Northern Provident is an innovative financial services group that offers best-in-class corporate services, compliance and outsourcing solutions across all areas of UK financial services. Our ambition is to be recognised as the leading provider of FinTech innovation, improving investment operational efficiency that enhances the user experience for product providers and their investors.
We help our clients to develop outstanding investment management, credit and FinTech propositions, while also delivering them the financial and regulatory know-how to help ensure their firm continues to run smoothly. Led by a highly-experienced executive team, we’re the ideal partner for companies that require FinTech innovation and demand the highest levels of client service and operational excellence.
What makes us different
We have spent years investing in technology and business automation to deliver outstanding operational efficiency for customers and clients alike. More recently, we’ve achieved continued growth through invaluable acquisitions such as Scott Robert, as well as several joint ventures with strategic partners.
With our headquarters in Belfast’s landmark Scottish Provident Building, we benefit from deep relationships with UK mainland companies and regulators, while our closeness to Dublin provides significant mitigation against European trading risk arising from Brexit.
In an industry where trust is the most valuable asset, we place the highest importance on integrity and a commitment to the strongest possible ethics – because all our clients rely on us to maintain their reputation.
John currently works in an advisory capacity as Non-Executive Chairman of the group. John has a range of experience within financial services and beyond. He spent more than 25 years with Grant Thornton UK LLP, with more than ten years as a partner in the business. During his time at Grant Thornton, John implemented business strategies during both growth and recessionary periods.
John is a qualified coach and mentor, and as well as occupying several non-executive roles, he has worked with a number of significant international organisations and charities including the Mines Advisory Group (MAG), a non-governmental organisation that assists people affected by landmines, unexploded ordnance, and small arms and light weapons.
Paul was appointed Chief Executive in 2016. He began his career in 2004 as an Independent Financial Adviser. Since then, he has held several roles within the financial services sector, primarily as a director and sales manager, as well as working as an operations director within legal services.
Paul’s extensive experience within the legal and financial sectors is complemented with a broad knowledge of services, IT functions and business operations, as well as a substantial network of professional connections. Most recently, Paul has been using this experience to help a number of sector start-ups, most recently consulting on regulatory and operational structures within crowdfunding.
Paul holds an MSc in Entrepreneurial Studies from the Glasgow Caledonian University.
Chief Operating Officer
Alex joined Northern Provident in 2018, bringing with him more than two decades of experience within investment banking and financial services. Previously, Alex held senior roles at Citigroup Global Markets, Nomura, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch. Originally from England, Alex moved to Belfast in 2014 and has been based here since.
Alex is currently project manager for the development of the group’s online platforms, managing the team of programmers responsible. Alex also helped formulate, implement and evolve the group’s operating model, which included achieving and maintaining ISO 9001 certification, the world’s most recognised quality management standard.
Head of Compliance
Peter was appointed Head of Compliance in 2018, and has been working within the compliance sector for more than a decade. His background is in anti-money laundering (AML), and previous compliance roles include working for Investec’s trust business and Kleinwort Benson’s private banking business respectively, dealing with complicated investment structures and transaction monitoring.
Peter moved into consulting with Scott Robert in 2012, where he provided compliance advice to a range of financial services companies, including both crowdfunding and peer-to-peer businesses, as well as more traditional investment models. Peter has also assisted firms to develop their policies, procedures and monitoring regime.
Peter holds a BA in Business Studies and Film Studies from Oxford Brookes University.