Family firm joins AFH family


A husband-and-wife team who met working at NatWest before joining her family advice firm in York are the latest members to join the growing AFH family.

When Debbie Burchall’s mother was looking to retire from the company she founded in 1986, Debbie didn’t hesitate to make the move from NatWest. That was in 2012, and a year later husband Nick joined too.

In 2014 they were joined by Niall Middleton, who started as a trainee financial adviser after a spell managing investments at Aviva. Niall qualified in 2016.

They currently look after more than £94m for around 650 clients, mostly in Yorkshire and Teeside.

Debbie said:

“As the sector developed, we realised that we would best be able to look after our clients as part of a group. We had a good investment proposition, so we looked very hard to make sure anyone we joined shared that philosophy.

“We found what we wanted at AFH. Not only does the company share our determination always to put clients at the heart of what we do, but it has an unmatched expertise in investment, research and technical support.”

AFH chief executive Alan Hudson said:

“It’s great that Debbie and Nick are joining the AFH familly. I’m sure the back-office support that we can offer them will be of benefit to their clients. It certainly means they’ll be seeing more of them!”

Not only are Debbie and Nick joining AFH: Niall is joining the group’s growing team of employed advisers. And office manager Jean Garside, Debbie’s aunt, is staying on after 15 years.

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