CompaniesMay 30 2013

Reading IFA hires four in expansion push

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Reading-based IFA Beaufort Asset Management has strengthened its advisory team by hiring four senior practitioners.

Andy Nicholls has joined the firm as mortgage and protection adviser. He previously ran his own general practitioner IFA firm.

He holds the CeMAP and equity release qualifications.

Andrew Coles joins Beaufort from Beard and Coles Financial Practice to offer financial planning advice.

Mr Coles holds a Diploma in Financial Planning and is currently studying for Chartered status.

Andrew Davies, who has previously worked for several asset management companies and as a broker consultant for Scottish Life, joins the firm as financial consultant. He also holds the Diploma in Financial Planning.

Supporting the team is Jill Hanson, a paraplanner who joined Beaufort from St James’s Place Wealth Management where she worked in paraplanning and administration management.

Ms Hanson has a degree in business studies and holds the Certificate of Financial Planning.

Simon Goldthorpe, managing director of Beaufort Asset Management, said: “We have made a brisk start to 2013 and six months into [the Retail Distribution Review] our model is working well.

“We continue to attract both private and corporate clients, whose financial planning needs are ever more complex and demanding.

“Our offering is robust and we are fortunate in being able to attract quality advisers and support staff to service our growing list of clients, who are based mainly in Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey and Wiltshire.”