Founded in 2000 by Graham Clarkson, the Clarkson Wayman Ball group of companies remains privately owned and staunchly independent, ensuring that we offer our clients – both corporate and individual – holistic, whole of market advice.
Simply put, as financial planners we provide the advice our clients deserve, and a client experience that puts them at the heart of everything we do.
We don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Everyone is different and we tailor our services to offer a range of solutions, so whatever our clients’ needs, we can help them to succeed financially.
Our aim is to provide truly objective advice based upon a rigorous assessment of a client’s situation. We communicate clearly with clients on their existing position, and discuss their future goals to ensure we deliver a solution that is right.
We employ experienced financial planners and corporate consultants who are qualified above the industry standard.
Graham Clarkson ACII, DipPFS
Graham is the owner, the original founder of Clarkson Wayman Ball and is now Group CEO of the CWB group of companies.
As well as guiding the strategic direction of the group, Graham continues with his true vocation, namely advising some of our key corporate and individual clients.
Graham is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner with over 25 years’ experience in the financial planning arena. His qualifications and experience enable him to advise clients, both individual and corporate.
Outside of work, Graham is a family man and a keen sportsman. His life away from work revolves around both – as far as possible, simultaneously.
Group Managing Director
Simon has been working with CWB Group since 2013 – originally as an external adviser, and in July 2015 he was appointed as Group Managing Director.
He is responsible for all operational matters throughout the group, and is our Group Compliance Officer.
Simon has over 30 years’ experience in financial services, formerly as a financial planner, and more recently as Managing Director of some national financial services business as well as running his own consultancy business.
Simon lives in Sussex with his husband and large family of dogs. Home life revolves around walking on the beach, the South Downs and a major house renovation project.
Dr Paul Jackson PhD, FPFS
Director, Chartered Financial Planner
Paul has worked with veterinary practices for over 20 years and has been a Partner of PPS for the last 15 years.
Prior to his career in financial services Paul was a research chemist. He lives in Worcestershire with his wife Julia, children Matt and Ellie, and two greyhounds.
Outside of PPS Paul enjoys following Chelsea Football Club, life on a canal boat, plays the tenor horn and is a keen amateur wildlife photographer.
Chief Operating Officer
Krys is our Chief Operating Officer and joined in January 2017. Her role involves managing our teams of Paraplanners and Administrators, ensuring they work as efficiently as possible and providing the best service for our clients.
In addition Krys is also responsible for the ongoing development of our operational systems, processes and policies – specifically supporting better management reporting, information flow and management, as well as business process and business planning.
Krys has worked in the financial services industry since 1985, holding various roles from Financial Adviser to Operations Director. Prior to joining the CWB Group, she worked as a consultant to various financial services businesses – helping review and improve their business processes and procedures – as well as the implementation and restructure of IT systems, plus mentoring staff to improve their skills and achieve their goals.
Outside of work Krys has a passion for baking and shoes, although she’s not sure in which order! Krys also enjoys reading, countryside walks, and travelling.
Chief Financial Officer
Martin is Chief Financial Officer to the CWB group of companies, and joined in January 2020. He is responsible for all financial matters within the Group.
Martin is a Chartered Accountant, and having been a Partner in a top 20 Firm he left public practice to work with SME businesses in interim, part-time, and full time FD/CFO roles. He has over 30 years’ experience of working with businesses at Board level across a range of different sectors.
Martin lives in Sutton Coldfield and has three adult children. He enjoys watching sport, in particular football at Aston Villa where he has had a season ticket for the past 43 years.
Chief Marketing Officer
Marc is an experienced financial services marketer and joined CWB Group in May 2016. He is CMO for the CWB group of companies, responsible for our marketing and communications strategies.
Marc has spent most of his career working in the City of London, in senior marketing positions for some of the UK’s most prominent wealth management and employee benefits businesses.
With a passion for innovation and clear communication, he has been responsible for delivering a large number of groundbreaking marketing initiatives in the employee benefits and wealth management industry.
Outside of work, Marc lives in Essex with his wife and young children. With family roots in North London he is a staunch Arsenal supporter and has held a season ticket for many years. He also enjoys playing golf, family holidays and generally getting away to sunny destinations including his “second home” of Las Vegas.
Director of Employee Benefits
David is Director of Employee benefits for the CWB group of companies, and joined in January 2020.
He has worked in corporate employee benefits for over 30 years, initially with a major insurer, more recently in senior positions with a specialist consultancy, and most recently an international consultancy.
David has been at the forefront of the change from provision of Employee Benefits as a product, to a wider focus on employee engagement and wellbeing through the use of targeted products and services. He has a focus on ensuring that consulting and services are delivered to clients in a manner which makes them easy to understand, and through this David is easy to work with, gives peace of mind and just as importantly, always leaves clients in no doubt that they are valued.
Director of Private Clients
Paul joined in October 2015 and is based at our Bromsgrove office.
He is Director of Private Clients, a Chartered Financial Planner and is continuing to pursue his professional qualifications, with the next goal to become a Fellow of the Personal Financial Society. Paul also has a LLB (Hons) in Law from the University of Sheffield.
Paul’s two biggest passions outside of work are his family and sport – his wife would tell you they don’t always come in that order! He is a fan of almost all sports and so is not fussy whether he is participating or more frequently now partaking simply as a spectator and watching the professionals show him how it should be done.
Paul comes from a large family, he is one of 5 boys. So when he is not enjoying family time with his wife, Charlotte and young son, Oscar, he enjoys catching up with one of his many brothers, usually at some type of sporting event.
Our Financial Planners
Adam Hildred FPFS
Chartered Financial Planner, Head of Private Clients
Adam joined CWB in June 2018 and is based at our Market Harborough office.
He is a Chartered Financial Planner and Fellow of the Personal Finance Society (PFS) with over 20 years of experience in the Financial Services industry. He is a specialist in areas including taxation and trusts as well as retirement planning, however, offers a fully holistic service to both personal as well as corporate clients.
The focus outside of work for Adam is his family, as he is married with two daughters who keep him busy. He enjoys cycling to keep fit, golf once or twice a year to keep him grounded and a large amount of dog walking in the surrounding countryside of where he lives.
He is a committee member of the local music festival in his village and a committee member of the regional PFS group for Essex as well
as having spent 10 years on the PTA at his daughter’s school with the last three years as chairman, and enjoys being involved with local events and activities.
Carl joined CWB in December 2019 and is a Financial Planner based in our Market Harborough office.
Chris Gibbs APFS
Chartered Financial Planner, Head of Private Clients
Chris is a Chartered Financial Planner based at our Market Harborough office. Having joined CWB in October 2016, Chris became part of our Planning team in 2019 after being promoted from his Paraplanner role.
David Brennan CFPcm, APFS
Investment Director, Chartered Financial Planner
David is an Investment Director and Chartered Financial Planner, and joined CWB in January 2015. He has over 30 years’ experience in financial services through the life assurance, IFA, employee benefits and wealth management sectors.
David is a Chartered Financial Planner with the CII, a Certified Financial Planner & a Chartered Wealth Manager with the CISI.
Outside of the office, David is a lover of sports, especially cricket, horse racing and football. He also holds the FA Level 1 coaching badge and coaches his son’s football team. Aside from sports he likes to spend time with his family and has a general interest in the economy and current affairs.
Frederick Eden DipFA
Fred joined CWB in November 2015 having relocated to the Leicestershire area from Lancashire.
He is a Diploma qualified Financial Planner and has worked in the industry for over 25 years. Fred also holds relevant Mortgage Advice and Equity Release qualifications.
Fred is married and has been for 28 years. He has two grown up children, a springer spaniel called Bruno and a cat called Ralph. He enjoys meeting people, walking/trekking and watching sport. Fred recently visited Peru and spent 5 days trekking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Garry Donnelly CFP (TM) Chartered MCSI
Investment Director, Chartered Financial Planner
Garry is Investment Director and Chartered Financial Planner. He heads up our Glasgow office, and joined in October 2017.
Jake Clarkson DipPFS
Private Clients Team Leader
Jake is a Financial Planner, based at our head office in Market Harborough. He became part of our Financial Planning team in August 2016, having been promoted from his former role as a Paraplanner, and is now Team Leader.
He graduated with a 2:1 degree in BSc (Hons) Economics for Business from Leeds Metropolitan University (now Leeds Beckett University) in 2013 and now has around five years’ experience in the financial services industry.
Jake has recently completed his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning, and plans to further his development by achieving Chartered and then Fellow status. He is also a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and Personal Financial Society.
Outside of work, Jake likes to keep active by going to the gym and playing cricket for his local village team. He is a keen sports fan and likes to follow a range of different sports including football (Leeds United), cricket (Yorkshire), rugby league (Leeds Rhinos) and horse racing.
James Lavender ACSI
James is a Financial Planner, based at our Market Harborough office. He joined CWB in November 2019 and has a wealth of experience working within the financial services sector.
James is Diploma Qualified and Graduated in Securities, Investments and Financial Planning at the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investments. In the near future James aims to further his studies by working towards a Chartered Financial Planning status and by becoming a Fellow within the institute.
As a former Broker in The City of London James has experience in dealing with high net worth clients and understands the importance of bespoke advice which is tailored to match individual needs. James wanted to pursue a more holistic client-orientated approach with his career at a firm where building long-term relationships is key, and this is what attracted him to CWB.
Outside of work James’s lives in Buckinghamshire & enjoys countryside living and local events with his partner. Two of his biggest passions are his family and sports, where he is particularly enthused about rugby and motorsports. James is also committed to various local charitable projects and regularly raises money for these worthwhile causes.
Mark Rolfe DipPFS
Mark is a Financial Planner reporting out of our London office and joined CWB in January 2015. He can call upon nearly 30 years of experience in the financial services industry, working most recently for Vestra Wealth and Bluefin.
Mark is Diploma qualified and is currently studying towards Chartered status. He is also a member of both the Personal Finance Society and Chartered Insurance Institute.
Outside of work, Mark has been married for 30 years and has two grown up children. When he isn’t in the office, Mark is a classic car enthusiast and enjoys watching motorsport. He is also a member (and former president) of the Milton Keynes Stony Stratford Lions Club, which is part of a worldwide charitable service. Additionally, when he isn’t helping local (and some overseas) charitable causes he likes to regularly go to air shows and watch rugby – Northampton Saints being his team of choice.
Neil Carroll APFS, MCSI
Chartered Financial Planner
Neil is a Chartered Financial Planner, based in our Bromsgrove office. He joined in September 2017.
Neil has been a financial professional since 2003. He has a wealth of experience with a career including roles in Banking, Private Banking, Wealth Management and Financial Planning.
After earning his Honours degree in Genetics from Nottingham, Neil went on to study Financial Planning through the Chartered Insurance Institute, Chartered Institute for Securities & Investments and the CFA Institute. He is a Chartered Member of the CII and member of the CISI.
Neil Lives in Lichfield with his wife and three young children. Most weekends revolve around taking the kids to various classes, groups and children’s parties, but when he gets the chance Neil enjoys watching Cricket, Rugby and Formula One.
Neil is a Financial Planner and joined CWB in September 2018, working out of our Market Harborough office.
Roger Carey DipPFS
Roger is a Financial Planner and works out of our London office. He joined CWB in January 2015.
Roger has over 20 years’ financial services experience having previously working for a number of leading industry names. He is Diploma qualified and is a member of the Personal Finance Society and Chartered Institute of Insurance.
When it comes to working with clients, Roger feels that more than ever they value a high level of service and professionalism. Having a client-centric service proposition is key and that is what attracted Roger to CWB.
Roger enjoys the combination of the buzz of the City and West End, and the calmer environment of the South Coast and New Forest close to where he resides. Out of work, Roger enjoys travel and is a keen dog walker. He also likes to follow most sports and actively supports the on-going development of grass roots community football, holding the FA Level 1 coaching badge.
Business Development Manager
Sean is a Business Development Manager and joined the CWB Group in August 2017.
Although based in our Market Harborough office, Sean’s role takes him across the UK where he works to develop relationships with our professional partners.
Steven is a Diploma qualified Financial Planner and has a First Class in BSc (Hons) Financial Economics from City, University of London. Steven joined in October 2017, and is based in our London office.
He is also a member of the Chartered Insurance Institute and the Personal Finance Society, and aims to continue studying towards Chartered Financial Planner status.
Away from work Steven is passionate about his family, fitness and football (Arsenal and Real Madrid). He has captained his local club and university in the past and still plays regularly. Aside from football, he likes to follow American football (New England Patriots), read and train in the gym.
Steven is also committed to mentoring students of college and university levels, by preparing the next generation for university or working life.
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