UK and international investment manager Brooks Macdonald has hired Sarah Ackland from Liontrust to the newly created role of global head of distribution with effect from today (5 September). 

Reporting to CEO Andrew Shepherd, Ackland will be responsible for developing Brooks Macdonald's distribution and marketing to boost the firm's market presence and new business flows. She will also join the firm's executive committee.

She has spent more than 25 years in investment management and has a deep knowledge and understanding of distribution and marketing in the sector, Brooks Macdonald said in the statement.  

She was previously Liontrust's head of multi-asset business, and before that head of UK funds at the Architas UK investment business, prior to its purchase by Liontrust.

Ackland said: "I am delighted to have this opportunity to help accelerate the next phase of growth for Brooks Macdonald. The company has an outstanding track record of delivering for clients and intermediaries and a powerful brand in the IFA sector. I am very much looking forward to working with the sales and marketing teams to continue to drive forward the firm's proposition."

Andrew Shepherd, Brooks Macdonald's CEO, added: "Sarah's experience, expertise and passion make her a great fit for Brooks Macdonald, where she will further develop our strong distribution and marketing capabilities. I am excited to welcome Sarah to the Group and, in this new role, she will be vital to helping us deliver our growth strategy. I believe she will make a huge contribution to Brooks Macdonald."