Chris Leyland is Investment Director at True Potential. In the first video of our ‘Meet the investment team’ series he explains how he got started, what he enjoys most about his job, and his hopes for the future.
How did you get started in the industry?
My Dad was always incredibly keen on stock markets which ignited my interest initially. I studied Economics and Maths at university and then I started work at Tilney just as the dot com boom was ending. It was a fairly tough introduction to fund management!
Tell us about your area of expertise?
I am an Investment Director here at True Potential. My expertise lies within fund management and my main responsibility is managing the True Potential Portfolios on a daily basis, interacting with our investment partners and interpreting financial markets.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
A mixture of things about the job. Firstly, I really enjoy the fact no one day is ever the same within stock markets, which keeps things interesting. Secondly, I really enjoy the interaction with advisers and clients, talking to them about what is happening with the True Potential Portfolios and also within stock markets.
What makes the company special?
What makes the company special is for me the easiest the question to answer. The people. I am lucky to work in a genuinely collegiate atmosphere with a group of people who are passionate about what they do.
What are the most important things to consider for first time investors?
The key thing for first time investors is to set a goal and track how close or far away from that goal they are, and then adjust their contributions accordingly. Whether that is retirement or saving for something specific, investors can use the True Potential software to see how close they are to realising their goal.
What are you most excited about in regard to the future of the company?
I have been with True Potential for just over three years now and the growth within that period alone has been incredible. I look forward to the business developing even further, growing its asset base and offering new products to both the intermediary world and direct to consumers.
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