Hawsmoor Investment Management has expanded its direct private client arm with the appointment of former Investec investment director Jim Wood-Smith as head of research, with effect from January 2014.

Additionally, as a part of its expansion plans, the firm has also hired Henry Rising, former investment director at Williams de Broe and Jill Gill from Investec and Williams de Broe as senior investment manager and sales and marketing specialist respectively.

The pair will take up their roles in January and will be assisted by sales and marketing specialist Jill Gill, who will to help drive growth in the direct private client arm.

Hawksmoor chief executive John Crowley said that Rising and Wood-Smith will aim on building the firm’s presence and proposition in the direct private client space, which represents the third key growth area for the business alongside fund of funds and model portfolios.

Wood-Smith has deoparted his role at Investec in June, having joined the group following its takeover of Williams de Broe where he most recently served as head of research and chief investment officer.

Rising has left Williams de Broe earlier this year before the takeover by Investec Wealth and Investment.

Wood-Smith said he was planning to build on Hawksmoor’s established investment process by expanding it to target on direct securities as well as funds.

"I am going to develop the direct equity and bond side, alongside alternatives further, so we are going to build this into a full service discretionary offering. On the discretionary side our portfolios are currently only buying funds so we are going to widen out the asset classes we are buying," Smith added.

John Crowley said: "The appointment of such senior and respected figures in the investment and wealth management sector clearly indicates our intention to expand and improve the services we provide for clients."