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Richard Colburn (IP)

Vice President,
International Pensions (FAR EAST)

About Richard Colburn

Richard Colburn acts as Vice President of Holborn’s International Pensions Division (FAR EAST). Headquartered in Dubai since 2000, with branch offices in Africa, Asia and Europe, Holborn Assets is one of the largest offshore financial services companies in the world renowned for its commitment to quality and professionalism. Holborn has built this enviable reputation on its commitment to hiring highly qualified advisers from the UK, investing heavily in state of the art back office IT systems and adopting self-imposed internal compliance procedures comparable to those prescribed by the HMRC in the UK.

Richard joined Holborn Assets in 2012 with over 25 years’ experience working in the Financial Services industry. His career began in London where he qualified as a Chartered Certified Accountant, specializing in the areas of tax, pensions and trusts. He then spent time as a financial services corporate training consultant with a client base that included Coutts, Dresdner Kleinwort Benson, Santander and Edward Jones. Richard moved into full time financial planning in 2004, advising expatriates in the areas of pension planning, retirement planning, succession planning and tax planning.

Away from his day job, Richard enjoys spending time with his wife and children and keeps fit cycling around 8000km a year.


Richard is a lifelong learner.

His professional qualifications exceed UK Financial Planning regulatory requirements, including:

  • DipPFS: Diploma in Financial Planning (CII)
  • TEP: Trust and Estate Practitioner (STEP)
  • FCCA: Chartered Certified Accountant

Richard maintains memberships of the following UK Professional bodies:

  • Personal Finance Society
  • Chartered Insurance Institute
  • Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners

Not many people know…

After graduating from Imperial College, Richard took a 2 year sabbatical working as a US lifeguard.

What Clients Say about Richard

“Richard is the best kind of financial advisor – bright and analytical, personable and serious – but never pushy. He asks the right questions and listens. Over the years, I have interacted with and hired numerous money managers both in my professional career and in my personal life — Richard is among the best.”

Guy Pace
Finance Director, Actors Equity Guild Pension fund

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