Sesame Bankhall Group  

Ex-Standard Life head of adviser relationships joins Sesame

Ex-Standard Life head of adviser relationships joins Sesame

Sesame Bankhall Group has made a number of changes to its executive team to accommodate a "rapidly changing" adviser market, with Standard Life's former head of advisory relationships joining the firm.

The group has appointed Ross Liston to the role of managing director of its support services firm and mortgage club, Bankhall and PMS.

Moving from his role as head of advisory relationships at Standard Life, Mr Liston will manage the group’s relationships with directly authorised firms across PMS Mortgage Club and Bankhall.

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Standard Life said Mr Liston left the business "some time ago". His Linkedin profile says he left in February.

The group has also appointed Martin Schultheiss to the expanded role of group managing director, moving from his previous position as chief operating officer.

Mr Schultheiss joined the company in January as strategic implementation director, but in May was promoted to the role of chief operating officer tasked with writing "the next chapter in the future success" of the intermediary business.

In his remit as group managing director, Mr Schultheiss will manage the group’s finance, sales and account management functions, alongside existing group-wide responsibilities.

Sesame Bankhall Group has also created the new role of managing director at Sesame, the firm's mortgage and protection network, with an appointment to be announced in due course.

John Cowan, executive chairman at SBG, said the appointments marked a further step in the group’s "evolution".

He said: "In a rapidly changing market, which is alive with opportunities for advisers, we will ensure that our advisory brands are strongly positioned to assist them.

"To help achieve this we want to maximise the expertise and talent that exists across our group, and these latest changes will enable us to do just that."

Mr Cowan added: "Martin has injected new energy into our plans following his arrival in January, and Ross is another excellent addition to our leadership team.

"We also intend to further bolster our adviser facing business by recruiting a managing director for our Sesame Network.

"By leveraging the strengths of our group and continuing to invest in our market-leading advisory brands, we will give advisers all the support they need to help achieve their future ambitions."