22nd March 2017: Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Barry Sidwell of wealth management firm Finsbury Associates Personal in United Arab Emirates has achieved a Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) Award.

The CISI annual awards celebrate the achievements of top performers in CISI exams around the world and Barry was one of only 76 award winners globally who achieved outstanding exam success.

Barry achieved an Award for the highest score in an examination with the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments and is already studying for his next CISI qualification which he hopes to achieve by the second quarter of this year, highlighting the importance of continuing education.

Of his achievement, Barry said: ‘I am delighted to have received this Award and I want to thank my employer, Finsbury Associates Personal, for their support throughout the whole process. Having a full time job and studying at the same time is a challenge but results like this show that it is worth it. I’m looking forward to obtaining my next qualification and making the most of my CISI membership, particularly for the CPD opportunities, to ensure my skills are maintained and improved.’

Danielle Suchley, Managing Director at Finsbury Associates said: ‘We are extremely proud of Barry who has shown great dedication to managing that delicate balance of work and study. Barry’s CISI Award is very well deserved, showing dedication to his career development and enhancing his competence and knowledge which is good for the firm, our clients and stakeholders. Finsbury Associates pride ourselves on ensuring best practice within the industry and are one of the only firms within the UAE to ensure that all advisers hold a minimum level 3 qualification in wealth management. Barry’s success is a testament to the importance of continued learning and education within the finance industry’3

James Stockdale, Global Director of Learning, CISI, said: ‘Aristotle said “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution”. This is certainly true of our award winners, and we would like to congratulate them all on their success. I am certain these outstanding students will be shaping the industry in years to come.’

About Finsbury Associates Personal

Finsbury Associates Personal are a highly regulated financial services group, which specialise in providing consultation, advice and bespoke solutions in all areas of financial planning.

With over 40 years of experience in the industry, our goal is simple: to ensure highly qualified professionals are on hand to safeguard all aspects of your financial situation, and to help you achieve your financial goals. All of our advisors are a minimum of level 3 qualified in Financial Services and are provided with regular training and clear career progression goals and paths.

Finsbury Associates is part of the Blue Sky Thinking Group, a Dubai-based management group that owns and operates a portfolio of people centric, category specialist brands that recognises the value of human resource in the corporate environment through financial planning, technological innovation and health & safety operations.


About the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI)

The CISI’s mission is to help members attain, maintain and develop their knowledge and skills and to promote the highest standards of ethics and integrity in the securities and investment industry.

Based in the City of London, the CISI is a global organisation with representative offices in financial centres such as Dublin, Singapore, Hong Kong, Manila, Dubai, Mumbai and Colombo. The CISI works in close cooperation with regulators, firms and other professional bodies worldwide and over 40,000 examinations were sat in 80 countries in the last twelve months.

With 40,000 members in 116 countries the CISI is the professional body which sets examinations and offers qualifications for those working, or looking to establish a career in the financial planning, wealth management and capital markets industry.

For further information on the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment contact

Lora Benson +44 20 7645 0662/ +44 7801 521034 or lora.benson@cisi.org

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