British wealth manager Brown Shipley has recruited an ex-CEO of Coutts, Rory Tapner, to chair its board.

Tapner replaces David Rough with immediate effect.

In the new capacity, Tapner will advise Brown Shipley CEO Alan Mathewson to drive the growth of the firm.

Previously, Tapner worked at UBS for 26 years, holding various roles, including global head of capital markets and investment banking, as well as chair and CEO of Asia Pacific businesses.

Mathewson noted: “I am delighted to welcome Rory as our chair in what is a real signal of intent for the business.

“His extensive experience in financial services, and especially in private banking and wealth management, will be key as continue to deliver a fully integrated wealth management offering to our clients.”

Rough will depart this August. Until then, he will hold the role of the firm’s director.

He has been the board chair at Brown Shipley since 2005. He served two tenures in this position.

Other recent appointments at Brown Shipley

In March 2019, Brown Shipley named Nick Cringle as its regional head for North West.

Earlier this year, the firm appointed Richard McGregor as its national head of court of protection and personal injury and Amrendra Sinha as its head of direct equity.