Fund manager R C Brown Investment Management (RCBIM) has poached Rowan Dartington’s senior investment team that managed their Signature business.

Andrew Morris, one of the founders of Rowan Dartington along with senior fund manager, Joe Dyer, and colleagues Helen Parry, and Claire Hudd has joined RCBIM.

In due course, portfolio manager James Gardner and head of equity research and co- founder of Rowan Dartington, Mark Sevier will also move to RCBIM.

RCBIM has set up a separate division to support the new team whose offering will provide differentiated and independent investment solutions.

Bob Brown, chairman of RCBIM, said: "We are delighted to have recruited such a high caliber team to join us. I have personally known some members of the team for 30 years and I was disappointed that when we approached them three years ago they decided to remain at Rowan Dartington.

"Their distinctive offering of proven investment performance and outstanding customer service is a valuable combination, which will complement our existing offering. We look forward to enhancing our reputation as a leading independent provider of discretionary investment services to financial advisers and their clients," Brown added.