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Mark Bird BSc (Hons) FPFS - Managing Director and Chartered Financial Planner

Mark began his career in Financial Services in 1992 and spent three years with Prudential, training and studying to become a financial adviser. He then worked for ten years as a specialist wealth adviser with Friends Provident. Mark holds a BSc (Combined Honours) degree in Business and Languages, the Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, Chartered Financial Planner status and is a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute. Originally from the Wirral, Mark is a family man with two children and a keen fan of both rugby and football.

Andrea Bird BSc (Hons) - Director and Business Development Manager

Andrea has worked in senior marketing positions for over sixteen years. Fluent in French and German, she brings with her a wealth of experience from her time working with blue-chip giants spanning the aerospace, retail and financial sectors. As co-founder of Chester Financial Wealth Management, Andrea is responsible for client communications, public relations and marketing.

Martin Guntrip BSc (Hons) ACQI - Head of Information Technology and Services

Martin has played an integral role within Chester Financial Wealth Management since 2004. He has invaluable technical knowledge and expertise that ensure the effective operation of our organisation. Martin continually identifies efficiencies and technological advancements that support the ongoing success of our company.

Angela Parker - Client Relationship Consultant

Having worked in the financial services sector for over twenty years, Angela has amassed extensive industry experience. Following eight years with Friends Provident, Angela became an Independent Financial Adviser in 2001. She has worked with Chester Financial Wealth Management since 2009 and is responsible for developing client relationships and identifying new business opportunities.

Gemma Johnston APFS - Senior Paraplanner

Having worked for several years in her previous role as a compliance officer, Gemma is now a Senior Paraplanner. Having recently completed Chartered Financial Planner and Pension Transfer qualifications, Gemma's experience and knowledge provide advisers with invaluable technical and practical assistance. Outside of work, Gemma enjoys spending much of her spare time travelling.

Catharine Norris BA (Hons) DipPFS - Paraplanner

Catharine has been involved in financial services for over 20 years, originally in the banking sector and later as an Independent Financial Adviser. She has recently moved into a technical role as a Paraplanner working from the office and is enjoying the regular hours and supporting the advisers with research and report writing. Catharine holds a degree in English Studies and Diploma in Financial Planning, including specialised papers for Equity Release and Long Term Care. She is currently working towards Chartered Financial Planner Status. Although living in Wigan, Catharine has no interest in Rugby and supports Wigan Athletic to keep her husband happy! She has a grown up daughter and enjoys visiting family in Ireland and Australia whenever possible.

Paula McKeever - Compliance and T&C Co-Ordinator

Paula has been responsible for assisting with the regulated supervision of advisers since 2011. This role involves completing compliance file reviews for new business submissions, preparing reports and ensuring all files meet with Financial Conduct Authority standards. Professionalism, attention to detail and accuracy are all vital qualities that Paula possesses in abundance, helping to keep the firms compliance plans up to date as changes are introduced by the industry regulator. In her previous role as a mortgage packager, Paula provided support to advisers in sourcing and placing more difficult mortgage referrals and has therefore amassed a broad knowledge of the financial services industry.

Charlotte Ennis - Administrator/Receptionist

Charlotte's is the first voice you are likely to hear if you contact our administration centre in Warrington. With excellent secretarial and interpersonal skills, Charlotte helps to ensure the smooth day-to-day running of the front office. Also assisting with some of the back-office administration functions, Charlotte has become a key member of the team since joining in 2011.