Our people

Mark Turkington

Managing Director

Mark Turkington

Mark is the Managing Director of the company and has been in financial services for over thirty years. He became an Independent Financial Adviser in 1984 when he joined John Charcol (Knightsbridge). After five years with a national firm of Chartered Accountants he set up Church’s in April 1993.

Mark is happily married with three sons and is an avid sports fan.

 

Financial services career history

  • Independent Financial Adviser at John Charcol (Knightsbridge) 1984 – 1988
  • Independent Financial Adviser at Haines Watts Financial Services (Chartered Accountants) 1988 – 1993
  • Established Church’s in 1993
  • Managing Director of Church’s since April 1993

 

 

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Statement of Professional Standing

John Cooper

Financial Planner

John Cooper

John has worked in financial services since 1980, joining Church’s in 1998 as an Independent Financial Adviser.  He is responsible for providing financial planning advice to our private and corporate clients and their employees.

He is married with two children and also has grandchildren.

Interests:  Recently taken up dancing with the encouragement of his wife!, family and enjoys travel.

Financial services career history

  • Trainee Insurance Inspector at Norwich Union 1980 – 1984
  • Independent Financial Adviser at Berry, Birch & Noble 1984-1992
  • Financial Planner with Abbey National 1992 – 1993
  • Financial Planner at Eagle Star 1993 – 1994
  • Mortgage Manager at Hamptons 1994 – 1996
  • Business Development Manager and Branch Manager at Bristol & West 1996 – 1998
  • Independent Financial Adviser at Church’s since 1998
Statement of Professional Standing

Richard Gross CFP

Certified Financial PlannerTM Practitioner

Richard Gross CFP

Richard has worked in financial services since 1990. Richard believes in the incredible benefit of holistic financial planning and is qualified as both a Chartered and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM Practitioner.  Richard also successfully qualified under the STEP Certificate for Financial Services, Trusts and Estate Planning in 2019. Outside of work, Richard enjoys cycling, walking and windsurfing.

 

Reviews and Ratings for Financial adviser Richard Gross, Guildford

Financial services career history

  • Lloyds Bank Plc 1990
  • Invesco Perpetual 1999
  • Paraplanner & Independent Financial Adviser at Courtiers Investment Services 2001
  • Paraplanner at EBC Limited 2006
  • Paraplanner & Independent Financial Adviser at Heritage Financial Advisers 2010
  • Qualified as a CHARTERED FINANCIAL PLANNER in 2011
  • Qualified as a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM Practitioner in 2012
  • Independent Financial Adviser at Bells Solicitors 2014 (becoming KW Wealth through acquisition)
  • Independent Financial Planner at Church’s since 2018
Statement of Professional Standing

Mandy O'Connor

Administrator

Mandy O'Connor

Mandy is part of our Private Clients services team and joined Church’s in September 2014.  Mandy has been in financial services for 36 years and holds the Financial Planning Certificate covering Regulations and Ethics.

Interests:  Walking her two dogs Charlie and George, family and socialising

Andrea Yates

Administrator

Andrea Yates

Andrea is part of our Private Clients services team and joined Church’s in September 2015.

Andrea has been in financial services for 10 years and holds the financial planning paper covering Regulations and Ethics.

Interests:   Yoga, swimming and socialising.

Alex Lindgreen

Administrator

Alex Lindgreen

Alex is the newest member of our Private Clients services team having joined Church’s in April 2017.

Alex holds the financial planning papers in Regulations and Ethics, Investments, Personal Taxation and Retirement Planning.

Alex is in the process of completing further exams to become diploma qualified.

Interests: Gym, tennis, travel and socialising.

Sara Lowe

Administrator

Sara Lowe

Sara is part of our Corporate services team and joined Church’s in February 2014.

Sara has been in financial services for 18 years.

Interests: Spoiling her two special girls; Frankie (her granddaughter) and Poppy (her horse), family and socialising.

Kate Collins

Administrator

Kate Collins

Kate joined Church’s in February 2008 and is responsible for the office running smoothly, reconciling commission / fees and procurement.

Interests: Kate has recently taken up golf, travel, family and socialising.