Our experts are considered authorities in their field, so they’re the right people to provide you with the type of insights which can help you make smarter investing decisions. Learn more about their specialities below, as well as why they’re considered experts, and keep an eye on the Investment ideas and strategies section of Barclays Smart Investor for their latest articles.
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Clare Francis - Director of Savings and Investments
Clare is a director of Savings and Investments, having joined Barclays in October 2015. Her background is in financial journalism with over 15 years’ experience of covering consumer finance. Clare started her career at The Times in 1999. She moved to the Independent on Sunday where she was Deputy Personal Finance Editor and then became Assistant Money Editor at the Sunday Times.
Before joining Barclays, Clare was Editor-in-Chief and Head of Consumer Affairs at MoneySuperMarket. She was one of MoneySuperMarket’s main spokespeople, regularly appearing on TV and radio as a consumer finance expert.
Henk Potts - Director of Global Research & Investments
Henk Potts joined Barclays Bank in 1998 as a graduate and worked as a Stock Market Analyst for Barclays Stockbrokers, focusing on UK equities.
In his current role, Director of Global Research & Investments for Barclays Wealth and Investment Management, Henk analyses a wide variety of asset classes, including equities, currencies and commodities, as well as ascertaining and explaining the effects of macroeconomic changes on financial markets.
Henk has regular television and radio commitments as our in-house stock market expert and writes columns for various national UK newspapers and personal finance magazines.
Dr Peter Brooks - Head of Behavioural Finance
Dr Peter Brooks is Head of Behavioural Finance at Barclays where he focuses on how investor behaviour is affected by market conditions.
Peter joined Barclays in 2007 and helped develop and launch Barclays Wealth and Investment Management’s market leading Investment Philosophy, drawing on behavioural portfolio theory, the psychology of judgment and decision making, and decision sciences. He spent two years based in Singapore providing specialist support to the private banking business across Asia and is currently responsible for incorporating behavioural finance thinking into Smart Investor.
Peter holds a M.Sc. in Economics and Econometrics and a Ph.D. in Behavioural and Experimental Economics from the University of Manchester.
William Hobbs - Head of Investment Strategy, Europe
William Hobbs joined Barclays’ Equity Research team in 2005, covering the global consumer sector. He then moved to the Investment Strategy team to focus on global equity strategy for the EMEA division. He is now Head of Investment Strategy for the UK and Europe.
William is a fellow of the Securities Institute and has over 10 years experience in the financial sector. He has also completed a Master in International Business and Economic Development at Birkbeck University in London.