With an impressive history of building and running financial service companies, the Ascentric management team brings together a broad range of experience, knowledge and expertise to help your business succeed.
Clive Boothman has over twenty years experience in financial services and investment management.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, Clive began his City career with Schroders, where he built up their UK unit trust business to be one of the largest and most successful in the UK. He then became Managing Director of their global Private Clients business, before leaving to run Gerrard, an amalgamation of Greig Middleton and Capel Cure Sharp, forming the largest private client stockbroker in the UK.
More recently, Clive has run Cofunds, the UK’s largest independent funds supermarket, before undertaking a number of consulting assignments and non-executive positions.
Clive is well known within the industry, having been past Chairman of AUTIF (now the IMA) and a board member of APCIMS and LAUTRO.
Andrew joined Royal London Asset Management in September 2001 as Chief Investment Officer. In September 2003 he was promoted to Chief Executive Officer with overall responsibility for RLAM’s corporate strategy and delivery. He was appointed to the Board of Royal London Group in December 2006.
Andrew began his investment management career in 1983 with Provident Life as a UK Equity Analyst while also assisting in the running of their property portfolio. In 1985 Andrew joined Mercantile & General Reinsurance, managing a variety of both equity and fixed interest portfolios, before moving on two years later to become Continental European Fund Manager at Gartmore. After successfully managing pan-European portfolios, Andrew became Gartmore’s Head of UK Institutional Equities in 1997, prior to his appointment as overall Head of UK Equities in 1999.
Andrew graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Modern History and Economics.
Hugo Thorman has held a number of executive roles within the retail Financial Services industry, including Chief Executive of James Hay and Intermediary Marketing Director of Abbey National. Previous experience also includes Assistant Director of Strategy at Abbey Life, Marketing Director of Black Horse Financial Services and Consultant at Watson Wyatt.
Hugo has a sound knowledge of the intermediary market and expertise in pensions, investments and life assurance. He has been involved in Platforms since the launch of the James Hay Wrap in 2003. In 2005 he joined the embryonic Ascentric business as CEO.
Hugo has a B.A. honours degree in Economics from Nottingham University and an MBA from London Business School.
Mike Morrow joined Ascentric in March 2012 as Sales and Marketing Director for Ascentric having held a number of senior positions in the financial services industry.
Having spent 23 years working provider side, Mike has considerable experience of the intermediary market and building lasting relationships within it. Most recently, Mike was UK Head of Commercial Wealth Management at HSBC and prior to that spent 9 years at Axa where his last role was Head of Platform & Investment Distribution for Axa managing distribution of their wrap platform and multi manager funds.
Mark Hastings was formerly a Vice-President with Credit Suisse First Boston and brings to the business experience of regulatory, statutory and financial control. Mark specialised in the accounting of complex financial products and spent three years as Financial Controller at Credit Suisse's derivatives arm CSFP.
Whilst Mark is predominantly a financial services expert, he began his career in practise before spending a number of years in the airline industry. He is a Chartered Management Accountant and has a Masters in Finance from London Business School.
Jon has a wealth of experience in financial services technology and effective IT management, having worked in software delivery and development for more than 20 years.
Having delivered a market leading back office system in the 1990’s, Jon formed a business in 1997 which built a new scalable solution aimed at the enterprise business market. This product, Officeweb, has been implemented into a number of large financial services organisations and is used by thousands of users nationwide.
In 2000, Officeweb was acquired by Crisp Computing and subsequently became part of the 1st – Exchange stable of products, with Jon becoming Chief Technology Officer in 2008. In this role he managed desktop application development for the business, including the delivery of a suite of market leading desktop products such as Adviser Office and Officeweb.
Jon joined Ascentric in June 2010 as IT Director to drive the technology strategy and deliver efficiency through technology development.
Neil Murray qualified as a chartered accountant with PWC and worked in the Financial Services divisions of their London and Toronto offices. As audit manager he specialised in the fund management and life insurance sectors.
After leaving practise Neil joined Wolters Kluwer where he managed various change programmes before becoming Finance Director and then General Manager of their CCH Division.
As an interim manager Neil then undertook various assignments, providing senior management support to organisations that were undergoing significant change or growth.
Neil joined Ascentric in 2007. As Programme Director he is responsible for delivering a balanced portfolio of projects that support Ascentric's growth plans.
David has over thirty years experience within the Financial Services sector, predominantly within equities registration and registrars businesses. His career began with Nat West Registrars where he was instrumental in establishing the Employee Share Plan business and later in the functional specification of a new core operating system.
At the Royal Bank of Scotland he was responsible for the migration of over 8m shareholder records from Nat West systems to the RBS platform. He also undertook the role of Business Project Manager for the Halifax demutualization (the largest floatation in UK equity history). He then managed a white-labelled Registrars service for that newly listed client whilst the register matured.
Since 1998, David worked for Computershare Investor Services where he undertook a number of executive roles including Head of UK Operations and Head of UK Business Solutions Group.