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Stuart

The first name in professional connections

Stuart Dowding is Managing Director for First Names Group in Hong Kong. Stuart leads by example – keeping a clear perspective on industry trends and team needs.

Originally based in the Group’s Guernsey office, where he managed private client teams and took responsibility for business development in the jurisdiction, Stuart relocated to Hong Kong in February 2017 to head up the senior team and drive our continuing growth in the region. He has extensive experience of both corporate and trust structures and has worked with a number of high-net-worth individuals and corporate clients regarding asset protection, family office, employer solutions and real estate investment and development.

Each day provides its own gifts.

With a full and varied career in the fiduciary industry, Stuart has been with the company since 2010. Starting out in the trust department of a Big Four accounting firm he simultaneously studied business and finance with the Business and Technology Educational Council. He swiftly found his niche and developed his practical and theoretical knowledge accordingly. He is also STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) qualified and is a PRINCE2 (PRojects IN Controlled Environments) registered practitioner.

Stuart maintains an open door and light touch policy in managing his team. He is always there for them and they know where to find him when a challenge presents itself. Being aware of your own limitations is half the battle and Stuart readily calls on others for help when it is needed. He loves working with Sharon McMillan who he has known for many years. Her support and friendship has been key to his career. He values Irene Morrison’s technical abilities, and relies on Heather Groves.

FIRST MARATHON: THE LONDON MARATHON IN 2014

Stuart packs plenty into the average day. An early morning walk with the family’s cute but mildly psychotic cocker spaniel sets the tone for a weekend which he fills with quality time, shared with family and friends. He loves to travel and diligently plans exciting future trips with his wife and daughter. His ideal dinner party would be to have the Beckhams round for a yummy plate of seafood linguine – simply to see what all the fuss is about!