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Rowan Dartington’s arm has appointed John Cowmeadow, Brewin Dolphin divisional director, to the position of the managing director. He will substitute Guy Stephens.

Cowmeadow had been with Brewin Dolphin since 2002, where most recently he was serving as the head of intermediary sales. His previous work experience includes spells at Royal Bank of Scotland and Newton Investment Management.

Former Wealth Manager cover star Stephens, who has been staying loyal to Rowan Dartington since 2011, will assume the position of technical investment director. In his new role, Stephens will be accountable for the private customer, intermediary and St James’ Place partner business.

Graham Coxell, executive chairman, commented: “With almost 30 years’ experience in the market, John has the perfect profile to lead our very successful investment management for IFAs offering. Since our acquisition by St James’ Place, we remain committed to supporting the UK IFA market for the long term.”

He added: “John’s outstanding credentials, having run one of the largest IFA distribution teams within the DFM sector, are additional proof of this commitment. We welcome John to our team and look forward to supporting him in his aim to take Signature to the next level of growth.”

St James’ Place acquired Rowan Dartington the previous year for £34 million, describing the company as an ‘excellent platform’ for further growth. The company has been opening offices one after another one extending its staff ever since.

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Relatively recently, it hired investment managers to reinforce its offices in Manchester, Liverpool and London. It also launched a new Ipswich branch.

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