Hampden & Co has added Andrew Bell, formerly of Aegon Asset Management to its senior team.

Bell was most recently the commercial director of Aegon Asset Management in Europe. He has experience in wealth management, asset management and private banking at Aegon, Kames Capital, RBS, Coutts and Lloyds Private Banking.

At RBS, Bell was cofounder of the asset management division and ran the investment product team at Coutts.

Focused on banking services alone, Hampden & Co adds that Bells role will be to further develop the bank’s introducer relationships with wealth managers and professional advisers across the UK.

Hampden & Co CEO Graeme Hartop said: “Andrew has built an impressive career in financial services, specialising in the high net worth market, and we believe he can further enhance the service we offer to clients.

“Andrew will help to further accelerate our growth, ensuring balance across client referrals, referrals from mortgage intermediaries and from other professional advisers.  He has a track record of helping to build significant scale for a series of highly-rated financial institutions. ”

Hampden & Co chief commercial officer Andrew Bell said: “Having helped a series of businesses achieve material growth, I see huge potential for Hampden & Co in the UK market with its compelling model that puts clients at the centre of its proposition.

“Hampden & Co has a number of positive differentiators in the private banking sector – that is clearly being recognised across the industry and we want to build on that success.”

In August, Hampden & Co reported 48% year-on-year income growth in its half-year results, with deposits up 39% and lending increased by 44%. In October, it announced that it selected Smith & Williamson to take on its £35 million loan book following the wealth manager’s decision to relinquish its banking licence.