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Lara Hughes-Thom - Carrick Wealth

Lara Hughes-Thom

Head of Legal & Compliance

After completing her law degree in 2008, Lara went on to do an apprenticeship at Moonstone, a company offering services to financial advisors on compliance and risk management, regulatory examinations and licensing and profile changes.

Lara was admitted as an attorney in the High Court of Cape Town in 2011.

At Carrick, Lara heads up international compliance. She’s responsible for proactively identifying, evaluating, mitigating and reporting on compliance and reputational risks.

Her responsibilities include dealing with all international processes and ensuring that Carrick is highly compliant within the law.

Lara is a practising Compliance Officer in the Republic of Mauritius and heads the global Risk and Advisory Committee.

Things she’s interested in:

Lara and her husband (also a practicing attorney) live in Darling, a town in the Western Cape not far from Cape Town.

She thoroughly enjoys the country lifestyle, reading of true crime novels and spending time with her beloved Great Danes.

Her favourite quote:

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

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Lynn Halliday - Carrick Wealth

Lynn Halliday

Marketing Manager

Born in Northern Ireland, Lynn grew up in Melbourne, Australia before returning to Northern Ireland and eventually settling in Cape Town.

Starting her career in the medical industry, Lynn found her passion in marketing. After working as a marketing manager for an online entertainment company, she joined Woolworths as a senior brand manager. At Woolworths she worked her way up to Direct Marketing and Financial Services Manager. She says working across multiple business units gave her insight into how a huge corporate operates, with particular exposure to finance and IT processes.

After a time at personality profiling company Integrative Enneagram Solutions engaging with businesses across the globe, Lynn was drawn back into the financial services industry when she joined Carrick.

Lynn’s responsibilities include brand management, digital and social media management, researching new marketing opportunities and supporting the various divisions of the group.

Things she’s interested in:

Lynn loves spending time outdoors (she hates being trapped indoors), walking her two dogs on the beach and catching up with friends her family.

When not active in her social life she enjoys reading (anything from crime novels, to romantic comedy and biographies), shopping for shoes (it’s a passion) and drinking bubbly.

Her favourite quote:

"Nothing is impossible."

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Megan Gorridon - Carrick Wealth

Megan Gorridon

Human Capital Manager‬

Megan was born and raised in Cape Town. She went to Belgravia High School and the University of Cape Town

She spent her early years enjoying ballet, contemporary dance, spiritual dancing, sport, church development and youth leadership.

She has a Bachelor of Social Science degree (Honours) and majored in general and organisational psychology. And she’s tutored undergraduate students in organisational psychology.

She specialises in talent and leadership development and has developed and implemented a successful talent development programme.

Megan also has a certificate in practical management from the Graduate Institute of Management and Technology (GIMT), which she completed at Sanlam Insurance.

Things she’s interested in:

Megan is married with two children. She left the corporate world for four years to raise her two children full-time before joining Carrick.

She loves travelling, outdoor adventures, holistic medicine and living, and the development of children.

Her favourite quote:

Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Ghandi

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Simone Player - Carrick Wealth

Simone Player

Head of Business Operations

Born and raised in Johannesburg, Simone went to Edenglen Girls School.

She started her career in the aviation industry in 2004. With a constant drive for better and bigger challenges, she worked her way up, adding value and gaining knowledge.

In doing this she found the area that fulfilled her passion — Customer Relations. The role made full use of her abilities and kept her engaged for over five years before transferring to the Cape Town office.

In 2011, she joined SteinBuild as Executive Assistant to the CEO and CFO. This presented Simone with a new opportunity to learn the operations of a group of companies run from a central administrative business unit.

“There’s no better way to learn, than from the top”, she says.

Her ability to work in a pressurised environment prepared her for the role as Group Business Administration Manager at Carrick Financial Services, Carrick Wealth and Carrick Investment Services.

Simone’s team handles all incoming business, following each case from submission to policy issue to checking on its sound investment.

Things she’s interested in:

Simone is married with two children. She loves travel and in her spare time enjoys the outdoors and exploring our beautiful country, South Africa, and making lasting memories.

Her favourite quote:

Don’t worry about failures; worry about the chances you miss when you don’t even try.”

Jack Canfield

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