Central Investment announces double appointment



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Ian Smith, operations manager at Central Investment and non-executive director Gillian Hasting.

Aberdeen-based financial Advisory firm Central Investment has added two new senior appointments to its team.

Gillian Hasting joins the Granite City company as a non-executive director and Ian Smith has taken up the position of operations manager.

Ms Hastings, a chartered accountant with almost 20  years’ of experience working in professional practice with Ernst & Young as a corporate finance partner, advising companies on corporate finance transactions, such as fund raisings, exits and strategic advice.

In addition to this she has worked as a financial director in a diverse range of industries and ownership structures, now adding Central Investment to the portfolio of companies she supports as either a non-executive director or finance director.

Mr Smith joins the team after having worked in the financial services sector for almost four decades, boasting a significant and proven track record in management within Bancassurance and retail banking, most recently for Lloyds Banking Group.

In his new role at Central Investment Mr. Smith will be responsible for assisting the directors in delivering a high quality client experience throughout all aspects of the clients’ relationship with the company.

Derek Robertson, Managing Director of Central Investment, said: “At a time of growth for Central Investment we are delighted to welcome Ian and Gillian to the team. Both have acquired a wealth of experience and knowledge throughout their time in the industry, thus bringing a welcome injection of industry insight and experience to the company, and we look forward to their support and strategic input for the business’ future success.”

Adding to the company staff changes, director Graham Cobban, who joined Central Investment in 1981, is retiring, having played a vital role in the development of the business, helping build  strong relationships with a number of long-standing clients and professional practices.

Mr Robertson added: “The team are all incredibly grateful for Graham’s dedication and input to the business over the past 35 years, and we wish him all the best for his retirement.”

Aberdeen based Central Investment offers tailored financial planning advice to individuals at every stage of their life. The team of expert financial advisors provide sound advice on a comprehensive range of financial services including retirement and pension planning, inheritance tax planning, house purchases, long term care, employee benefits, group pensions and auto enrolment.