Our Aisa Chartered Financial Planners
In 1998 when Aisa was simply an idea between James and Clive, they did not imagine that what started as a small two-man operation based out of Wiltshire would grow into an international company with offices in several countries. Their diverse backgrounds of psychologist and RAF pilot mean they have always looked at financial advice differently from those within the industry – to this day they continue to sit down together each year and review the next stage whilst Aisa continues to grow in both experience and offerings. However, they always want to stay loyal to their original concept, and what has made them successful – putting clients’ needs first and providing the best service possible from a client’s perspective.
With over 20 people involved in Aisa and their new network, OpesFidelio, they have a wealth of local and international knowledge and experience within the financial services industry including being qualified and regulated in multiple countries, the two prime locations being the UK and the USA.
From early beginnings with the office being run from a small space on the kitchen table to offices around the world they have always ensured that they are surrounded by a highly professional and like-minded team. Everyone within the Aisa team has a passion for ensuring that the client’s needs are the focal point of everything they do.
Our Chartered Financial Planners
What Chartered means and why we are Chartered
Chartered status is a gauge of competency and expertise in financial planning. To achieve and maintain our chartered financial planner status from the UK Chartered Insurance Institute (CII), we have to prove that we always work to the highest professional standards and advisers have to re-qualify each and every year, re-applying for the status.
We gained our Chartered Financial Firm status in 2010 and currently have 6 chartered financial planners either client facing or client supporting. They operate within a larger team who have expert knowledge in pensions and investments. Internationally we have several firms within Europe and outside of Europe (the USA, South Africa, and a marketing company in Hong Kong).
Aisa Group has 25+ nominations or awards between 2009-2019, winning a few along the way including 3 in 2018. We have also won individual awards as advisers, such as SIPP Planner of the Year in 2017 in (Money Management Award, part of the FT Group). We would like to think we are unique in the international financial marketplace; each client-facing financial planner has unique insights in their specialist areas which means you get the very best advice on a broad spectrum of investments.
CEO & Chartered Financial Planner
James started Aisa with the idea of putting the client first through engagement & transparency of ideas. Whilst highly qualified, he understands that clients want reassurance through openness and results, more than anything else.
Long-term Care Planner
With over 35 years’ experience in all aspects of retirement advice, John is a Later Life expert and associate member of SOLLA. He specializes in pension investment planning, equity release and tax efficient investments. He is the current Chairman of the UK Investment Team and has a degree in Genetics.
INTERNATIONAL & PENSION PLANNER
Ailsa is a pension transfer & retirement planning specialist helping UK & International clients fulfil their retirement ambitions, understanding the latest legislation to ensure that clients receive optimum tax efficient advice.
Ayesha is a Trainee Paraplanner and has worked within the Financial Services industry for the last two years. She achieved her Certificate in Financial Services in November 2018 and is currently working towards her Regulated Diploma in Financial Planning. Outside of work, Ayesha enjoys reading, travelling and going to festivals.
OUR CHARTERED SUPPORT TEAM
Chartered Financial Planner
Marius is an ex-submariner who has written a consumer book about financial planning. He worked tirelessly to obtain the Chartered distinction and is a member of the Personal Finance Society. He speaks fluent Spanish and has lived in various parts of the EU; he has huge experience of the tax traps and brings ideas to benefit EU residents when investing.
Chris is Chartered and an Associate of the Personal Finance Society with over 25 years’ experience. A UK expat, he has spent years building Aisa expat solutions for international clients and he writes expat blogs/financial articles and is a technical adviser on UK pension transfers and expat finance.
OUR DEGREE-BASED SPECIALIST FINANCIAL ADVISERS
Retirement & Tax Planning
Clive’s main fields of expertise and experience are in UK pensions, retirement options, and inheritance tax. His reassuring manner will put you at your ease and make your financial planning journey a simpler and more comfortable one.
Investment and Tax Planning
Geordie has an Economics degree, a Financial Services Diploma and over 15 years’ experience in Financial Services. He is an Independent UK regulated IFA and specialises in pensions, inheritance tax planning & is a key Investment Committee member.
The Team that makes it happen
Client Service Manager
Claire is our Compliance Manager and has worked for the company since February 2001. She has a young family, loves gardening, pole dancing, and she also enjoys cooking, motorbikes, cars and rugby.
Leanne has worked within Aisa for 10 years, constantly being promoted and achieving her current position in 2015. She has 2 children and her hobbies are based around the children, along with swimming, reading and propping the bar up!!
(Not sure how the last one works with the children!)
As the bookkeeper for Aisa, Ann prepares the accounts, staff wages and adviser earnings. Her usual workdays are Monday and Tuesday.
Organises reviews, investment discussions and quarterly meetings. Our Investment Secretary works with John Reid who is the chairman of the Investment Team committee. Danny concentrates on investment portfolios to assist our clients with achieving their goals, and is being trained as an Investment Manager.
CLIENT RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
Our CRM is responsible for driving Aisa client contact forward, and is fundamentally important as they are responsible for maintaining the ethos of the company through direct contact with clients and listening to them. Leila is a graduate of French from University College London who has also lived and studied in Bordeaux. Leila is currently based in the UK but travels to France regularly. She enjoys watching football, reading and hiking.
Our Chartered status gives you confidence in our advice
It’s your money, you’ve worked hard for it and you want it looked after by professionals. Our chartered status gives you reassurance that we know what we’re doing and that the whole Aisa team can be trusted. Chartered status means we have the ethical standards and integrity to give you the best financial advice.