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, sales and marketing Rod a has broad range of expertise that places him well to confidently drive and manage strong and sustainable growth within the business.

Maxine Harvey

Head of Compliance
ACII, APFS

Maxine has been in Financial Services longer than she cares to admit!  During this time she's had experience across all types of roles and businesses. She claims that she “fell into” compliance and training because she likes things to be right, as well as wanting to share knowledge with others to watch them grow.

Maxine joined Flying Colours because it presented an opportunity to use her experience and help a business grow through helping clients. She describes the Flying Colours team as "like-minded people trying to make a positive difference for others".

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 Manager

Mark is an experienced fund manager and manages the Flying Colours investment portfolios. He works closely with Guy and is a member of the Investment Committee. 

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

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

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.

Sarah Arora

Financial Adviser
BA (Hons); Dip PFS; 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

Financial Adviser
Dip PFS; 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

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!

Toby Clements

Associate Adviser

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. 

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 Admnistrator

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.

Donna Crabtree

Administration Team Leader

Donna has worked in the Financial Services industry since 1998, where she started her career at Invesco Perpetual.

Since leaving Invesco Perpetual in 2003 she's worked with Independent Financial Advisers and Wealth Management companies, gaining experience in Pensions, Protection and Savings & Investments. Donna is also a member of the Personal Finance Institute and Chartered Insurance Institute.

In her spare time Donna enjoys spending time with her family and friends and likes attending and following motor shows. She admits to being a bit of a MotoGP Valentino Rossi fan too!

Stephen Murphy

Client Liason

Stephen has worked in financial services for 9 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.

Luke Callaghan

Administrator