Walker Crips swipes another hire from Tilney as it expands York office

Jonathan Downes has also worked at Brewin Dolphin and James Brearley and Sons

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Walker Crips has swiped its second hire from Tilney in as many months as it announces Jonathan Downes is joining its York office as an investment manager.

Downes (pictured) has more than 20 years’ experience working in wealth management with the last eight of those at Tilney. Previously he worked at Brewin Dolphin and James Brearley and Sons.

His appointment comes two months after Walker Crips announced it had hired James Bonarius from Tilney to become a financial planner. It also recently acquired the high net worth client book of Yorkshire advice firm MA Heap.

At Walker Crips, Downes will be responsible for managing client portfolios and developing the wealth manager’s business across the region, including the newly-launched model portfolio service.

He will report into investment director Wesley Coultas, who said he was looking forward to the important role Downes will play in developing the team’s portfolio offerings and supporting its continued growth.

Additionally, Walker Crips announced it has hired Scott Palmer to become a wealth manager. Palmer, a chartered financial planner, will be focused on advising clients and joins from Novus Financial Services in Harrogate.

He started his financial services career as a paraplanner at Beaumont Robinson in Bradford, before joining PWH Financial Planning in Guiseley as an associate director.

See also: Walker Crips scoops up HNW client book from Yorkshire IFA

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