Fitzpatricks Group has announced the appointment of Jodie Blackledge as its new Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Fitzpatricks’ Founder John Woodley in the role.
A statement from the company says Woodley assumes the role of Executive Chairman at Fitzpatricks, while Matt Fogarty will continue to lead the Fitzpatricks Private Wealth business as CEO and Tony Edwards will also continue to lead the group’s investment capability as Chief Investment Officer of Atrium.
It says Blackledge has been operating as both Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer of the Fitzpatricks Group since 2018. Her focus as the new CEO will be on growth via strategic partnerships in the wealth industry.
The company says that having held executive and CFO roles within listed companies, most recently at The Trust Company and AUB Group, Blackledge brings a wealth of expertise across the financial services and advice sector, as well as the commercial acumen and experience in managing mergers and acquisitions to lead and grow the business as a national wealth firm.
Fitzpatricks Co-Founder and Executive Chairman, John Woodley, says that in celebrating 20 years of partnering with advisers, he is excited to have Blackledge take the lead on this new chapter as CEO.
“Jodie’s leadership of the business on a day-to-day basis will allow me to take on a new role as Executive Chairman, a position that enables me to focus more time on mentoring Lead Advisers.”
As part of this new chapter, Blackledge is also set to continue driving the firm’s focus on attracting and encouraging more women advisers to join the industry, particularly within financial advice.