Walker Crips continues hiring spree with new investment manager

Walker Crips has appointed Barclays veteran Tony Manning as an investment manager. 

Manning specialises in smaller companies and manages almost all investment mandates on a discretionary basis.

In his previous role, Manning was investment manager at JM Finn, which he joined in 2009 after spending 27 years at Barclays working as an investment manager and stockbroker. 

Manning’s appointment follows the firm’s most recent hire of former Brewin Dolphin divisional director Alison Pickup, who is senior investment portfolio manager for Walker Crips’ York office. 

The firm has added 14 investment managers and advisers during the year, bringing the total number of employees to 120.

Walker Crips chief executive Rodney FitzGerald, says: “The board’s strategy for growth continues to be implemented with our robust balance sheet being instrumental in our hiring of new investment and wealth managers who recognize the appeal of efficient systems, supportive management and a culture which puts the client first.”

For the year to 31 March, Walker Crips has increased its discretionary and advisory assets under management by 50.3 per cent to £2bn, up from £1.33bn, helped by the £4.2m acquisition of Barker Poland Asset Management in March.

Including its administered assets, total assets at the firm increased by 26.7 per cent to £3.8bn for the same period.