Our story


Investment pioneers

Our understanding of the nature and complexities of managing family and institutional wealth has been formed over 110 years of hands-on experience.

Sandaire Investment Office was established in 1996 by Alex Scott to manage the wider Scott family’s wealth following the sale of Provincial Insurance and Exeter Bank, which the family had owned and nurtured for five generations, in collaboration with leading economist John Maynard Keynes. Keynes’ pioneering approach to investment matters has left a lasting legacy.

The Founders of our business applied a deep understanding of the dynamics of a multi-generational family fortune to help other wealthy families and institutions prosper.

In 2014, Sandaire joined forces with the like-minded team at Lord North Street, bringing additional skills, scale and expertise to our international offering.

Laying foundation

1903 The Provincial Insurance Company is founded by Sir James Scott in Manchester

1913 Ownership passes to Francis and Samuel Scott

1918 Provincial moves from Bolton to its new Head Office, Sand Aire House in Kendal, Cumbria

1922 The Scott brothers invite distinguished economist John Maynard Keynes to provide investment advice.

1923 Keynes joins the Provincial’s Board.

1930s Keynes is appointed Chairman of the Provincial Investment Committee. His investment strategies pay off; by 1936 equity holdings are at 76% above net book cost.

1940s Keynes continues to steer the company’s balance sheet through a challenging investment environment, until his death in 1946.

1980s Building upon Keynes’ heritage and the firm’s subsequent track record, Provincial created an investment, life and pensions business, Prolific.

1989 Prolific sold to Danish insurance company Hafnia, following London’s ‘Big Bang’ realignment of institutions.

1994 Provincial had grown to employ 2,200 staff with a turnover in excess of £350m. Offices through the UK, plus Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia and Kenya. The Scott family undertook a strategic exit.

1996 Sandaire is founded by Alex Scott to manage the wealth of the family following the sale of Provincial Insurance and Exeter Bank in 1994.

2000 Lord North Street is founded by barristers Adam Wethered and William Drake.

2012 Sandaire opens an office in Singapore to extend its investment office services to ultra-high net worth families in Asia and to enhance its global investment team activities.

2013 Sandaire and Lord North Street again take top honours at the 2013 STEP Awards.

2014 Lord North Street and Sandaire join forces.
Alexandra Altinger is appointed Chief Executive Officer of the combined firm.