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5 June 2024

Nucleus finds majority of UK adults sceptical about state pension future

Nucleus Financial Platforms Group (Nucleus), one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, has released new research revealing that 71% of UK adults believe the state pension will not exist or will be less generous when they retire.

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22 May 2024

Nucleus Receives Regulatory Approval for the Acquisition of Third Financial

Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK’s largest adviser platform groups with £89bn of assets under administration (AUA) from 235,000 customers, has received approval from the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for the acquisition of Third Financial.

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15 May 2024

Nucleus appoints two new Non-Executive Directors

Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, has announced the appointment of two new Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) to its board.

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25 April 2024

Nucleus hosts panel of inspiring women to discuss the importance of fostering inclusivity in the workplace

Nucleus hosted a panel discussion last week entitled ‘Inspiring Inclusion’, bringing together experts from across the industry to share stories of their own career journeys, and discuss the importance of building inclusive workplaces and attracting a more diverse pool of talent into our industry.

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Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, announces that Heather Hopkins has been appointed as chair of its Advisory Board. And in a move to become more representative of the group’s wider user base, its remit has been expanded to also include advisers using the James Hay platform.

Heather is Managing Director and Founder of NextWealth, a specialist consultancy that helps individuals and organisations with a stake in the future of financial advice understand what’s next in wealth. In a career spanning Toronto, Boston, Tokyo and London, she’s gained a strong reputation as a data and research expert, specialising in the UK financial adviser and retail wealth management markets.

As chair, Heather will work closely with Nucleus CEO Richard Rowney and Chief Commercial Officer Alex Kovach to ensure effective engagement among the cross-section group of twelve advice firms.

For many years the Advisory Board has played a crucial role in helping the Nucleus executive team make key strategic and propositional decisions. It’s also a valuable forum for airing and debating the many issues affecting advice firms today, from regulatory and technological, to general practice management.

Heather Hopkins, Chair of the Nucleus Advisory Board said: “I’ve long admired Nucleus’ approach to involving advisers in its strategic thinking via this board, and I’m now pleased to have been asked to play an active part in it. It’s vital platforms deeply understand both the views of advisers on the market and what they need from their partners, along with what specifically the Nucleus group can do to support them. I look forward to chairing the board and helping Nucleus better understand the needs of its adviser customers.”

Richard Rowney, Nucleus CEO added: “We’ve run the Advisory Board since inception over sixteen years ago, and over that period it’s played a pivotal role in helping our team understand what’s important to advisers, shaping the platform’s strategic direction and the development of the proposition. We’re delighted that Heather has agreed to be the first independent chair, as she brings extensive commercial, regulatory and sector knowledge, which will be so useful to us all.

“I have no doubt she’ll be a strong chair and will help ensure we focus on the topics our users care deeply about, ultimately ensuring we’re both delivering great outcomes for their clients.”

You can download a PDF of the Press release here
 

Enquiries:
 

Linda Harper
Head of Public Relations
E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com   
T:  +44 (0) 7876 145309

Notes to editors:

About Nucleus
The Nucleus Financial Platform Group offers investment platforms that help make retirement more rewarding. Our two platforms are run exclusively for financial advisers, with over 160,000 UK customers.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was acquired by James Hay in September 2021. It was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Nucleus is the name of the combined business and together it’s already one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, with approximately £43.5 billion* in assets under administration.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancialplatforms.com   


* Source: the lang cat Platform Market Scorecard Q4 2022

Nucleus broadens scope of its Advisory Board and appoints new independent chair

In its third senior hire this month, Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, has appointed Laura Barnes as Director of Business Development.

This is a newly created role, reporting into Paul Bagley, Nucleus’ Distribution Director. Laura starts with Nucleus on 2 May.

Laura is a highly experienced industry platform professional, with over 25 years’ experience in financial services and a strong track record in leading sales and distribution teams.  

She joins from Parmenion, where she was Head of Intermediary Distribution for almost three years with responsibility for sales strategy and growth. Prior to that she held senior sales management roles at Aegon, Cofunds and Axa Group.

Paul Bagley, Nucleus Distribution Director said: “It’s a coup for us to hire someone of Laura’s ability into this newly created role.  She’s a great fit for our team, bolstering our sales leadership and providing us with even greater firepower as we invest in building the leading retirement focused adviser platform in the UK. 

“She’s well known and respected across the industry, and her significant platform knowledge, experience in understanding advisers’ needs, and proven ability to develop and inspire high-performing teams, will help us keep our growth plans on track. 

Laura Barnes incoming Director of Business Development added: ‘I’m thrilled to be joining Nucleus at this exciting stage of its growth. This is an ambitious and innovative business with a clear strategy that’s clearly working as it transforms into one of the scale leaders in the sector.

“I’ve been incredibly impressed with the passion, innovation and commitment to financial advisers shown by Nucleus, and I’m very much looking forward to working with such a talented and professional team to deliver a great platform experience for advisers.” 

You can download a PDF of the Press release here
 

Enquiries:
 

Linda Harper
Head of Public Relations
E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com   
T:  +44 (0) 7876 145309

Notes to editors:

About Nucleus
The Nucleus Financial Platform Group offers investment platforms that help make retirement more rewarding. Our two platforms are run exclusively for financial advisers, with over 160,000 UK customers.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was acquired by James Hay in September 2021. It was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Nucleus is the name of the combined business and together it’s already one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, with approximately £43.5 billion* in assets under administration.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancialplatforms.com   


* Source: the lang cat Platform Market Scorecard Q4 2022

Nucleus appoints Laura Barnes

In a major step towards modernising the James Hay Online platform, Nucleus today announces three significant changes that will benefit customers.

  1. Interest will be paid on transactional cash balances from July
  2. The cash panel available for longer-term cash investments will be significantly extended
  3. Last remaining exit fees removed

Ahead of the necessary work to update the core technology for James Hay Online, Nucleus has been able to make these proposition enhancements using investments realised by the group’s increased scale.

In the first of the improvements, James Hay will start paying interest on its transactional cash account from July.

In a rising interest rate environment, fair returns on instant-access transactional platform cash accounts have become more important. Recently, Nucleus Wrap announced a new rate-sharing approach where a treasury team proactively manages pooled cash across a panel of nine banks to maximise returns, spread risk, and deliver a competitive interest rate to customers while keeping other core charges as low as possible. This approach will be extended to customers of James Hay Online from July.

The rate customers will receive will fluctuate depending on the rates Nucleus is able to obtain through its actively managed treasury function, but the initial rate is expected to be in the region of 1.5%.

Next, recognising that some customers would prefer to lock their cash away for longer periods of time in exchange for higher rates of interest, Nucleus is also significantly revamping its cash panel, through a new partnership with Bondsmith. The new panel will provide access to a far wider range of competitive fixed term deposit and notice accounts, with a reduced minimum deposit amount of £1k (previously £25k), to provide greater flexibility and enable more customers to take advantage of the higher interest rates on offer.

Finally, Nucleus is pleased to announce the removal of the last remaining exit fees that applied to the following James Hay Online charge types:

Transfer out charge to UK scheme
Transfer out charge to overseas scheme
Account closure charge
Annuity purchase charge
Modular ISA/GIA transfer out charge
 

Alex Kovach, Chief Commercial Officer at Nucleus said: “Whilst we’re busy developing our new platform, we are keen to use our new group’s scale to invest in our existing platform products, the service we provide, and the price customers pay. So, we’re very pleased to be able to make these three improvements for our James Hay Online customers.

“We believe we’ve got the balance right between offering an attractive rate of return on the short-term transactional cash account, whilst providing greater investment choice and flexibility for those seeking higher returns over longer periods of time.

“The removal of the final remaining exit fees from James Hay Online is an important step in our reforms. We don’t believe any customer should face unreasonable barriers to exit if they wish to leave, for whatever reason.”

You can download a PDF of the Press release here
 

Enquiries:
 

Linda Harper
Head of Public Relations
E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com   
T:  +44 (0) 7876 145309

Notes to editors:

About Nucleus
The Nucleus Financial Platform Group offers investment platforms that help make retirement more rewarding. Our two platforms are run exclusively for financial advisers, with over 160,000 UK customers.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was acquired by James Hay in September 2021. It was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Nucleus is the name of the combined business and together it’s already one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, with approximately £43.5 billion* in assets under administration.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancialplatforms.com   


* Source: the lang cat Platform Market Scorecard Q4 2022

Nucleus announces improvements for James Hay platform customers

Nucleus Financial Platforms, one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, has appointed Justin Tovey as interim Chief Risk Officer (CRO), subject to regulatory approval.
 
Justin is an experienced CRO with substantial experience operating at executive level.  He has a track record in leading improvements in effective risk management, governance and compliance and in developing high performing teams. 

He replaces current CRO Martin Ettles, who has decided that having helped bring the Nucleus Financial and James Hay businesses together, and set the course towards completion of the Curtis Banks acquisition, now is the right time for him to leave the group and seek out a new challenge.

Justin joins on 24 April from River and Mercantile Group where he was CRO for four years. Prior to this he held senior roles at Old Mutual Wealth, PWC and Lloyds Banking Group.  He also brings valuable regulatory experience, having worked for four years as Senior Governance & Prudential Specialist at the FCA. 

Martin will support him in ensuring an orderly handover of responsibilities and until his appointment is approved by the FCA. 

Richard Rowney, Nucleus CEO said: “I’m delighted that we’ve been able to attract someone of Justin’s calibre to take up the CRO role on an interim basis.  He brings significant experience and expertise in risk leadership, having spent over two decades in major businesses in the sector, in addition to his senior role at the FCA.

“Martin has been with us since 2020 and has played a crucial role steering the risk and compliance function through a pivotal time in our transformation. On behalf of the board, I’d like to thank him for his contribution to the business, and I personally wish him well for the next stage of his career.

Justin Tovey incoming interim Chief Risk Officer said:  “I’ve been really impressed by the strategy the management team has for this business, and the strong backing of shareholders to create the UK’s leading retirement-focused adviser platform.  It’s exciting to be joining the team at this time of rapid growth, and I look forward to playing my part in helping deliver great outcomes for the 160,000 customers that Nucleus serves.”

Martin Ettles, outgoing Chief Risk Officer said: “I’ve hugely enjoyed the last three years and I am really proud of what we have achieved both as a second line function but also as an organisation.   One of the highlights of my time at Nucleus has been working with the fantastic people across the business in helping to drive forward our risk and compliance model, our cultural development, as well as being the executive sponsor for inclusion and diversity. For me personally, now is the right time to move on, with the business in good hands.”

 

You can download a PDF of the Press release here
 

Enquiries:
 

Linda Harper
Head of Public Relations
E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com   
T:  +44 (0) 7876 145309

Notes to editors:

About Nucleus
The Nucleus Financial Platform Group offers investment platforms that help make retirement more rewarding. Our two platforms are run exclusively for financial advisers, with over 160,000 UK customers.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was acquired by James Hay in September 2021. It was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Nucleus is the name of the combined business and together it’s already one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, with approximately £43.5 billion* in assets under administration.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancialplatforms.com    


* Source: the lang cat Platform Market Scorecard Q4 2022

An update from Nucleus

Mark Hastings joins Nucleus this week, reporting into Mike Regan, the Group’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO).  

This is a newly created role with responsibility for leading the finance team’s day-to-day operations, including financial planning & analysis, financial control, and treasury.

A chartered accountant by profession, Mark has a breadth and depth of experience in the financial services sector.  He’s spent the last 18 years working across the platform industry, with the last six as Head of Finance at Hargreaves Lansdown.  Prior to this he was Finance & Risk Director at Ascentric for 14 years, and also held a number of senior finance roles at Credit Suisse First Boston.

Mike Regan, CFO at Nucleus said: “It’s a sign of our growing presence that we’ve been able to attract someone of Mark’s calibre to this important new role. His near two decades of leadership in platforms makes him an excellent addition to my management team, playing a crucial part through this exciting time of growth for our business, and our transformation into one of the scale leaders in the sector.” 

Mark Hastings, incoming Group Finance Director at Nucleus, said: “Joining Nucleus was an easy decision to take. It’s progressive, ambitious and has strong shareholder support, but also has a clarity of vision to be the best loved platform for advisers which is very compelling. I’m delighted to be joining the team this month and helping drive Nucleus’ evolution forward.”  

Enquiries:

Linda Harper
Head of Public Relations
E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com   
T:  +44 (0) 7876 145309

Notes to editors:

About Nucleus
The Nucleus Financial Platform Group offers investment platforms that help make retirement more rewarding. Our two platforms are run exclusively for financial advisers, with over 160,000 UK customers.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was acquired by James Hay in September 2021. It was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Nucleus is the name of the combined business and together it’s already one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, with approximately £43.5 billion* in assets under administration.
To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancialplatforms.com    


* Source: the lang cat Platform Market Scorecard Q4 2022

An update from Nucleus

The Nucleus group welcomes the approval of the Scheme by Curtis Banks shareholders at a Court Meeting, and approval for the implementation of the Scheme at a General Meeting, earlier today.

Richard Rowney, CEO of Nucleus, commented: “We’re very pleased that the shareholders have overwhelmingly voted in favour of the acquisition. This is another key milestone in the process of bringing together Nucleus and Curtis Banks to create a leading retirement-focused adviser platform group with approximately £80 billion of assets under administration.”

The transaction remains subject to regulatory approvals and is currently expected to complete in the second quarter of 2023.

There remains no immediate change for the advisers and their clients that use either business.

This release should be read in conjunction with the full text of the RNS announcement released by Nucleus and Curtis Banks today under the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers (including its Appendices).

You can download a PDF of the Press release here
 

Enquiries:

TB Cardew (Financial PR adviser to Nucleus)   

  • Tom Allison +44 (0)77 8999 8020
  • Shan Shan Willenbrock +44 (0)77 7584 8537
  • Olivia Rosser +44 (0)7552 864 250
  • E: nucleus@tbcardew.com  

Notes to editors:

About Nucleus
The Nucleus Group is led by Group CEO, Richard Rowney. Richard originally joined James Hay Partnership in 2020 and pioneered the strategy to create a leading retirement platform via organic and acquisitive growth. In August 2021, James Hay Partnership acquired Nucleus Financial Group plc and combined both businesses to create the Nucleus Group, a new group with the scale to invest in technology, product, price, and service. 
Over the last two years, the Nucleus Group has overhauled and significantly invested in its senior management team, as well as employing 120 new colleagues across the business in the last twelve months alone. The new senior team members bring deep industry experience from companies including Interactive Investor, BGL Insurance, LV and HSBC. With these additions, the Nucleus Group has added significant expertise in managing acquisitions, integration, outsourcing and re-platforming. 
From offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Salisbury, the Nucleus Group administers customer assets across SIPPs, ISAs, GIAs and other products. James Hay Online, with its 40-year heritage in SIPP and pension expertise, focuses on larger financial advisory businesses while Nucleus Wrap serves smaller and medium-sized advisers.
In October 2022, the Nucleus Group established The Nucleus Foundation, a registered charity operated by the Nucleus Group and independent trustees. With initial seed funding from shareholders of £750,000, it provides support to charitable organisations and causes across the UK.  
The major shareholders of the Nucleus Group are HPS and Epiris.
    

* As at as at October 2022 – Fundscape Q3 Platform Report

Nucleus group welcomes shareholder approval for the acquisition of Curtis Banks Group PLC

Nucleus has today announced the recommended cash acquisition of Curtis Banks Group plc (“Curtis Banks”) for consideration of 350p per Curtis Banks share, a 32.1% premium to the closing price before the commencement of the offer period, representing a total equity value for Curtis Banks of approximately £242 million on a fully diluted basis. 

The transaction will bring together the Nucleus Group and the Curtis Banks Group to create a leading retirement-focused adviser platform with approximately £80 billion of assets under administration. 

The combination of Curtis Banks’ award-winning SIPP and SSAS product offering and strong presence as a provider to customers with complex retirement needs, with Nucleus’ established reputation in the UK platform market will create a comprehensive proposition to support financial advisers and their customers across the full wealth spectrum.  

Advisers currently served by Curtis Banks will also benefit from access to a broader suite of platform services available within the Nucleus Group’s existing offering, including ISAs, GIAs and onshore and offshore bonds, enabling financial advisers to help make retirement more rewarding for their customers.

The acquisition of Curtis Banks represents an attractive opportunity for the Nucleus Group to advance its stated strategy of creating one of the UK’s leading adviser platforms. 

Nucleus is pleased that the board of Curtis Banks has unanimously recommended that Curtis Banks shareholders vote in favour of the transaction, and that the Curtis Banks directors who hold shares have irrevocably undertaken to Nucleus to do so themselves. Additionally, Nucleus has received irrevocable undertakings to vote in favour of the transaction from Christopher Banks, Rupert Curtis, Sally Curtis and Paul Tarran (the founding shareholders of Curtis Banks), Oryx International Growth Fund Limited and Odyssean Investment Trust plc, who in total represent approximately 49% of Curtis Banks’ issued share capital. In addition, Nucleus has received a letter of intent from Canaccord Genuity Asset Management Limited to vote in favour of the transaction. Accordingly, Nucleus has received irrevocable undertakings and a letter of intent to vote in favour of the transaction representing, in aggregate, approximately 54% of Curtis Banks’ issued share capital.

The acquisition is conditional on, amongst other things, approval by Curtis Banks shareholders and the receipt of clearances from relevant regulators. It is to be implemented by way of a Scheme of Arrangement and is expected to complete in Q2 2023.

Commenting on the announcement, Richard Rowney, Group CEO of the Nucleus Group, said:We’re delighted to be announcing the acquisition of Curtis Banks, which on completion will become part of our leading independent adviser platform group, with approximately £80 billion in combined AuA. Our ambition remains to create the UK’s leading platform, exclusively for financial advisers to help them make retirement more rewarding for their customers. We’re already demonstrating the benefits of scale, enabling investment in technology, people, products, price and service.

As one of the UK's largest independent SIPP and SSAS providers, Curtis Banks not only adds further significant scale to our business but will complement our existing expertise and benefit our combined adviser base providing added flexibility and optionality.

David Barral, Executive Chairman of Curtis Banks, said: "The Board of Curtis Banks is pleased to be recommending the Nucleus Group’s offer for the company, which represents a significant premium in cash and offers certain value for our shareholders. Curtis Banks recognises Nucleus’ established reputation and strength in the adviser platform market, as well as our shared customer-centric approach and aligned corporate values. The Combined Group’s greater scale, efficient platform, broader product proposition and enhanced ability to invest in technology and service will benefit all stakeholders."

This release should be read in conjunction with the full text of the RNS announcement released by Nucleus and Curtis Banks today under Rule 2.7 of the City Code on Takeovers and Mergers  (including its Appendices).

You can download a PDF of the Press release here
 

Enquiries:

TB Cardew (Financial PR adviser to Nucleus)   

  • Tom Allison +44 (0)77 8999 8020
  • Shan Shan Willenbrock +44 (0)77 7584 8537
  • Olivia Rosser +44 (0)7552 864 250
  • E: nucleus@tbcardew.com  

Notes to editors:

About Nucleus
The Nucleus Group is led by Group CEO, Richard Rowney. Richard originally joined James Hay Partnership in 2020 and pioneered the strategy to create a leading retirement platform via organic and acquisitive growth. In August 2021, James Hay Partnership acquired Nucleus Financial Group plc and combined both businesses to create the Nucleus Group, a new group with the scale to invest in technology, product, price, and service. 
Over the last two years, the Nucleus Group has overhauled and significantly invested in its senior management team, as well as employing 120 new colleagues across the business in the last twelve months alone. The new senior team members bring deep industry experience from companies including Interactive Investor, BGL Insurance, LV and HSBC. With these additions, the Nucleus Group has added significant expertise in managing acquisitions, integration, outsourcing and re-platforming. 
From offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Salisbury, the Nucleus Group administers customer assets across SIPPs, ISAs, GIAs and other products. James Hay Online, with its 40-year heritage in SIPP and pension expertise, focuses on larger financial advisory businesses while Nucleus Wrap serves smaller and medium-sized advisers.
In October 2022, the Nucleus Group established The Nucleus Foundation, a registered charity operated by the Nucleus Group and independent trustees. With initial seed funding from shareholders of £750,000, it provides support to charitable organisations and causes across the UK.  
The major shareholders of the Nucleus Group are HPS and Epiris.
    

* As at as at October 2022 – Fundscape Q3 Platform Report

Update on our offer for Curtis Banks plc

Nucleus Financial Platforms Group (“Nucleus”) one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, has announced the launch of the Nucleus Foundation (“the Foundation”) – its new dedicated philanthropic arm.

The Nucleus Foundation will be launched with £750,000, entirely funded by the business and governed by a committee of independent and staff trustees. Nucleus is appointing eight employee trustees from across the business that represent its locations in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London and Salisbury and also includes remote workers.

Nucleus received Charity Commission approval for the Foundation earlier this month, meaning it can now officially begin work as a registered charity. The Foundation will focus its efforts on five core areas across some of the issues and causes most important to the business and its people.

  • The first will be supporting local community causes, adopting a place-based-giving approach to providing grants and financial assistance to causes in the locations where Nucleus is based across the UK.  
  • Encouraging more women into financial advice careers will be another key area of focus for the Foundation, working alongside charities who support the education and development of women into careers in financial advice and planning.
  • Aligned with Nucleus’s purpose, the Foundation aims to help make retirement more rewarding and will also support disadvantaged people who are retired or approaching retirement age, by providing grants and working alongside organisations who assist those without access to financial advice or pension products.
  • Employee sponsorship and donations will be another core element of the Foundation, with Nucleus boosting funds raised by its people for the charitable causes close to their hearts.  
  • Finally, funding will also be allocated to provide targeted support for employees their families in time of need, offering financial assistance in cases of emergency and hardship which are outside of standard workplace policies.

Richard Rowney, Chief Executive Officer of Nucleus, said: “The launch of the Nucleus Foundation is a significant milestone and underpins the positive contribution and impact we want to make. The enthusiasm and excitement about the Foundation from our people has been inspiring and I’m delighted that we’ve now been granted charitable status, ready for our philanthropic work to really gear up in 2023.”

Nucleus is one of the UK’s leading independent retirement-focused platforms, operating from offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Salisbury. The business administers approximately £43 billion* of customer assets across self-invested personal pensions, individual savings accounts, general investment accounts and other products, for over 5,000 financial advisers and serving more than 160,000 underlying customers across the UK.  

Since the creation of the combined group, the development of a new retirement platform has started. The business’ combined scale, and the profitability that comes with it, is enabling it to invest in products, price, service, and its people.

Enquiries:
    
Victoria Webb   
Head of Public Relations for Nucleus
E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com   
T:  +44 (0) 7712 551 838   

Notes to editors:

The Nucleus Financial Platform Group offers investment platforms that help make retirement more rewarding. Our two platforms are run exclusively for financial advisers, with over 160,000 UK customer.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.  
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was acquired by James Hay in September 2021. It was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Nucleus is the name of the combined business and together it’s already one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, with approximately £48bn* in assets under administration. To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancialplatforms.com    


* As at as at October 2022 – Fundscape Q3 Platform Report

Nucleus PR

Nucleus Financial Platforms Group (“Nucleus”) one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, has restructured its technology team, appointing Jenny Thorpe as Chief Business Architect and Angela Cooper as Director of Technology. The appointments not only bolster Nucleus’s existing team, but reflect the business’s continued focus on building scale and investing in its technology, products, price and services.

Jenny spent the last three years as an Associate Director at Alpha FMC, as part of the management team tasked with creating a new pensions and retail investments practice to complement its already successful asset management consulting business. Before joing Alpha she spent nine years at Aegon and prior to that seven years with Alliance Trust with roles in operations, architecture, strategy and transformation.

Based in Edinburgh, Jenny will report to Chief Operating Officer Richard Warner, driving the design of Nucleus’s services as part of its ambition to build the UK’s leading retirement platform for advisers. Angela will become Director of Technology, joining from platform technology provider GBST where she spent the last five years on the Executive Team within the business’s client services division, responsible for overall operational management. Prior to her
time at GBST she spent fourteen years at Aegon, leading platform support and delivery teams. In her new role at Nucleus Angela’s client delivery experience will complement and strengthen the technology team. Also based in Edinburgh, Angela will report to JP Miller, whose remit is expanding as the new Technology and Transformation Director. Andrew Smith will be taking on the strategically important role of Chief Digital Officer, a newly created position tasked with developing further and faster into digital technology in line with Nucleus’s growth ambitions. Andrew has been part of the leadership team since Nucleus’s inception and will now be focused on developing digital applications that better differentiate the platform service and help advisers meet their clients’ needs.

And Paul McAnulty, who’s been with Nucleus for 11 years has been promoted to Director of Data Solutions, reflecting the increasing importance of data in evidencing that customers are receiving the right outcomes, as required by the FCA’s Consumer Duty.

Richard Rowney, Chief Executive Officer at Nucleus, said: “Alongside investing in developing our products, improving service and reducing the price our customers pay, we’ve also been investing in our people, so we have the right team to deliver the priorities advisers have. We’re delighted that we could attract such seasoned professionals as Jenny and Angela, and congratulate Andrew, JP and Paul for their new
roles.

“We’ve got some great talent and the structure we’ve created will allow us to refocus our efforts across technology and digital development. This year alone, we’ve added almost 90 new colleagues and these changes will complement and boost our team at this transformative time in Nucleus’s evolution.”

Nucleus is one of the UK’s leading independent retirement-focused platforms, operating from offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, and Salisbury. The business administers approximately £46 billion* of customer assets across self-invested personal pensions, individual savings accounts, general investment accounts and other products, for over 5,000 financial advisers and serving more than 160,000 underlying customers across the UK.

Since the creation of the combined group, the development of a new retirement platform has started. The business’ combined scale, and the profitability that comes with it, is enabling it to invest in products, price, and service. To date, £5 million has been invested in improving service and technology and a further the £6 million committed to a roadmap of enhancements.

You can download a PDF of the Press release here

Enquiries:
    
Victoria Webb   
Head of Public Relations for Nucleus
E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com  

Notes to editors:

The Nucleus Financial Platform Group offers investment platforms that help make retirement more rewarding. Our two platforms are run exclusively for financial advisers, with over 160,000 UK customer.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.  
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was acquired by James Hay in September 2021. It was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Nucleus is the name of the combined business and together it’s already one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, with approximately £48bn* in assets under administration. To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancialplatforms.com    

* As at as at February 2022 – Fundscape Q1 Platform Report

Nucleus press release

Nucleus Financial Platforms Group (“Nucleus”) one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, has announced the appointment of two new independent non-executive directors (NEDs). Judith Davidson and Richard Hoskins will soon join the Nucleus board, subject to regulatory approval.

Judith Davidson is the former Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director of IntegraFin, which owns and operates award-winning investment platform Transact. During her 11-year career at Transact, Judith was responsible for the organisational processes and customer centric culture, that helped to drive strong organic growth in customer flows and facilitate the development of the business.

Richard Hoskins will join the board as chair of the audit committee. Richard has extensive experience as a non-executive director at Liberty Mutual, Aztec and BGL Group, and as a senior executive at Hastings, Aviva, AIG and Old Mutual. With a career spanning almost 40 years, Richard brings a proven CEO and CFO track record for multiple blue-chip organisations, and deep expertise in financial services – particularly in insurance services and asset management.

In addition, remaining on the Board and as chair of the risk committee, Kathryn Purves will also now take on the role of senior independent director. Kathryn served as Chief Executive Officer of IFG plc, the listed financial services parent company of what was James Hay Partnership and Saunderson House, Chief Risk Officer of Partnership Assurance Group plc and worked within the private equity industry for a number of years.

Richard Rowney, Chief Executive Officer of Nucleus, said: “We’re delighted to welcome our new non-executive directors to the board, with each bringing a wealth of insight and expertise. I’d also like to congratulate Kathryn on moving to be our senior independent director.

“This is an exciting and pivotal time for Nucleus, and we now have all the ingredients in place to drive our ambitious agenda forward. The calibre and experience of our new board members will be a huge advantage and the appointments also mean that we will have greater gender balance, enhancing the diversity of thought, perspectives and skillsets required to guide and oversee the next chapter of our growth.”

Nucleus also recently announced the appointment of Gordon Wilson as incoming chair. Gordon previously chaired Interactive Investor, one of the UK’s largest direct to consumer investment platforms with AUA of almost £55bn, until its successful sale to abrdn earlier this year. His 30-year executive career includes the President and CEO of Travelport, one of the world’s leading travel commerce platforms which he took public on the NYSe in 2014 and then sold to private equity in 2019. He also chairs Ambassador Cruise Line and Virgin Experience Days and served as a non-executive director at William Hill PLC until its successful sale to Caesars Entertainment in 2021.

Nucleus is one of the UK’s leading independent retirement-focused platforms, operating from offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, and Salisbury. The business administers approximately £46 billion* of customer assets across self-invested personal pensions, individual savings accounts, general investment accounts and other products, for over 5,000 financial advisers and serving more than 160,000 underlying customers across the UK.  
 
Since the creation of the combined group, the development of a new retirement platform has started. The business’ combined scale, and the profitability that comes with it, is enabling it to invest in products, price, and service. To date, £5 million has been invested in improving service and technology and a further the £6 million committed to a roadmap of enhancements.

You can download a PDF of the Press release here

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Victoria Webb   
Head of Public Relations for Nucleus
E: newsroom@nucleusfinancial.com  

Notes to editors:

The Nucleus Financial Platform Group offers investment platforms that help make retirement more rewarding. Our two platforms are run exclusively for financial advisers, with over 160,000 UK customer.
Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with larger financial advisory groups for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way.  
Our award-winning platform Nucleus was acquired by James Hay in September 2021. It was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage.
Nucleus is the name of the combined business and together it’s already one of the UK’s leading, independent, adviser platform groups, with approximately £48bn* in assets under administration. To find out more visit: www.nucleusfinancialplatforms.com    

* As at as at February 2022 – Fundscape Q1 Platform Report

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