Independent Financial Advisers with offices in Ashford, Bognor Regis, Frimley, Hadleigh and Hastings
15th June 2021

08:30 – 17:00

Monday to Friday

About Us

We have over 20 years of experience providing expert financial advice for both businesses and individuals. Our aim is to provide a high level of service. We believe keeping a small dedicated professional team around us ensures continuity and quality. We know that ‘our advice is our company’. As a result of this our business has thrived.

Our 10 Commitments

  1. We will always treat you as an individual, not a number.
  2. We will listen to you.
  3. We will respect your wishes.
  4. We will be honest and transparent with you.
  5. We will never subject you to unwanted risk.
  6. We will aim to achieve your goals.
  7. We will not baffle you with technical and financial jargon.
  8. We will always agree and review your recommendations with you each step of the way.
  9. We will provide you with sound financial advice, simply.
  10. We will review, adjust as necessary, and update your financial plan at regular intervals.
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Absolute presenting St. Michael's Hospice with a cheque as a result of our 'dress-down Friday' fundraiser.

Our Directors

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Mark Eaton DipPFS

Co-Founder and Director
Mark has worked in financial services since 1986. He advises on protection, pensions, investments and inheritance tax planning, as well as being a qualified mortgage adviser.
In his spare time Mark enjoys playing golf and football, going to the gym and riding his motorbike.
To speak to Mark call our Ashford office on 01233 646 666.
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Spencer Watt DipPFS

Co-Founder and Director
Spencer is the co-founding director of Absolute Financial Management and our of our financial advisers. He has been advising for over 20 years. He advises on protection, pensions, investments and inheritance tax planning, as well as being a qualified mortgage adviser
Away from the office Spencer likes to spend time with his wife and two young daughters. He is a keen golfer who also likes to watch rugby, football and cricket in his spare time.
To speak to Spencer call our Hastings office on 01424 457 080.
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Our Financial Advisers

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Derek Lawrence

Financial Adviser (DipPFS Certs CII MP & ER)
Derek started to consult for Absolute in March 2013. He has been a successful independent financial adviser for longer than he now cares to remember. He advises on all areas of tax planning and inheritance tax planning; together with complex pensions and investments. He also holds the full qualifications for mortgages, equity release and home reversion products.
In his private life Derek is an active Rotarian in Hastings Rotary Club. He is also an MG car owner and has an MGB GT, which he restored and is very proud of.
To speak to Derek call our Hastings office 01424 457 080.
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Gordon Stone

Financial Adviser (DipPFS CerCH CerCC)
Gordon has worked in financial services including spells in private banking and as head of compliance for a national firm since 1989. He advises on investments, protection, inheritance tax planning and is very active in the pensions arena helping clients prepare for retirement and advising post retirement.
He ran his own successful advisory business for 14 years before starting to consult for Absolute in June 2014. He has both personal and corporate clients throughout the UK and is regularly in the City helping clients from all backgrounds but particularly in the Insurance Sector. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and also plays drums in a local band.
To speak to Gordon call our Ramsgate office on 01843 598 613.
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Mike Colston

Financial Adviser (DipPFS)
Mike is a qualified and experienced financial adviser. He started to consult for Absolute Financial Management in 2014.
To speak to Mike call our Ramsgate office on 01843 598 613.
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Simon Austin

Financial Adviser (DipPFS)
Simon is a qualified and experienced financial adviser and he joined Absolute Financial Management in 2015. He began his career in financial services nearly 25 years ago with Legal & General. He has subsequently held roles with Scottish Mutual, Standard Life and Skandia, some of the best known and most respected names in the financial services industry. He has also spent time in the City of London with a discretionary investment/wealth management business and has gained experience of some trust-based, legal and tax-planning services.
He is married to Helen and has three grown-up children. Away from work he enjoys spending time with family and friends, travelling,  keeping fit, watching most sports and riding his motorbike.
To speak to Simon call our Ashford office on 01233 646 666.
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James Grey

Financial Adviser (DipPFS Certs CII MP & ER)
James started to consult for Absolute in August 2015 after graduating from his Master of Science degree at Brighton University. James started as a fully qualified mortgage, protection and equity release adviser, before progressing to achieve his Diploma in Financial Planning to become one of the team’s financial advisers. James continues to build on his qualifications and experiences, with aspirations of achieving the status of Chartered Financial Planner by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).
In his spare time James enjoys playing and watching sport, especially rugby.
He is based at our Hastings office in East Sussex.
To speak to James call our Hastings office on 01424 457 080.

Simon Over

Financial Adviser (DipPFS Certs CII MP & ER)
Simon joined Absolute in June 2018. He began his career in financial services in 2009 when he lived in Asia and dealt mainly with the expat community. With a strong background in property he joined the company as a qualified mortgage, protection and equity release adviser. Since joining Absolute he has completed his Diploma in Financial Planning and has become one of the team’s financial advisers.
Away from the office he enjoys spending time with his wife Marivic and trying to keep up with their energetic young son RB.
He is based at our Hastings office in East Sussex.  
To speak to Simon call our Hastings office on 01424 457 080.

Gary Longhurst

Financial Adviser (DipFA MLIBF)
Gary joined Absolute in November 2020. He is based at our Bognor Regis office in West Sussex.
To speak to Gary call our Bognor Regis office on 01243 964 765.
 

Victoria Smith

Financial Adviser (DipPFS)
Victoria joined Absolute in April 2021. She is based at our Ashford office in Kent.
To speak to Victoria call our Ashford office on 01233 646 666.
 

John Henly

Financial Adviser (DipPFS)
John joined Absolute in February 2021. He is based at our Frimley office in Surrey.
To speak to John call our Frimley office on 01276 859 000.
 

Simon Holland

Financial Adviser (DipPFS)
Simon joined Absolute in February 2021. He is based at our Frimley office in Surrey
To speak to Simon call our Frimley office on 01276 671 550.

Graham Pickford

Financial Adviser (DipPFS)
Graham joined Absolute in February 2021. He is based at our Frimley office in Surrey.
To speak to Graham call our Frimley office on 01276 671 550.
 

Paul Letley

Financial Adviser (DipFA)
Paul joined Absolute in February 2021. He is based at our Hadleigh office in Essex.
To speak to Paul call our Hadleigh office on 01702 551 500.

Terry Saines

Financial Adviser (DipPFS)
Terry joined Absolute in February 2021. He is based at our Hadleigh office in Essex.
To speak to Terry call our Hadleigh office on 01702 551 500.
 

Brad Tillett

Financial Adviser (DipFA)
Brad joined Absolute in February 2021. He is based at our Hadleigh office in Essex
To speak to Brad call our Hadleigh office on 01702 551 500.

Our Mortgage Advisers

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Lee Lewis

Mortgage Adviser
Lee tailors your financing to your unique circumstances and goals. With Lee, you can expect a genuine experience defined by honesty, integrity and fun. Whether you are refinancing a  mortgage or buying a property for the first time, you deserve a smooth, respectful and personable transaction. At its core, Lee’s professional service is founded on over 20 years experience in financial services, with the last 10 years focused on mortgage advice.
Outside of work Lee has a very large and vibrant family; and when he manages to find time to escape, he can be found pursuing one of his many sporting interests.
He is based at our Ashford office in Kent.
To speak to Lee call our Ashford office on 01233 646 666.
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Dan Stapley

Mortgage Adviser
Dan started his career in financial services back in 1999 working for Zurich where he specialised in life protection advice. After passing his Financial Planning exams and Certificate in Mortgage Planning in 2002 he started advising for Abbey National in the New Forest area. Having worked in this role for a year he decided he wanted to become a fully Independent Mortgage Adviser and he has remained in his role ever since. Dan started to consult for Absolute in August 2013.
When Dan is not working he enjoys going to the gym and spending time with his young family.
He is based at our Ashford office in Kent.
To speak to Dan call our Ashford office on 01233 646 666.

Martyn Allen

Mortgage Adviser
Martyn started to consult for Absolute in January 2020. He is based at our Bognor Regis office in West Sussex.
To speak to Martyn call our Bognor Regis office on 01243 964 765.

Our Paraplanning Team

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Hayley Broad

Research Director (APFS, IMC)
Hayley has worked in financial services since 2000. She joined Absolute in January 2014. She previously worked at Lloyds Private Banking where she carried out roles in the City and Mayfair, most latterly as an assistant manager and having spent time with the Investment Policy Team. Hayley is a qualified Chartered Financial Planner and she also holds the Investment Management Certificate.
Hayley is responsible for Absolute’s research, developing our investment policy and building individual investment strategies. She communicates solutions and advice to our clients.
She is based at our Hastings office in East Sussex.
To speak to Hayley call our Hastings office on 01424 457 080.

Elizabeth Lawton

Paraplanner
Lizzy joined Absolute in September 2014 having worked for another local firm for a number of years. She graduated from the University of Chester in 2011, where she studied law.
Lizzy is responsible for research and reporting, as part of Absolute’s dedicated paraplanning team.
She is based at our Hastings office in East Sussex.
To speak to Lizzy call our Hastings office on 01424 457 080.
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Georgina Marston

Paraplanner
Georgie joined our team in July 2015 as a sales support administrator. Since joining Absolute she has progressed and developed her skills as a paraplanner.
In her spare time, Georgie likes spending time with her friends and family.
She is based at our Hastings office in East Sussex.
To speak to Georgie call our Hastings office on 01424 457 080.
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Caroline Meek

Paraplanner & Sales Support Administrator
Carrie joined Absolute in October 2014. She is part of our dedicated sales support team looking after Mike Colston and Gordon Stone’s clients. Since joining Absolute she has progressed by building on her previous financial qualifications to develop her skills as a paraplanner.
Carrie has many years experience within the financial services industry and plays a vital role in our sales support and paraplanning teams.
She is based at our Ramsgate office in Kent.
To speak to Carrie call our Ramsgate office on 01843 598 613.

Our Sales Support Team

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Helen Austin

Group Practice Manager
Helen has worked in financial services since 1993 and spent over 18 years working for Skandia in various roles. She has a wealth of experience in customer services, marketing and financial services products . She joined Absolute in April 2011 and is responsible for our administration, back office system and accounts, as well as the general running of our office.
She is married to Simon and has three stepchildren. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and friends, keeping fit, travelling and going to shows and concerts.
She is based at our Ashford office in Kent.
To speak to Helen call our Ashford office on 01233 646 666.
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Victoria Cornish

Senior Sales Support Administrator

Vicky has worked in financial services since 2005. She has good experience in customer services and administration, dealing with the company’s client base and company data. She is honest, fun and reliable. She is part of our dedicated sales support team for our advisers in the Hastings office, East Sussex.
Outside of work Vicky likes spending quality time with her family. She also enjoys shopping, going out for dinner and going to concerts.
To speak to Vicky call our Hastings office on 01424 457 080.

Diane White

Sales Support Administrator
Diane joined Absolute in September 2019 and is part of our dedicated sales support team looking after Mark Eaton and Simon Austin’s clients.
Diane is an experienced sales support administrator with a diploma qualification in financial planning.
She is based at our Ashford office in Kent.
To speak to Diane call our Ashford office on 01233 646 666.

George Gaffney

Sales Support Administrator
George joined our team in July 2019 and is part of our dedicated sales support team for our advisers in the Hastings office, East Sussex. This is his first job in financial services.
To speak to George call our Hastings office on 01424 457 080.
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Jessica Eaton

Sales Support Administrator
Jess joined our team in June 2013. This is her first job in financial services. Jess is a highly motivated person, keen to learn new skills and gain new experiences.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her son, family and friends.
She is based at our Ashford office in Kent.
To speak to Jessica call our Ashford office on 01233 646 666.
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Kristi Fraser

Mortgage Administrator
Kristi joined Absolute in June 2017 having previously worked in banking and estate agency. She is part of our dedicated sales support team for our mortgage advisers Lee Lewis and Dan Stapley.
She is based at our Ashford office in Kent.
To speak to Kristi call our Ashford office on 01233 646 666.

George Kellingley

Sales Support Administrator
George joined Absolute in November 2020. He is part of our dedicated sales support team looking after Martyn Allen and Gary Longhurst’s clients.
He is based at our Bognor Regis office in West Sussex.
To speak to George call our Bognor Regis office on 01243 964 765.

Yvette Gumbrell

Sales Support Administrator
Yvette joined Absolute in February 2021. She is part of our dedicated sales support team looking after John Henly’s clients.
She is based at our Frimley office in Surrey.
To speak to Yvette call our Frimley office on 01276 859 000.

Shirley Crossland

Office Manager/Sales Support Administrator
Shirley joined Absolute in February 2021. She is part of our dedicated sales support team looking after our advisers in the Frimley office, Surrey.
To speak to Shirley call our Frimley office on 01276 671 550.

Claire Funnell

Bookkeeper/Sales Support Administrator
Claire joined Absolute in February 2021. She is part of our dedicated sales support team looking after our advisers in the Frimley office, Surrey.
To speak to Claire call our Frimley office on 01276 671 550.

Ann Rawlings

Office Manager/Sales Support Administrator
Ann joined Absolute in February 2021. She is part of our dedicated sales support team looking after our advisers in the Hadleigh office, Essex.
To speak to Ann call our Hadleigh office on 01702 551 500.
 

Dawn Stevenson

Sales Support Administrator
Dawn joined Absolute in February 2021. She is part of our dedicated sales support team looking after our advisers in the Hadleigh office, Essex.
To speak to Dawn call our Hadleigh office on 01702 551 500.
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