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Architas has taken on Adrian Lowcock as investment director. This appointment quickly follows the designation of Steve Jackson from Seneca Investment Management as key accounts director.
Lowcock, who has joined Architas from AXA Wealth where he was head of investing, will focus on improving a better understanding of retail investor clients and enhancing communication with them through advisers and the media.
Lowcock has almost two decades’ experience in investment , having spent nine years at Tilney Bestinvest before moving to Hargreaves Lansdown and then to AXA Wealth.
Cedric Bucher, head of Architas UK funds, said “As an industry we need to do more to engage consumers and make investing simpler. We are already trying to do this in our communications but Adrian’s experience working directly with investors will help us to gain a greater understanding of our clients.”
“It is at times like this when clients look to advisers and the asset management industry to help them navigate the volatile environment.” – Cedric Boucher.
Bucher cited Lowcock’s background as an investment adviser and his work with a number of leading direct consumer businesses as bringing relevant experience to the role.
For his part, Lowcock said Architas had been at the forefront of developing communications as it “recognises the need to provide investors with information as well as views on markets without always promoting a product”.
“I look forward to taking on this new role with Architas and once more helping investors make informed and educated decisions” – Adrian Lowcock.
“In the multi-manager world, Architas is one of a rapidly decreasing number of managers that is fully unfettered and not linked to a platform or with its own distribution or advice arm. That gives us a pure focus on investing,” added Cedric Bucher.
“That purity and independence is valued by restricted and independently operating nationals and networks, as well as adviser service providers and industry associations. We are seeing particularly strong interest from advice firms and networks that are not being as well served by some vertically integrated players in the market.”