Meet Ian Taunt

Ian Taunt
Ian Taunt
Head of Product & Compliance
Ian Taunt
Head of Product Design & Development
Head of Product Design & Developnment

As with many people who end up in Financial Services, I didn’t have my career mapped out when I left school.

I studied Business at university and, as part of my course, secured a placement with a firm of Independent Financial Advisers in London. This was my introduction to financial services following which, for the first time, I knew what I wanted to do when I left university.

I left university with a First Class Honours Degree and soon secured a job at a local IFA firm specialising in pensions.

After a couple of years I moved to another IFA firm with an investment focus. Designing investment portfolios for clients was a real passion. I was fascinated by the interplay of economics and investment markets and listening to fund managers' views on future outlook. I also enjoyed studying for and completing the Investment Management Certificate.

In 2006 I was contacted by an ex-colleague who was setting up an expert technical team at Wesleyan Assurance Society, the Birmingham based life office. I took the role and stayed with the firm until 2018 in various technical and regulatory positions supporting the business and it's financial advisers.

In my time at Wesleyan I completed qualification after qualification to enhance my industry, product and technical knowledge. I became a Chartered Financial Planner and a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society. In 2017 I was asked to lead a new technical and regulatory advice and policy team which further deepened my regulatory knowledge.

In 2018 I heard about a great opportunity at Willis Owen which seemed made for me. Impressed by the firm's technological infrastructure, customer focus and ambitious plans, I was delighted to be offered a position as Head of Product Design and Development.

My role allows me to use my technical, regulatory and product knowledge to inform the creation of product solutions for customers. I love working within an exciting business that cares deeply about creating great outcomes for customers.

Outside of work I love spending time with my wife and twin boys (who keep me on my toes). I play guitar and occasionally do indoor rock climbing as well as whatever active pursuits my boys are currently engaged in.