In the latest development in a 40-year career, IFM Group Director Brian Morris sets out his vision for IFM Group following his appointment as IFM’s Executive Chairman. Brian is one of IFM’s founding directors, succeeding retired Chairman, Eric Axford.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a member of the Jersey Society of Chartered and Certified Accountants, Brian works with high net worth individuals and families globally to manage and protect their assets, and grow inheritances for future generations. Brian is also experienced in corporate finance and taxation services, trust and corporate management, administration services and forensic accounting
“My vision for IFM,” explains Brian “is to build on the extremely solid base which currently exists. We have a financially sound business with remarkable talent among our 9 directors and 73 staff, and a global client portfolio with >£880m in assets under management. Our focus is to be forward-looking, anticipate and respond to economic and financial change, and provide an outstanding service to our clients.”
Acknowledging the human talent within the firm, Brian adds: “Our people are at the heart of our business. We know from independent feedback that clients place enormous value on their relationships with our people, the level of service they receive and the depth of knowledge which exists. I am proud to work with such colleagues and look forward to steering the firm into the future where our core values and integrity will remain at the heart of all we do.”
Demonstrating his ability to innovate, Brian pioneered the concept of United Ventures Limited (UVL) some 12 years ago. UVL provides a hub for medium-sized owner-managed businesses to connect with trading partners internationally and draw on specialist legal, finance, logistics and accountancy support.
Brian trained with Thornton Baker (now Grant Thornton) before joining Coopers & Lybrand (now PwC). Adding business experience to his financial expertise, Brian spent 2 years in the commercial world with Sainsbury’s and BHS, equipping him with insight into the global retail world and corporate reporting at the highest level.
IFM Group is part of the Praxity network which is one of the world's leading alliances of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms for entrepreneurial clients around the world. Brian has played a key role in Praxity, attending many international conferences and participating in the various working parties.