Our People

We take pride in knowing that our evolved approach and customer focus are exemplified in the Blackfinch team. Our staff comprises a group of dedicated people working to meet your investment needs.

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Richard Cook
Chief Executive Officer

Richard has been Chief Executive Officer of Blackfinch since 2009. He has been involved in the structuring and management of investment assets for over 14 years. Richard conceptualised and launched the Blackfinch brand and has overseen the growth and expansion of the company within the UK retail market. Previously, Richard worked in senior banking roles within Merrill Lynch and the Bank of New York.

Richard Simmonds

Richard Simmonds
Chief Investment Officer

Richard has 15 years’ senior experience in financial services spanning projects, corporate finance and fund management, with a specialism in asset-backed fund management. Prior to joining Blackfinch, Richard held roles at NatWest, FTSE and Credit Suisse in London and New York. Richard holds an Executive MBA, the Certificate in Discretionary Investment Management, and the Diploma in Financial Planning.

Jerry Price

Jerry R. Price
Chief Distribution Officer

Jerry joined Blackfinch in 2013 to focus on strategic account management. He brings over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, ranging from direct sales, and management training to managing nationwide networks of independent financial advisers. Jerry is well known for the depth of his knowledge and understanding of the challenges advisers face both at an individual and corporate level.

Jerry Price

Jerry R. Price
Chief Distribution Officer

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STEVE EDGINGTON DipPFS
HEAD OF STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS

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BARRY LYNAS
SENIOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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DOMINIQUE BUTTERS
SENIOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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GORDON PUGH
SENIOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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Robert Jones
SENIOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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SARAH HENDY
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

MARK PEARSON
SENIOR BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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Sarah Wakefield
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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STUART WARWICK
Head of Internal Business Development

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Anna Carter
INTERNAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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DANIELLE TROW
INTERNAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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Jade Allard
INTERNAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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LEE FRANKLIN
INTERNAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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REBECCA PRICE
INTERNAL BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

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EMMA HARRISON
MARKETING ASSISTANT

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JESSICA HEATHERLEY
MARKETING ASSISTANT

Richard Simmonds

Richard Simmonds
Chief Investment Officer

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GUY LAVARACK
INVESTMENT DIRECTOR

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DAVID HIGSON
SENIOR INVESTMENT MANAGER

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Stuart Tyler Lloyd
Investment Manager

JOLYON RIDGWELL
INVESTMENT MANAGER

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STEFAN AGOPSOWICZ
INVESTMENT MANAGER

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Alex Sumner
Fund Manager

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Gareth Deacon
Fund Manager

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Katie Willis
Property Administrator

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Andrew Troughton
Asset Specialist

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Paul Chivers
Asset Specialist

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Ian Brown
Asset Adviser

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Terry Back
Asset Specialist

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Nicola Mayes
Investment Analyst

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Nakul Boyd
Investment Analyst

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NATALIE CULL
ASSISTANT PRODUCT ACCOUNTANT

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ALICE WOOD
PRODUCT ACCOUNTING ADMINISTRATOR

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RACHEL NOKES
Fund Accountant

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SONYA NOBES
ASSISTANT FUND
ACCOUNTANT

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Nicola Sheppard
Assistant Fund Accountant

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Chris Osipiuk
Fund Accountant

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ELOISE JACKSON
SUPERVISOR OF CLIENT RESOURCES TEAM

JULIA LAMBERT
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT

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Alice Bollen
CLIENT RESOURCES ADMINISTRATOR

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Jade Marshall
CLIENT RESOURCES ADMINISTRATOR

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Laura Moffat
CLIENT RESOURCES ADMINISTRATOR

Cathy Clements

CATHY CLEMENTS
Senior Financial Controller

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ELIZABETH YOUNGS
Operations DIRECTOR

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REBECCA COPSEY
pROJECT mANAGER

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RACHEL HARDING
ACCOUNTS ASSISTANT

Beth Stone
Corporate Financial Accountant

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Michael Wheeler
Client Asset Accountant

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HENRY CLARKE
LEGAL Director

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Hamish Masson
LEGAL DIRECTOR

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CHLOE YOUNG
PARALEGAL

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Serena Wiggin
Paralegal

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William Simmonds
CTO

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Lee Fellowes
Head of IT

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Ethan Wood
IT Apprentice

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Callum Mcdowie
IT Support