Meet the team behind Xentum
We have a brilliant team of multi-disciplinary experts whose singular goal is to help you grab life.
Our team comprises experienced financial planners, paraplanners, technical experts and can-do support staff.
We know how important it is to work with great people who are not only experts at what they do, but caring individuals too. That’s why each member of our team naturally shares our values and believes in our distinctive ‘you first, money second’ approach to financial planning.
Whilst your day-to-day contact will be with your experienced, qualified financial planner, it’s good to know there’s a multi-disciplinary team providing support at every step to help you and your family live the best life possible.
Meet the team
“You only live once. But if you live right, once is enough.”
Dominic founded Xentum in 2004 after becoming frustrated with the limitations of traditional financial services firms. He wanted to be part of a new breed of lifestyle financial planners whose central goal is not simply to accumulate wealth but to help every client use money to improve the quality of their lives.
A people person with an innate curiosity to solve unarticulated problems and uncover what makes life worthwhile for each family he works with, Dominic epitomises the ‘you first, money second’ approach to financial planning. This is now the DNA of Xentum; every member of our team has the same passion and belief in the power of what we do.
“By helping clients gain clarity and control over their financial present and future, they can make the best choices about how they spend their time and focus their energy. This is the essence of true financial freedom.”
Outside the office, Dominic enjoys travelling, reading, mountaineering and, with his wife Wendy, renovating Moss Wood, their beautiful tea plantation-style home.
James joined Xentum in December 2017 and his colleagues describe him as someone who does things differently, which fits perfectly with our overall approach. Before coming to Xentum, James gained valuable experience working in a wide range of organisations in the private, professional and charitable sectors that he uses to guide him in his business decisions.
Outside of work, James is a keen traveller – his dream holiday would be a family road trip along Route 66. A committed optimist, James takes the attitude of Thomas Edison, who famously said, ‘I have not failed; I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work’, when overcoming difficulties. Resilience, grit and positivity are characteristics that James thoroughly admires.
Graduating from the University of Manchester with a degree in Social Anthropology and Archaeology you might not expect Financial Services to be the obvious choice. For Laura, however, earning her Advance Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and becoming a Financial Planner made perfect sense. As she explains, it’s all about people. She loves to help people make sense of their goals and objectives, and then to help them structure their finances to make those goals achievable. She’s a big admirer of Sir David Attenborough, and like Sir David she’s outgoing, optimistic and authentic.
Laura plans to one day visit Peru and fly over Machu Picchu, and this adventurous attitude is reflected in the advice she’d want to give her 16 year old self. In the wise words of Mark Twain: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
Keen cricketer Ed has been with us since he was a fresh graduate in 2014. Once a scorer of 200 runs for Cheshire U14’s, now Ed is accustomed to putting 100% into every Xentum client he works with. In fact, he likes nothing better than sitting in a client meeting seeing that he has made a genuine difference to someone’s life.
In the future, Ed has extensive travel plans – sailing the Adriatic and seeing the Northern lights from an Igloo in Finland are but a few of these. Ed’s number one holiday dream, however, would be storm chasing in the American Midwest with the hope of seeing a Tornado. If he does find one, though, we hope he doesn’t get too close because we would hate to lose such a fine member of staff.
Jonny joined the Xentum team in 2018, bringing with him his vast experience of providing wealth management and financial planning advice to high net worth individuals. Having built and sold two businesses himself, Jonny is a Chartered Financial Planner with a difference. His comprehensive financial services history and wider business background means he understands his clients’ perspective from first hand experience.
If you ask him what the best invention of all time is, he’ll tell you it’s bread. Sliced bread doesn’t even get a look in; you can’t improve on perfection after all. Jonny loves mediterranean food, and loves to travel to anywhere that speaks Spanish. If you find yourself with him on the costa del sol, you get the bread ordered, he’ll sort out the olive oil and balsamic vinegar!
Rachel joined Xentum in 2018 and is pleasure to be around. Rachel is a highly skilled paraplanner with a raft of experience in financial services. Nothing ever seems to be a problem.
Rachel loves to travel, and holidays play a huge part in her life, her dream holiday is an Alaska Cruise to visit Glacier Bay National Park. The National Park has wide range of wildlife from grizzly bears to the humpback whales.
A closet computer geek (who knew), Rachel puts the Internet as the greatest invention and Alan Turing someone who she admires for developing the modern computer and obviously because he was from Manchester.
Michelle joined Xentum at the beginning of 2020 and has definitely added some excitement to the office. Michelle is a experienced and skilled paraplanner who has brought considerable expertise to the team.
One of Xentum’s many dog lovers she can be found in the Manchester office with her mascot. Her dream trip would be travelling Route 66 in a motorhome and would love to go to Iceland.
Already known as a massive detail person, she never leaves any stone unturned and always knows what she is talking about.
Faye joined Xentum at the beginning of 2021. Having studied a Joint BA Honours in French and Criminal Justice, Faye has always been keen to work in a role where she helps others.
Over the years, Faye has studied hard to acquire a wide range of qualifications in the financial planning field, with certificates in Life and Pensions and Financial Planning and diplomas in Financial Planning and Customer Relationship Management.
As a mother of three, Faye is dedicated to spending time with her family and friends. She is also passionate about keeping fit, particularly enjoying Tabata Interval training and Box and Burn classes.
Joining the team with an extensive background in client support and financial administration, Lyndsay brings an ability to look at the bigger picture to her role as Technical Assistant. She finds building relationships with her colleagues and achieving her personal development goals to be particularly rewarding. Hardworking and positive, Lyndsay counts her greatest achievement as being strong enough to put others needs ahead of her own, and supporting people when they need it most.
Her outlook comes in part from her greatest inspiration, her late grandfather, who she describes as “the most hardworking, loving and humble human being” that she’s ever met. A woman of strong family values, her fiancée is also her best friend. So much so that given the opportunity to invite any two people to a dream dinner party, one would be John Travolta (her favourite actor of all time) and the other would be her fiancée. For the record, she’d be singing “You’re The One That I Want” to her fiancée, not Mr. Travolta!
Danielle is a Senior Administrator with a keen eye for detail. The small details, she claims, come together to create the perfect big picture. At Xentum, she feels the most rewarding part of her job is when a great idea comes to life and motivates the entire team.
Danielle’s ideal holiday is to somewhere exotic. One day she dreams of travelling around North and South America, which promises to be the trip of a lifetime. She claims the greatest invention of all time is the aeroplane, probably because it allows her to get to fascinating, far-off destinations.
Claire has been with us since 2004, making her one of our most experienced team members. A cornerstone of our office team, reliable, compassionate and honest are three words that best describe Claire.
If Claire was to throw the dinner party of her dreams, Audrey Hepburn and Alan Carr would be her two guests of honour, bringing class and comedy to the table. Greek food would be on the menu, although she would not be serving any moussaka due to her aversion to aubergines.
Gemma joined the team in January 2020 and it feels like she has always been part of the team.
Bubbly, enthusiastic and always makes an impact with a wealth of financial services knowledge. What more can you want.
Her first childhood memory is losing her helium in Stockport market.
The most rewarding part of her job she says is when clients thank the team for making their dreams a reality.
Sasha joined Xentum in 2021 as part of our Administrative Support Team, helping our financial planners to make sure everything is done correctly.
With a wealth of experience in the financial services industry and a passion for detail, Sasha feels at home amongst the compliance side of financial services; ensuring no stone is left unturned when it comes to compliance.
Sasha was raised in Spain where she fostered a love of the language, a keen desire to travel, and a passion for food.
Ben has led a colourful career in the military, having been awarded an OBE after a 4-year stint as commander of the Reserve Parachute battalion. Thanks to his incredible lifetime experiences, Ben brings with him huge reserves of calm, empathy, clear thinking and sound judgement.
These traits are invaluable within Ben’s role as a Xentum ambassador, using his clarity of judgement to help rationalise events and think clearly in situations with heightened emotion.
Ben’s two mottos to live by are: ‘Treat people as you would expect to be treated’ and ‘be prepared for the unexpected.’
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Xentum gave us confidence in our financial position, freedom to take amazing family holidays, and amazing support in exiting the corporate world.
Director of Transformation, EveryCloud UK
It is nearly two years since my solicitor introduced me to Dominic. In hindsight, I wish the introduction had been made sooner.
Alderley Edge, Cheshire
We’ve worked together for a very long time now, I absolutely trust the team implicitly. Dominic is a very values-led person and that permeates the entire company.
Ian & Pam Mahoney
Kingston upon Thames
Xentum have been financial advisers to our family for over ten years. The team are friendly, committed, expert and trustworthy - we feel very well looked after. It makes such a difference to work with people who take the time to understand our needs, and who always have our best interests at heart.
It is rare to work with a company over so many years. We have done so because the team is driven by sound values and continually demonstrates their genuine care for the wellbeing of their clients. We couldn't recommend them highly enough.
Colin & Ineke McCulloch
We have been with Xentum for many years now and have always been extremely happy with the service we receive generally and the care, quality, and professionalism of all the team. Their genuine friendliness and warmth is ever present.
David & Joan Clapperton
The in-depth exploration of values and the detailed cashflow modelling exercise has been very worthwhile. If you are seeking actionable clarity on your finances and personal goals, this is an excellent place to start.
Ian Fisher, MD, Penistone