Who We Are


Providing the personal service we know you deserve.

Committed To Helping You

Our financial planning team follows a 6-stage process. This helps us get to know you a little better to ensure we provide the right advice for you. We are all committed to helping you move forward confidently, knowing your future is secure with the freedom to live the life you desire.  We have a small but perfectly formed team, providing the personal service we know you deserve. Each member of our team has a unique set of skills and experience to build a relationship you can rely on. Get in touch with Barry, Susan, Graeme, Stewart or Alison to find out more.

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Matt Strachan
Chief Investment Officer
Barry Davidson
Head of Financial Planning
Graeme Young
Chartered Financial Planner
Jeremy Dufton
Portfolio Manager
Alasdair Kyle
Portfolio Manager
Matthew Brown
Portfolio Manager
John James
Portfolio Manager
Ciaran Garvey
Investment Manager
Susan Bennett
Chartered Financial Planner
Stewart Taylor
Financial Planner
Alison Miller
Financial Planner
Sarah & Ashley
Investment Assistants
Catherine Jackson
Research Assistant
Kim, Zoë & Anne
Paraplanners

Chief Investment Officer

Matt Strachan

As head of our investment management function, Matt’s 30-year industry experience is vital in the formation of our range of retail and institutional investment funds, as well as our model portfolio service.  His long term investment discipline generated strong performance when he managed the Alliance Trust Investments North America Equity Fund, receiving a Morningstar/OBSR Bronze award within one year of fund launch. Matt’s considerable international investment experience saw him successfully selling out of Japan at the top of the market (1989/90), a bold move made with analytical and measured judgement. 

Something you didn’t know about Matt:

Matt was scouted for a 1980s Jackie magazine photoshoot. He chose not to pursue a modeling career, and luckily for us, instead focused on his financial services career.

‘Excellence is not a single act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do.’

– Aristotle


Head of Financial Planning

Barry Davidson

Head of our Financial Planning team, a Chartered Financial Planner, Associate of the Personal Finance Society and holder of the Investment Management Certificate, Barry has over 25 years’ experience of helping clients understand their finances and plan for their futures.  He specialises in advising business owners and individuals, both in the lead up to and into retirement, as well as advising on pension options at separation or divorce.  In addition, he advises individuals and families about how to invest, protect and transfer wealth to future generations.  Barry has also tutored law degree students on the Business and Financial Services module at the University of Dundee.

Something you didn’t know about Barry:

Barry is a keen runner and cyclist.


Chartered Financial Planner

Graeme Young

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Widely regarded as one of the most influential advisers in the industry, Graeme was one of the first financial specialists in Tayside to be awarded Chartered Financial Planner status by the Chartered Insurance Institute, and since 1998, has played a key role in our Financial Planning team. With over 30 years experience, Graeme holds an Advanced Financial Planning Certificate and a Securities Institute Diploma, is an Associate of the Personal Finance Society and also a Fellow of the Securities and Investment Institute. Graeme advises both individuals and businesses on investment, retirement planning, pensions, protection products and Inheritance Tax planning matters.  Graeme is a well recognised and respected financial advisor in our community and always takes the time to truly understand what matters to his clients

Something you didn’t know about Graeme:

Graeme dreams of getting back to single figure golf handicap.

Quote: “We don’t stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing.”


Portfolio Manager

Jeremy Dufton

jdufton@thorntons-investments.co.uk / https://www.linkedin.com/in/leigh-grubb-a4ab4016/

Jeremy has over 25 years of investment experience in small and large organisations, running his own investment management practice before joining Thorntons Investments in 2015. An Oxford University Mathematics graduate, Jeremy has overall responsibility for our Bespoke Discretionary Management Service and manages portfolios for private clients and trustees. Jeremy has extensive knowledge of selecting investment funds and drives this element of our Investment Management Committee’s research function.

Something you didn’t know about Jeremy:

Jeremy took up running shortly after his 50th birthday and has now completed several marathons and half-marathons in Scotland and his native Yorkshire. A lover of all things Greek and a passionate Tottenham Hotspur fan.


Portfolio Manager

Alasdair Kyle

A Chartered Wealth Manager, Alasdair joined us in December 2017 and brings a broad mix of skills and experience to our portfolio management team. Alasdair has over ten years’ experience of managing and running private client portfolios, and has an excellent track record of asset allocation and stock and corporate bond selection. Alasdair most recently worked in London for Alder Investment Management, following a number of years with Deutsche Bank Private Wealth.

Something you didn’t know about Alasdair:

Alasdair is the reigning Elie 10km Champion. He is proud of this accolade, despite the fact the event no longer exists having been replaced by the Elie Triathlon a number of years ago…


Portfolio Manager

Matthew Brown

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and with coveted Chartered Wealth Manager status, Matthew was a welcomed addition to our team in 2016. With over 10 years of investment experience, working in both large and small organisations, most recently at Brewin Dolphin, Matthew manages portfolios for individuals, trusts and charities. Matthew enjoys working with clients to provide them with the best service throughout the different stages of their lifetime and as their goals and objectives change.

Something you didn’t know about Matthew:

At age 15, Matthew was a World Champion bagpiper as part of a Juvenile Pipeband.

Mantra: Do it today, life’s too short.


Portfolio Manager

John James

John is based in our Edinburgh office and has more than 30 years’ industry experience. Initially on the institutional side with the WM Company and Edinburgh Fund Managers, and latterly with Rathbones and Brewin Dolphin where he was a member of the specialist charities team.  John works with a variety of private clients across the country, and is a member of the investment panel of Resilient Scotland, a charitable body that makes loans and grants to social enterprises and community organisations. 

Something you didn’t know about John:

John has a big heart and strives to make a difference in the communities in which we work. In 2006, he worked with HBOS to offer his skills to trustees of charities and family trusts by providing professional advice to investment committees.


Investment Manager

Ciaran Garvey

Ciaran joined Thorntons Investments in 2011 and is based in our Edinburgh office. He is part of our investment management team focusing on the selection of AIM listed companies for our AIM IHT proposition.  Ciaran is a Chartered Member of the CISI and in 2013 he was the top Scottish performer in the CISI Masters exam.

Something you didn’t know about Ciaran:

Ciaran is a keen sports fan.


Chartered Financial Planner

Susan Bennett

Susan has an extensive career in banking and financial services and over 20 years’ experience in advising high net worth clients. Susan has shown her commitment to the industry by obtaining Fellowship of the Personal Finance Society, a qualification that is universally regarded as the premier qualification for those working in the financial services industry. As well as advising on Investments, Protection and Inheritance Tax, Susan also holds the specialist qualifications required to advise on pension transfers and she can also assist elderly clients requiring help with their changing financial needs.

Something you didn’t know about Susan:

Susan is at the gym at least three times per week, and enjoys yoga.

Mantra: Every day is a school day – we are constantly learning in financial services.


Financial Planner

Stewart Taylor

Stewart is an experienced Independent Financial Adviser who has been providing financial planning advice to individuals and corporate clients for over 17 years. He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Insurance and specialises in providing investment, inheritance tax planning, pension and protection solutions for his clients.  Stewart is currently working towards achieving an accreditation to become a Later Life Adviser, focusing on the financial planning needs of older clients.

Something you didn’t know about Stewart:

Stewart is a sports enthusiast and enjoyed skiing until he required the assistance of the ski police to rescue him from an Italian mountain. He now prefers safer sports like running and swimming!


Financial Planner

Alison Miller

Alison offers independent and whole of market financial advice to individuals, trusts and businesses within a range of financial planning and investment services and products.  The advice includes a comprehensive range of financial planning and tax matters, including investment, pension and retirement planning and protection.  She is a member of The Chartered Insurance Institute. Alison is also a (Scottish qualified) Associate solicitor and Notary Public working within the Private Client department of Thorntons Law.

Something you didn’t know about Alison:

Alison skydived from 15,000ft over Lake Taupo in New Zealand whilst taking in the views of the scenery from The Lord of the Rings trilogy.

Mantra: Treat other people as you would like to be treated; remember small kindnesses and forget small faults.

 


Investment Assistants

Sarah & Ashley

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Supporting our investment managers, our investment assistants are the first port of call for our investment management clients. The team facilitate the processes required to execute investment transactions and coordinate our client’s portfolios in a timely manner.


Research Assistant

Catherine Jackson


Paraplanners

Kim, Zoë & Anne

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Supporting our financial advisers, our paraplanners prepare client reports, produce research on behalf of the team and assist with the review of client’s investments. Our entire team is committed to delivering a great service, and the efficiency of our paraplanners is an important part of that.

We have an ongoing training and development programme to support our paraplanners as they progress, and we’re keen to hear from you if you love to deal with people and have a great eye for detail.  If you would like to join our team please get in touch with Leigh Hudson


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Thorntons Investments strengthens discretionary management team

Jan 09, 2018

Thorntons Investments has appointed Alasdair Kyle to strengthen its discretionary management team.  A graduate of Aberdeen University and former pupi...

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