Our Management Team

Richard Denning - CEO

Richard Denning, Ascentric CEO

Richard has worked in Financial Services for his entire career,  spending the past 20 years building and running platforms for Old Mutual, Novia and Aegon. Prior to this he spent his formative years at Prudential in a variety of Operational and IT/Change Roles.

Richard joined Aegon after they purchased Novia Investment Services a start-up business launched to provide Aegon with an outsourced platform. In 2015 Richard was appointed Chief Operating Officer for Aegon where he was responsible for Customer Services, IT and Change. He was also integral to the completion of the Cofunds and Blackrock purchases and subsequent integrations.

Richard has been married for 20 years and lives just outside Bath. He loves travelling, golf and anything relating to history  - with a special interest in World War 1 and World War 2.

Justin Blower - Head of Sales

Justin Blower - Head of Sales

Justin joined Ascentric in November 2014 to head up the Business Development function and was subsequently promoted to Head of Sales in April 2015. He is responsible for both intermediated sales on the Ascentric platform as well as managing institutional partners.

Justin has over 15 years’ experience within the Financial Services sector working for both financial planning businesses and wrap platforms. Before joining Ascentric, Justin was at AXA Wealth for 12 years where he held roles in Compliance, Finance and Sales.

Justin has a degree in Economics and Geography from the University of Portsmouth.

Gary Clapham - Transformation Director

Gary Clapham - Programme Director

Gary is the Ascentric Transformation Director having joined in June 2016, initially as Programme Director of the replatforming activity. Gary joined from Royal London where he'd worked as Group Head of Operational Risk since June 2014.

Gary transferred to Royal London on the acquisition of the CIS (Co-op) Life and Pensions acquisition in 2013 where he was the Commercial Director. Before joining CIS, in a 30+ year career, Gary has undertaken a range of senior operation and delivery roles, primarily in UK financial services but also in the UK and US energy sector.

Lee Jones - Head of Operations

Lee Jones

Before joining Ascentric in October 2017, Lee held a number of senior operational positions in Royal London, in both the consumer and intermediary divisions.

Lee has over 20 years’ experience working in financial services, in a variety of roles spanning Operations, Change, project management, Risk and Sales. His experience outside of Royal London includes Legal and General, Lloyds Banking Group and HSBC.

Outside of work, Lee splits his time equally between supporting Southampton FC and providing free taxi rides for his daughter.

Jo Kite - Director of Platform & Marketing

As Marketing & Proposition Director at Ascentric, since the beginning of 2018, Jo joined Ascentric from Royal London.  She looks after the strategy and development of the platform as well as the Marketing and Technical teams.

Jo has over 20 years’ experience within financial services including senior executive and actuarial roles, across the various segments. She led Standard Life’s workplace business, was part of the exec that brought Standard Life’s Wrap to market, and was managing director of Wills Tower Watson’s UK master trust business, LifeSight. She is passionate about enabling advisers to succeed and better meet the needs of their customers.

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