UK and crown dependencies-based investment manager Brooks Macdonald, which has £16.2bn in funds under management, names a trio of appointments in its senior team. 

Leanne Barnham will shortly be joining Brooks Macdonald from Ninety One in the newly created global head of marketing role.

Reporting to Sarah Ackland, global head of distribution & marketing, she will be responsible for driving the marketing strategy and execution, supporting Brooks Macdonald's medium term ambition to become a top five wealth manager within the UK and crown dependencies.

Barnham has more than 15 years in investment management and brings a deep knowledge of marketing in the sector. She joins from Ninety One where she was head of UK marketing.

She was previously global head of marketing with Architas Multi-Manager and, in addition, has held marketing roles at several investment management houses.

Sarah Ackland, global head of distribution & marketing at Brooks Macdonald, said: "Leanne's experience and proven industry expertise make her a perfect fit to lead the marketing team as we move into our next phase of growth. I am very much looking forward to working with Leanne to continue to drive forward the firm's proposition."

Andrew Bennie and Rachael Marsden have been appointed as the heads of investment management for Manchester and Leeds, respectively.

These appointments recognise the important role that Bennie and Marsden have played as part of the Manchester and Leeds teams, the statement further said.

Marsden has been a part of Brooks Macdonald for 13 years and last year was promoted to senior investment director. She has a demonstrated history of managing bespoke investment portfolios on behalf of a range of private clients.

She joined Brooks Macdonald in 2019 and was promoted to senior investment director last year. She has more than 15 years' experience in managing portfolios for advisers, private clients, charities, companies, trusts and pensions. 

Robin Eggar, managing director, Head of UK Investment Management (UKIM) noted: "These appointments reflect the group's ambitious growth targets and desire to provide outstanding service to our clients and intermediaries. Looking forward, I am excited by the opportunity to continue working closely with Andrew and Rachael to build on our history of success in the North West and Yorkshire regions."