Ben Smaje is Managing Director and founder of Kennedy Black Wealth Management. He has been advising clients on their personal wealth since 2009 and has been working in the City since 2000. He is a Chartered Financial Planner.
Having graduated in law from the University of Birmingham, Ben joined the Chase Manhattan Corporate Finance graduate training scheme (where he met his wife). He worked as a corporate bond investment banker for J.P. Morgan and subsequently Société Générale, advising financial institutions across Europe on their funding and capital requirements. In 2009, he made the transition from advising institutional clients to retail clients, by establishing Kennedy Black Wealth Management.
With a postgraduate degree from the University of London, Ben is one of the most highly qualified advisers in the UK. He is one of only a handful qualified to QCF level 7.
Ben contributes regularly to the financial press and has had articles published in the Financial Times and City A.M. among others. He has featured in The Independent, The Times, The Mail on Sunday, Money Observer and numerous industry publications, and been interviewed by Citywire, Morningstar and BBC Radio 5.
In his spare time, Ben enjoys keeping active, photography, wine and snowboarding. Sadly, his rugby-playing days are firmly behind him. He lives in Beaconsfield with his wife and two young boys.
Ben's qualifications include:
- Law degree, University of Birmingham (2:1)
- Postgraduate Certificate in Finance with Mathematical Finance, Birkbeck College, University of London (Distinction)
- Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, Chartered Insurance Institute ('CII')
- Chartered Financial Planner, CII
- Certificate in Mortgage Advice, CII
- Certificate in Investments (Securities and Financial Derivatives), Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments ('CISI')