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Nigel Speirs named chair of financial planning business

Nigel Speirs named chair of financial planning business
Nigel Speirs has been appointed as chairman of Holborn Financial

Industry veteran Nigel Speirs has been appointed as chairman of Holborn Financial, which was recently bought by a South African wealth manager.

Speirs has previously been chief executive of Sanlam Private Wealth and managing director of Quilter Private Client Advisers, a role he held until his retirement in 2019.

Holborn was bought by South Africa-based Alpha Wealth in late 2021 as part of its plans to grow its presence in the UK.

Emyr Blease, managing director of Holborn, said: "We are so delighted about Nigel joining our team.

"He brings a fresh perspective and added expertise in our pursuit of delivering a high-quality level of advice to our clients and a 'safe pair of hands' for the clients of retiring IFAs."

Speirs set up the IFA firm Buckles in north Wales in 1987 which he grew until it was bought by Sanlam in 2008 when he joined that company.

Since retiring, Speirs has also become chairperson of MKC Wealth and a non-executive director at Alexander Beard.

He said: "This is an exciting time for Holborn and I look forward to working with the team to continue to build the business both organisally and by further acquisitions over the years to come."

Holborn Financial, which is based in Wimbledon, has chartered status and was founded by Blease in 1988.

damian.fantato@ft.com