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Finance Controller Appointment at Enhance Group

Enhance Group Limited (Enhance) are delighted to welcome Fergus Gibson as Financial Controller.

Fergus, who will take responsibility for all aspects of the Group’s finances, joins Enhance from a global intermodal container leasing and finance company where he was the Finance Director.
Fergus started his career with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He worked in the financial services environment for more than 15 years spanning a range of sectors: Audit & Business Advisory Services, Banking, Container Leasing and Asset Management. Prior to that, he worked for BlackRock in London as a Business Partner supporting the firm’s Global Retail Business with their expanding onshore and cross-border Retail fund ranges. Fergus is a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant.

Tom Wiseman, Group CEO, commented:

“I am delighted to welcome Fergus to the company. His experience is of great value to our organisation and he joins our team of talented people who will lead the company forward”.

Enhance Group Announce New Chief Operating Officer

Enhance Group Limited (Enhance) are delighted to announce that Justin Simpson has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer.

In his new role, Justin is responsible for the on-going operations of Enhance Group, overseeing systems, product development and project implementation, and remains a director of Enhance Wealth Consultancy and chairman of the Investment Committee.

Justin has been with the company for over 8 years and holds the prestigious Level 7 Masters in Wealth Management from the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments as well as the Investment Management Certificate.

Justin Simpson, new COO of Enhance Group, commented:

“I am really pleased to be taking on this new role as COO of Enhance Group. To have been a part of the growth and expansion of the company over the years has been a pleasure and I look forward to starting the next chapter of my career at Enhance Group”.

Tom Wiseman, Enhance Group CEO, commented:

“We are delighted that Justin has stepped up to this new role and that we have been able to promote from within the company. Justin has been an integral part of the team for many years, contributing greatly to the company’s global success. His skills, knowledge and experience are the perfect fit to take on this position and will strengthen our offering as we move forward and continue to grow”.


Enhance Group Announce New CEO and Executive Chairman

Enhance Group Limited (Enhance) has today announced that Tom Wiseman, currently the Managing Director of the London business, will become group CEO from the 1st October. Existing CEO James Painter will now take on the role of Executive Chairman.

Tom, who is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) and has been successfully leading the London business for some time, will relocate to Jersey to take on this new role. James, who was one of the original founders of the business in 2005, will now focus on strategic direction at board level, as well as supporting the company’s global business development.

James Painter, former CEO and new Executive Chairman of Enhance Group added:

“Since the business was first created, we have averaged strong growth of 27% annually through delivering great products and a first rate service to clients internationally. Now that our experts who were sent out to establish the Company in Cayman, Geneva and Singapore have achieved their objectives, and the majority of the work is being facilitated from Jersey and London it was the appropriate time to increase our governance and management structure in our head office. In this regard I am delighted to be able to promote and recognise talent from within our team, which is why we are very lucky to have someone of Tom’s caliber ready to head up the business. I am confident with Tom’s leadership and fresh approach that the business will continue to grow and go onto even greater success and I look forward to supporting him in his new role.”

Tom Wiseman, new CEO of Enhance Group, commented:

“I am delighted to accept this new role as the CEO of Enhance. Over the last few years the company has gone from strength to strength and expanded into several new markets. My time heading up the London business has given me valuable insights into the evolving needs of our global clients and how we can provide the new products and services that they need. Jersey is a fantastic, high quality jurisdiction to base this business from, and I am also very excited to have the opportunity somewhere so beautiful.”


Enhance Group – Performance Analyst for Portfolio Adviser Wealth Manager Awards 2018

Entries are now open for the Portfolio Adviser Wealth Manager Awards 2018 and Enhance Group are delighted to be the provider of performance analysis for the 6th year running.

Wealth Managers, both boutique and large, who provide investment selection and asset allocation for their clients will have the opportunity to be recognised for brilliance in their field. Entrants will be judged on the results they have achieved based on both qualitative and quantitative data with the hope of being awarded a gold or platinum award for the following categories:

  • Cautious
  • Balanced
  • Aggressive
  • Absolute Return

Wealth Managers can also enter the Media Marketing Award for the company which has shown a level of excellence in their online brand awareness as well as their use of social media.

The independent judging panel is made up of a number of representatives from top organisations in the fields of law, finance, accountancy, consultancy and trust who have experience of working with Wealth Managers themselves.

Paul Tanguy, Investment Analyst at Enhance Group commented:

“Being involved in the Portfolio Adviser Wealth Manager Awards for the last 6 years, we have seen the number of entrants more than double, which not only demonstrates the prestige of these awards within the industry but also reinforces their credibility. Each year we have been able to refine and streamline the analysis process in order to ensure that the judges have fair and robust information to work with when judging such a competitive marketplace.  We’re proud to be supporting the awards again and wish all of the entrants this year the very best of luck.”

The Deadline for entries is Friday 15th September. For more details on how to enter please click here


Enhance Expands its Jurisdictional Footprint with Geneva Office Opening


Enhance Group Limited has today announced the launch of a new operation in Geneva.

The new Enhance Geneva office will provide a full service offering to current and prospective clients seeking investment oversight, investment consultancy, investment reporting, wealth consultancy and treasury services.

The announcement follows a period of substantial growth for Enhance, with new offices opened in London, the Cayman Islands and Singapore over the last 2 years. The company also announced this month the launch of its new Enhance Investment Consultancy offering in London.

CEO of Enhance, James Painter, will be heading up the new operation in Geneva. He commented:

“We see Geneva as an increasingly important operational base with a concentration of world class financial service providers. We are pleased to expand our jurisdictional footprint with an expansion into the Swiss market.”

Moving Beyond Liquidity: Securing the Future of Jersey Pension Funds

Author: James Painter, CEO 


There is an acute need to reconsider the desirability of liquid assets as an investment option to secure the long-term future of pension funds. Whilst the risk-averse instinct to latch onto liquidity as a pension fund manager is understandable on the surface, when you dig deeper it can result in myopic decision-making which jeopardises the fund’s long-term sustainability.

While a degree of liquidity is required to ensure that short-term liabilities can be met, over-insistence on liquidity can result in a reduced opportunity set of investments. This means lower investment returns and ultimately a greater burden for the sponsor, which is a drain on public finances in the case of public pensions.

The long-dated liability structure of a pension fund gives managers the time to invest in a variety of high-yield assets, with infrastructure and renewable energy sources being prime examples. Through allowing investment in these less liquid, but also more lucrative, investments, Investment Managers will not have to pay the liquidity premium and also enjoy the benefits of a far less volatile portfolio through the added asset class diversification.

Therefore pension fund trustees may need to ask themselves the question: do I need to access the majority of my investments in cash when there is a crisis? If they don’t, there may be an opportunity for them to give their investment managers the freedom to partially move away from liquid investments in favour of alternative opportunities that offer the potential of a greater long-term investment return.

Such a method of improving investment returns may well be necessary if we are to redress the deficit in the public pension fund, which will require either an injection of funds from the government and, by extension, the taxpayer, or a fundamental shift in approach so we can drive a higher investment return. The second option is a much more attractive one and a far more sustainable one.

However, one of the biggest challenges for pension fund trustees in re-evaluating liquidity is not the ability to understand the issue but how to implement such a philosophy within their existing investment strategy. Where funds are run by ‘advisory’ consultants this may be problematic, as the bulk of the assets will be held in traditional asset class funds which offer little more than a proxy for the general market. However where trustees have embraced the concept of fiduciary management and use active discretionary managers, reducing their liquidity requirement could prove an astute move.

When considering the Channel Islands pension funds, such a move would also prove highly beneficial for the islands’ economies as we have a high number of quality active discretionary managers working here who already have the investment solutions to restructure liquidity profiles and boost the long term investment return.

Enhance Group Announce New NED Appointment


Enhance Group Limited is delighted to welcome Chairman of Guernsey Finance, Lyndon Trott, to the company as Non-Executive Director.

Lyndon has vast knowledge and experience of finance, having worked in the industry for over 30 years. He has been a Guernsey Finance board member since 2013 and assumed the role of Chairman in December 2015, he was also Guernsey’s first ever Treasury Minister and progressed to become the Island’s longest serving Chief Minister to date. He currently holds independent Non-Executive Director positions with several organisations including a leading Guernsey based fiduciary company and the world’s largest independent private equity and real estate fund administrator among others.

Lyndon Trott, commented:

“Advances in technology are changing the shape of finance as we know it, Enhance is one example of a local business that has built their success on innovation in this rapidly evolving area. I look forward to helping them reach their goals and objectives, while developing my own insights as the fintech industry continues to evolve in the Channel Islands.”

James Painter, CEO of Enhance, commented:

“I’m delighted to appoint Lyndon as our new NED. Lyndon has a deep understanding and knowledge of the industry. In his new role at Enhance, Lyndon will leverage his business expertise to provide support and advice to strengthen the company, as we continue to move forward and deepen our offering. I’m looking forward to seeing the impact of this appointment as we continue to expand our business in 2016.”

Enhance Group Welcomes Tom Wiseman as Managing Director of their London Office


Enhance Group, a leading Investment Consultancy firm with FinTech at its core, today announced that it has appointed Tom Wiseman as Managing Director of their London office.

The London office was opened in September 2014 as part of the company’s growth into several strategic locations, which included office openings in the Cayman Islands and Singapore. As the new Managing Director for the London Office, Tom Wiseman will be responsible for maintaining and building relationships with London-based clients, and overseeing local operations for Enhance’s clients with multijurisdictional requirements.

Tom Wiseman joins Enhance from Seven Investment Management (7IM) LLP, where he was a Relationship Manager and Partner. He managed discretionary investment portfolios for the clients of Independent Financial Advisers before helping to establish 7IM’s direct to client proposition, where he provided multi asset investment strategies, securitised lending and cash management to a small number of wealthy families and their associated structures.

Tom is a Chartered Wealth Manager and Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

Tom Wiseman commented:

“Having worked alongside Enhance as an Investment Manager in recent years, I was attracted to the company’s independence and their resultant ability to offer clients genuinely objective advice. I’m looking forward to providing my clients with this same objectivity, and developing our London team to continue to deliver exceptional consultancy services to investors and their trusted advisers.”

 James Painter, CEO of Enhance, commented:

“I’m delighted to welcome Tom to the Enhance team. His experience and credentials make him ideally suited to managing and developing our London office, and I look forward to him applying his considerable expertise and insights as we continue to grow and develop as a company.”

Enhance Group Show Continued Support for STEP by Sponsoring STEP Asia Conference for Third Year


Enhance Group will proudly sponsor the STEP Asia Conference which will be held at the iconic Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 10 – 12 November 2015.

2015 will mark Enhance Group’s third year as an official sponsor for the prestigious event, and the first time Enhance representatives will be in attendance since the opening of their Singapore office in August. CEO of Enhance Group, James Painter, will be joined by Managing Director of the Enhance Singapore office, Richard Sayers, and Head of Research Ruzhen Li.

This year the STEP conference will focus on current global trends and issues affecting the wealth management industry and the future of wealth management in Asia, with delegates from over 30 jurisdictions gathering to network and to listen to a programme of expert speakers from across the globe.

Richard Sayers, Managing Director at Enhance Group Singapore, commented:

“We are delighted to sponsor the STEP Asia Conference again this year. One of the specific themes for the conference is how “innovation will assist practitioners in a highly compliance focused regulatory environment” which compliments how Enhance embraces fintech in the provision of ‘investment oversight’ services. Having recently opened our Asia office at the Hong Leong Finance building in Singapore’s central business district we are now ideally positioned to work with practitioners in the region. These events are extremely important for the trust and wealth management industry, as they provide a great opportunity to meet like-minded professionals and to discuss current topical issues relating to our key jurisdictions, and on a global scale. The conference programme this year features some fascinating topics and superb speakers and I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of the Asian jurisdiction. Last year’s conference was a terrific success and I am confident that this year will be even better.”

Find out more about STEP Asia Conference and book tickets to attend the event here

Enhance Announce New Office Location In Singapore


Enhance Group, the FinTech and investment oversight company with headquarters in Jersey, have opened their new offices based at the Hong Leong Finance Building, a skyscraper in the central business district of Singapore. The move into the new offices follows the group’s continued rapid growth, having opened offices in London and The Cayman Islands in the past year.

The group’s expansion into Singapore will help them to meet client demands and seek prospective clients in the key Asian jurisdictions.

Director and founding member, Richard Sayers, has lead the move to Singapore in order to provide support to existing and new prospective clients based in Hong Kong and Singapore. Richard will continue to focus on servicing clients with the added responsibilities of building the Singapore-based team over the coming months and running the daily operations of the new office.

Richard Sayers, commented:

“I am proud to have moved into our new offices in Singapore, opening the next chapter of the Enhance Group story. My role in Singapore comes with new responsibilities, including putting together a new team of local professionals, who I hope will impart their knowledge of this jurisdiction.”

James Painter, CEO of Enhance Group added:

“We have identified Singapore as a high quality jurisdiction and an excellent hub for servicing our clients based in Asia. We believe that there are exciting growth opportunities and we offer time zone coverage from East to West which aligns us with our international clients.”

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