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The Team

Each one of our members of staff is committed and passionate about helping your business

  • Directors

    • Liz Beavis - Managing Director

      Liz Beavis

      Liz began her career at FMB in July 1999. Starting out as a Marketing Assistant she worked her way through the company to become appointed firstly as Director of Marketing and then Managing Director in 2008, as well as being a fully qualified adviser. Before FMB she worked at the Chamber of Commerce Training Division in Lancaster, promoting their services to the wider community. As the daughter of one of the two founders, Leslie Beavis, FMB has always been an important part of her life as the business has grown from a desk in the family living room to occupying the prominent Shenstone House on the outskirts of Kendal, with over 30 employees. Liz feels that what we do can be an incredibly positive experience for clients and that is what makes it all worthwhile.

      • Favourite place on earth

        My sofa after a long day on the fells

      • Membership

        AIFP

      • On my bookshelf

        A song of ice and fire, George RR Martin

      • Qualifications

        Dip PFS

    • Gill Forrester - Director of HR & Compliance

      Gill Forrester

      Gill’s background has predominantly been working with money and finance! Her first job after College was at the Skipton Building Society, and following PA roles at K Shoes and Express Foods, Gill moved to FMB in a part time role in 1990 after the birth of her son. She has progressed through the company and has undertaken a number of key roles before becoming Office Manager in 2003 and then appointed Director of HR & Operations in 2006. Gill has gained industry qualifications over the years, including the advanced CII qualifications, H15, which focuses on supervision and sales management which has assisted her in her other role as the Company’s Compliance Officer. This is a role Gill loves, and takes great satisfaction in running a “tight ship”.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Australia

      • Membership

        MIFP

      • On my bookshelf

        One Day – David Nicholls

      • Qualifications

        Cert in Financial Planning, H15, R01, working towards Diploma

    • Ruth Power - Director of Business Development & Company Secretary

      Ruth Power

      Daughter of joint founder Leslie Beavis, Ruth joined FMB in 2007. She enjoyed a successful career in Education including management roles in Primary Schools in Cumbria, London and Leeds, before moving back to start a family and join the company. Ruth's main role is communicating with clients, local business and professional connections about what we do at FMB. Her highlight of the year is our Company Conference when we celebrate our achievements, it gives us a chance to work with different people and develop our team skills.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Kirkby Lonsdale

      • Membership

        PFS

      • On my bookshelf

        Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin

      • Qualifications

        BA (hons)

  • Financial Planners

    • Philip Barnes - Financial Planner

      Philip Barnes

      Philip started his career in financial services with Countrywide Assured plc, Preston after a 30 year career with Lancashire Constabulary. He holds the full Financial Planning Certificate, Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice and has recently completed his Diploma in Financial Planning. Philip joined the Financial Management Bureau in 2011. Phil has found that his role gives him the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and work with them to reach their goals. He feels this makes a positive difference to peoples’ lives.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Florence, Italy

      • Membership

        AIFP

      • On my bookshelf

        Churchill – The War Years

      • Qualifications

        Dip PFS

    • Lisa Bennett - Financial Planner

      Lisa Bennett

      Lisa began her Financial Services career with Norwich Union in 1999, where she attained the full Financial Planning Certificate, and passed the CeMap Mortgage Examination. She joined Financial Management Bureau in 2002 and has since achieved her Diploma in Financial Planning; having passed further qualifications in Equity Release, Trust planning, Savings and Investments and Personal Taxation. Lisa enjoys getting to know her clients and building a trusted relationship with them.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Home

      • Membership

        AIFP

      • On my bookshelf

        A selection of walking guides

      • Qualifications

        BA (Hons) Dip PFS

    • Jeremy Fisher - Senior Financial Planner

      Jeremy Fisher

      Jeremy has over 16 years experience in the Financial Services Industry working in Manchester for Imperial Life before moving to Barrow for a local firm. He joined Financial Management Bureau in 1996. He is one of our senior Planners, specialising in complex pension transfers, but with a wealth of experience in Personal and Corporate Financial Planning. Jeremy has a wide range of clients both locally and in Buckinghamshire where he looks after the many clients we have living in the South. He enjoys the challenge of being able to help people discover a path through their often complex financial affairs.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Home

      • Membership

        AIFP

      • On my bookshelf

        Self-help books that I never get round to reading

      • Qualifications

        Dip PFS AF3 Pension Planning

    • Chris Hill - Financial Planner

      Chris Hill

      Chris began his financial career at Scottish Provident in 1999 where he obtained the Financial Planning Certificate. He joined FMB in 2004, has since obtained higher qualifications in Mortgages, Equity Release, Savings & Investments and Long Term care, and is now Diploma qualified. Chris has a varied range of clients from retired couples to business owners and farmers. Chris finds it satisfying to be able to resolve difficult financial situations and ease his clients worries about their future and retirement.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Canada

      • Membership

        AIFP

      • On my bookshelf

        Joe Simpson – The Sound of Gravity

      • Qualifications

        BSc (Hons) Dip PFS

    • Andrew Laisby - Senior Financial Planner

      Andrew Laisby

      Andrew has over 30 years experience in the Financial Services Industry and holds the full Financial Planning Certificate and an additional qualification in mortgages. Andrew joined FMB in 2002 after many years with The Prudential. Andrew specialises in Investment and Inheritance Tax Planning and has a wide range of clients including Trusts, business and private clients. Andrew particularly enjoys being able to sit with a client, listen to their concerns regarding financial planning and be able to help them.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Centre Parcs, Sherwood Forrest

      • Membership

        AIFP

      • On my bookshelf

        A collection of Rupert Bear annuals!

      • Qualifications

        Dip PFS

    • Ashley Magean - Financial Planner

      Ashley Magean

      Ashley started his financial career working in the Workington branch of Northern Rock in 2002. He worked his way up from cashier to mortgage advisor. Following this, he was headhunted by Barclays bank and came to Kendal. During this period Ashley took the necessary qualifications to become a fully qualified financial planner. Ashley says becoming a financial planner was the most exciting role he has undertaken and offers a great sense of achievement, giving his clients simple honest advice. That is certainly worth coming to work for!

      • Favourite place on earth

        Taormina, Sicily or at home with my two lovely children

      • Membership

        AIFP

      • On my bookshelf

        Gordon Ramsay, Jamie Oliver, The Hairy Bikers

      • Qualifications

        Dip PFS Cert CII (MP&ER)

    • Jon Nicholson - Financial Planner

      Jon  Nicholson

      After leaving school, Jon worked in the printing trade but always wanted to work in a professional role helping people. He began doing the necessary exams before he even began work in financial services seven years ago. He joined FMB in September 2011 shortly after obtaining his Diploma. He is currently working towards Chartered Status and has additional qualifications in Long Term Care, Mortgages and Equity Release. Jon particularly enjoys being able to offer clients reassurance and support with their finances and develop a relationship with them.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Mintbridge – Home of Kendal Rugby

      • Membership

        AIFP

      • On my bookshelf

        50 places to fly-fish before you die

      • Qualifications

        Dip PFS AF4 Investment Planning

    • Louise Phillips - Financial Planner

      Louise Phillips

      Louise started her career in Financial Services at Scottish Provident in 1998 and went on to join FMB in 2002. She quickly completed her qualifications to gain her professional status and later joined the internal FMB Maze Academy which allowed her to begin her financial planning career. Louise provides guidance and advice to both personal and business clients, however, she specialises in corporate business; running staff pension schemes for employers, as well as other employee benefits including private medical and death in service benefits. With site visits as standard to hotels, charities, small and large businesses in the Lakes and beyond. Louise is happy to discuss with Employers their obligations and options with the new legislation now in place regarding auto-enrolment pensions for staff.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Dominican Republic

      • Membership

        AIFP

      • On my bookshelf

        RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening

      • Qualifications

        Dip PFS

    • Louise Smith - Senior Financial Planner

      Louise Smith

      Louise started her career at Scottish Provident in 1997, where she gained the full Financial Planning certificate. Since joining Financial Management Bureau in 2001, Louise has passed examinations which include, Cemap, the Investment Management Certificate and a higher qualification in taxation and was the first member of our current team to reach Diploma status. She specialises in Inheritance Tax Planning and Tax and Trust advice. Louise has gained a great deal of experience working with families over several generations and particularly enjoys the regular meetings with her clients and hearing their stories and news.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Florida

      • Membership

        AIFP

      • On my bookshelf

        Sophie Kinsella / Jodi Picoult

      • Qualifications

        Dip PFS

    • Roger Jackson - Financial Planner

      Roger Jackson

      Roger came to FMB in 2007 from Dallam Sixth Form College after completing his A levels and has been taking professional exams ever since. He now holds the full Diploma in Financial Planning and is currently studying towards the Chartered/Certified Financial Planner status - of which only the minority of planners hold. Roger particularly enjoys the Investment aspect of Financial Planning and enjoys getting involved in the technical side of things.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Padang, Padang beach, Bali

      • Membership

        AIFP

      • On my bookshelf

        My AF4 manual

      • Qualifications

        Dip PFS

  • Client Services Team

    • Sarah Allen - Senior Client Services Assistant

      Sarah Allen

      Sarah studied A Levels at Queen Katherine School and went to York University, obtaining a Masters Degree in Chemistry, her proudest achievement! During her four years with a High Street Bank, working in York and Lancaster, Sarah honed her customer service skills. She joined FMB in August 2010 as a Client Services Assistant. Sarah would like to complete the industry exams and further her knowledge with the potential to become a Financial Planner. She enjoys putting reports together, processing applications and administrating one of our Company Pension Schemes.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Kendal

      • On my bookshelf

        Every Stephen King Book

      • Qualifications

        Mchem (hons), CII Award in Financial Administration

    • Christine Binks - Senior Client Services Assistant

      Christine Binks

      Christine worked in Appleby when FMB had an office there in 1990. When the Appleby office closed she moved to the Endmoor premises and has been with us ever since. Christine has taken a couple of financial exams to help her in her admin role and is one of our longest standing and most experienced members of the customer services team. She has worked in several departments during her many years here and has a wealth of knowledge about the Financial Services Industry.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Rome

      • On my bookshelf

        Food of Love - Anthony Cappella

      • Qualifications

        Certificate in Financial Administration

    • Denise Dodds - Senior Client Services Assistant

      Denise Dodds

      Denise worked for Les Beavis at L and L Insurance Services in Endmoor in the very first shop premises he occupied. When FMB was founded in 1987 she moved across the road to the new purpose built office and has been with the company ever since. Denise has a wealth of experience in helping our clients and knows our admin systems inside out. She has seen lots of changes but still finds FMB a professional and happy place to work.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Anywhere with my grandchildren

      • On my bookshelf

        Easy reading novels

    • Katie Johnson - Client Services Assistant

      Katie Johnson

      Katie joined FMB in 2011 and is currently working as a Junior Client Services Assistant. She studied Personal Finance to AS level at school and has an ambition to become a Financial Planner by taking exams whilst at FMB. Katie has worked in other customer services roles, gaining valuable experience helping tourists and the local community in a range of different ways. Katie has enjoyed welcoming clients and being part of the FMB team!

      • Favourite place on earth

        Anywhere hot!

      • On my bookshelf

        P.S I love you, Harry Potters, Crime Novels

      • Qualifications

        AS Level in Finance, Apprenticeship in Financial Administration Level 3 & CII Award in Financial Administration

    • Helen Lishman - Senior Client Services Assistant

      Helen Lishman

      Helen came to FMB after completing her studies in Personal Finance at AS Level at The Lakes School.  Helen is enjoying working in one of the admin teams after a period learning the ropes at FMB. She has completed further exams/qualifications to broaden her knowledge within the industry.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Paris

      • On my bookshelf

        Jaycee Dugard – A Stolen Life

      • Qualifications

        AS Level in Finance, Apprenticeship in Financial Administration Level 3 & CII Award in Financial Administration

    • Diane Loftus - Senior Client Services Assistant

      Diane Loftus

      Diane has worked in Financial Services for 15 years and has been with FMB since 2002. She also previously worked for an IFA in Preston. Diane has extensive knowledge of the industry and also has amassed valuable experience and knowledge during her time with us, with regard both to our IT systems and our processes and procedures. She holds the Financial Planning Certificate and intends to obtain other advanced qualifications in the future.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Jack Scout, Silverdale

      • On my bookshelf

        Percy the Park Keeper

      • Qualifications

        FPC

    • Angela Nottingham - Senior Client Services Supervisor

      Angela Nottingham

      Angela has worked in the Financial Services Industry for around 25 years, joining FMB in 2005. Angela also worked for over 10 years as a Financial Consultant so has excellent knowledge of the industry. During her time with FMB Angela has continued to expand her knowledge and in 2011 achieved Diploma status in Financial Planning. She particularly enjoys the interaction with the clients through her role as Customer Services Supervisor. One of Angela’s memorable moments working here was in 2007 when she was awarded Employee of the Year, her prize being a trip to London to see a ballet.

      • Favourite place on earth

        New York

      • On my bookshelf

        Melvyn Bragg

      • Qualifications

        BSc (Hons), Diploma in Development Economics, Dip PFS

    • Sarah Shepherd - Client Services Supervisor

      Sarah Shepherd

      Sarah has worked in Financial Services since she left Kirkbie Kendal School. She joined FMB in 2007 after working for another smaller IFA. She began life here as an office junior and has gradually worked her way up to a role as Team Leader 4 years ago. This involves liaising with the Financial Planners in her team and ensuring the work they generate is processed to our high standards by the other members of the admin staff. Sarah has gained several qualifications whilst working at FMB and looks to continue with further management exams in the future.

      • Favourite place on earth

        My mum and dad's house

      • On my bookshelf

        The Twilight Saga

      • Qualifications

        Level 2 NVQ Customer Service, Apprenticeship in Financial Administration Level 3, CII Award in Financial Administration and ILM level 3 Award in Line Management

    • Helen Walling - Deputy Client Services Supervisor

      Helen Walling

      After leaving college where Helen did a BTEC in Business & Finance, she joined Scottish Provident and began her career in Financial Services. She joined Financial Management Bureau in July 2002 as part of the Investment Team. Helen is FP1 & 2 qualified. Helen enjoys working in a team and supporting her colleagues.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Barcelona

      • On my bookshelf

        Catherine Alliot

      • Qualifications

        FP1 & FP2

    • Sue Walling - Deputy Client Services Supervisor

      Sue Walling

      Sue has worked for Financial Management Bureau since 2002 and previously worked for Scottish Provident. Sue enjoys her shared role as Client Service Supervisor in a team of 5 people. She has completed FPC1 & 2 since being with the company and is an appointed First Aider. Sue enjoys getting to know the clients and providing a friendly and helpful service.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Thailand

      • On my bookshelf

        Peter Andre autobiography

      • Qualifications

        FPC1 & 2

    • Renata Vietoriszova - Client Services Assistant

      Renata Vietoriszova

      Renata studied International Business and Risk Management in Banking and Insurance at the University of Manchester, whilst continuing to work part-time in various client facing roles. After graduating, Renata joined a chartered wealth management firm in Manchester where she worked in Client Support. Renata is the newest member of the FMB team, joining us in March 2014 after relocating to The Lake District. She is excited about furthering her industry knowledge by continuing with her exams and looks to fulfil her aspirations to become a financial planner in the near future.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Marrakesh

      • On my bookshelf

        Karren Brady’s Biography and ‘The Shopaholic Saga’ by Sophie Kinsella

      • Qualifications

        BA (Hons), CF1

  • Support Team

    • Linda Beavis - Receptionist

      Linda Beavis

      Linda was the wife of our founder, the late Les Beavis, and remains at the heart of FMB which is still essentially a family business. Linda has been with the company since the first seeds were sown in the 1980’s, she has seen all the changes and stages the business has been through but remains a constant feature of FMB, welcoming clients on reception in person and on the telephone.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Greece

      • On my bookshelf

        Game of Thrones

    • Irene Davis - Receptionist

      Irene Davis

      Irene certainly had a varied career before she joined us in 2007. Her many roles have included everything from Night Nurse and Plant Technician to Trainee Bus Driver! Her role on reception at FMB involves providing a friendly welcome for our visitors and a helpful voice on the end of the phone. Irene especially enjoys the team spirit at FMB and says the staff are great to work with. The feeling is obviously mutual as Irene was voted Employee of the Year by her peers after only a couple of years with the company.

      • Favourite place on earth

        My bed

      • On my bookshelf

        Cook books, gardening, DIY, paper back and recycled reading books

      • Qualifications

        City & Guilds in Adult Numeracy, Adult Literacy, NVQ in Customer Services

    • Linda Dwyer - Filing Clerk

      Linda Dwyer

      Linda joined FMB in 1997, whilst we were located at the old premises in Endmoor. She is one of the company’s longest standing employees and has seen many changes. Her role in keeping on top of the client filing is complex and requires a great deal of attention to detail. Linda has been at the heart of our drive to transfer all our paper into electronic format.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Florida

      • On my bookshelf

        Crime, murder mystery, thrillers

    • Richard Hancock - Technical Operations Manager / Chief Investment Officer

      Richard Hancock

      Richard began working at FMB in 2006 having moved to the area from Sheffield where he worked for Norwich Union. He started at FMB as a Client Services Administrator before moving into his current role as Investment Analyst, responsible for product research, due diligence and selection of the fund panel as well as reviewing and redefining the company’s investment process. Richard is a qualified Financial Planner and also has specialist qualifications in Investment Management.

      • Favourite place on earth

        My bed

      • On my bookshelf

        More dust

      • Qualifications

        IMC, CertPFS, BA

    • Valerie Maudsley - Fee Technician

      Valerie Maudsley

      Prior to working at FMB Val worked for the Midland Bank (now HSBC) for 10 years. Following a break to bring up her family Val joined FMB in 1997. Her first role was that of filing clerk, but after amassing years of industry experience in the admin team she took over in 2006 as Commissions Technician. Val has the difficult and complex job of managing the payments that come in and matching them up to the thousands of policies we manage. This requires specialist knowledge of our IT systems and a historical overview of how the companies we deal with have merged and evolved over the years!

      • Favourite place on earth

        Lake Louise in Canada

      • On my bookshelf

        The Hairy Bikers – Mums Know Best!

    • Sarah Tulley - Compliance Operations Manager

      Sarah Tulley

      Before joining FMB in 2002, Sarah worked at Scottish Provident in the Compliance department in both Kendal and Edinburgh. Sarah has spent most of her time with FMB working in a compliance role but also as a valuable assistant to director, Gill Forrester. Sarah internally audits the work undertaken by the many Financial Planners in the company to make sure our rigorous sales and investment process is being followed and is involved with formulating policy to ensure our practice is as current as possible.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Vancouver

      • On my bookshelf

        A lot of travel books

      • Qualifications

        FPC

    • Rebecca Wilson - Assistant to Directors

      Rebecca Wilson

      Rebecca started at FMB in 2007 as an Office Junior, shortly after completing her A-Levels. She was enrolled as a Client Services Assistant in 2008 before being appointed Assistant to Directors in 2011. She has recently completed her Apprenticeship in Financial Administration and is now looking to go on to obtain more training and qualifications in Marketing and Advertising. Rebecca takes a particular interest in planning and organising company events and also looks forward to our annual company conference with activities outside of the workplace.

      • Favourite place on earth

        Cancun, Mexico

      • On my bookshelf

        Happyslapped By A Jellyfish: The Words Of Karl Pilkington

      • Qualifications

        A and AS levels, Level 2 NVQ in Customer Service, CF1 & Apprenticeship in Financial Administration Level 3

    • Kate King - Accounts Technician

      Kate King

      Kate has worked in an accounts role for various local firms since she left school and has always loved numbers. Kate joined FMB and took on the role of Accounts Technician in February 2014 and is currently working towards achieving her AAT Accounting Technician qualification Level 4. She is responsible for the company’s book keeping and preparing management accounts. Once Kate has completed Level 4 this summer, she hopes to continue her studies.

      • Favourite place on earth

        The Lake District

      • On my bookshelf

        My Kindle

      • Qualifications

        AAT Accounting Technician Level 3

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