Senior management

Guy Myles

Chief Executive

Guy is the CEO and founder of Flying Colours. He launched the business in early 2016 determined to offer consumers a better value way to access financial advice and investment management. As well as leading the business, Guy acts as Chief Investment Officer, with responsibility for the research and design of our investment portfolios.

In 2000, Guy co-founded Octopus Investments, growing the company from start-up to market leader with over 6bn of assets under management for more than 50,000 customers.

Prior to that, Guy worked as a fund manager for Mercury Asset Management where he was responsible for over $1 Billion in US Equities.

James Shenton

Managing Director

James has worked in financial services for over 20 years, starting in equity research and investment management before joining Guy at Octopus Investments and helping to grow the business from start-up to over 500 staff and £6bn of assets under management. At Flying Colours, James is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the business and for delivering on our growth strategy. He is passionate about the use of new and emerging technologies, which will ultimately allow Flying Colours to offer the best products and service to its customers.

Jonathan Dominey

Chief Operating Officer
DipPFS

Jonathan is a fully qualified financial adviser with more than 7 years’ experience in financial services. He specialises in cashflow planning and is responsible for developing our advice software.

Rod Stewart

Director of Strategic Planning and Partnerships
DipFA, RG146

Rod has vast experience as a Financial Services Professional, with over 25 years of international experience in establishing and growing advice businesses. Rod places people at the heart of business, providing individuals and the business with leadership, strategy and growth initiatives based on sound professional principles. Rod has built strong networks across Australia, Asia and the UK both in the retail IFA and Platform worlds. As a key member of the executive structure of the Flying Colours team, Rod is responsible for the growth of adviser numbers, partnerships and distribution of the platform proposition. With a skill set that covers finance, capital raising, project management, and sales and marketing; Rod has a broad range of expertise that enables him to drive sustainable business growth for the Flying Colours.

Simon Taylor

Technical Director
BSc (Hons), PGDip

With over two decades’ experience of working in sectors as diverse as private education, tourism and finance, I have worked at companies of various sizes, from start-ups to multinational corporations, holding a variety of positions, from front-line development to my current role as Technical Director. My focus is on agile, lean start-up thinking, cloud computing and software-as-a-service in order to provide the best possible ROI on technology spend.

Investment committee Our investment portfolios are monitored by our experienced investment committee. This is chaired by Guy Myles and also includes Mark Preskett and James Shenton.

Guy Myles

Chief Executive

Guy is the CEO and founder of Flying Colours. He launched the business in early 2016 determined to offer consumers a better value way to access financial advice and investment management. As well as leading the business, Guy acts as Chief Investment Officer, with responsibility for the research and design of our investment portfolios.

In 2000, Guy co-founded Octopus Investments, growing the company from start-up to market leader with over 6bn of assets under management for more than 50,000 customers.

Prior to that, Guy worked as a fund manager for Mercury Asset Management where he was responsible for over $1 Billion in US Equities.

Mark Preskett

Portfolio Adviser

Mark Preskett, CFA, acts as investment adviser to the Flying Colours portfolios. He sits on the Flying Colours Investment Committee, providing guidance on fund selection, asset allocation and portfolio construction. He is also a Portfolio Manager for Morningstar Investment Management in London, managing multi-asset portfolios for a range of financial institutions in the UK and Europe. Prior to joining Morningstar in 2011, he worked as an investment analyst for AIG Life.  

James Shenton

Managing Director

James has worked in financial services for over 20 years, starting in equity research and investment management before joining Guy at Octopus Investments and helping to grow the business from start-up to over 500 staff and £6bn of assets under management. At Flying Colours, James is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the business and for delivering on our growth strategy. He is passionate about the use of new and emerging technologies, which will ultimately allow Flying Colours to offer the best products and service to its customers.

Advice team We’re proud of our team at Flying Colours. We only hire passionate, dedicated and friendly professionals. We continually invest in training and support so that they get even better. That means we can be confident we are delivering the best possible service to you at all times. If you ever have a question then please don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call.

John Varley

Independent Financial Adviser
CF8; ER1; APMI; Dip PFS

John is a fully qualified financial adviser with 30 years experience gained across all areas of financial planning. He is passionate about providing high quality great value independent advice. For over ten years he has particularly specialised in providing expert advice to elderly and vulnerable members of society, their families and legal representatives. During his career John has held various senior management positions with large household name financial institutions. Outside of work John lives in a picturesque village on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds and enjoys spending his spare time with family and friends.

John Drakes

Independent Financial Adviser
DipPFS, Certs CII (MP & ER), LLAA

John has over 28 years experience as a financial adviser, having held posts with some of the UKs largest & well respected financial institutions. He holds the Diploma in Financial Planning as well as a number of specialist qualifications linked to his work with elderly and vulnerable clients. John is a member of the Personal Finances Society, Chartered Insurance Institute and is most proud of being an accredited member of the Society of Later Life Advisers John  deals with higher net worth clients, clients facing the financial challenges of later life, trusts and wealth management as well as clients needing advice following financial settlements.

John Fielding

Independent Financial Adviser
DipPFS, DipFA, CeMAP

John is a fully qualified financial adviser and holds a diploma in financial planning with both the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Institute of Financial Services. He has worked in the financial sector for over 27 years and has a wealth of experience across Pensions, Investments, Protection and Tax Planning. John specialises in helping clients with their retirement planning and investment needs but he also is able to provide comprehensive advice across all areas of financial planning. He takes great pride in maintaining long term relationships with clients and considers the on-going service just as important as the initial transaction. Outside of work he is married to Anne-marie and has two daughters and his beloved black Labrador, Bella. John’s main passion is cycling and he can often be seen riding around the Lincolnshire countryside with his friends.

Nigel Wvendth

Independent Financial Adviser
MCSI, DipPFS, Certs CII (MP & ER), CeMAP

Nigel is a fully qualified Financial Adviser holding the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning, and Private Client Investment Advice and Management qualifications. With 20 years’ experience advising private clients across the broad range of investments, pensions, tax-planning, mortgages and protection, he also works closely with business clients, providing advice to support the financial goals of their business. Achieving clients’ financial aims and providing excellent customer service are at the core of Nigel’s approach.  He prides himself on building strong, long lasting, trusted relationships with clients, helping them turn their goals into reality.

Nick Tattersall

Regional Operations Manager & Independent Financial Adviser
DipPFS, B.Sc (Hons)

Nick is a fully qualified financial adviser with over 15 years experience in the finance and banking sectors and working towards Chartered Status. He is also the regional operations manager for Flying Colours Lincoln office providing support to the Head of Region and the wider team. Nick also leads the team of paraplanners and administrators who provide support to the financial advisers. Nick lives in the north of Lincolnshire with a young family and enjoys playing golf in his spare time. He can often be found walking a slightly bonkers cockapoo around the village!

Sarah Arora

Independent Financial Adviser
BA (Hons); DipPFS; CeMAP

Sarah is a fully qualified Financial Adviser and holds the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and the Certificate in Mortgage Advice. After gaining an Economics and Business degree she began her career in Finance where she now has 13 years’ experience across investments, pensions, tax-planning, mortgages, protection and general insurance.

Billy Ambler

Independent Financial Adviser
DipPFS; CeMAP

Billy is a fully qualified Financial Adviser and holds the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and the Certificate in Mortgage Advice. He has 6 years’ experience across investments, pensions,  tax-planning, mortgages, protection and general insurance. Billy prides himself in providing excellent financial advice and assisting clients, both new and old, with their financial affairs.

Steve Stobie

Independent Financial Adviser
DipPFS

Steve is a fully qualified Financial Adviser and holds the full Diploma in Financial Planning. He has nearly twenty years’ experience across Pensions, Investments, Protection, Mortgages and general insurance. Steve specialises in helping clients with retirement planning and savings and investment advice, but like all our advisers here, is able to provide comprehensive advice across all areas of financial planning. Outside of work, he is married to Jenni, and their three young children keep him busy. He is also an avid armchair supporter of Everton Football Club, but don’t let that cloud your judgement before speaking to him!

Mehar Sandhu

Independent Financial Adviser
DipFA

Mehar is a fully qualified level 4 adviser, with a Diploma in Financial Advice. He has amassed over 7 years of industry experience, having worked in both a larger city based practice and a smaller boutique advisory outside of the city. Mehar joined Flying Colours as a Partner within the firm, to head up the regional Milton Keynes office. His focus will continue to be assisting clients with retirement planning, accumulation of wealth through various tax efficient wrappers and protecting their family and assets. Mehar's client base ranges from private individuals and small to medium size enterprises - with a focus on helping them to become more tax efficient through sound financial planning advice.

Reece Jones

Independent Financial Adviser
BA (Hons); DipPFS; CeMAP

Reece is a fully qualified Financial Adviser and holds a Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and a Certificate in Mortgage Advice. Reece did his degree in Business Studies and Financial Services and has had a passion for Financial Services ever since. He has spent about 14 months working abroad for Citi Group (NYC) in their Global Wealth Management division, and the last 8 years specialising in investments, pensions, tax-planning, mortgages, and protection advice for private individuals in the UK. Reece is a firm believer in building  long-term relationships that deliver the best results from financial planning decision. Outside of work, Reece likes to keep fit and enjoys challenging himself. He's completed a number of endurance events in the past - including the London to Brighton Bike Ride and the MK Half Marathon. Reece finds it really rewarding to see just how far you can push yourself if you put your mind to it, whilst helping raise awareness and funds for good causes, too.

Toby Clements

Associate Adviser

Toby is currently completing his training to be a fully qualified adviser. He has five years’ experience in the financial services industry, specialising in pensions and taxation. Toby provides support and assistance to the team of Advisers and prides himself in delivering exceptional customer service. In his spare time, Toby enjoys photography and spending time with his friends and family.

Samantha Kennett

Associate Adviser

Samantha has a First in Accounting and Finance from the University of Kent and as part of her degree spent a year in industry at Morgan Stanley. With a background in pensions, protection, investments and taxation, Samantha uses her experience to deliver excellent customer service and assistance to clients and colleagues. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities and watching live motorsport.

Mathew Burrows

Independent Financial Adviser

Mathew is a diploma qualified independent financial adviser with a wealth of experience gained over 25 years. His expertise includes advice on pensions, investment management, personal protection, business protection and inheritance tax planning (including the use of trusts). Over the years, Mathew has helped many clients from all walks of life achieve their financial objects in a clear and understandable way. Mathew is a guest financial speaker on BBC radio, he is also a keen road cyclist.

Ed Cullen

Independent Financial Adviser
Dip PFS

As a level four fully qualified Financial Planner with over 25 years in the financial service industry, Ed began his career Working for home service companies and banks were he  picked up a lot of experience and understanding of people's financial needs. Ed believes his purpose as a Wealth Planner is to help my existing and future clients over four distinct phases of life: the creation of wealth, its maintenance, its growth, and its protection. Ed Cullen offers bespoke tailor-made packages, designed to smooth the way through the minefield that financial planning can be. His experience  has prompted this approach, and he believes in the merits of customised solutions; based on his knowledge of working for Banks in the past who only offer  one-fit, off-the-shelf solutions. Such products are specifically designed  for a mass market approach, which generally tends to benefit only the providers.

Carl Williams

Independent Financial Adviser
Dip PFS

With over 18 years in the Financial Services industry, Carl was also employed by Lloyds Banking Group for 17 years - with 8 years of this service within the Private Banking arm of Lloyds, providing an ongoing Relationship Service to a bank of over 300 clients. He then decided to move into Independent Advice as he felt that offering Restricted Advice, such as that which High Street Banks tend to offer, limits client options and therefore does not really adhere to the 'Treating Clients Fairly' mantra which is a significant factor in providing financial advice. Carl believes that  building relationships with clients and providing an ongoing service has helped him become a trusted adviser and has resulted in many clients happily referring their friends and family.

John Munton

Independent Financial Adviser
Dip PFS

John is a diploma-qualified Independent Financial Adviser and has been working in financial services for eleven years. John's specialist areas include investments and retirement planning, with a strong background in investment analysis and performance reporting. He is also able to provide advice across all areas of financial planning. Outside of work, John and wife, Sara, have just recently celebrated the birth of their first child, Noah. John's passions include football and golf, although he admits to being a bit of a fair weather golfer. After an around-the-world trip, John also loves to travel. This may have to be put on hold with the arrival of baby Noah.

Tyrone Peters

Independent Financial Adviser
Dip PFS, CeMAP

Tyrone is a fully qualified Financial Adviser and holds a Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and the Certificate in Mortgage Advice. He has a wealth of experience across pensions, savings, investment management, mortgages, personal protection, business protection and inheritance tax planning (including the use of trusts). Tyrone's greatest pleasure is derived from the help he's provided over the years, to clients from all walks of life, helping achieve their financial goals. He has typically gone on to help their family members and friends. Outside of work, Tyrone likes to spend as much time as possible with his family and friends. He also tries to keep fit with the  occasional run and gym session, unfortunately, not very successfully at the moment but he's adamant he's still trying.

Stephen Fox

Independent Financial Adviser
Dip PFS

Stephen is a fully qualified financial adviser and holds a diploma in financial planning with both the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments. He has worked in the financial sector for 10 years and has a wealth of experience across Pensions, Investments, Protection and Tax Planning. Stephen joined the industry working on investment specific stockbroking tasks before adding to his knowledge in this area by focusing on the bespoke financial planning side of the industry allowing him to deliver a truly rounded approach to financial services for his clients. Stephen takes enormous pride out of having a working relationship with his clients he has built up over the years delivering a jargon free service that his clients truly cherish. Outside of work he is married to Joanna and has two sons William and Sebastian and in his free time you will find Stephen with his sons at rugby and football training or down the gym where he has been a member for 20 years.

John Pulahi

Independent Financial Adviser
Dip PFS

John is a financial planner specialising in working with:
  • Small / medium sized businesses
  • Medical professionals; typically GPs, dentists and hospital consultants
  • Professionals such as solicitors and accountants
John’s clients are usually, although not always, in their 50s, or older, and keen to plan carefully for their retirement and the years after they finish working. John is married and has two boys aged 5 and 2. Family is massively important to John. That’s reflected in the type of clients he tends to work with, who are usually as family orientated as he is. John has a passion for self-development. He regularly listens to podcasts and reads constantly, all in an effort to better understand how people think and work, which allows him to constantly improve as a financial planner.

Declan Harrington

Independent Financial Adviser
Dip PFS

Declan is a fully qualified independent financial adviser who has worked in the financial industry for 22 years, following ten years as a tax specialist.  He is committed to providing a comprehensive financial planning service to clients; covering family and business finances, investments and savings, retirement planning and inter-generational planning. Building long-term relationships with clients is a particular passion of his and means that financial plans are monitored, modified and changed to suit clients' changing circumstances and needs. He has written several published articles and guides on subjects as diverse as student finances and workplace pensions. Declan lives in Gosforth with his wife Kim and their two daughters.

Adviser support Our Paraplanners and Adminstrators work side-by-side with our Financial Advisers. They research products, prepare reports and help to ensure we always provide an excellent level of service to each and every one of our clients.

Aoife Brunt

Senior Administrator

Aoife has been in the financial services industry for over 11 years, providing administration support to Independent Financial Advisers. With a wealth of experience across investment, pensions and protection products, Aoife provides professional and friendly support for clients, to an exceptionally high standard. Outside of work, Aoife enjoys spending time with family and friends and regular trips home to Ireland.

Tony Bailey

Paraplanner

Tony has worked in the financial services industry for over 15 years, having originally stumbled in the industry through a Mortgage administration company. Since them he has worked in many areas, including Mortgages, Investments, Protection and Employee Benefits. As a paraplanner, Tony works to support our Financial Advisers through research and client report preparation

Aaron Perry

Client Liason

Aaron has worked in Financial Services for 10 years with roles at Standard Life, BDO Stoy Hayward and Foster Denovo before joining Flying Colours. He is married with two children and a Yorkshire Terrier.

Gareth Geldart

Compliance Manager

Gareth has worked in financial services for over 15 years. Over this time he has seen many changes in the industry. He joined Flying Colours in early 2016, impressed with the fresh thinking and the drive to help all clients.

Peter Mallett

Senior Administrator
Cert PFS

Peter is a Senior Administrator and holds the CII Certificate in Financial Planning. He has worked in the Financial Services Client Support and Administration for over 9 years. Peter also has a wide experience of administration in other sectors including Retail, Information Technology and Training. Peter enjoys working as part of a team and assisting clients and colleagues alike. In his spare time Peter enjoys music, art and the theatre, he loves a walk in the countryside and is a volunteer dog walker for the local rescue home.

Stephen Murphy

Client Liaison

Stephen has worked in financial services for 10 years, helping clients with their enquiries across a range of subjects including pensions, investments and mortgages. He strives to make sure they receive the best possible guidance and service in order to achieve their financial goals. Stephen believes a smooth, friction-free client journey is one of the most important factors when it comes to financial advice and is proud that Flying Colours aspires to deliver this every time. In his spare time, Stephen enjoys watching sports - especially football and is a season ticket holder at QPR.  Also, he has been asked to be a ‘Best Man’ 5 times, so if you need help with any speeches – He is your man!

Luke Callaghan

Administrator

Conor Devlin

Paraplanner
DipFA

Conor has been in the industry for 10 years.  In that time, he's mainly been providing support to independent financial advisers and implementing structures and procedures. Conor has recently qualified with a Diploma in Financial Advice and is putting his acquired knowledge to full use by focusing on the areas of pensions, investments and protection. Away from the office, Conor likes to spend time with his wife and three children who keep him on his toes!

Ross Evans

Paraplanner
DipPFS

Ross is a diploma qualified Paraplanner and has been working in the Financial Services sector for the past two years. During his time within the industry, Ross has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in providing good quality and sound financial advice. Ross’ key roles include collating research and preparing suitability reports for the Flying Colours advisers to present to their clients. In his spare time, Ross can be found making his way around the local golf course working on getting his handicap down.

Lucy Cooper

Administrator

Lucy has recently joined the world of Financial advice after graduating from the University of Lincoln’s Law School. Lucy joined the Lincoln team to provide administrative support and is eager to learn from the experienced professionals around her. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys volunteering for the Ark Animal Rescue Centre.

Tom Kelly

Administrator