Ascot Lloyd is a dynamic and progressive company. We focus on the importance of financial planning, not just financial advice.

Ensuring you are confident in the advice we provide is essential and we never take for granted the privileged position this puts us in.

As a rapidly growing national firm we have opportunities across the country which enable our employees to work flexibly with the technology and support behind them.

Nigel Stockton
Chief Executive Officer

Nigel Stockton, CEO

Caring for your financial future since 2004

Established in 2004, Ascot Lloyd is a company that has grown rapidly through bringing smaller IFA firms into the fold to become a stronger and larger firm. 

Today we are one of the largest independently owned wealth management firms in the UK, helping individuals and businesses achieve their financial goals.

Through our commitment to strong governance, robust infrastructure, cutting-edge technology, and exceptional support, we deliver an excellent and reliable service to our continuously expanding client base. Currently, we serve 22,000 core clients in a highly regulated industry, and we are proud to provide them with the utmost level of quality and security in everything we do.

Our company has experienced significant expansion in recent years, and we now have a strong presence in major financial hubs like London, Birmingham, and Leeds. Additionally, we have a broad regional reach throughout the rest of the UK. Our growth is a testament to our commitment to providing excellent service and meeting the needs of our clients.

We pride ourselves on Being an independent Financial advisory firm which means we are not tied into certain partnerships or product solutions; therefore, we can search the whole market to find the most appropriate solutions to help you reach your financial goals.

We offer a range of client service options with the choice of seeing an Adviser face to face or over the telephone.

Investment involves risk.

Our people

With over 500 employees and over 140+ fully employed independent financial advisers supported by local paraplanning and administrative teams, we provide you with the best possible service.

We are a dynamic company with a strong, caring and nurturing culture and flexible working that enables our people to thrive and develop.

At Ascot Lloyd, we offer expert financial advice in the form of two service levels; alongside our face-to-face advice service is our telephone-based Connect Team of qualified Advisers and Client Service Executives. Both provide a range of benefits to suit your requirements.

Our Executive Management Team

Nigel Stockton, CEO

Nigel Stockton

I became CEO of Ascot Lloyd when the company merged with Bellpenny in 2017. With over 30 years in financial services, I was Financial Services Director at Countrywide prior to this, responsible for over 1,000 mortgage advisers. I was an integral part of the Executive Team who successfully led the IPO of Countrywide in 2013.

Previously I have 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.

I have held commercial directorships with the Financial Times, and an internet start-up firm. I hold an MBA from London Business School.

Cath McVey, HR Director

Cath McVey

I became Group HR Director at Ascot Lloyd in August 2017 following the Ascot Lloyd and Bellpenny merger.  Previous to Ascot Lloyd I was the European HR Director for the Warranty Group, and the Group European HR Director for Aon underwriting companies.

I 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. I also bring significant transactional experience from my time at The Warranty Group and at Aon Underwriting Group where I was also a European HR Manager, overseeing due diligence on numerous major acquisitions.

Gary Stirrup, Chief Commercial Officer

Gary Stirrup

Gary Stirrup joins us from Brooks Macdonald where he was Director, Head of UK Distribution for the last 5 years leading the successful sales effort, especially in terms of their MPS and bespoke MPS propositions.

Gary has spent more than 30 years in financial services working with advisers across investment management and platforms, including Quilter and Fidelity, with a deep understanding of these sectors. Gary has a BA in Business Studies and a BSc in Sports Science and has taken part in several leadership programmes, including The INSEAD Business School.

Steve Lloyd, Investment Director

Steve Lloyd

I joined Ascot Lloyd as it merged with Bellpenny in 2017. As Investment Director, I ensure that all Ascot Lloyd IFAs have the investment tools to provide clients with diverse range of suitable, and robust investment solutions.

My career in Financial Services started in 2003, and after joining Bellpenny in 2012 as Head of paraplanning, I went on to specialise in investments, and built Bellpenny’s centralised investment proposition, and became Investment Director of Ascot Lloyd in 2017.

Gordon Kerr, Acquisitions Director

Gordon Kerr

I joined Ascot Lloyd in 2020 to take us through the next rapid phase of acquisition growth.  I am responsible for the identification, execution and integration of like-minded IFA firms looking to sell and secure the future for their business. 

I began my career at Deloitte audit in Edinburgh, where in my 12 years there I gained diverse experience across a number of service offerings, in particular audit, consulting and corporate finance.  I have since built my experience across financial services from nascent fintechs to established wealth management firms and FTSE100 banks.  I moved to corporate finance in 2015 in London gaining significant M&A expertise working on multi-million/billion pound transactions.

I am a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS).

Jessica Brescia, Chief Risk Officer

Jessica Brescia

I joined Ascot Lloyd in 2020 and am responsible for the risk and compliance functions within the business.  I have spent most of my career in the wealth and asset management industry and prior to Ascot Lloyd, I was the Chief Risk Officer of Merian Global Investors (previously Old Mutual Global Investors).  I help support businesses by devising risk management and compliance frameworks to support the delivery of business strategy. 

I started my career as a lawyer in the financial services group at Dechert LLP, specialising in the establishment, listing and marketing of investment funds.  I am a member of the New York State Bar, New Jersey State Bar and admitted as a solicitor in England and Wales. 

Felice Rea, Finance Director

Felice Rea

I joined Ascot Lloyd in 2017. I have over 15 years’ experience in financial services with prior roles as Group Finance Director, Head of Compliance and Board member of the Torquil Clark group and member of Skipton Building Society Conduct and Operational Risk committee.

I have extensive experience of managing finance functions, enhancing processes, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence processes and integrating teams within financial services.

I am a chartered accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and Member of the Institute of Taxation.

Simon Vella, Chief Marketing Officer

Simon Vella

I joined Ascot Lloyd in 2022 as Chief Marketing Officer and have 20+ years in marketing roles, having had several leadership roles in B2C start-ups and scale-ups in the UK, Europe, Middle East and South America.

With a very data driven approach I have broad experience across the full marketing mix, including digital, demand generation, proposition and brand within the Wealth and Insurance industry.

I hold a BA (Hons) in European Business Economics alongside additional executive education at Asbridge Business School, and more recently Kellog Northwester University, studying Product Strategy.

Sarah Houghton, General Counsel

Sarah Houghton

I joined Ascot Lloyd in 2019. I have extensive in house legal experience in the financial services sector, with previous roles at Aon, Premier Asset Management, Independent Franchise Partners LLP, AMP Asset Management and Credit Suisse Asset Management where my roles included Managing Director, Legal for the EMEA region and Chief Operating Officer for the EMEA region.

I trained and qualified at city firm Macfarlanes and specialised in Mergers and Acquisitions.

I am a solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales.

Jaco Cebula, Group Technology Director

Jaco Cebula

I joined Ascot Lloyd in September 2023, and have over 20 years’ experience working in leadership roles in financial services technology, including 8 years as CTO/COO at Multrees Investor Services and 7 years as IT Development Manager at AEGON Asset Management.

I have a track record of delivering technology solutions that fix real world business problems, and enjoy articulating the benefits of new technology, and particular the adoption of digitalisation, AI, and cloud modernisation in the context of wealth management.

I hold several Technology and Architecture certifications across both Microsoft and Amazon cloud platforms.

Christian Burgess, Chief Finance & Operations Officer

Christian Burgess

I joined Ascot Lloyd in 2023 to head up both the Finance & Operations functions. I have over 25 years’ experience in financial services, prior to joining Ascot Lloyd I was Group CFO & MD of Developing Markets at Cabot Credit Management, responsible for the business in both the UK and continental Europe.

Previously I have worked at Deutsche Bank as a Managing Director in roles within both Finance and Operations focusing on portfolio companies and legacy assets.

I am a chartered accountant with both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) and the Australian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CA).

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