members of the committee have considerable experience within the institutional and retail financial services market and I’m confident that our work will have the effect of increasing standards even further across our region, to the benefit of our clients, our business, and the industry.

The Executive Committee’s primary responsibilities will include strategising and executing regional business development plans, overseeing and reviewing regulatory policy and legislative changes, providing a technical review, offering feedback to providers, implementing further new technology infrastructure, and verifying that the firm’s service remains exemplary, amongst other specific obligations.

The Ex-Co announcement comes as we move into week eleven of a top-level, six month strategic review that is already enabling us to see where we can consolidate and streamline, and where we should be further developing and expanding.

Following the completion of the review, it is expected that we will take the necessary steps to double our European presence within three years.