Neil Cowell is head of UK intermediary distribution. He and his team have responsibility for developing and increasing Vanguard's UK distribution through financial advisers, life companies, discretionary fund managers and strategic partners.
Neil joined Vanguard from Standard Life where he was a member of the UK distribution board. He has a broad experience of distribution in both the financial adviser and the financial institutions sectors and has held senior management roles in both areas.
Tania Allerton is the national sales manager for intermediary sales, leading a team of eight business development managers serving advisory businesses across the UK.
Tania has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years. After graduating, she started her career as a broker consultant with Aegon before moving into the investment sales arena with some of the industry’s top names, including F&C, AVIVA and BNY Mellon.
Her journey with Vanguard started in 2012 when she was recruited as the business development manager for the North East.
Matthew Hendy is responsible for business development relationships in the Midlands. He has over 15 years’ experience in financial services before joining Vanguard in 2012.
Tom Hobbs is responsible for business development with financial planners in South West and South Wales. Tom has more than 13 years’ industry experience in both intermediary sales and as a financial adviser. Tom is also a chartered member of the CISI.
Perry Marsden is responsible for business development with financial planners in London and the South East of England. He has previously worked in intermediary related roles with other major asset managers and platforms.
Craig Young is responsible for our relationships with financial planners in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Before joining Vanguard, Craig worked in intermediary sales for major life offices within the central belt of Scotland for more than 20 years.
Angie Staunton is responsible for managing intermediary relationships in Yorkshire and the North East. Angie is a Chartered Financial Planner and has over 25 years experience in financial services working in intermediary sales and as a professional pension trustee.
Selina Kirby is responsible for business development and relationship management with financial planners in London. Selina has had a successful career in financial services working in both intermediary sales and as a financial adviser over the last fifteen years.
Matthew Haigh is responsible for business development and relationship management with financial planners in the East. He has previously worked for a large advisory firm.
Gemma Brushett is responsible for supporting business development managers and financial planners in the Midlands and South West of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. She has previously worked in client services at a leading platform provider, providing support to both financial planners and retail clients.
Peter Engstrom is the manager of the London office based sales team. He also acts as intermediary between the internal and external sales teams to provide the best possible distribution and support to financial planners. Peter has been with Vanguard in the UK since launch in summer 2009.
Scott Atkinson is responsible for managing relationships with financial planners in the North East and North West. Before joining Vanguard in 2014, Scott started his career as a broker consultant for a life company in 2008 holding various sales positions. He has obtained the CII Diploma in Financial Planning, CFA Investment Management Certificate and is currently working towards the CISI Private Client Investment Advice and Management.
Oli Wallis is responsible for business development and relationship management with financial planners in Scotland, Northern Ireland, East Anglia, East Midlands, as well as parts of Hertfordshire and the North East. He has previously worked for a large American bank.
David Plumstead is responsible for establishing and developing Vanguard’s relationships with insurance companies, pension providers and charities. David joined Vanguard in July 2009 and has over 30 years of industry experience. He previously worked for a leading UK insurance company for 22 years, holding a number of senior positions including area manager for London city, head of the specialist investment team and member of the UK sales leadership team.
James Stewart is responsible for business development with insurance companies in the UK. James has worked closely with large institutions as well as financial planners since joining Vanguard at launch in the summer of 2009. Before joining Vanguard, James gained a broad experience and understanding of financial services through positions in life companies and index providers as well as in the currency markets.
Ben Burton works within the insurance company distribution team as an analyst and point of contact. Ben has been with Vanguard for two years, previously holding a role in the adviser sales team. Ben holds the Investment Management Certificate (IMC) and prior to working for Vanguard he worked for a family wealth office in a research capacity.
Discretionary fund managers
Matthew Abouzeid is responsible for business development with financial planners in London. Matthew has had a successful career in financial services working in intermediary relations with major asset management companies over the last eight years.
Joe Blackburn is responsible for business development and relationship management with financial planners in the East Midlands. He previously worked in intermediary related roles with other global asset managers and as a paraplanner.
Freddie Pendarves is a sales analyst supporting Roy Wilkinson and Ben Nightingale in the strategic accounts team and Matthew Abouzeid and Joe Blackburn in the discretionary fund managers team. He has previously worked as an analyst in Bogota, Colombia for a family office.
Ben Nightingale is responsible for managing the relationships with large advisory distributors and other key strategic partners. He joined Vanguard in January 2016 and has a successful background in key account management.
Roy Wilkinson is responsible for managing the relationships with large advisory distributors and other key strategic partners. He has 15 years' experience in financial services with 5 years' experience in key account management.
Specialist sales – low-cost active
Andrew Surrey is a senior national development manager, where he is responsible for the growth in Vanguard’s range of low-cost active funds. Passionate about the delivery of insight into Vanguard’s fund range, Andrew works closely with fund management and marketing teams to develop sales messaging and presentations that build on Vanguard's research and thought leadership capabilities. Before joining Vanguard in April 2014, Andrew held senior management positions within wealth management, custodial and fund management groups.
ETF Sales Specialist
Liz Wright is Senior ETF Sales Specialist for UK/Ireland at Vanguard. In her role Liz is responsible for promoting the use of ETFs within the Institutional and Wealth markets. Liz has 15 years of experience in finance in the UK and was most recently at ETF Securities, where she was Head of UK Wealth and Intermediaries and Spain. Liz has also worked at Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, where she was Strategic Distribution Manager and worked within the group’s Intermediaries, International and Direct division. Prior to working for Barclays, Liz worked for UBS Wealth Management where she integrated IFAs on to the UBS External Asset Management business.