Meet our team

Collaboration is at the core of all we do – bringing the industry together to learn from each other; providing leadership through our participation on industry boards, gender networks and judging panels. Our Senior Leaders have a wealth of Asset Management, Private Client and Wealth Management experience under their belts, having forged successful careers across financial services for decades.

Our CEO, Anna, is simultaneously the CEO and President of the not-for-profit, volunteer-led Women in Banking & Finance (WIBF) network. She is also a judge on the Private Asset Management (PAM) awards, judging on the Wealth Management industry’s best digital solutions. 

Bruce Weatherill

Chair

Bruce is a globally-recognised guru of the Wealth Management industry. A former global leader of PwC’s Private Banking and…

Anna Lane

CEO

Anna Lane is founder and CEO of The Wisdom Council and focuses on delivering strategic, innovative and actionable strategies…

Alison Malton

Director

Alison brings more than 20 years’ practical experience in wealth management working for leading players across the industry …

Dawn Hyams

Head of Investor Insight and Governance

Dawn is a senior consultant to The Wisdom Council and leads our work on investor and fund governance – challenging the industry to ‘think customer…

Ed Hicks

Senior Advisor, Business Development​

Ed joins The Wisdom Council as a consultant, after serving the Wealth & Investment Management and Private Banking sectors for 15 years…

Martha Webb

Client Manager

Martha has been with The Wisdom Council for six years as a research and client manager across our investment and wealth management clients…

Elizabeth Farley

Client Manager

Elizabeth is a Client Manager at The Wisdom Council and, as a communications and marketing professional, she brings extensive experience…

Ben Goldsmith

Project & Commercial Officer

Ben is an Operations Associate at The Wisdom Council and plays a key role in helping the business innovate, work more effectively and utilise digital technologies…

Paul Middleton

Insight Manager

Paul has over 30 years’ experience in market research. As an experienced researcher across quantitative and qualitative work, he brings expertise of hard-to-reach audiences…

Nilza Anibal

Technology & Platforms Officer

Nilza has been with The Wisdom Council for six years – working across our investment and wealth management client projects, ensuring that the platforms support…

Will Soer

Research & Communities Executive

Will is a Research & Communities Executive at The Wisdom Council and has a wide variety of experience and interests, tied together by…

Fahmida Yasmin

Trainee Research & Communities Executive

Fahmida joins The Wisdom Council following the completion of her undergraduate degree in Sociology with quantative research…

Jesse Alao

Trainee Research & Communities Executive

Jesse started with us after completing his undergraduate degree in Politics and Philosophy, at the University of Manchester. Jesse joins our insight team….

Paula Foreman

Executive Assistant

Paula is Executive Assistant to The Wisdom Council team – as well as grappling with the daily challenge of diary management, Paula …

Amy Dennis

Marketing Manager

Amy joins us from the third sector, having worked in not-for-profit digital marketing roles for seven years before starting at The Wisdom Council…

Rebecca Ironside

Senior Qualitative Research Consultant

Rebecca has worked in qualitative research for over 25 years, both agency and client side, and was previously Head of Qualitative…

Thomas Rutherford

Investment Consultant

Tom has been supporting clients in the asset and wealth management industry for over twenty years. He headed the charities …

Giles Lenton

Customer Insight

Giles is our resident insight and strategy expert who focuses on providing clear target market insights for The Wisdom …

Rosie May Carter

Relationship Manager

Rosie draws on more than 15 years’ asset management and international experience gained in the institutional, professional …

Bruce Weatherill

Chair

Bruce is a globally-recognised guru of the Wealth Management industry. A former global leader of PwC’s Private Banking and Wealth Management practice, he has over 40 years’ experience of providing a range of audit and consulting services to global financial service companies.

Bruce is CEO of Weatherill Consulting, non-executive chair of The Wisdom Council, Ten Lifestyle Group Plc and ClearView Financial Media (WealthBriefing). He is also a non-executive director of ComPeer and JDX Consulting. He is a judge on various Wealth Management awards and chair/speaker at Wealth Management conferences around the world.

Anna Lane

CEO

Anna founded The Wisdom Council and focuses on delivering strategic, innovative and actionable strategies to improve consumer engagement for our clients. 

Anna’s commitment to gender equality includes a focus on closing the gender pensions and investments gap. In 2020 Anna sat on the Money & Pensions Service (MaPS) Gender and Financial Wellbeing Challenge Group. In 2019 she launched the Yes She Can initiative, drawing on techniques used by FMCG brands to encourage women to take control of their financial futures. 

Previously, Anna ran a specialist wealth and asset management consultancy and worked in the City for over 20 years in senior roles including JPMorgan Private Bank and Morgan Stanley Investment Management. 

Alison Malton

Director

Alison is a strategist and brings more than 20 years’ practical experience in wealth management. She is an expert in getting things done, a skill honed from working for leading players across the industry including private banks, asset managers, IFAs, platforms and insurance companies.

She has held chief operating officer roles for the private banking businesses of Barclays and Schroders. She has brought her experience to roles as an independent consultant and as a director of a number of small and rapidly expanding businesses, including a three-year tenure as managing director of Compeer, and six years building an independent financial planning business, now integrated into Stonehage Fleming. 

Dawn Hyams

Head of Investor Insight and Governance

Dawn is a senior consultant  and leads our work on investor and fund governance – challenging the industry to ‘think customer’ in the design, delivery and marketing of investment and long-term savings products.

With over 30 years’ experience in asset management, Dawn has hands on experience of the commercial and regulatory challenges facing the industry as well as deep investment industry expertise.

Dawn brings all of this to bear whether driving B2B research projects with professional investors, talking to end investors or leading on our work with the Investment Association, including delivering training on their behalf.

Ed Hicks

Senior Advisor, Business Development

Ed joins The Wisdom Council as a consultant, after serving the Wealth & Investment Management and Private Banking sectors for 15 years – mainly advising and selling PAM Insight’s products and services. Having run PAM for 10 years and judging alongside Anna, it was a natural fit for Ed to work with us, representing us and selling our services to those across the Wealth & Asset Management and Banking sectors.

Ed also spent 17 years at the Institute of Directors, helping many small UK businesses, and culminating in running the Institute of Director’s publishing division and serving as the organisation’s Commercial Director. 

Martha Webb

Client Manager

Martha has been with The Wisdom Council for more than six years and works primarily with our wealth management clients. She plays a key role in managing our Client Communities.

Working alongside our investment specialists, she combines her ability to think both analytically and creatively to ensure we deliver high-quality and innovative solutions for our clients. Since 2019 she has also helped build and manage the Yes She Can initiative.

She is passionate about making financial services more accessible to everyone and is particularly interested in helping the industry engage more women with pensions and investments.

Elizabeth Farley

Client Manager

Elizabeth is a Client Manager at The Wisdom Council and, as a communications and marketing professional, she brings extensive experience from banking, risk management and start-up projects. She began her banking career in Switzerland and moved into regulatory risk management and communications roles, working internationally for UBS Wealth Management and Standard Chartered Bank, Singapore.  

Elizabeth also has worked for several start-ups where she conceived and directed marketing campaigns focused on customer engagement and acquisition. She is passionate about combining human and data driven insights. 

Ben Goldsmith

Project & Commercial Officer

Ben is our Projects & Commercial Officer at The Wisdom Council and plays a key role in helping the business innovate, work more effectively and utilise digital technologies.

His five years of experience at the firm, both within and outside of our research team, has enabled him to analyse and constantly improve the services we provide to our clients. Ben has a particular interest in everything digital and works closely with our teams to ensure the processes we put in place regarding our digital offerings, especially our Client Communities, are fit for today’s fast-paced business environment.

Paul Middleton

Insight Manager

Paul has over 30 years’ experience in market research. As an experienced researcher across quantitative and qualitative work, he brings expertise of hard-to-reach audiences, multi-country studies, large-scale surveys, thought leadership and PR/Comms/Public Affairs. 

Paul has a strong understanding of the finance sector. He led the Aegon Retirement Readiness report and the BlackRock Investor Pulse surveys for three years at Cicero Research and recently spent 18 months at the Money and Pensions Service working on the MaPS Outcomes survey and financial wellbeing segmentation.

Nilza Anibal

Technology & Platforms Officer

Nilza works across our projects for investment and wealth management clients. She supports the maintenance and management of our platforms so that our Client Communities run as they should do.

Working alongside our investment specialists, she uses her creativity to ensure The Wisdom Council delivers high quality and innovative solutions to our clients. 

She is passionate about understanding why consumers are attracted to certain brands and is particularly interested in helping the financial services industry engage more with women and BAME customers.

Will Soer

Research & Communities Executive

Will has a variety of interests tied together by a fascination in human experience, culture and motivation.

After completing his masters degree in Social Anthropology, Will explored this passion through journalism, creative non-fiction and advertising, before settling upon his role as a researcher. He spent lockdown interviewing Samaritans volunteers as part of a self-initiated research project, developing actionable insights around the subject of socially distanced communication.

He went on to work on various research projects for clients across the banking and FMCG industries.

Fahmida Yasmin

Trainee Research & Communities Executive

Fahmida started with us after completing her undergraduate degree in Sociology, with Quantitative Research, at the University of Kent. Fahmida joins our insight team to assist with both qualitative and quantitative research projects with a number of clients.

She also plays a key role in managing The Wise Society, and is responsible for managing activities, engagement and reporting from the community. Fahmida is particularly interested in understanding how ethnicity plays a role in financial service use and how ethnic groups differ in the way they interact with financial products and services.

Jesse Alao

Trainee Research & Communities Executive

Jesse started with us after completing his undergraduate degree in Politics and Philosophy, at the University of Manchester. Jesse joins our insight team to assist with both qualitative and quantitative research projects with our roster of clients.

He also plays a key role in managing The Wise Society, and is responsible for managing activities, engagement and reporting from the community. Jesse is particularly interested in making finance truly accessible to all.

Paula Foreman

Executive Assistant

Paula is Executive Assistant to The Wisdom Council team – she provides invaluable administrative support and keeps the office ticking.

Having spent more than 20 years as a PA in financial services companies working for both UK and international businesses, Paula has a wealth of industry experience to offer. During her time at Scottish Life Assurance and Scottish Life International Paula supported the UK and International Sales Directors respectively, and also worked for the directors of Alpha Capital Markets.

A passion for swimming has seen Paula cross the channel no less than 3 times!

Amy Dennis

Marketing Manager

Amy joins us from the third sector, having worked in not-for-profit digital marketing roles for seven years before starting at The Wisdom Council. Prior to that Amy worked in the magazine and fashion sectors – acquiring a diverse knowledge of paid, owned and earned media channels and digital storytelling from those roles. Amy brings to the team audience, brand and marketing strategy and leads on The Wisdom Council’s comms and marketing – including Yes She Can and The Wise Society. 

Amy is passionate about gender equality and user-focused design. 

Rebecca Ironside

Senior Qualitative Research Consultant

Rebecca has worked in qualitative research for over 25 years, both agency and client side, and was previously Head of Qualitative Research at Future Thinking. Rebecca is particularly interested in audience analysis, women’s lifestyle, content, brand and comms research, but also works extensively in facilitating client workshops and stakeholder sessions. 

Her work has encompassed everything from bringing audiences to life and concept development to ad testing and high level B2B work for brands as diverse as The Week Magazine, British Film Institute, News UK, Coty, Knight Frank, Philips, Unilever and St James Place, among others. 

Thomas Rutherford

Investment Consultant

Tom has been supporting clients in the asset and wealth management industry for over twenty years.

He headed the charities team at Lombard Odier in London and prior to 2015 he was a managing director at JPMorgan Private Bank advising family offices, trusts, private clients and charities. He led JPMorgan’s international manager due diligence team, having been both a portfolio manager and equity research analyst at Flemings. Tom is also a trustee of Swanswell, a leading addiction charity.

Giles Lenton

Customer Insight

Giles is our resident insight and strategy expert who focuses on providing clear target market insights for our clients, helping them to build and develop product, brand, business and communication strategies with confidence.

Driven by a need to understand why consumers, investors and businesses make the decisions they make and how to influence those decisions, Giles has over 30 years of experience as a qualitative researcher and insight specialist.

Giles has experience working for clients across the financial services industry from retail banking to asset and wealth management.

Rosie May Carter

Relationship Manager

Rosie draws on more than 15 years’ asset management and international experience gained in the institutional, professional wealth management and retail sectors to develop client engagement strategies – both online and offline. With a strong heritage in the development of digital propositions, Rosie is passionate about building strong long-term relationship with clients, developing and implementing solutions that deliver results for them.

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