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Two First Names win gold in Citywealth Future Leaders Awards

18 November 2016

First Names Group is delighted to announce that two of our Client Service Directors were recognised with gold awards in the inaugural Citywealth Future Leaders Awards last week.

The awards aim to highlight and promote exceptional wealth management professionals – those who shine as future leaders of our industry. Tom Hardman from our Jersey office won ‘Trustee of the Year’ while Stuart Dowding, who is based in Guernsey, was named ‘Outstanding Individual of the Year’.

A UK qualified lawyer, Tom has broad experience in law, trust work and investments as well as particular expertise in relation to private trust companies. He is a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and holds a STEP Diploma and a Private Client Investment Advice and Management (PCIAM) Level 6 qualification, both achieved with distinction. Tom chairs the Investment Committee in our Jersey office and, believing firmly in cultivating mutually beneficial relationships, launched the highly successful First Names Supper Club shortly after joining the business in 2013. Together with his multidisciplinary team, Tom regularly deals with complex family structures involving diverse asset classes – often for a wide range of beneficiaries with competing interests. His winning combination of drive, passion and an affable, outgoing personality has earned him enormous respect from his clients and colleagues alike.

Stuart became a ‘First Name’ in 2014 following the Group’s acquisition of Mercator Trust. He is an extremely well-respected leader in our Guernsey office and his clients really appreciate his approach to service delivery, which can be summed up as expertise applied with a good deal of humour and common sense. With over 20 years’ experience in the trust industry, Stuart has gained an exceptional working knowledge of both corporate and trust structures. He deals superbly with his extensive portfolio of clients and has worked with a number of high net worth individuals on projects including large property portfolios both for investment and development. Stuart has a Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) qualification in business finance, is a qualified member of STEP and a PRINCE2 (Projects in Controlled Environments) registered practitioner.

Congratulation to both Tom and Stuart on their well-deserved accolades!