New Group Intermediary Distribution Director appointed

Ranila Ravi-Burslem has been appointed as the new Intermediary Distribution Director overseeing Embark and Scottish Widows. Ranila joins from Aviva where she was previously Workplace Savings & Retirement Distribution Director.

Ranila will oversee intermediary distribution at both Embark and Scottish Widows, focusing on growing the Group’s distribution reach whilst continuing to innovate for the intermediary market and support our white label partners. Jamie Drewett will continue to lead Embark’s distribution team working closely with Ranila when she begins her role.

Jackie Leiper, Chief Executive, Embark Group and Lloyds Banking Group Pensions, Stockbroking and Distribution Director said: “We’re delighted to welcome Ranila on board at such an exciting and transformational moment for Scottish Widows and Embark, following the announcement of the Group’s new ambitious strategy last week. Through our strong specialist brands we are working closely with Intermediaries in all segments of the market who are at the heart of our strategic growth plans, to innovate and broaden our product offerings

“Ranila will play a pivotal role in driving and shaping these relationships; leveraging our scale and expertise to deliver high-quality products and services. She has a highly impressive track record, spanning Digital transformation, proposition development and of leading large distribution teams through strategic change.

“Ranila’s digital background her passion to provide modern, world-class experiences for advisers & clients will help drive the enhancement and expansion of our digital services and capabilities.”

Ranila is non-exec director of a global literacy charity called Worldreader. She is passionate about gender and development, financial inclusion, and the role financial services play in making people’s lives better. She officially takes up her new role in April.

Editors’ notes

For further information, please contact:

Quintin Keanie

The Agency Partnership (Embark Media Relations)

Email: [email protected]

Tel: 07880 602902

About Embark Group

Embark Group is a fast growing, diversified, financial services business and one of the leading retirement solutions providers in the UK. The Group trades under the brands Embark, Advance, Horizon, Stocktrade, Vested and The Adviser Centre and operates a wide portfolio of white label services to the Wealth Management, D2C, Robo-Advice, Retail Banking and Workplace markets.

Providing a combination of deep pension expertise and leading technology integration that cover the areas of Investment Platform, Brokerage, SIPP, Multi-Asset Funds, Fund Research and Employee Benefit Consulting, Embark works closely with financial advisers and its intermediary distribution partners to deliver their retail savings and investment propositions to consumers of all levels of affluence.

The Group has more than £37bn in assets under administration on behalf of c354,000 consumer clients, operating across seven UK locations (London, Bolton, Dundee, Edinburgh, Leeds, Leicester and Swindon). Embark has been recognised as one of the most innovative Wealth Tech companies for the past three years.

In January 2022 Embark became part of Lloyds Banking Group, a leading UK based financial services group providing a wide range of banking and financial services.


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