Meet the Ascot Lloyd team
Meet our HR Director
At Ascot Lloyd, we make it a priority to treat our people well, help them develop and give them a rewarding work life.
This means creating an environment where you can excel in your performance, develop skills for improvement, achieve your career goals, and trust and respect one another.
By providing training and development programmes, on the job learning, coaching, and feedback we make sure that everyone who works for us has the resources they need to learn more and build their careers.
We want Ascot Lloyd to be a fun place to work, where people feel inspired and motivated to be the best they can.”
Cath McVey, HR Director
Meet our leadership team
Simon has a strong interest in retirement planning and wealth management, with a focus towards tax-efficient investment planning and mitigating inheritance tax. He also helps his clients with protection planning and believes in full financial planning.
Simon has 18 years of experience in advisory roles within the financial services industry. Before joining Ascot Lloyd, he worked for several leading UK firms including HSBC and Prudential. This enabled him to build knowledge and expertise in dealing with a wide range of clients in all areas of financial planning.
Nigel has worked in financial services for almost 30 years. He became CEO of Ascot Lloyd when the company merged with Bellpenny in 2017. Prior to this Nigel was at Countrywide where he was Financial Services Director responsible for over 1,000 mortgage advisers. Nigel was an integral part of the Executive Team who successfully led the IPO of Countrywide in 2013.
Previously he has worked for Lloyds Banking Group and Halifax Bank of Scotland, in roles including the Managing Director of Birmingham Midshires, Managing Director of HBOS Intermediary and HBOS Head of Partnerships.
Prior to this Nigel held commercial directorships with the Financial Times, FT.com and an internet start up firm. After graduating from York University, Nigel spent the first 12 years of his career with NatWest in various commercial lending, sales and service roles. Nigel holds an MBA from London Business School.
Matthew became CFO of Ascot Lloyd in 2017 when the company merged with Bellpenny, where he had held the same role since 2014.
Matthew started his career as an accountant with Ernst & Young, before moving into the city, with roles in research and M&A with Barings, Cazenove, and Close Brothers.
He then moved into management as the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Close’s investments division, and after a period working on the strategy and acquisition plan for Close Wealth, became the CFO and Chief Operating Officer of Origen, Aegon’s UK distribution business.
Sales & Marketing 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 Sales and Marketing 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.
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.
Shaun has worked for over 20 years in the financial services sector. He joined Ascot Lloyd in 2017 when the company merged with Bellpenny, where he had held the role of Head of Compliance since 2013.
His role at this time was to ensure that the compliance function fully supported the company to achieve the challenging acquisition target that Bellpenny aspired too. Since then he has overseen 20 acquisitions and managed the day to day compliance function, whilst Bellpenny has continued to grow into one of the leading financial advice companies in the United Kingdom. In February this year, Shaun was promoted to Compliance Director and is now responsible for the Risk, Compliance and T&C functions which are so fundamental to Bellpenny’s continued success.
Prior to his career in the financial services, Shaun was a Metropolitan Police Officer joining straight from Godalming College. He has held a number of roles ranging from sales and management as well as senior executive positions with a number of our most recognised financial services companies.
Rachel has over 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry and joined Ascot Lloyd in November 2017 as Group Operations Director. Her primary responsibilities are to oversee the support functions within the business i.e. administration, paraplanning and IT to maintain services to clients and advisers alike.
Prior to joining Ascot Lloyd, Rachel was a member of the senior management team at Cavanagh Wealth Management and assisted with the growth of the company via successful acquisitions and integration of people and processes. She then joined Close Brothers Asset Management following the acquisition by Close and held the role of Head of Client Services for nearly four years, managing a team of circa 150 people and assisting with the implementation of new back office systems and processes whilst ensuring the successful integration of a number of acquisitions. This role was followed by a Head of Operations at a Mayfair independent financial advisers where she had the specific remit to set the company on the track for growth by creating processes and controls.
Group Finance Director
Steve joined Ascot Lloyd when the company merged with Bellpenny in 2017. His current role of Investment Director has the remit of ensuring that the IFAs within the firm have the investment tools to allow them to provide our clients with suitable and robust investment solutions. He originally joined Bellpenny to lead the paraplanning department, and in early 2014 he decided to specialise in investments and took responsibility for Bellpenny’s centralised investment proposition.
At that time he was given a remit to plan and launch a sister company to Bellpenny with the aim of providing Investment solutions to a segment of Bellpenny clients. In September 2014 the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) approved Avellemy to provide risk based discretionary model portfolios. Those models are used alongside other third party investment solutions which make u centralised investment proposition to ensure that Ascot Lloyd clients are invested in line with their risk profile in the most appropriate solution for their individual circumstance.
Steve has worked in financial services since leaving university where he studied investment and accounting. His first role was working in foreign exchange, and then transitioned to wealth management.