Richard Dunbabin

Chief Executive Officer

Richard Dunbabin

Chief Executive Officer

After starting work as a pensions consultant, in the early eighties, Richard began his own IFA business in Central Oxford. The business grew through a combination of organic growth and acquisitions and over a period of thirteen years Richard decided to focus purely on managing the business rather than advising clients.

After selling his business in the late nineties, Richard became a founder and Managing Director of a market leading insurance internet business and amongst other things completed an air-time for equity transaction with Channel 5 which was the first of its kind in Europe. Following the sale of the internet company to a National IFA business Richard joined Marsh & Mclennan, one of the world’s largest advice and solution providers, as a consultant within the e-Business and product distribution team. During his time as a consultant, Richard formulated a plan for building an IFA business and when the opportunity presented itself he acquired the majority interest in a long established IFA firm with roots traceable to the 1930s. The firm was called GHM Financial Services Ltd and after the acquisition was completed in early 2004 the name was changed to Ascot Lloyd Financial Services Ltd, which has traded successfully from Wokingham since that time.

Richard is a keen sportsman and has represented Great Britain in the Sprint Triathlon event for the past seven years achieving 6th position in his age group at the World Championships in Vancouver in 2008 and 5th position in the European Championships in Israel in 2012 and this year completed his first Ironman distance event in Copenhagen in 11hrs.

Iain Balchin

Chief Financial Officer

Iain Balchin

Chief Financial Officer

Iain joined us from St James Place where he was Executive Director of Finance. He was responsible for preparing and transforming the Finance function as the company transitioned into the  FTSE 100. Iain’s entire career has been focussed around Financial Services with exposure to Investment and Corporate Banking, Insurance and Wealth Management. Prior to joining St James Place Iain held Senior roles with BNP Paribas, AIG, Standard Chartered and Credit Suisse. He was also Finance Director of Corporate Banking for Lloyds Banking Group.

 

Pat O’Hara

Founding Director

Pat O’Hara

Founding Director

After a few years as a consultant with Sun Life Assurance, and then running the Financial Planning arm of an Insurance Broking firm in Rickmansworth, Pat become founder and Managing Director of the IFA firm, Professional Intermediary Services, in 1991. This business concentrated on dealing with client introductions from fellow professionals such as accountants and solicitors and grew significantly over the years. Pat adopted a simple yet innovative investment service that meant that all clients received professional investment advice without the need to continually change providers to ‘chase performance’ and this, together with a predominantly fee based structure, were major factors in the business’ growth and success.

In the mid 2000’s the business changed its name to Planitplus and in January 2010 Pat and Richard decided to merge their two businesses to benefit from the obvious synergies. Alongside his responsibilities as Managing Director, Pat also continued to advise clients until the middle of 2014 when he decided to ‘step down’ as an adviser in order to be able to devote all of his time and efforts to his duties as MD.

Pat and his wife live in Lane End, Buckinghamshire and have one grown up daughter. Outside of work Pat keeps active with running (completing the London Marathon in 2013 – the year not the number of hours taken!) plus gym visits and the occasional round of golf.

David Morgan

Non-executive Director

David Morgan

Non-executive Director

David Morgan has over twenty-five years’ experience in international banking, building his career at Standard Chartered Bank in Europe and the Far East and becoming Chief Executive for the UK and Europe in 1998.

Since leaving Standard Chartered in 2003, he has been involved in a wide range of business advisory and non-executive roles and is currently on the boards of Bermuda National Ltd (a Bermuda quoted financial holding company), Private and Commercial Finance Group (an AIM listed specialist finance company) and is Chairman of Harlequins FC ( the professional rugby club).

Stuart Dyer

Chairman of the Board

Stuart Dyer

Chairman of the Board

Stuart is Chairman for a consulting company which specialises in advising businesses in the wealth management, fund management and financial services sectors. Stuart is experienced in managing and advising a number of successful publicly listed companies in the financial services sector.

He is currently serving as an NED with a company that provides technology solutions to fund managers. Stuart has a strong track record for identifying acquisition opportunities, negotiating terms and controlling the acquisition process – he has also managed the acquisition and subsequent operation of an AIM listed company. In his previous roles, Stuart has worked as both CEO of Cofunds and the head of acquisitions at Close Brothers. Stuart is a highly experienced executive with a history of leading companies through periods of exponential growth.

Patrick Muir

Non-executive Director

Patrick Muir

Non-executive Director

Patrick is an energetic and inspirational leader in the marketing industry. He has an outstanding track record in building companies, developing marketing capability and strategic customer driven planning. He has a proven ability to deliver improvements in bottom line results.

He was voted as one of three most influential marketers in financial services by Marketing Week. Patrick has extensive experience in brand building, digital marketing, branch based marketing and design. He currently serves as a Director of National Counties building Society and has previous experience serving as a board director for MasterCard Members Forum. Patrick is experienced in driving growth in a number of publicly listed companies.

Ian Balgarnie

Business Development Director

Ian Balgarnie

Business Development Director

Ian has a proven managerial background with senior level experience over a 30 year career in financial services. His previous roles include Head of Private Client at John Lamb LLP, Head of Wealth Planning at National IFA Towry, and Regional Director of Baker Tilly Financial Services.

As Business Development Director he is responsible for ensuring the Ascot Lloyd advisers and support teams are well equipped to meet the demands of a successful and growing business. In addition to his strategic and organisational skills Ian is a Chartered Financial Planner and a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society.

Adam Royce

Director of Compliance & Quality Assurance

Adam Royce

Director of Compliance & Quality Assurance

Adam has in excess of 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry including roles within Independent Financial Advisers, Stockbrokers, Multi-National Banks and Life Assurance Companies. One of his previous roles was head of supervision and compliance for a national IFA firm where the adviser numbers were often in excess of 450.

During his time in the industry, Adam has predominantly worked within Compliance arena but also has experience of leading and working within administration, technical and actuarial departments and has also been a Financial Adviser.

Cath McVey

Cath McVey

HR Director

Cath McVey

Cath McVey

HR Director

Cath joined Ascot Lloyd in August 2016 having previously spent 10 years at The Warranty Group as European HR Director responsible for 600 employees across 30 countries. She was responsible for taking charge of the strategic direction of the people agenda and all senior level decision making for day to day tactical, operational HR and learning and development. Cath also brings significant transactional experience from her time at The Warranty Group and at Aon Underwriting Group where she was also a European HR Manager, overseeing due diligence on numerous major acquisitions.

Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Charles Wilson

Charles Wilson

General Counsel and Company Secretary

Charles joined Ascot Lloyd as General Counsel and Company Secretary in July 2016. He qualified as a corporate/commercial lawyer in September 1999 and has extensive experience at major UK/international firms including DLA Piper and latterly Trowers & Hamlins, where he also spent four and a half years as a partner. Charles has also held senior legal roles at major UK and international companies, Travelex and Ascential plc.

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