Wealthify makes two senior hires

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Wealthify has made two senior appointments - fintech founder and investment specialist Akshaya Bhargava, who joins the Board as a Non-Executive Director (NED), and Former Virgin Money CIO, Michelle McGrade, who joins Wealthify’s Investment Committee.

Bhargava joins the Cardiff-based fintech as an independent Non-Executive Director. He brings long-standing experience in wealth management, investment and technology to the role having founded and scaled three businesses, including two fintechs in the investment industry – Bridgeweave and InfraHedge Ltd. Most recently, Bhargava was Global CEO of the Wealth & Investments business within Barclays Plc. He is former CEO of Butterfield Fulcrum Group (acquired by MUFG), CEO of Progeon Ltd. (acquired by Infosys, now Infosys BPO) and he has held multiple senior positions at Citibank.  As NED at Wealthify, Bhargava will draw on his decades of wealth, investment and technology entrepreneurialism to help accelerate growth of the platform.
 
McGrade will sit on Wealthify’s Investment Committee and brings a breadth of investment strategy experience to the role, combined with deep consumer understanding gleaned from experience working with a wide range of investment platforms across asset management, private banking and FinTech.  She previously built an online investing platform for retail investors in pursuit of her goal to make investing opportunities more accessible.  McGrade has also held consumer-focused roles at investment houses including as NED of the Diverse Income Trust, NED of M&G Securities Ltd, Chief Investment Officer at Virgin Money and Chief Investment Officer at TD Direct Investing. 
 
Ben Luckett, Chair, says: “I am delighted to welcome Michelle and Akshaya to the extended Wealthify team and look forward to working closely with them both. I have no doubt their deep experience and expertise will be a great boost to Wealthify as we continue our growth journey.  Their involvement comes at a really exciting time for the brand, as we seek to drive accelerated growth and make investment opportunities available to many more people in the UK with our promise to inspire anyone to build their future wealth.”
 
Bhargava says: “Wealthify is a company with great potential and its purpose-led ethos makes it unique. Having founded and scaled three companies myself, I’m looking forward to joining Wealthify at this crucial stage in its journey and sharing my experience with the team, helping make investing opportunities available to many more people.”
 
McGrade adds: “My passion lies in making investing understandable to anyone, giving people the confidence to make well-informed investment decisions. I am thrilled to be joining a company that aims to inspire anyone to build their future wealth, as that aligns with my personal career purpose. With 25 years’ experience in the investment industry, I have learned a lot about what consumers need and want from their investments, and I am excited to apply that insight and understanding to help shape Wealthify’s investment strategy.”