Cathi Harrison: Recruiting through the pandemic

14 July 2021

Cathi Harrison, founder and CEO of The Verve Group, talks about how the group has grown and developed in spite of the pandemic, and how it is recruiting into new roles within the company.

Despite the last year being a bump in the road for many when it comes to our original recruitment plans, The Verve Group has bucked that trend and continued with our focus and plans for expansion. Since the onset of Covid-19 last March, the group has increased its head count across Para-Sols, Apricity Compliance and The Art of Finance by almost 30%.

In line with our mission and ethos to change the face of finance, our graduate programme ‘The Grad Scheme’, has also seen two intakes in 2021 and is currently still open for applications for our winter cohort.

Not only that, but a launch of brand new services has been the main fuel behind a recruitment drive for The Verve Group itself, as it develops from a holding brand to a fully-fledged service provider.

In order to do this, we have expanded out from recruiting and training new people, to instead hire those with experience on the advice side, to bring that knowledge and understanding of the client perspective to strengthen the overall offer of The Verve Group.

These include Emma Perkins, who is joining the team as a Paraplanning ‘Techspert’, a term we coined to cover this skill set, as the latest addition to our Techspert Hub.

Emma brings with her many years of experience at a number of advice firms, in a range of technical and paraplanning roles. With The Verve Group she will be using this expertise to provide support across the different businesses, including working with firms looking for support with creating internal suitability report templates.

In Apricity Compliance, Maddie Delboy has joined us as Head of Regulatory Support, moving over from a senior compliance role at Ascot Wealth Management. Maddie brings a number of years of direct compliance experience, having worked closely with the FCA and on all areas of policy and regulation.

A further hire is Paul Sylvester-Evans, Compliance Consultant at Apricity Compliance, who joined the team earlier in the year following a senior manager role at Chase de Vere. Prior to this, Paul had an extensive career at Nationwide Building Society, including a number of years as an independent financial adviser.

And there are many more hires in the pipeline. In a recent edition of Eclipse, a personal newsletter I send weekly to over 8,000 subscribers, highlighted that there are 20 new roles still to fill, ranging from entry level to senior.

While a number of roles are listed at, the company ethos is to “hire good people, not fill roles” and so anyone interested in being part of the innovative firm can simply pop their CV to [email protected]


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