West Yorkshire-based financial consultancy organisation, The City & Capital Group, has made a pair of hires across its acquisitions, recruitment, and headhunting divisions, with the appointment of a group relationship director and a graduate relationship manager.

Paul Greveson has joined the team as group relationship director, bringing with him 35 years of industry experience – most recently as business development director for Regentia Lifestyle Planning and Regency Financial Planning.

Having also previously founded, grown and sold his own recruitment business – Independent Financial Appointments – Paul will work alongside Victoria Hicks, director of City & Capital Acquisitions, in relationship-building between those looking to buy or sell financial advice firms and client banks.

Keen to support those graduating in the wake of the pandemic, the second appointment is University of Leeds’ law degree alumni, Rebekah Waddington. Joining the team as a graduate relationship manager, Rebekah will work across all three Group divisions but with a focus on recruitment, and leading the initial fact-finding programme for candidates, as well as liaising with hiring firms during the interview process.

Stuart Hicks, managing director at The City & Capital Group, said: “It has been a tough start to 2020, but these appointments signify The City & Capital Group’s ambitions for sustained growth as we look towards the future.

“The addition of financial services, business development and recruitment experience will undoubtedly help us to further grow our portfolio in the UK, and we also thought it was important to give something back to the region, by creating a graduate role for Rebekah during this challenging period.”

Victoria Hicks, director of City & Capital Acquisitions added: “The pandemic has left a lot of people starting to think about succession planning – and not just in the financial services sector. But, when it comes to selling – or buying – a business, it’s important to look beyond pounds and pence. It’s about a true understanding to find the right match.

“I have known Paul [Greveson] for several years and seen first-hand how his passion for doing the right thing translates into helping firms grow through talent attraction and acquisition. His expertise means he can discuss wider growth and exit strategies with business owners, having a true understanding of the landscape in which they are operating. His values, combined with proven real-world experience, are what makes him stand out in a crowd where integrity is key.”

The recruitment follows the appointment of two new directors in April of this year, which saw Jonathan Barrow named as the firm’s director of City & Capital Acquisitions, while Mike Aitchison joined as director of City & Capital Headhunters.