Amanda Redman ǀ Amanda Redman Financial Planning & St James's Place Wealth Management

Amanda RedmanAfter an extensive and successful career as a business and marketing Director with a global, blue-chip company, Amanda retrained in 2013 as a Financial Adviser and set up her own business, Amanda Redman Financial Planning. She is qualified with a Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning, adding to her Masters degree in Languages from Cambridge. She has 2 children, Max 16 and Tamsin 5, is married to Mike and lives in Tonbridge, Kent.

Being a busy career woman and mother of 2, I know how challenging it can be just to keep on top of daily priorities. Over the last 16 years I must have worked every combination of full-time and flexible working to try and achieve the best “work-life” balance for me and my family.

In that context, I also appreciate how challenging it can be to find time to work on other things that you know are important, like your personal finances. Where do you start? What is an ISA really, and why should you start saving into a pension? The world of financial services can seem daunting and complicated, so I’m intending to unravel the mysteries for you in my blog, and help you relate it to your everyday life. I will highlight what’s important and explain why it’s important, so that you feel more informed and better prepared to make decisions that are right for you.

Planning a secure financial future for you, your family and your business is one of the most important steps you will ever take, so I hope I can inspire you to take action !

To receive a complimentary guide covering Wealth Management, Retirement Planning or Inheritance Tax Planning, please contact Amanda Redman on 07801 045587, email [email protected] or visit www.amandaredmanfp.co.uk


Vinita Ramtri - Barclays

Vinita Ramtri ǀ Barclays

Vinita joined Barclays in October 2012 and is the Head of Conduct Risk at Barclays Wealth working with stakeholders globally to ensure the effective management of conduct in the business. Conduct risk focuses on the risk of detriment to customers; either financial or non-financial; and is based on one fundamental principal - it is essential that our clients trust us to put their interests first and do what's right for them.

Prior to joining Barclays, Vinita was a Senior Project Manager at BSkyB, driving strategic change, the most recent one being the creation and delivery of Sky's WiFi proposition through the acquisition of ‘The Cloud'.

Prior to Sky, Vinita was with WNS, India's Leading outsourcing company supporting strategic off-shoring through the transition of significant business processes in the energy sector.

Vinita has also been a senior leadership trainer and has designed and delivered sessions such as Coaching and Emotional Intelligence. Vinita started her career in the hotel industry with The Oberoi Group of Hotels in India.

Vinita is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, PRINCE 2 Practitioner and an accredited trainer. She graduated in Commerce from the Delhi University and has over 15 years of experience spanning across conduct risk, client experience, learning and development, design and delivery of strategic change and continuous improvement (Kaizen). She is passionate about doing what is right and keeping things simple.

In her spare time she likes to blog (wearethecity.in/blogs/vinitaramtri) and is now working on a book.

She is an active participant at city events related to her field, the most recent one being OpRisk Europe 2015 where she was a speaker. She will also be speaking at the Big Data Conference in July 2015.


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Gemma Stanbridge | Westminster Wealth Management

After graduating in Economics at the University of Exeter, Gemma worked for a small NGO in Cameroon ‘an incredible experience, rewarding and very character building!’ On her return she focused on becoming a financial adviser ‘I have always had a thirst for learning more about finance and economics, having a career in finance was a definitive choice. Having said this I have never been motivated by money and was looking for a career where I could help people and there finance. Becoming a financial adviser was a pretty clear cut decision!’

She started her career in a small IFA practice, growing her own client base and gaining CII qualifications. Today she works for one of the largest chartered IFA firms in London; Westminster Wealth Management, heading up the Estate and Inheritance tax department. She has gained Chartered status and is a Fellow of the PFS – the highest qualification a financial adviser can hold. She has gained qualifications with the Society of Trust and Estate practitioners and now specialises in advising clients in the later years, focusing on income requirements and mitigating Inheritance tax.

She prides herself on looking after her clients for the long term, developing fostered client relationships for years to come. The key to her success is ‘delivering expert advice at a fair price and putting clients at the forefront of her proposition.’ She volunteers at Westminster Citizens Advice, helping people who are experiencing financial difficulties.

Out of the work place Gemma enjoys many a sporting challenge including 100 mile cycle and a couple of half an iron mans, fundraising for a charity close to her heart the Gurkha Welfare trust. Next year she has her sights on doing an ironman 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon to finish!


Lauren Cooper | PwC

Lauren CooperI joined PwC back in 2007 at the age of 19 following a gap year. I was unsure whether to go to uni or start work but having worked for a year at the Bank of England and really enjoying it I decided to quick start into the world of work would be something that I would enjoy. I joined on PwC's HeadStart scheme as it was known then, aimed at school leavers. I soon realised I had made the right decision!

Having worked at the firm for a little over a year (and still in the midst of exams for my qualification) I found out I was expecting. I has my son in July 2009 and returned to work later that year on a part time basis and returned full time after a year and a half. I expected this time to be a real challenge but PwC were so supportive and allowed me to fit back in at my own pace. Ultimately it was a smooth transition and I have enjoyed being back full time and the flexibility PwC offer since. My progress was not affected in anyway and in July I was promoted to Senior Manager.

My background at the the firm has been asset management focused and I work predominately in the Retail Funds space within our practice. Aside from my day job I also play an active role in learning and development for our first five years and audit transformation which looks at how to develop our product as the world around us changes so rapidly.


Zoe Taylor ǀ Aon Hewitt

Zoe TaylorZoe joined Aon Hewitt in 2003 and is a Principal within the London Investment Practice. She has provided advice to a broad range of clients in both size and structure, including Trustee and Corporate, and currently advises one of the world’s largest Institutional Investors. Zoe enjoys public speaking and has represented Aon Hewitt at conferences and in the media.

This Summer, Zoe joined the London Leadership team to look after Clients and Growth for the practice and to help develop strategic thinking in these areas. She is also an active mentor and coach within the practice, taking special interest in helping coach women in developing their careers at Aon Hewitt, including managing the transition back to work after having children.

Outside of work Zoe is kept very busy looking after her two young children and is an active member of her son’s school community. She has reached lego ‘master builder’ status and is an avid film and book enthusiast when time permits!

Zoe is a CFA Charterholder and holds a first class Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Kings College London.


Aoife Walsh | EY

Aoife WalshI studied law in University College Dublin, qualifying as a solicitor in 1998 and moving into tax in 2000. I enjoy the fast, dynamic pace of tax, with a constantly evolving, challenging and changing landscape. I have worked in private client tax for over 15 years; now working in a small private client tax team in a large organisation, dealing with non-domiciled HNWIs.

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family, sightseeing in London and eating out with friends.


Ashley Smith - British Gas Venture Capital

Ashley Smith | British Gas Venture Capital

Ashley has spent more than a decade in technology, most recently co-founding and running British Gas Venture Capital (BGVC).

At BGVC, Ashley focuses on investing in start-ups active in areas of future growth for British Gas, particularly along the technology themes of internet-of-things, data analytics, and energy efficiency. She sets BGVC's strategy, and oversees all aspects of the investment process, from origination and transaction execution to portfolio management and exit. She has had numerous board roles with her investments and most recently exited leading internet-of-things provider AlertMe.com for $100m earlier this year.

Prior to co-founding BGVC, Ashley invested in technology companies ranging from gas turbine efficiency to solar to power electronics at CT Investment Partners. Earlier in her career, Ashley worked for Franklin Templeton Investments and the Environmental Protection Agency. She has an MBA from Wharton Business School, and a BSc from McGill University.

Ashley informally mentors investing and technology professionals in career development, informally advises new start-ups, and is regularly invited to speak at events. Outside of work, Ashley spends as much time as possible outdoors, and loves cycling and hiking.


Faye Kilgour | BDO LLP

Faye KilgourFaye is a Senior Personal Assistant at BDO LLP, in addition to being a Board member of the professional women’s network ‘Ladies in London’ and a trainee Co-Active Coach.

Faye loves connecting with likeminded women and using her network as a platform to help promote others. Now training to be a Co-Active Coach, Faye is working with a number of clients with a focus on helping them live in line with their values and going for what they really want in life.

Passionate about education, Faye is creating opportunities to use coaching to transform the school environment.


Sarah Brakebill - BNY Mellon

Sarah Brakebill | BNY Mellon

Sarah Brakebill is a Sales Manager in the Global Financial Institutions group at BNY Mellon Investment Management and is responsible for managing sales relationships and distributing funds to complex, cross-border organisations, wealth managers and family offices. BNY Mellon is one of the world’s 10 largest investment managers. Sarah joined the firm in 2010 as an intern in Corporate Trust before moving into a Business Development role in Global Client Management, which focused on growing business with strategic clients across the breadth of the company’s product and service offering.

Sarah is in her second year sitting on the Board of City Women Network as Secretary, contributing to enhancing the Board’s governance and effectiveness. She is an active volunteer with the Junior League of London, an organisation committed to promoting voluntary service, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. She has served on a number of different committees in the organisation with the common goal of alleviating poverty in London. Prior to moving to London, Sarah volunteered during her gap year teaching HIV/AIDS classes in a village in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa and teaching English in Rayong and Chumphon, Thailand.

She earned an MSc Management degree with Distinction from Cass Business School, City University London and a BSc Psychology degree from Northeastern University in Boston.


Stephanie Niven - Tesco Pension Investment

Stephanie Niven | Tesco Pension Investment (TPI)

Stephanie joined TPI in December 2012 as an Equity Portfolio Manager on the global equity team with responsibility for stock selection in the materials, energy and healthcare sectors. Together with her team she has established a robust and effective investment process, driving top quintile performance of the fund over the past two and a half years, with direct oversight of £3.4bn of assets and indirect responsibility over a further £3bn.

Stephanie was previously at hedge fund boutique Javelin Capital LLP, where she was a Partner and Portfolio Manager with responsibility for the fundamental investment strategy of the portfolio. She joined Javelin Capital with former colleagues of Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where she worked for five years on the Global Active Equity team.

Stephanie graduated from Merton College, Oxford University with a Double First in History, coming in the top ten of her year. Stephanie is a CFA charterholder, receiving the designation in 2010.

Outside of work, Stephanie is a keen athlete, having been selected to represent Great Britain at the ITU World Long Distance Triathlon Championships in Belfort, France. She has also completed four ironman triathlons, most recently achieving a podium position in Langkawi, Malaysia in September 2014.