Gareth Griffiths

Gareth Griffiths Bsc (Hons), Dip PFS
Managing Director, Independent Financial Adviser

Gareth was a professional footballer for 14 years before deciding on a change in career and opting to move into financial services. He founded Pro Sport® with Phil Rose, and now focuses upon helping sports men and women secure their financial future. With a firm understanding of the highs and lows of a professional sporting career, Gareth is able to identify with his clients and advise them on how to maximise their earning potential.

Gareth is still involved in sport and is currently a Trustee of the PFA. He also advises clients working in other disciplines of sport, most notably his involvement in rugby where he advises a number of international rugby players.​

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Phillip Rose APFS
Group CEO, Chartered Financial Planner

Phil founded Group IFA in 2006 with a vision to provide independent, professional and tailored financial advice to a broad range of clients.

Having entered the financial services market 26 years ago when clients were offered company products rather than personalised investment programmes, Phil knew that he would develop a business that placed independence at its heart. Phil also wanted his business and advisers to operate at the highest level, obtaining accreditations that exceed the minimum industry standards and he remains committed to this.

To date all members of the Group’s business streams are encouraged to improve their professional qualifications. They have three fellow members and four at Chartered Financial Planner status.

Under Phil’s stewardship the business has featured in the Top 25 Private Client Practitioner list for the past three years, as well as receiving the Best UK Financial Planners award for trustee advice and best for pro active financial planning in the UK for 2015. Phil himself was awarded the Money Management Retirement Planner of the Year in 2011.

Along with being Group CEO, Phil remains active in working with clients and is unrelenting in ensuring he sets an example of exemplary client service.

Tom Kennedy
Financial Adviser

Tom is a recently retired ex professional footballer with over 500 league games experience.

Tom is now looking to  make his mark on the financial services industry by providing Honest and Trustworthy advice to sporting professionals.

He is hungry to learn and excited about the future with Pro Sport Wealth Management.

Kate Hopewell
Office Manager

Kate is one of the newest members of the team joining as Office Manager in 2018.

Kate has over twenty years’ experience in Financial Services working predominantly within Life & Pensions and specialising in client servicing for new and existing business and regulated complaints.

In her spare time Kate enjoys skiing and likes going to the Formula One Grand Prix

Andrew Lee BA (Hons,) Dip PFS
Paraplanner

Thriving on the diversity of his role as a Paraplanner within the firm, Andrew joined straight from University in 2014 and has now achieved Diploma status and is currently working towards achieving Chartered Status.

Andrew has a keen interest in investments and finance and has undertaken internships within Private Banking.

Ethan Hesketh
Administrator

A driven individual, Ethan joined the Pro Sport team in 2018, having worked in Financial Services for over 3 years. He has specialised previously in the area of retirement planning.

Ethan is currently working towards his Diploma Status.

 

Grace Parry
Administrator

Grace joined the Pro Sport team as its first apprentice in October 2017 and is currently studying towards her Certificate in Financial Administration.  Alongside this she also manages the Social Media platforms for the whole group.

In her spare time Grace likes keeping fit, coaching the local cheerleading team and participating in National competitions.

Natalie Coward

Natalie Coward CeMap
Mortgage Adviser

Natalie’s role as a Mortgage Adviser sees her thrive on the thrill of her clients buying their dream property.

Natalie has over 20 year’s experience within the financial services environment specialising in mortgage advice.

As an independent adviser, Natalie is able to use her skills to help clients navigate their way through the variety of mortgages available. Natalie is a keen and effective communicator who is focused upon identifying the needs and objectives of her clients and then using her financial acumen to find the right solution.

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Chris Swaby BA (Hons), Dip PFS Cert CII (Life and Pensions)

Chris has been with the team for over six years and works behind the scenes to prepare and administer financial plans for Pro Sport’s clients.

Committed to the company’s emphasis on professional development, Chris has achieved Diploma Status and is currently working towards his Chartered status. His ambition is to move into advising clients in the future.

His organisational skills are exemplary and he continues to be an integral part of the Pro Sport® team.