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Close taps Rathbones for another senior hire in Edinburgh office

Christopher Godfrey is set to add to the Edinburgh-based team’s high net worth investment capabilities and support the firm’s continued expansion in the country.

Close taps Rathbones for another senior hire in Edinburgh office

Close Brothers has again tapped Rathbones for another senior Scottish hire, with Christopher Godfrey-Faussett joining the business as a managing director.

Godfrey-Faussett was formerly Rathbones' head of charities in Scotland. He will join Close's Edinburgh-based high net worth investment team to support continued expansion in the country.

He joined Rathbones as an investment director at its London office in 2001 before moving to Edinburgh in 2005.

The appointment is the latest in a series of Close hires from Rathbones in Edinburgh, following those of Andrew Mackintosh-Walker and John Henderson in October.

The string of departures was triggered by Close's appointment of Tim Eliot-Cohen in September 2017, who joined to develop its high net worth arm after a 16-year stint with Rathbones.

Wealth managers Hugh Adlington, Andrew Hess and Oliver Harvey also moved to the firm from Rathbones’ London headquarters last year.

Close Brothers chief executive Martin Andrew said: ‘The expansion of our footprint in Scotland is a key part of the strategic growth plans for our high net worth business.

‘Enhancing the breadth of our investment management team with the appointment of select, high quality individuals is central to this. Christopher will be a hugely valuable addition to our team as we expand our proposition and our client base.’

In March, Andrew said the firm would shortly be making three senior wealth appointments, one in Edinburgh and two in London, without revealing their names.

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