Top Ten UHNW Wealth Managers
Since 2015, Helen Watson has been CEO of Rothschild Wealth Management UK and it’s been a boom time for the household name firm. In a sphere where statistics are seldom illuminating, this stands out: in 2016, under Watson’s stewardship, the UK wealth management business saw a £1.3 billion increase in AuM and a 21 per cent increase in the number of UHNW clients (a ‘wealth management masterclass’, one colleague says of Watson’s work).
Watson isn’t resting on these well-earned laurels either. ‘I also encourage the team to be creative,’ she says. ‘With that in mind, we’ve undertaken a variety of company visits outside our sector to look at areas where we can perhaps do things differently and improve by learning from others.’
The turbulent political situation is, for Watson, not something to panic about, but to navigate calmly: ‘I believe London continues to be seen as a centre of excellence for wealth management. Our rule of law, time zone and the long experience in the sector continue to play well with clients both home and abroad.’
That’s not to say that the wealth management industry doesn’t need to change, however. ‘I am passionate about tackling diversity in wealth management and looking at ways to encourage people with different social backgrounds, genders, ages and life experiences into the industry’, she says. She’s certainly a fitting role model.