Tom has been editor of Professional Adviser and Multi-Asset Review since August 2019. He started his career at PA in 2016 and held a number of positions at Incisive Media before this latest promotion.
Hannah is news editor of Professional Adviser and deputy editor at its sister title Retirement Planner, digital publications which provide financial advisers with the latest news, analysis and opinion from industry-leading experts and journalists.
Hannah joined Professional Adviser in 2016 as a graduate, initially reporting on pensions (at 23, not a subject she knew well)! She has since reported extensively on all thing’s retirement, including issues surrounding the British Steel Pension Scheme, defined benefit transfers and the self-invested personal pension market.
Hannah has an undergraduate degree in International Relations and a Masters degree in International Management.
Laura Kuenssberg has been the BBC’s Political Editor since 2015, when she became the first woman, and youngest journalist to take on the role; leading the corporation’s political coverage. She works across a wide range of BBC programmes; in particular, the 6 and 10 O’clock News and the Today programme.
Laura’s work has been recognised, including Broadcaster of the Year and Journalist of the Year in 2016 for her coverage of the dramatic events of the EU Referendum. Laura received the Journalist of the Year award jointly with Katya Adler at the London Press Club Awards in April 2019.
Rory Percival was ‘the face of the FCA’ to advisory firms for many years. He worked at the regulator for 10 years and was involved with many high profile projects such as risk profiling, centralised investment propositions, the RDR, research and due diligence, and the assessing suitability review as well as speaking regularly at conferences. Prior to joining the regulator Rory worked in the advisory for sector for 20 years mainly in compliance and training roles. He has Chartered Financial Planner status. In November 2016 he launched his own firm – Rory Percival Training and Consultancy Ltd to help support professionalism in the advisory sector.
Lawrence joined the team at Sanlam in 2019 as Head of UK Intermediary Distribution.
He brings a wealth of experience most recently as a board director of discretionary investment manager Thesis Asset Management.
At Thesis Lawrence had responsibility for the Private Client Division along with Marketing and Business Development.
He was a key member of the Thesis leadership that managed the sale of the discretionary business to Sanlam in 2019.
Previously he managed the Bristol Towry office and had a successful career at Standard Life within distribution.
Chris believes that good financial planning should have one simple purpose.
To help people achieve their financial goals...so they can live the life they want.
For Chris's clients this involves building a plan which over the long term helps them get from where they are today to what they want to achieve tomorrow and beyond.
Chris is one of the director of Cervello Financial Planning and has responsibilities for the strategic direction of the business as well as continuing to look after a portfolio of Cervello's personal and corporate clients with the support of his team.
Chris feels he's learned a lot as a financial planner in his 20 years of working with clients however he also believes in a consistent focus on improvement (something he tries to teach his daughters Sophie and Charlotte).
However Chris also believes the true test of good financial planning is what clients say about the experience...
That's why he's really pleased when his clients tell him they "sleep better at night knowing that Chris and his team manage our wealth and support our financial goals."
Chris has been fortunate enough to be regularly featured in the press and to win a number of awards including 'Pension Adviser of the year', 'Group pension adviser of the year' and be highly commended for many more.
Chris is a published author, releasing "Three circles - a practical guide to automatic enrolment' in 2015 and is also regularly featured in both the financial and mainstream press.
Nick founded Intelliflo in 2004, pioneering the use of web-based technology to support the end-to-end needs of financial advice businesses.
Having worked for 29 years in IT and 18 years in Financial Services, Nick brings an extremely comprehensive blend of experience and knowledge to Intelliflo which has ensured that the business has remained at the forefront of technological and business innovation in the sector.
Nick is a Policy Lead in the Regulatory Policy Analysis & Advice directorate at TPR.
Nick joined TPR in 2016. Since then he has spent most of his time involved in the development of the master trust authorisation framework. He also spends a significant portion of his time dealing with Public Service Pension Schemes.
Prior to joining the Regulator Nick has had a varied career pensions covering two decades. In this time, he has developed experience of administration, consultancy, sales, product design and policy.
Gillian has over 30 years experience in financial services and has recently joined Schroders as Intermediary Solutions Director.
Previously, Gillian had an extensive career at Standard Life followed by consultancy positions with a range of platform providers, asset managers, life companies and financial advisers.
In 2016 she founded DISCUS, a business providing research, insight and educational content for financial advisers about the outsourced investment market and discretionary managers. Following an acquisition of the business by the Embark Group she continued to develop DISCUS, provided expert consultancy services for the launch of the Embark platform and was Head of Strategic Partnerships.
Gillian has an MA in English Literature and an MBA from the Open Business School and is a keen runner and reader.
With 15 years’ experience as a paraplanner and consultant across protection and wealth, Adam has vast experience of helping advisers and technology suppliers to develop, implement and select software solutions. As the Head of Consulting for adviser services at FTRC, he has a detailed knowledge of the software suppliers in the market and led numerous projects to help them improve their offerings and better understand the needs of advisers. Specialising in technology selection in order to increase efficiency, improve compliance and meet regulatory requirements, Adam has worked with some of the largest advisory firms in the country and helped them to shape their requirements and source solutions to meet their business needs.
Kay has 36 years’ experience in financial services, including 26 years as a holistic financial planner.
As Director of Public Policy at LEBC Group, she is responsible for influencing government and regulatory policy on pensions and investments.
She writes regularly for the consumer and trade press, and speaks on pensions, investment and social policy issues, working with other stakeholders to achieve better consumer outcomes.
Sophie has been at Professional Adviser for just over a year. She has been a reporter since September 2018 and has reported on several events and conferences already, including PA's inaugural conference PA360. Prior to PA, Sophie completed a masters in Magazine Journalism at Cardiff University. She has since reported on all thing’s pensions, regulation and diversity and has recently taken over the platform beat from PA’s editor Tom.
Greg joined Suffolk Life in 2007, following financial advice roles with Aviva and LV=. He moved up to the Management Committee in 2013 before joining the Suffolk Life Boards in 2017. His background as a financial adviser gives insight into market demands, and the experience supports a diverse set of Group-wide responsibilities including product governance and complaints. Greg also leads marketing and media / IR communications for the Curtis Banks Group.
Sam is the Sales Director at Church House Investments and joined the company in February 2014.
He has worked in the fund management industry for the last 30 years managing discretionary portfolio services for Morgan Grenfell and Singer & Friedlander and funds of funds for Legg Mason and Miton Group. During his 11 years with Miton which ended in 2012, Sam also managed the company’s distribution, the role he now performs at Church House.
Prior to joining Church House, Sam established a consultancy firm, Albemarle Street Partners, advising intermediaries on the construction and management of model portfolios, and helping fund groups with the positioning and structure of their investment funds.
Neil MacGillivray heads up James Hay's Technical Support and has over 30 years' experience in financial services.
Neil's key role is to assist Financial Advisers with technical problems that they may encounter on general tax and trust issues. Neil is a regular speaker at conferences and contributor to the financial press on tax and trust topics.
He is also a Chartered Banker of the Institute of Bankers in Scotland and was formally the Chairman of the Association of Member-Directed Pension Schemes.
Philip co-owns and manages Unique Financial Planning, a general advice business with 25 advisers operating predominately in the south of England. Prior to this, he was Marketing Director at Openwork for six years, with responsibility for product propositions, marketing, PR and leading its investment company, Omnis Investments.
Prior to that, Philip spent two years with F&C Investments with responsibility for the asset manager’s UK retail proposition and was Business Development Director at wrap provider Nucleus Financial Group, which he co-founded in 2006. He had previously been a founder-director of consultancy Abacus Financial Marketing, working with more than 65 life companies, asset managers, IFAs and industry bodies on a variety of strategic and proposition projects.
Max leads the business development team at Iress, working with wealth management and planning firms nationally. Having spent much of his career in national roles with a major life office, he is a passionate advocate of the adviser and their role in people's lives. He is also an avid supporter of the role technology plays to enable businesses to transform their propositions.
Chloé is a Chartered Financial Planner at Rose & North, having spent much of her career so far Paraplanning and has won many awards for this work. She is passionate about encouraging the next generation of financial planners and in particular young women. Chloé is a regular columnist for Financial Planning Today, and regularly contributes to articles in the consumer and industry press and enjoys debating the key issues facing the profession. She has recently started a campaign, engaging with government to promote better financial education for young people and volunteering her time to attend school careers fairs. When she has any spare time left, she can often be found in the gym, or 18 metres (60 ft) underwater with the fish.
Kerry Nelson, the chief executive of Nexus IFA Ltd and Nexus Investment Managers Ltd, is a well-known figure in the financial advice sector as an adviser, business owner and campaigner.
She is an advocate for consumers and clients to receive the very highest standards of service and care.
Kerry founded Nexus more than a decade ago and now, having built a profitable, sustainable, client business is overseeing a significant expansion. Nexus has recently merged with Thames Valley Investments, with the two firms now reorganised into advice and investment arms though still closely aligned especially in terms of the offer to clients.
As a result of this process, Nexus now offers discretionary fund management. The service is available not just to Nexus clients but to the clients of other IFA firms.
Her near 30-year career in financial services has equipped Kerry with a wide range of skills.
She began her career with Barclays Bank moving from branch management into financial and investment advice.
She then moved into research, communications and marketing with a national IFA through various iterations of the business, among other things, writing an influential report warning of the dangers of poorly constructed structured products receiving national newspaper coverage and the attention of the Treasury.
Kerry then become head of external communications with HSBC Asset Management before deciding to bring her advice, research, marketing and communications expertise together to create Nexus.
From then Kerry’s career has been intrinsically associated with that of Nexus. The firm has evolved from appointed representative to directly regulated, while changing platform and technological support as it has evolved its offer.
For the last five years, the emphasis has been on building business resilience and capacity for expansion while maintaining the client-focused approach incorporating a firm belief that IFAs can offer quality, cost effective investment solutions alongside financial planning.
She has continued to campaign for better treatment of consumers and against unregulated investments with a strong media presence on trade websites and national newspapers.
The last 24 months have seen Kerry lead the process of building staff and technological capacity to free up management and adviser time, expanding administrative capacity to facilitate cost effective onboarding of clients and fostering a culture of career development for staff.
The firm has now acquired TVI, broadening the offer to both sets of clients while building up its team of advisers, and consolidating and improving its investment offer.
There are four important elements to this expansion stage
Nexus is now in the process of concluding deals with new partners. Indeed, this is arguably the most exciting chapter in Kerry’s career to date.
Justin is a fund manager within the Multi-Asset Funds team, leading on the management of the team's retail and risk-profiled multi-asset funds. Prior to joining LGIM in August 2013, Justin was a fund manager with Aviva Investors' multi-asset team combining both strategic and dynamic asset allocation with manager selection in the construction of multi-asset portfolios. He was lead fund manager on a range of risk-targeting multi-asset funds and co-lead fund manager on a number of unit-linked Life and Pension funds, as well as manager of manager offerings. Justin previously worked as a fund research analyst at Merrill Lynch and an investment consultant for Aon Consulting. Justin is a CFA Charterholder and holds a degree in economics from the University of Warwick and the Investment Management Certificate.
Mark Polson is founder and principal of the lang cat, a specialist platforms, pensions and investment consultancy. From its Edinburgh base, the lang cat works with platforms, life companies, asset managers and large advisory firms helping them interpret regulation, develop new propositions, turn marketing strategy into action and articulate their services in such a way that people without a financial services degree have a hope of understanding them. Bit by bit it aims to leave the industry just a little better than it found it.
The lang cat is also a strategic communications agency, offering PR and communication services to clients across retail investment, protection and fintech. The comms guys have access to the techy guys, and the techy guys are helped by the comms guys to communicate with impact. It’s a good mix.
Mark is a prolific writer, contributor to the trade press and international public speaker, even when people ask him not to be. He doesn’t play guitar as much as he’d like and spends more time than is reasonable going to gigs aimed at people considerably younger and more tattooed than him.
A recognised leader within the financial services sector, Keith has over 30 years experience operating at executive level across both manufacturing and distribution. He has an established media profile and is a visible figurehead within the financial services sector, regularly called upon for comment both home and abroad by various organisations, including Trade and National press.
Keith established a strong media profile whilst representing one of the UK’s largest IFA Networks (Tenet Group) as Group Distribution and Development Director, prior to which he was Head of Retail for the largest mutual insurance company in the UK, Royal London Group. Actively engaged in the promotion of financial services within the UK and internationally, he has contributed to the boards of both AIFA (now APFA) and AMI. He sits on the board of the European Financial Planning Association (EFPA), a member of various government and regulatory working groups and is Chairman of TISA Exco for Adviser Protocol having also represented the intermediary advice sector over many years on a number of panels and strategic leadership forums.
Keith was appointed Chief Executive of the Personal Finance Society (PFS) in May 2013 and subsequently appointed as Managing Director of Engagement for the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) on 1st August 2016. In addition to guiding the operational and strategic evolution of the PFS he has developed greater government and regulatory engagement for the FS and Insurance profession’s, brought about enhancements to membership benefits and its national CPD programmes. Keith has also introduced a number of key consumer and Professional Standards initiatives which include a consumer website, the largest accredited adviser director in the UK, a pro-bono programme in partnership with Citizens Advice as well as a national anti-scam, consumer confidence and United Profession Campaigns.
Lee Robertson is the managing director of Octo Members Group, a new app based venture primarily aimed at supporting wealth managers and financial planners. He was the founding director of Investment Quorum but stepped back from the business in August although continues to provide strategic insight to the Board.
Lee is a regulator commentator on issues as well a regular columnist in several publications. He is well known for his client centric views. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investments and amongst other awards was recognised in the definitive Spear’s Wealth Management Awards as one of the top ten wealth managers in the UK and was named wealth manager of the year by the in 2015. Lee was also named UK Wealth Management CEO of the year last year in the Le Fonti International Business Awards.
He is a founding director of the Association of Independent Non-Executive Directors and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Westminster DisLab on the Digital MA course.
Amyr Rocha Lima, MSc FPFS CFP® is a partner at Holland Hahn & Wills LLP - a financial planning and wealth management firm based in Kingston upon Thames. In 2019, Amyr was named one of the UK’s Top 35 NextGen Financial Planners. He specialises in retirement planning for successful business owners and senior professionals, serving clients in London and the South East of England.
32 years working in financial services with 19 years as CEO. A clear focus on strategy, operations and business development in regulated businesses. Coupled with a track record of successful business restructuring, integration and transformation, to provide businesses with the platform for future growth.
A leadership, style designed to inspire and motivate employees, coupled with an emphasis on team building, to support, encourage and challenge people to excel.
CEO of Sandringham Financial Partners since 2015. One of the leading national independent advice firms in the UK. Announced as the Top-Rated Large Firm of 2020 by VouchedFor.
Of the 1,974 client reviews logged in 2019, 1,828 were five-star. Additionally, 81 of Sandringham’s advisers are top rated.
Previous CEO roles include James Hay Partnership and IFG Financial Services.
Rohan Sivajoti is the co-founder of NextGen Planners, a 300+ strong community of the finest across financial services and co-creator of the award winning NextGen Planners Training Contract. He also owns financial planning practice Postcard Planning and when not working, can be found playing cricket or eating too much caramel shortbread.
Paul has worked in the long-term savings market for over 20 years. Having worked in the Pension & Platform marketplace he is the UK Relationship Manager for Canada Life responsible for building and managing the key partnerships with major UK advisory businesses and 3rd parties.
Jim joined Aberdeen Standard Capital as a Business Development Manager in April 2014 from Standard Life, where he spent 16 years as an Account Manager working exclusively with Financial Planners. In January 2019 he became Head of Intermediary Business Development being responsible for the delivery of the UK distribution strategy and leading the Business Development team. Prior to joining Standard Life he previously worked at Axa Sun Life as a broker consultant. With 22 years' experience in the financial intermediary channel, Jim has a real understanding and appreciation of the financial planning sector and the regulatory and commercial challenges modern investment and advisory businesses face. Jim is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and holds the Diploma in Financial Planning.
Hugo is the co-founder of Seccl, the fast-growing custodian and technology company.
Seccl’s investment technology, custody service and user interfaces empower forward-thinking financial advisers and investment managers to improve their service, reduce their costs and own more of the value chain – by operating their own platform.
The company recently became part of Octopus, a £9bn group of companies that’s on a mission to breathe new life into financial services and energy.
Formerly Hugo was Chief Executive of the Ascentric Wrap Platform, which he launched in 2007 and grew to £9.7bn of assets. Before that he was Chairman of James Hay, launching the James Hay Platform in 2003.
Kevin Thozet is a Member of the Investment Committee. Kevin joined Carmignac in 2019. He started his career as an English translator and Editor before joining the asset management industry in 2007 as Request For Proposals Manager (RFP) at Axa Investment Managers. In 2011, he joined Edmond de Rothschild Asset Management as Head of the RFP team, before moving to a position of Product Specialist covering Asset Allocation & Sovereign debt portfolios, and finally a position of Head of Product Specialists. Kevin holds a Master’s degree in management from Paris Dauphine University as well as Master’s degree in bilingual journalism from the Paris Sorbonne University.
Claire is Professional Adviser’s newest recruit, having joined the team in October 2019. Previously a reporter at The West Australian, Claire covers financial advice matters, multi-asset investing, pensions, retirement and financial regulation.