Left to right are Ian Gibson, Clare Ansell and Mark Prentice of Hampden & Co (by Stewart Attwood)

HAMPDEN & Co has strengthened its banking team in Scotland with the appointments of Clare Ansell and Ian Gibson as Banking Directors. 

Both Ansell and Gibson join from Handelsbanken.  Clare Ansell spent over a decade with Royal Bank of Scotland followed by four years with Handelsbanken based out of Fife.  Ian Gibson spent the last three years with Handelsbanken in its Glasgow office, having previously held positions with NatWest, Royal Bank of Scotland and Adam & Company.  

Mark Prentice, Head of Banking, Scotland, Hampden & Co said:

“Bringing Clare and Ian into our banking team in Edinburgh is consistent with our commitment to providing the highest level of client service as we continue to grow the business in Scotland and across the UK.  In Scotland specifically, it signals how we are growing our footprint across the country with Clare’s networks in Fife and the East and Ian’s networks in Glasgow and the West of Scotland.  The hires are also indicative of how we continue to attract some of the best people in the industry from large, established players in the market.”  

Last month, Mark Thomson was appointed as Hampden & Co’s Head of Credit and in December Smith & Williamson transferred a £30 million loan book to Hampden & Co following an earlier decision in 2019 for the financial and professional services group to relinquish its banking licence.  

In August 2019, Hampden & Co reported 48% year-on-year income growth in its half-year results, with deposits up 39% and lending increased by 44%. 

Business growth in 2019 has been supported by Hampden & Co’s expansion into the mortgage intermediary market, particularly in relation to complex mortgages for high net worth individuals.  2019 saw the launch of a new digital banking service and in September the private bank appointed financial services industry stalwart Andrew Bell to the post of Chief Commercial Officer.