30 September 2021

Nucleus’s Martin Ettles confirmed in group chief risk role

It has today been announced that the current Nucleus Chief Risk Officer Martin Ettles will take on this role across the combined Nucleus and James Hay platform group. 

Martin joined Nucleus last year as CRO in a newly created role to help formulate and implement the platform’s risk strategies. Prior to joining Nucleus, Martin spent more than 20 years at Standard Life, shaping his career through various actuarial, compliance, and risk management roles. In addition, he holds regulatory positions under the Senior Managers and Certification Regime including SMF4, SMF16 and SMF17. 

Following James Hay’s acquisition of Nucleus last month, a host of senior appointments to the combined leadership team have been announced, including Richard Warner (Chief Operations Officer), Alex Kovach (Chief Commercial Officer), Alison Longbottom (Chief People Officer) and, most recently, Andrew Smith (Chief Technology Officer).

Group CEO Richard Rowney commented on the appointment saying: “Martin brings significant experience in all areas of risk management, built up over two decades in financial services. His knowledge of developing risk and compliance frameworks and embedding risk management in decision making will be invaluable as we work to build the leading financial planning and retirement focussed adviser platform. He’ll be joining an already dynamic leadership team and I’m delighted to welcome him on board.” 

Martin Ettles added: “I’m excited to be part of the next stage of Nucleus’s journey with James Hay. In a rapidly changing world, which faces new opportunities and risks at each turn, the importance of risk informed decision making, and strong risk management can’t be understated, and I look forward to working with the team to lead on this strategy.”


You can download a PDF of the Press release here


For further information, contact:

TB Cardew
-   Tom Allison +44 (0) 7789 998020
-   Shan Willenbrock +44 (0) 7775 848537


Notes to Editors

The James Hay group offers platforms that help advisers to make retirement more rewarding for their clients. 

Renowned for its SIPP expertise, James Hay Partnership has been working with financial advisers and their clients for more than 40 years, providing the means to administer pensions, savings and investments in a cost and tax efficient way, and challenging industry norms from the get-go. Today over 57,000* investors trust James Hay to look after more than £28bn* worth of pension and investment savings.

Our award-winning platform Nucleus was acquired in September 2021. It was founded in 2006 by advisers committed to altering the balance of power in the industry by putting the customer centre stage. Offering platform services to over 1,400 advisers, Nucleus is responsible for nearly £19bn of investments for more than 102,000 investors.

We’re able to continue to innovate as a group, thanks to the support of our shareholder, the independent private equity manager, Epiris

*As at 30 June 2021

w: www.jameshay.co.uk    www.nucleusfinancial.com