Cockerill exits Rowan Dartington for Verso IM

Established the ESG investment process at Rowan Dartington where he worked for 12 years

Tim Cockerill, member of the ESG Clarity Committee, is departing his role at Rowan Dartington after 12 years to join Verso Investment Management as investment strategy director.

Verso IM is the discretionary fund management arm of Verso Wealth Group, and Cockerill’s new role will centre around developing a proposition and range of products for Verso’s clients and advisers. He will work alongside CIO Rory Smith and director and co-founder Andrew Fay, and will also join the investment committee.

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Smith said: “We are delighted to welcome Tim to Verso. His wealth of knowledge and impressive track record make Tim a key addition to our investment team. Given the breadth and depth of Tim’s experience, his insights will be invaluable across many aspects of our business so he will be collaborating on multiple initiatives to help us achieve our strategic goals.”

At Rowan Dartington, Cockerill established the firm’s first ESG portfolio and embedded ESG into all aspects of the investment process. He also headed up fund research and built and managed the CPS service. Prior to his time at Rowan Dartington, he led the fund research teams at Ashcourt Rowan and Chartwell Investment Management.

Cockerill said: “I am excited to be joining Verso Investment Management at this point in its strategic journey. It offers exactly the type of opportunity that motivates me. There are ambitious targets to meet but the team is ready to capitalise on the numerous growth opportunities available to it. I am delighted to be involved in something that I can make a real contribution to.”

Alan Mathewson, Verso’s group chief executive, added: “Tim’s arrival is a major statement of our ambition – in addition to his skills as an investment manager, he has a deep understanding of the critical synergy that needs to exist between investment managers and financial advisors to ensure that the investment solutions we develop, meet the needs of our clients.”


Natalie Kenway

Natalie is editor in chief at MA Financial covering ESG Clarity, Portfolio Adviser and International Adviser. She was previously global head of ESG insight for ESG Clarity and has been an investment journalist...