Meet the Team

Financial Planners

Our Financial Planners have all achieved, or are working towards, higher level qualifications than the mandatory Diploma level. Some of them specialise in certain areas such as tax planning, pension scheme transfers or later life planning. Not only that, they have many years’ experience and deal with different scenarios every day. Where client situations are unusual or problematic they work as a team sharing that knowledge.

  • Roger Jackson

    Roger Jackson - Financial Planning Manager

    • Qualifications CFPTM, Dip PFS, AF1, AF3
    • Supported by Richard Jennings

    Roger started his career with FMB in 2007. He holds the full Diploma in Financial Planning and has also been awarded the prestigious status of Certified Financial Planner by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. Roger has advanced qualifications and experience in the tax and trusts arena. He is also our resident Pension Transfer specialist. Roger particularly enjoys the Investment aspect of Financial Planning and enjoys getting involved in the technical side of things.

  • Andrew Laisby

    Andrew Laisby - Financial Planner

    • Qualifications Dip PFS
    • Supported by Angela Nottingham and Ali Owen

    Andrew has over 35 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.

  • Chris Hill

    Chris Hill - Financial Planner

    • Qualifications CFPTM, Dip PFS, BSc (Hons)
    • Supported by Patrick Billington

    Chris began his financial career in 1999 and joined FMB in March 2004. In 2017 he was awarded the prestigious status of Certified Financial Planner by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He also holds the Diploma in Financial Planning, and additional qualifications in Equity Release and Long Term care planning. He has clients throughout Cumbria, North Lancashire and the North-East and specialises in financial planning work for private clients. As some of these aspects can be extremely complex, he finds it very satisfying when he can ease his clients, and their families, concerns about future money worries.

  • Dan Birch

    Dan Birch - Financial Planner

    • Qualifications Dip PFS, Diploma of Higher Education from the
      Open University
    • Supported by Richard Davies

    Dan previously worked as an Account Manager for Vodafone Business for eight years in Lincoln. After relocating to Kendal in 2013, he spent three years with Santander before joining the FMB team in April 2016.

  • David Edwards

    David Edwards - Financial Planner

    • Qualifications Dip PFS
    • Supported by Ali Owen

    David is one of the latest additions to the FMB team, joining us in January 2017 following an 11 year career with a large National Wealth Management company. He has almost 25 years experience in the Financial Services Industry and holds the full Financial Planning Certificate.

    David has vast experience of looking after clients' investment and estate planning needs. He particularly enjoys developing a long-lasting relationship with his clients through regular meetings as well as reviewing their plans to ensure they are on track to fulfil their future goals and ambitions.

  • Louise Phillips

    Louise Phillips - Corporate Services Adviser

    • Qualifications Dip PFS

    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 specialises in corporate business; providing guidance and advice to employers on a number of areas including staff pension schemes, private medical health insurance 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 all areas of corporate business including employers' obligations to comply with auto-enrolment legislation.

  • Jon Nicholson

    Jon Nicholson - Financial Planner

    • Qualifications CFPTM, Dip PFS, AF4 Investment Planning
    • Supported by Phoebe Makey

    In 2017 Jon was awarded the prestigious status of Certified Financial Planner by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He is currently working towards Chartered Status with the CII as well, having previously gained the advanced qualification in Investments and further 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.

  • Jon Palser

    Jon Palser - Financial Planner

    • Qualifications Dip PFS, G20 Personal Investment Planning, AF3 Pension Planning, AF5 Financial Planning Process, CF8 Long Term Care Planning
    • Supported by Richard Jennings

    Jon has over 25 years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry, having previously worked for RBS, HSBC and Santander and holds the full Diploma in Financial Planning. He is currently working towards Chartered status which he hopes to achieve in the first half of 2018.

    Jon has many years’ experience of dealing with a broad cross section of clients including both private and business customers. He enjoys getting to know his clients and being able to put across sometimes complex financial planning considerations in a way that’s simple for his clients to understand.

  • Philip Barnes

    Philip Barnes - Financial Planner

    • Qualifications CFPTM, Dip PFS, Cert CII (MP)
    • Supported by Richard Davies

    Philip started his career in financial services with Countrywide Assured plc, Preston after a 30-year career with Lancashire Constabulary. He holds the Diploma in Financial Planning, Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice and has recently been awarded the prestigious status of Certified Financial Planner by the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. He also holds the qualification in Long-term Care Planning. Philip joined FMB in 2011 as a Financial Planner and particularly enjoys being able 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.

Client Relations

Our relationship Managers in some cases are qualified enough to give advice themselves and some of them aspire to work directly with clients in the future. However, many prefer a more technical supporting role. We have very consistent processes for each part of our service and the Relationship Managers are committed to making it the very best service it can be, building financial plans and putting them into action. They will always be on hand to help you, each one supporting a specific Financial Planner.

  • Richard Jennings

    Richard Jennings - Relationship Manager Team Leader

    Richard has worked within the Financial Services sector for over 5 years and holds the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning as well as qualifications in Mortgages and Equity Release. Richard thoroughly enjoys the technical aspects of his role, is committed to continuous development and is currently working towards reaching Chartered status.

    Richard is our resident Yorkshireman and relocated to Preston where he obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice. He is a keen football fan and season ticket holder at Huddersfield Town.

  • Ali Owen

    Ali Owen - Relationship Manager

    • Qualifications CF1, CF3, R02, R03, R04

    Ali has over 12 years experience in the financial services industry; previously working as a Paraplanner at InvestAcc before joining the FMB team in June 2017.

    Ali has completed a number of industry exams and looks to obtain further qualifications with the hope of becoming a financial planner in the future.

    Outside of work, Ali has a passion for music and enjoys cycling within The Lakes.

  • Patrick Billington

    Patrick Billington - Relationship Manager

    • Qualifications R01, R03, R05, Cert.HE in Computing

    Patrick joined the firm in 2014 having come from a strong background in customer service. He has passed several industry recognised qualifications and continues to develop his skills and knowledge through further examinations.

    This dedication and commitment has allowed Patrick to progress to the role of Relationship Manager, gaining ground on his goal of becoming a Financial Planner.

  • Richard Davies

    Richard Davies - Relationship Manager

    • Qualifications CISI Investment Operations Certificate, FPC1

    Richard has worked in financial services for over 16 years. In that time, he has covered a wide variety of roles in investment management, life assurance, SIPP provision and investment banking. Originally from Dorset, Richard worked in Bournemouth, Salisbury and London before re-locating with his family to Cumbria, returning to the village where his wife had lived previously.

    Richard spent five years working as a relationship manager at JP Morgan providing support for corporate clients holding derivatives. He is passionate about providing excellent customer service and enjoys working with the team at FMB to help you to realise your financial goals.
    Outside of work, Richard is a keen painter and has exhibited work in Cornwall.

  • Phoebe Makey

    Phoebe Makey - Relationship Manager

    Before joining FMB in April 2016, Phoebe worked at Nationwide Building Society as a Customer Representative. Prior to that, she spent two years in London as an Account Manager for a Marketing firm. Phoebe enjoys working closely with clients and is looking forward to furthering her knowledge in the financial services industry.

  • Diane Leverton

    Diane Leverton - Relationship Manager

Client Services

  • Sarah Shepherd

    Sarah Shepherd - Client Services Manager

    • Qualifications NVQ Level 2 in Customer Service, Apprenticeship and NVQ Level 2 in Team Leading, NVQ Level 3 in Financial Administration, Apprenticeship and Level 3 Award in Financial Administration, Institute in Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Line Management

    Sarah has worked in Financial Services since she left Kirkbie Kendal School. She joined FMB as an Office Junior in 2007 after working for another smaller IFA. She was enrolled as a Client Services Assistant shortly after and went on to become Client Services Supervisor in 2009. Sarah was appointed Client Services Manager in September 2014 and now manages the Client Services Team which comprises of several Client Services Assistants. Sarah works closely with the firm's Financial Planners and ensures that the work they generate is processed to our high standards by the members of the Client Services team. She also liaises with the Practice Manager to ensure smooth day to day running of the office. Sarah has gained several qualifications whilst working at FMB and looks to continue with further management exams in the future.

  • Chris Binks

    Chris Binks - Client Services Supervisor

    • Qualifications Certificate in Financial Administration

    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 Client Services team. She has worked in several departments during her many years here and has a wealth of knowledge about the Financial Services Industry.

  • Ali Brown

    Ali Brown - Client Services Assistant

    Ali was effectively born into the company being the grandson of FMB's founder, the late Les Beavis and the son of M.D Liz Beavis. After completing his A Levels in summer 2016, Ali assisted us with a mammoth scanning project and went on to officially join the team in January 2017.

    Ali is looking forward to working as part of the Client Services Team; supporting the financial planners with their administration duties and is happy to be contributing to the family business.

  • Jeanette Hawley

    Jeanette Hawley - Client Services Assistant

    Jeanette has over 20 years experience in the Financial Services Industry. Jeanette recently relocated to the UK from South Africa where she held a similar position for an Independent Financial Services Practice for the last 8 years.

    Jeanette is really excited to be part of the FMB family and looking forward to her role within the Client Services Team.

  • Olivia Malpass

    Olivia Malpass - Client Services Assistant

    Olivia has over 13 years experience in financial services, previously working at AJ Bell in Manchester. Olivia fulfilled a dream to relocated to Cumbria in September 2016 and set up a smallholding earlier this year with her family.

    Olivia joined the FMB team in November 2017 and is looking forward to joining client services and studying towards professional qualifications.

  • Steph Cannon

    Steph Cannon - Client Services Assistant

    • Qualifications Pearson EDI Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Business & Administration, ECDL Certificate

    Steph has a wealth of administration and organisational experience which she has gained throughout her customer service focussed careers within the travel industry and latterly, the NHS.

    Steph enjoys being part of the Client Services team and putting her skills to good use.

  • Alex Dickinson

    Alex Dickinson - Client Services Assistant

    • Qualifications Extended Diploma in Health and Social Care, Certification in counselling

    Alex has previously worked in marketing and business development for a charity wristband company, she has also worked in customer service for four years and really enjoys helping people. Her role on reception means Alex gets to speak with and meet all our clients on a daily basis. The FMB offices are busy and bustling and Alex loves being at the centre of it all!

Behind the Scenes

  • Sarah Tulley

    Sarah Tulley - Research & Compliance Manager

    • Qualifications CISI Global Financial Compliance, R01, FPC

    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 followed correctly as well as assisting with formulating policies to ensure our practice is as current as possible. In 2015, Sarah extended her role to encompass that of Research Manager and now also carries out research and due diligence on new products and providers.

  • Sue Walling

    Sue Walling - Compliance Assistant

    • Qualifications FPC1, FPC2

    Sue joined the FMB team in 2002 after previously working for Scottish Provident at their offices in Kendal. She has gained a wealth of experience and knowledge within the Client Services Team as both a Client Services Assistant and Supervisor. Sue was appointed Compliance Assistant in June 2015, which mainly involves assisting our Research & Compliance Manager with auditing the work undertaken by the many Financial Planners in the company.

  • Gary Myers

    Gary Myers - Professional Connections Manager

    • Qualifications Cert PFS

    Gary has been involved within the Financial Services industry for almost 30 years. He specialises in helping professional firms work together and has a successful track record in developing and growing professional relationships between financial advisors and other professional practices; in particular accountants, solicitors and insurance brokers. Gary is tenacious and dedicated in his approach and he brings with him an infectious enthusiasm and commitment to business development.

  • Gill Lawson

    Gill Lawson - Business Operations Assistant

    • Qualifications AQA Advanced Counselling, NVQ Assessor

    Gill started her career in finance at the age of 17 when she joined Nationwide Building Society as a clerk/cashier. She carried out many roles before being appointed Customer Service Manager in one of their largest branches. She left the Society after 17 years when her first child was born. A number of part-time jobs, including nursery assistant and parish clerk filled the next ten years while the family was growing until she came to FMB in December 2014 to join the reception team. Gill thoroughly enjoys interacting with clients and is excited to be back in the industry that she is so familiar with and to put the skills she has built up, so far, to good use.

  • Kate King

    Kate King - Accounts Consultancy

    • Qualifications Advanced Diploma in Accounting MAAT

    Kate has worked in an accounts role for various local firms since she left school and has always loved numbers. Kate  set up her own practice in Kendal last year, KKAS on Wildman Street, and enjoys working with a wide range of businesses.

  • Val Maudsley

    Val Maudsley - Fee Technician

    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!

  • Rebecca Wilson

    Rebecca Wilson - Marketing Co-ordinator / Assistant to Directors

    • Qualifications CIM Level 4 Certificate in Professional Marketing, Level 3 Certificate and Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Financial Administration, Apprenticeship and Level 3 Certificate in Customer Service, CF1, Level 2 NVQ in Customer Service

    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. Rebecca’s role has become more marketing focused over the years and so her title was renamed Marketing Co-ordinator in 2015. She takes a particular interest in copywriting for the company website and marketing materials as well as planning and organising company events. She has recently obtained The Certificate in Professional Marketing through The Chartered Institute of Marketing which she hopes will help develop her role further.

  • Linda Beavis

    Linda Beavis - Receptionist

    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.

  • Karen Taylor

    Karen Taylor - Receptionist

Leading the Way

  • Liz Beavis

    Liz Beavis - Managing Director

    • Qualifications Dip PFS

    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.

  • Gill Forrester

    Gill Forrester - Director of HR & Compliance

    • Qualifications CISI Level 3 Award in Global Financial Compliance, Cert in Financial Planning, H15, R01

    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 a Director 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”. Gill also enjoys the personnel side of the company, and loves to see young new recruits gain confidence, experience and qualifications and see them promoted into more senior roles. Gill believes that investing in people is vital to retain good quality staff and get the best out of them.

    Outside work Gill has taken up golf and loves to travel. She has a “bucket list” of places that her and her husband would love to visit and is slowly crossing them off over the years. She also helps out her husband with his gardening business and they love to walk the dog in the countryside near their home when they have spare time.

  • Ruth Power

    Ruth Power - Director of Business Development

    • Qualifications BA (hons), Chartered Institute of Marketing Diploma in Professional Marketing (lLevel 6), CFP1

    Daughter of 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 get to know each other better and develop our team skills”. Ruth is a trustee of Sandgate Hydrotherapy Pool in Kendal, following FMB’s involvement with fundraising for the pool.

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