We could start this section by telling you all the stuff you’re expecting to see…

We’re qualified, we’re FCA regulated, we deliver good customer service

But, frankly, isn’t that what you’d expect from a financial services business? And, isn’t that what they all say?

So, how could you possibly know if we are what you’re looking for, if we all sound the same?

We’ll start by telling you we’ve been doing this for a long time – since 2007 in fact. Doesn’t that just mean we’re a bit dyed in the wool? It could do, but we like to think it means we’ve earned our spurs. And our clients back that up with some lovely testimonials.

You probably want a financial adviser who you can understand. Not somebody who is going to blind you with all those super complex financial terms – but talk to you in layman’s terms.

Meet the team

Nick Blackford

Nick has a Batchelor of Education degree, and wanted to be a PE teacher when he left school. He played National League basketball for Camden, Chiltern and Chessington Wildcats.

Nick’s change of career started in 1984, when he worked for Legal and General, where he became a fully qualified Financial Adviser.

He founded Copthorne Financial Services in January 2007. Nick is very passionate about client delivery – focusing on what clients really need to live their best lives.

Outside of work, Nick is a keen golfer, and enjoys watching sports too, particularly football, rugby and cricket. He is married and has two young children – Laura and Harry.

Zoe Jones

Zoe is the Business Manager for Copthorne, handling a wide variety of tasks from HR to ongoing client casework.

She joined the business in May 2014, and is working towards her paraplanner qualifications.

Zoe is a very keen traveller, and has visited 27 countries so far with her partner. She is learning Spanish, which should be handy for future trips.

Zoe also loves cooking and baking.

Russell Martin

Russell is our fully qualified mortgage expert, and particularly enjoys a challenge – he says he is very rarely stumped! He has even arranged finance on a Dutch narrow boat.

He joined the profession in 1988, when he started working for Prudential.

Russell has a growing family he enjoys spending time with, as well as walking his chocolate Labrador – although not in the rain!

Russell is also a golfer, though he maintains his swing needs some improvement, and he likes watching sport, particularly his football team – Chelsea.

Mandy Hughes

Mandy has also been in financial services for some years, and joined us in 2012.

She supports Russell, processing mortgage applications and protection policies. A large part of her role involves liaison with lenders, lawyers and estate agents.

Mandy enjoys supporting clients during a time which is often quite stressful – buying a property – trying to make it as pain free as possible.

In her spare time Mandy enjoys spending time with friends and family, travelling and walking.

Karen Smith

Karen has worked in the financial services sector since 2007, and joined us in 2014.

Her role is admin focused, with a bias towards accounts, working with the accountants, and also preparing data for FCA reporting.

Karen is married with a son and daughter, both of whom also work in finance. She loves spending time with her family, and walking her daughter’s French Bulldog.

She enjoys visiting the theatre and cinema, reading and watching dramas on TV. She is also a huge tennis fan; and is glued when Wimbledon is on.

Daniel Martin

Dan joined us in October 2019, and would like to become a qualified financial adviser. He is keen to focus on mortgages, protection and Wills.

He is always inspired by the opportunity to help clients get the best out of their lives, as well as protecting their families.

Dan enjoys spending time with his partner and young daughter.

He likes to play football, as well as watching it.

Barwell Field

Barwell Field

Barwell came on board in February 2019 and is working towards becoming a fully qualified financial adviser.

He likes working with our clients to help them achieve their financial goals.

Barwell has recently become a dog owner, and enjoys taking his Labrador for long walks. He is also a keen sports fan – watching football and rugby. He also loves skiing.

We like to start by talking to you about you want from your life, and how hard your money will need to work to take care of you and your family – both now and in the future.

If you’re up for being a bit more adventurous, we’ll introduce you to our sister company – Copthorne LifePlan – a very different approach, but we’ll leave that for another day.

Your relationship with us is precious. We want you to enjoy meeting us, and see us as a trusted friend – after all, we want to look after your whole family, now and into the future.

Whatever stage you are at in your life – running your own business with all the challenges that brings, bringing up a family, or close to retirement age – we can support you, to live your very best life.

If we sound like the financial advisers you’ve been looking for, why not give us a call on 01344 875 310 and let’s arrange a chat.


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