Our management team

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Alex Larvin

Group Head of Risk

As the Group Head of Risk, Alex is responsible for developing and maintaining robust systems and controls to mitigate key risks. She also oversees both the Advice & Regulatory Support and Training & Competence functions and is involved in the strategic development of the business. Alex has been with AFH since 2006.

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Austin Broad

Group Head of Advice

Austin has been with AFH since 2007 and has more than 20 years of experience as a Financial Adviser. As the Group Head of Advice, his responsibilities include the strategic development of the quality and direction of financial planning and investment advice within the business. He also serves as a member of the Board and is a director of the Group.

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Barry Willis

Sales Director

Barry has been in the financial sector for over 35 years. Starting out in banking, he has held positions ranging from adviser to regional manager, for a variety of tied and independent banks and building societies.

Before joining AFH in 2011, Barry headed up financial services at a local top 10 building society. At AFH, his role includes delivering the T&C Scheme and providing sales and business support to our adviser population. He also serves as an Executive Board Committee member. Barry values working in a rapidly growing, client-centric business.

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Chris Handshaw

Head of Adviser Relations

Before joining AFH, Chris spent many years managing teams in the private and premier banking industries. He was previously head of IFA distribution in London for a leading product provider, and specialises in regenerating underperforming regions. Chris joined AFH as head of adviser relations in April 2018.

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Dawn Walker-Bennett

Head of Business Development

Dawn brings more than 20 years of financial services experience to her role. As Head of Business Development at AFH, Dawn is responsible for maintaining the high standard of recruitment for both employed and self-employed independent financial advisers, and to support them as they join the business. She is also involved in the acquisition of small businesses, meeting with vendors who are considering their exist strategy and manages new business development through professional third-party connections. Dawn holds a diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

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Jon Dear

Chief Operating Officer

Jon began working in financial services in 1984, and joined AFH in December 2018 as Chief Operating Officer. He has a diverse portfolio of experience in management roles, ranging from sales management to operations delivery. Jon has overall responsibility for our protection businesses and is a member of AFH Financial Group’s Strategic Board.

Outside of work, Jon enjoys cycling and watching rugby.

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Jon Sturgess

Group Financial Controller

Jon has more than 15 years of experience working in the financial services industry and has previously worked at EY and Deloitte. Jon joined AFH in 2015. As Group Financial Controller, Jon heads up the finance function across the Group and is responsible for financial reporting for AFH Financial Group Plc and its subsidiaries. & Jon holds the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualifications.

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Khalid Rehman

Advice Assurance Manager

Khalid has 30 years of experience in the financial industry, with roles including Financial Adviser, Sales Trainer and Compliance Manager. He joined AFH in 2013. As Advice Assurance Manager, Khalid's team is responsible for providing our advisers with guidance around complex cases, ensuring that we give our clients the highest level of advice. He is also responsible for managing the operational aspects of the firm's key compliance functions.

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Leonid Nji

Group Head of Research

Leonid joined AFH in 2014. In his role as the Group Head of Research, he leads the investment research function that is responsible for equity research, fund research, manager selection, asset allocation and model portfolio construction across multiple platforms. Leonid is CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) qualified and holds an MSc in financial economics from the University of Leicester.

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Michael Easton

Head of Investment Operations

Michael has more than 16 years of experience in the financial services industry, working in retail banking and financial planning before moving into investment operations within the wealth management sector. Michael joined AFH in 2018 as Head of Investment Operations.

He oversees the investment department, which is responsible for portfolio management, ongoing portfolio servicing and client reporting, ensuring our clients receive the highest standard of service possible. 

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Michelle Lavoipierre

Administration Support Manager

Michelle began her career in financial services in Abu Dhabi, where she worked for Zurich International. She joined AFH in 2013 and heads up the administration and new business functions. In her role as Administration Manager, Michelle is responsible for the overall administration support we offer our Financial Advisers, ensuring effective mitigation of business risk through development, progression and proactive monitoring.

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Paul Wright

Chief Financial Officer

Paul qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG in London, before moving into the wholesale financial services sector with Exco International PLC.

Here he spent 10 years working across the London and Asia Pacific regions – a period of significant growth for the business. Since 1995, Paul has held the position of group CFO for a number of UK listed companies, including several technology companies serving the UK financial markets.

He joined AFH in 2014 and is responsible for the overall financial control and planning of the AFH Group.

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Sascha Kimmel

Head of Marketing

Sascha started his career in consumer products at Kaercher Ltd. before working in marketing, and has held senior positions at HSBC, Barclays, npower and OneSavings Bank. Sascha joined AFH in April 2018.

His role includes managing marketing activities across the Group, with the main objective of raising the profile of the various brands while implementing effective communications to support business growth. He holds dual British and German citizenship.

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