Thorpe joins with 18 years’ experience in financial services, most recently at Brewin Dolphin where he was responsible for group financial planning and analysis, financial control and tax and treasury. He also led a programme to upgrade and restructure the group’s finance function.
Prior to this, he held senior finance positions at Standard Bank and Barclays Capital and worked for Royal Bank of Scotland and Morgan Stanley earlier in his career.
Caroline Connellan, chief executive of Brooks Macdonald, said: “We are delighted that Ben will be bringing his considerable finance and industry experience to assist in delivering our strategy and driving business performance over the coming years.
“He is an important addition to our leadership team and will play a major role in positioning the business for further growth and in the delivery of improved operating margins over the medium term.”
Chris Knight, chairman of Brooks Macdonald, added: “I look forward to welcoming Ben to the board when he joins us later this year. His fresh insight and broad industry perspective will be invaluable as we build on the company’s success to date and capture the opportunities we see in our next phase of growth.”