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 Susan, Graeme, Stewart or Alison to find out more.

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Matt Strachan
Chief Investment Officer
Matthew Brown
Head of Discretionary Portfolio Management
Alasdair Kyle
Portfolio Manager
Gail Craig
Portfolio Manager
Ciaran Garvey
Investment Manager
Sarah Peter
Trainee Portfolio Manager
Bill Cant
Consultant
Catherine Jackson
Research Assistant
Sam Hynd
Portfolio Management Assistant
Ed Rosengarten
Non Executive Director
Sharon Bedford
Portfolio Management Assistant

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 modelling 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 Discretionary Portfolio Management

Matthew Brown

A Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment, and with coveted Chartered Wealth Manager status, Matthew was a welcome 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

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

Gail Craig

Gail joined Thorntons in 2019. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment, Gail has over 25 years investment management experience. She spent 9 years at Brown Shipley managing portfolios for individual clients, trusts and charities, having previously worked with Lindsays.

Something you didn’t know about Gail:

Gail used to be a keen hill walker. Her most ambitious challenge was to trek the Inca Trail to the iconic Machu Picchu. These days she does well to tick another Munro off her list.


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.


Trainee Portfolio Manager

Sarah Peter

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Sarah joined the team in August 2015 and is an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment. 

Since joining the firm, Sarah’s commitment has seen her juggle a full time role and a busy family life with completing a University Degree in Business Studies before immediately going on to complete her CISI Level 4 Investment Advice Diploma.  She is currently studying towards the CISI’s Level 7 Diploma in Wealth Management and is working towards attaining the coveted Chartered Wealth Manager status.  To show Sarah our commitment to her ongoing training, in January 2020 she was promoted to Trainee Portfolio Manager.  As a Trainee Portfolio Manager, Sarah works closely with the Portfolio Managers to expand her technical knowledge and client interaction.  She is also involved in fund research and reviewing the ongoing suitability of client portfolios.   

 Something you didn’t know about Sarah:

Sarah enjoys mentoring with local charities who reach out to care-experienced and other young people who have, or are likely to, face significant challenges in their lives.

 


Consultant

Bill Cant

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Bill is a Chartered Accountant by profession and joined Thorntons Investments in 2001 after a career with several multinational companies. He was integral in setting up and managing our first specific AIM portfolios for clients back in 2006.

Having retired in 2016, Bill’s valuable knowledge and experience are now employed on a consultancy basis. 

Something you didn’t know about Bill:

He is an enthusiastic Scottish Country Dancer and curler, but not at the same time.


Research Assistant

Catherine Jackson

Catherine joined us in 2011 and among her many key responsibilities are the monitoring of our model portfolios and their underlying holdings, and ensuring the smooth running of our models on all platforms.  Her knowledge of third-party platforms and their operation is put to good effect in the support we provide advisers using our services. 

Something you didn’t know about Catherine:

With a degree in Scots Law and another in Mathematical Sciences, she is a fantastically multi-dimensional asset to our team.


Portfolio Management Assistant

Sam Hynd

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Sam joined Thorntons Investments from Barclays Bank in July 2019.  Sam’s interest in the markets and all things financial began back in 2008 while running a beauty salon in Dundee where she spent a lot of time manning reception listening to clients fretting about the ‘credit crunch’, so much so it felt like hysteria.   Sam felt compelled to understand what was going on and began to realise that the beauty industry wasn’t for her, and perhaps there was a more interesting opportunity afoot!

Sam initially joined Barclays as a cashier, and navigated her way from retail banking to the Wealth management team, where her interests lie. 

To summarise Sam’s experience of joining Thorntons Investments – ‘It’s an absolute pleasure to work for a bespoke investment house based in my home town of Dundee and to continue learning from the incredible wealth (see what I did there) of knowledge in this office’.

 


Non Executive Director

Ed Rosengarten

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Portfolio Management Assistant

Sharon Bedford

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Born and raised in Yorkshire, Sharon began her career in Financial services in 1987 when she left school to join General Accident. Three years later, Sharon joined Naafi Financial Services as a customer services adviser, working predominantly with military personnel and their families in North Yorkshire and overseas in Germany, rising to Team Leader and Branch Manager, before returning to Catterick Garrison running branches both in Yorkshire and the North of Scotland. A move with the military saw Sharon move to North East Fife 20 years ago where she became Office Manager at a small family firm of Financial Advisers. Sharon had a break from financial services to undertake a variety of roles, including a move to Portugal to carry out voluntary work, before returning to NE Fife and re-entering the industry, finally joining us in December 2019 as Portfolio Management Assistant.


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