Edinburgh fund manager dies in Cairngorms

Daniel Leaf fell in the Cairngorms
Daniel Leaf fell in the Cairngorms
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AN Edinburgh fund manager has fallen 1000ft to his death during a walking trip in the Cairngorms.

Father-of-one Daniel Leaf, investment director at Saracen Fund Managers in the Capital, is said to have slipped from a ridge on Ben Alder as he was walking high in the mountains near Inverness at the weekend.

The people he was walking with raised the alarm and he was airlifted from the scene to Raigmore Hospital in Inverness, but was subsequently found to have suffered fatal injuries.

Mr Leaf, 55, was a prominent member of the financial services industry in the Capital.

And colleagues paid tribute to him as a talented investor and a good friend.

Before joining Saracen in 2011, he was head of investments at Bank of Scotland Portfolio Fund Managers.

Previously he spent almost 25 years in institutional stockbroking as a managing director at Deutsche Bank, and subsequently set up an Edinburgh office for Teather and Greenwood.

In a statement, Saracen Fund Managers said: “Daniel will be remembered as a talented investor, a dedicated member of our team, a good friend and a fine man.

“We will all miss him dearly and our thoughts are with his wife and son at this sad time.”

Originally from London, Mr Leaf had lived in Scotland for the past 20 years.

He studied politics and economics at the London School of Oriental and African Studies.

And he started his career in stockbroking as an analyst at Wood Mackenzie, where he helped its research team in the Brewing Sector achieve the industry’s top ranking from institutional clients.

Away from work, Mr Leaf was said to enjoy football – he was a loyal Tottenham Hotspur fan – as well as playing bridge, skiing, going to the cinema and music.

His position at Saracen will be filled by his colleague David Keir, the company’s head of research.

A spokesman for Police Scotland said: “We received a report that a man had fallen in the Cairngorms around 3pm on Saturday while he was walking with a party of other people.

“It appears that they saw him falling and it quickly became apparent he had suffered serious injury.

“A helicopter was dispatched and he was airlifted off the mountain.

“Due to the nature of the fall, a mountain rescue team was not required.”

Mr Leaf is survived by his wife Sandra and son Sam.

His death is the latest accident to happen in Scotland’s mountains.

It follows the death of a 57-year-old Glasgow man who fell from Ben Nevis in March.

Last year was one of the deadliest in the hills for decades.

A total of 12 people were killed, including seven who died in two separate avalanches.