Who we are

Richard Arris - The Investment Boutique
Richard Arris

Originally destined for a career in geology Richard fell into investment management accidentally after a summer placement. Developing a passion for the market and helping clients manage their assets, he spent ten years in the City.

In 1990 he opened Brewin Dolphin’s first branch office in Surrey and oversaw a twenty five fold increase in assets under management up to 2017, when pastures new beckoned. Within The Investment Boutique Richard is thrilled once more to be able to utilise his experience and talents at managing assets for his clients in an individually tailored strategy.

At home Richard is married with four children and when time permits he indulges his passion for performance cars and bikes, shoots and listens to the blues.

Helena Bakunowicz - The Investment Boutique
Helena Bakunowicz

After gaining first-class honours in International Relations, Helena joined Brewin Dolphin in 2010, achieving the Chartered Wealth Manager qualification through the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. Combining interpersonal skills, a natural empathy and intelligence Helena helped her small team to see assets grow from £90 million to over £250 million in seven years. Despite having reached assistant director level in short order, Helena realised that she preferred to control her own destiny and left to become the founder of The Investment Boutique in 2017.

In her spare time Helena loves to travel and enjoys eating out, which is offset by the odd exercise class.

Derek Mackinlay - The Investment Boutique
Derek Mackinlay

Derek began his career in finance as a salesman for a life office but quickly realised that he would rather deal with clients directly and so retrained as an independent financial adviser. After working in a variety of roles at different firms he established Mackinlay Associates in 2012. With a reputation for straight talking and getting the job done, he has built a successful business reliant entirely on referrals.

He was welcomed into The Investment Boutique in 2018 where he provides Financial Planning services to complement the investment managers.

When his suit comes off, it is occasionally replaced with the red Venetian tunic, knee length breeches, and 12 ft pike of the Pikemen and Musketeers from the Honourable Artillery Company in the City. This causes much mirth from his wife and two daughters. When not in the seventeenth century he is an accomplished tennis player and keen cyclist.

Miles Geldard - The Investment Boutique


Miles Geldard

After reading Oriental Studies at Oxford University Miles has developed a deep understanding of global markets. His career has taken him all over the world from advising the Central Bank of Botswana to Hong Kong with Jardine Fleming and more recently he has been based in London.

He was head of the Global Multi Asset Group at JP Morgan Asset Management before founding and heading up the Multi Asset and Convertibles team at RWC Partners.

More recently he was Head of Strategy Fixed Income and Multi Asset at Jupiter Asset Management.

With an enviable global reputation we are delighted that Miles has agreed to sit on our Investment Advisory Committee and grateful that he can find the time.

Miles is a keen philanthropist and conservationist. He is CEO of The Elephant Protection Initiative Foundation.

Malcolm Basing - The Investment Boutique


Malcolm Basing

Malcolm spent 16 years with UBS, during which he held a number of Global responsibilities including Swaps and Derivatives, International Loan Portfolio and Trade Finance finishing, as Chief Operating Officer Americas. He also served as Chairman of the International Swaps and Derivatives Association and was a member of the G-30 working group on Derivative Risk Management. After a sabbatical he worked as an employee and then trustee of the City Disputes Panel. Subsequently he ran the London office of Primus Guaranty Ltd. Now working as an Independent Non-Executive Director, Malcolm is a member of the board of Merrill Lynch International and chairs its Audit and Compliance Committee and was previously Chairman of Plus Markets Group PLC and Newedge UK Finance Ltd.

Malcolm is philanthropic by nature and is a trustee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, Honourable Artillery Company, East Potential (part of East Thames Group Housing Association), Westerham Hall and the Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution Pension Fund. He is also a member of the Fellow’s Remuneration Committee of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge and the Investment Committee of the Masonic Charitable Foundation.

With over 40 years of experience he brings to The Investment Boutique a broad depth of knowledge of finance and we are very fortunate that he has kindly agreed to sit on our Investment Advisory Committee.

Malcolm married Sarah in 1987 and they have three children William, Alexandra and Alaister. He enjoys time spent with friends and family, playing tennis, reading and hill walking.