Our primary office in Norwich is extremely well equipped to assist you with all of your financial planning needs.
Our Norwich team of Wealth Managers have a vast array of knowledge, their years of combined experience making them leading authorities in financial planning and investment decisions. Due to our unparalleled insight and expertise in this sector, our services are sought after by our clients and the wider financial community – apparent by the huge popularity of our Guides.
Scroll down to meet the Norwich Team:
Stephen Girling – Managing Director & Chartered Financial Planner
Stephen has over 36 years of financial advisory experience and co-founded SGWM in 2001.
His role is wide and varied, heading a strong team of committed people, looking to provide our clients with a dedicated service and peace of mind in a turbulent financial world. Stephen is qualified as an Associate of the Personal Finance Society and a Chartered Financial Planner. Married with three children, he is also treasurer of his local church and a dedicated (but not quick) distance runner.
Andy Wood – Chairman
Andy joined us as Chairman in January 2014. In his day job he is Chief Executive of Adnams Plc the Suffolk-based brewer, hotelier and retailer. Andy has an MBA, a doctorate from Cranfield University and Honorary doctorates; in Business from Anglia Ruskin University, in Science from Cranfield University and Civil Law from the University of East Anglia. He was also awarded an OBE in the Queens Birthday Honours 2013 and is HRH The Prince of Wales’ Ambassador for Business in the Community in the East of England.
Andy is also Professor of Corporate Leadership at Norwich Business School and Associate Dean of Enterprise (Faculty of Social Science) at the University of East Anglia.
Tina Smiddy – Chief Operating Officer
Tina joined the team in July 2016 and has over 30 years’ experience in Financial Services, working for ABB, SEB, UBS and Alvine Capital in various roles. She is responsible for executing strategies developed by the Senior Management Team/Managing Director, working alongside the MD in helping with the smooth running of the company ,and in facilitating the adoption of improvements and procedures across the company.
Outside work she enjoys cooking, gardening and travelling.
Helen Tavner – Marketing & Communications Manager
With many years of experience in a variety of roles including PR, media, design, financial communications, advertising, marketing and event management, Helen looks after SGWM’s communications and marketing remit.
From strategy through to execution, our key messages, brand identity and public image are of utmost importance, so Helen’s role ensures we have consistency across our publications, digital media, sponsorships, events and more.
In her leisure time, Helen enjoys the great outdoors, keeping fit with HIIT, circuits, dancing and walking, plus socialising, reading, interior design….. and looking after her beloved cat, Henry! She is also very committed to animal welfare.
Charlie Crafer – Financial Controller
Charlie worked for Norwich Union (now Aviva) for many years across a number of key departments including Pensions and Commissions.
In 2004 he joined Norwich-based Taverner Investment Strategies as the fund controller and in 2007 was appointed Financial Controller for SG Wealth Management.
Linda Kent – Wealth Manager
Linda has enjoyed a successful career in Financial Services for over 30 years.
Prior to joining SGWM in October 2007, she was a partner in a local IFA business and also Financial Planning Manager for a major High Street Bank. She has a wealth of experience acting for a wide range of clients in all aspects of financial planning and portfolio management. Linda has recently been awarded the Vouched For Certificate of Excellence for the second quarter of 2018.
David Tooley – Wealth Manager
David has worked in financial services since 1998, left a Marketing role to move into the financial advice sector in 2005, and achieved Chartered Financial Planner status in 2012 which demonstrates a high level of technical ability and commitment towards his profession.
David is often seen at the gym during his lunch break training hard in order to keep up with his children, with any free time devoted to following Norwich City FC, and eating!
John Griffin – Wealth Manager
John has career experience of over 30 years’ in the financial services sector, including management positions with a number of building societies and in the mortgage advisory sector. Since 2000, he has specialised in providing independent financial advice to personal clients, with particular emphasis on investment portfolios, inheritance tax planning and elderly client issues.
Prior to joining SGWM, John worked for two prominent Norwich firms and is qualified with the Diploma in Financial Planning (Personal Finance Society, a division of the CII) as well as being an affiliated member of STEP (The Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners) by examination and SOLLA (The Society of Later Life Advisers).
Stuart Sutton – Wealth Manager
Stuart began his career financial services career in 1989, having been lured by the excitement surrounding the [other] ‘big bang’ in 1986 and a school outing to the London Stock Exchange. Roles within Personal Investment Management and Executorship & Trustee departments for a high street bank provided him in-depth knowledge about people’s everyday financial lives, leading to his appointment as one of the youngest advisers in the bank’s Personal Investment department in 1996 .
Since 2001 he has provided unbiased, independent advice to clients and, together with former colleague Linda Kent, joined SG Wealth Management in 2007 to assist with it’s expansion plans. Stuart is a strong believer in delivering a service focused on marrying his clients’ personal objectives with their money, and by working with their other trusted advisers, to help them uncover the real motivation behind their financial decisions.
Stuart is an honorary member of Dereham & District Round Table and a keen sailor and squash player.
Mike Moore – Wealth Manager
Mike has worked in financial services for over 20 years and holds the Diploma in Personal Financial Planning level 4 qualification and is currently working towards Chartered status.
When not at work he enjoys spending time with his young son and if time permits, trying to improve his golf and his keen love of horse racing.
Andrew Morley – Wealth Manager
Andrew has worked in financial services since 1987 and, in addition to providing financial advice to clients, he has also undertaken a number of management roles.
In 2001 Andrew became an IFA, concentrating exclusively on providing financial advice to clients, whilst qualifying as a Pension Transfer and Long Term Care specialist. Andrew is currently working towards Chartered status.
Andrew took up cycling in 2015 and takes part in a number of charity rides throughout the year. He also plays badminton regularly and often takes the family dogs out for long walks.
Neil Dobson – Wealth Manager
Neil Dobson joined us in January 2018 bringing with him over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry after working for national and local advice firms.
As a Chartered Financial Planner and Associate of the Personal Finance Society (PFS), he provides advice to individuals and business owners throughout East Anglia, advising on a wide range of financial planning areas. He specialises in pension and investment planning and enjoys building long-term relationships whilst helping clients achieve their life goals.
Neil is married with two children (who take up most of his spare time!) and his hobbies include watching football and cricket, as well as fishing.
Oliver Morrish – Graduate Trainee Wealth Manager
Oliver joined our Wealth Management team in September 2017 having graduated from Anglia Ruskin University where he studied Accounting & Finance. He is now working towards achieving his Diploma in Financial Planning.
He plays football twice a week as well as squash and tennis on a weekly basis – and loves any excuse to travel.
Ryan graduated from the University of East Anglia in 2012 and began his career in the Financial Services industry shortly after. Ryan has completed the Advanced Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and holds the Chartered Financial Planner title.
At the weekend Ryan can be found playing football for his local team and at the golf course.
Michelle Morgan – Senior Corporate Services Administrator
Michelle has worked within the financial services industry for 25 years having wide experience from insurer to IFA plus individual to corporate sections.
Outside work, Michelle likes to relax with a pint and friends watching her beloved Wasps at rugby HQ and gets her adrenaline fix by competing and marshalling with her husband (no domestics so far!) in a wide variety of motorsport.
Margot North – Office Manager
Margot supports the Managing Director with compliance matters and is responsible for training across the business. She has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years and can call upon a vast array of experience in her role.
In her spare time, Margot enjoys Zumba…..and shopping for new handbags!
Kim joined us from Commercial Trust where she worked for 13 years as a mortgage advisor and sales manager, looking after a team of six staff and also gaining her CEMAP qualifications.
Joining the compliance team there in 2015 equipped her well for her role at SGWM, which ensures the company and our regulated business activities operate within the parameters of our regulating body, the Financial Conduct Authority.
Kim loves the outdoors and exploring new places with her husband, young daughter and cocker spaniel, plus travelling and trying out new restaurants and cuisine with friends and family.
Jason grew up in Norwich and has always lived in the area, although he has also worked overseas and offshore. Following a change of career in 1999, Jason moved into IT and has worked in various IT roles – both on an employed and freelance basis -for over 20 years.
Married with two teenagers and two dogs, his free time is spent playing in – or practising for – 8-ball pool competitions and leagues and watching all kinds of sports, especially F1 and the Premier League. He also enjoys cinema and the movies.
Tammy-Lyn Ducker – Senior Client Services Support
Tammy-Lyn is an experienced senior member of our client services team having been in the industry since 1998.
Prior to joining SGWM, she built up many years of experience with two highly-respected local advisory firms, principally supporting the IFA teams while also developing her skills in the Paraplanning aspects of our work. She is a graduate and holds the Financial Planning Certificate qualification of the Personal Finance Society. She is working towards her Diploma in Financial Planning. Tammy-Lyn’s spare time is taken up wholeheartedly by her young family.
Simon Eke – Client Services Manager
Simon joined us in March 2016 and heads up the Client Services Team. He has nearly 30 years’ experience in the industry during which he has held various roles with three insurance companies in different locations around the country, plus four advisory firms in the East Anglia region.
Outside of work, Simon is a Cub Scout Leader which takes up the majority of his spare time.
Ashley Hobbs – Client Services Support
Ashley joined SG Wealth Management in August 2017 and comes with a lot of knowledge and experience, having worked in the insurance and financial services industry since 2009.
Outside of work, Ashley enjoys spending time with family and friends and also has a keen interest in sports including football, cricket and running. Ashley supports Norwich City and runs with the Norwich Road Runners.
Akane Taylor – Senior Client Services and Investment Support
Akane has over 10 years’ experience in Financial Services and currently provides support to our Wealth Manager and Investment Teams. She previously worked at two large IFA firms in Norwich in
both support and management roles.
In her spare time, Akane likes to travel and explore different cultures and countries and also enjoys cooking – especially Italian and Japanese cuisine.
Kelly Mordecai – Client Services Support
Kelly worked for Aviva for nine years as a Team Leader in the Group Pensions Department before being made redundant in 2014.
She then went to work for another Financial Adviser firm as a Personal Assistant to the director. Kelly joined SG Wealth Management in October 2016.
Outside of work, Kelly enjoys spending quality time with her friends and family and travelling.
Jon Ellis – Client Services Support
Jon joined Client Services Support in November 2017 after almost 8 years working in a paralegal role, where he dealt with the calculation of complex financial losses in serious injury litigation for a large firm of solicitors in the top legal 500. Keen to move into financial services, Jon spent two years studying for a Diploma in Financial Planning in his spare time, before making the move to the financial sector. He recently completed the CII’s Certificate in Paraplanning and is continuing to work towards his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.
Outside of work, Jon enjoys the local Norwich live music scene, spending time with his family and being kept on his toes by his particularly energetic young son!
Neil Gregory – Paraplanner
Neil joined SG Wealth Management in 2014 as Paraplanner to the Wealth Management Team. Neil has worked in various roles within the industry since leaving college in 1997 and has achieved the Diploma in Financial Planning.
Neil enjoys running, working on his vegetable plot in the garden and watching live music.
Ira Everett – Junior Paraplanner
Ira started out with SG Wealth Management in Client Services Support having worked in the IFA industry since she left school.
She has since progressed to the role of Junior Paraplanner. Ira has successfully achieved her certificate for Financial Advisers (CeFA) and also her Diploma for Financial Advisers (DipFA).
Laura Pipe – Paraplanner
Laura started her career in financial services at Aviva in 2007 and has since had various roles within the industry including working within other advisory firms. She has successfully achieved her Certificate in Financial Services and also her Diploma.
St.John has worked in Stockbroking and Portfolio Investment Management for 13 years having previously been a Senior Commercial and Banking solicitor working in-house with Lloyds TSB Bank. St.John is fully qualified and up to date with latest PCIAM qualification which enables him to perform discretionary fund management using individual shares as well as funds; a key element to providing a stockbroking service to clients.
Beyond work, he has 2 grown up children and a strong interest in sports including cricket, rugby (watching others get hurt in rugby rather than himself!) and country sports together with the social life that goes with it.
Asher Girling – Graduate Trainee
After studying law at the University of Lincoln, Asher moved from his previous career in administration and logistics to join SG Wealth Management as graduate trainee where he is putting his analytical skills and experience with legal documentation to work.
A keen runner, Asher often goes out on regular morning jogs and participates in long distance races as often as he is able, completing his first London Marathon in 2018.
Penny joined in 2018 bringing with her many years of experience from working in various HR roles in the Private, Public and Voluntary sectors. She is adept at ensuring employment law and best practices are adhered to when supporting the business and our staff in HR matters.
In her spare time she likes to socialise with family and friends, sometimes makes wedding cakes for her pals and is also an animal lover. She lives with her adopted Maine Coon cat called Teddy.
Emma previously worked for SG Wealth Management from the company’s foundation in 2001 and, after taking a career break to spend time with her young family, rejoined us in 2018.
With more than 12 years of experience providing administrative support in the Financial Services sector, her role is Personal Assistant to our Managing Director, Stephen Girling and Chief Operating Officer, Tina Smiddy.
Outside of work, Emma enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, going for walks and enjoying movie nights, as well as being involved in her local church.
Charlotte joined the team in December 2015 and is responsible for ‘Front of House’ in the Norwich Office. Charlotte’s background has been mainly client-service based in the USA, where she lived and worked for 18 years.
She’s also a mum to two young boys so her spare time is spent with her husband and boys – mostly on the sidelines at football practice.