First Names Group appoints Stuart Dowding as Managing Director for Hong Kong

12 April 2017

First Names Group is pleased to announce the appointment of Stuart Dowding as Managing Director of our Hong Kong operation.

Originally based in our Guernsey office, where he took care of a private client portfolio and held responsibility for business development in the jurisdiction, Stuart relocated to Hong Kong in February 2017 to head up the senior team and drive our continuing growth in the region.

As Managing Director he has assumed overall responsibility for running the Hong Kong office and is working closely with our Singapore Managing Director, Karen O’Hanlon, to deliver the Group’s long-term expansion strategy in Asia.

Stuart became a ‘First Name’ following the Group’s acquisition of Mercator Trust in 2014 and achieved a promotion from Associate Director to Client Services Director at the start of 2015. In 2016 he was recognised as ‘Outstanding Individual of the Year’ in the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards.

With nearly 25 years in the fiduciary industry under his belt, Stuart is an experienced private client practitioner with exceptional working knowledge of both corporate and trust structures. He works with a number of high net worth individuals on projects including large property portfolios for investment and development.

Stuart holds a Business and Technology Education Council (BTEC) qualification in business and finance and is a qualified member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) as well as a PRINCE2 registered practitioner.