Independent Financial Advisers covering Kent, East Sussex and West Sussex - we have offices in Ashford, Hastings and Bognor Regis
29th January 2020

08:30 – 17:00

Monday to Friday

50 Havelock Road

Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1BE

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.
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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.
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Our 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Jacob Pugh

Financial Adviser (DipPFS Certs CII MP)
Jacob joined Absolute in April 2018. He previously worked in the motor trade and property industries, before deciding on a career in financial services. He recently qualified as a financial and mortgage adviser and he is based at our Ashford office.

Simon Over

Financial Adviser (DipPFS Certs CII MP & ER)
Simon joined Absolute in June 2018. With a strong background in property he began his career in financial services in 2016. He soon qualified as a mortgage, protection and equity release adviser. Since joining Absolute he has qualified as a financial adviser and he is based at our Hastings office.
Simon grew up locally and was excited to return to Hastings having lived overseas for the past 10 years. Away from the office he enjoys spending time with his wife Marivic and trying to keep up with their energetic young son RB.   
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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.
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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.

Martyn Allen

Mortgage Adviser
Martyn started to consult for Absolute in January 2020. He is based at our Bognor Regis office.

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.

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.
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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. She is based at our Hastings office.
In her spare time, Georgie likes spending time with her friends and family.
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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. She is based in Ramsgate.
Carrie has many years experience within the financial services industry and plays a vital role in our sales support and paraplanning teams.

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 going out for meals, going to shows and concerts. She also enjoys keeping fit by regularly attending MetaFit and BodyBalance classes as well as running.
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Victoria Cornish

Senior Sales Support Administrator
(currently on maternity leave)
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 based at our Hastings office.
Outside of work Vicky likes spending quality time with her family. She also enjoys shopping, going out for dinner and going to concerts.

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. She is based at our Ashford office.
Diane is an experienced sales support administrator with a diploma qualification in financial planning.

George Gaffney

Sales Support Administrator
George joined our team in July 2019. This is his first job in financial services. He is based at our Hastings office.
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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 family and friends. Jess likes to keep fit and goes to the gym most evenings. She also enjoys yearly hiking holidays with her family. One of her greatest achievements to date was reaching the top of Helvellyn, the third highest peak in England.
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Kristi Fraser

Mortgage Administrator
Kristi joined Absolute in June 2017 having previously worked in banking and estate agency. She is now part of our dedicated sales support team for our mortgage advisers Lee Lewis and Dan Stapley. She is based at our Ashford office.
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