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November 2, 2020

Standard Chartered Private Bank hires ex-Brewin Dolphin banker as EMEA head

Standard Chartered Private Bank has hired Grant Parkinson from Brewin Dolphin to serve as the regional head for private banking in Europe, Africa and Middle East (EMEA).

Parkinson’s appointment follows the resignation of Steve Atkinson, who will depart from the bank as the regional head of private banking West on 2 December 2020 after a 30-year-long tenure at the bank.

Atkinson has held senior roles in various areas including commercial, corporate & institutional banking, finance, investor relations and corporate affairs.

In the new role, Parkinson will operate out of London and report to global head of private banking Didier von Daeniken.


Parkinson served as the COO of British wealth manager Brewin Dolphin, where he worked on digital solutions and the development of technology solutions for client-facing colleagues.

Between 2013 and 2017, he worked as the COO of Coutts. In this role, he focused on developing new client propositions and also played an integral role in launching a booking centre.

He also had stints at Barclays as well as McKinsey.

“Standard Chartered is a firm I have long admired and I look forward to working with the leadership team to continue growing the business while delivering the highest standards of client service,” Parkinson noted.

In August this year, Standard Chartered Private Bank expanded its team in Southeast Asia with the hires of Kapil Poply and Guarav Gupta who joined from UOB Private Bank.

Poply was named as the managing director and senior client partner for the global South Asia community team (GSAC) at Standard Chartered while Gupta was appointed as the executive director and relationship manager for GSAC.

Standard Chartered Private Bank’s onshore booking centres in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, and Jersey serves clients across Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe, offering them private banking services.

Its Singapore centre also provides global trust and fiduciary capabilities.

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