First Names Group, a trust, fund and corporate services provider, has bolstered its Isle of Man office by hiring Gary Hepburn as new chief operating officer for the Group’s private client service unit and Craig Brown as new managing director.

In his new role, Hepburn will be responsible for overseeing all areas of the private client business.

Brown will lead the Isle of Man office and its multiple client service teams in his new position.

Hepburn, who has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, joined First Names Isle of Man business in 2004 as senior manager and was promoted to managing director in 2013.

He has worked in the UK, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands before moving to the Isle of Man.

Craig, who joined First Names Group in 2013, was most recently client services director at the group. He also worked for 15 years as head of tax in various sectors and also five years as a director and MD of other Isle of Man corporate service providers.

First Names Group managing director for private client Mark Pesco said: "In order to deliver on our long-term strategic objectives we needed someone who truly knows the business inside and out overseeing our private client operations across the whole service line."