One of the best known figures around the Birmingham professional and business community has joined forces with Allied Irish Bank to help boost its private banking offer.
John James, who was a partner at city law firm Edge & Ellison before it became Hammonds, will also use his experience within a variety of sectors in introducing new business to the bank.
He said: “Allied Irish Bank has been voted the country’s best business bank on a number of occasions and as such has an extremely strong reputation, both in the professional and business communities. My role will to be utilise the skills and contacts I have gathered over 40 years to help bring it continued success.
“As well as introducing high net worth contacts to wealth management services offered by the bank, I also hope to put it in contact with large projects from the sporting and leisure sectors.
“There are a number of major sporting institutions in the region that are looking to expand or improve their facilities to put themselves back at the forefront of the sporting world. These projects could offer terrific opportunities for Allied Irish Bank.”
Mr James spent almost 30 years at Edge & Ellison before helping to establish the College of Law in Birmingham. He was also co-founder, chief executive and chairman of the organisation that has become Birmingham Forward and is a former chairman of the Institute of Directors in the West Midlands.
He is currently on the board of AIM-listed film producer, InTandem Films, and a director of Solihull Care Trust and Sport England (West Midlands). He said the new consultancy would also be a chance to build on existing relationships with some of the bank’s key personnel.
“I have worked with John Wall, Des Buckley and Sid Muir and their team at AIlied Irish Bank in a number of business transactions over the last decade and was always more than impressed by their personal approach to banking.”
Des Buckley, Midlands area director, said the recruitment of John James was a coup for the bank as it strived for growth in an increasingly competitive sector.
“Birmingham has become the UK’s most significant financial sector outside the City of London with major banks and smaller international operations coming into the marketplace so having the right team on board is absolutely crucial,” he said.