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Tilney Bestinvest appoints Stuart Layzell as CFO

Tilney Bestinvest, the UK investment and financial planning group, has appointed Stuart Layzell as Chief Financial Officer. 

Layzell brings to Tilney Bestinvest a wide range of experience in senior management, M&A and private equity roles in both the UK and US.

Layzell began his career with PwC where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked in their M&A advisory team before moving to the US, where he lived for nine years and held senior management roles at two technology companies. On his return to the UK he spent seven years with LDC, the private equity arm of Lloyds Banking Group focused on mid-market deals. In 2011 he helped launch the Business Growth Fund plc, a GBP2.5 billion fund, backed by five leading UK banks before returning to industry, where he has held CFO positions at two high growth, private-equity backed technology companies, Fourth and, latterly, Isotrak.

Peter Hall, Chief Executive Officer, of Tilney Bestinvest, says: “We are delighted to welcome Stuart to the senior management team. He brings considerable experience both of high growth companies and of Mergers & Acquisitions – expertise which will prove invaluable to Tilney Bestinvest as we progress with our growth strategy. The business is seeing strong organic growth underpinned by award winning services and we continue to explore opportunities for potential acquisitions where we think the fit with the existing business is strong and will benefit our clients.”

Layzell says: “With the support of a significant backer in the Permira funds, a diverse range of very competitive services and the joint venture with Saga launching later this year, the business is incredibly well positioned for the future. This is an exciting time to be joining Tilney Bestinvest and I very much look forward to working with Peter and the team.”

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