We’re pleased to announce the appointment of Lesley Towler as our first in-house Compliance Manager.
In this newly created role, Lesley – a former Head of Wealth Management at Yorkshire Bank – will manage all areas of the firm’s compliance, including risk management, client advice, training and personal development.
Lesley brings a wealth of experience to her current role, having worked with Huntswood and the Lloyd’s Banking Group in a consultative compliance role.
Chief among her duties will be the development of a compliance strategy to anticipate future regulations from the Financial Conduct Authority to enable RB to provide client-first advice.
“A compliance strategy is essential,” she said. “It is important to be aware of future legislative changes and that means anticipating what needs to be done beforehand and ensuring the needs of the client stay at the heart of the process,” said Lesley, who previously worked with RB Joint Managing Director, Greg Robertson.
“Greg was always very driven and entrepreneurial, and I have always kept an eye on what he was doing at Robertson Baxter,” she added. “It has been interesting to watch the firm grow from afar. They have presented themselves as a forward-thinking, innovative company and I always felt that it was one I would like to work for, so I’m delighted to now be part of it.
“I think Robertson Baxter really is a new breed of financial adviser firm. They are extremely knowledgeable, they look after their staff brilliantly and encourage everyone to develop their skills. The way they treat their clients and other professionals looks and feels very different to the traditional firm.”
The Compliance Manager role was created to cater for the growth of Robertson Baxter’s number of clients and new IFAs, as Stephen Baxter, Joint Managing Director at RB, explains:
“We are delighted to welcome Lesley on board,” he said. “Due to the continued growth at Robertson Baxter we felt it was time to create a new role whose sole responsibility is to ensure that our processes and practices are as robust as they can be meaning that we can have confidence clients are receiving the best outcomes on all occasions.”