About us

JOINED UP FINANCIAL THINKING

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About us

JOINED UP FINANCIAL THINKING

Our team have years of experience at the helm of top private banks, and wealth managers providing investment advice and a high level of service to some of the world’s most influential individuals and families.

In addition, our Advisory Board helps create a culture of excellence within the firm. Comprised of leading UK business and investment experts, the Board complements our directors’ extensive expertise by providing them with best in practice insight and guidance on today’s markets. So we’re even better placed to navigate you through the ever-changing world of industry trends and regulations.

MEET THE TEAM

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Nick Parker - Co-Founder, Managing Director

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Nick has been giving investment advice to clients for over 30 years. Before establishing RiverPeak Wealth with James in 2013 he held a number of senior executive and management roles with some of the world's best known private banks, including Citi Private Bank, Merrill Lynch International and Coutts, advising some of the UKs most influential individuals and families.

Nick is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Securities Institute and holds the Certificate in Private Client Investment Advice and Management.

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Shauna Bevan  Head of Investment Advisory

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Before joining RiverPeak in January 2017 Shauna was Co-Head of Collectives Research and Portfolio Management at Charles Stanley and a member of their Investment Strategy Committee. Before joining Charles Stanley in 2003, Shauna worked for Merrill Lynch, initially for the International Private Bank and then for Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.

Shauna is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment.  She graduated from University College, Oxford with a degree in Classics and also holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Finance with Structure and Regulation of Financial Markets from Birkbeck College, University of London.  She is a governor of Cumnor House School, Sussex and a trustee of CAT Ltd (Chartered Accountants Trustees) which incorporates the ICAEW Foundation.

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James Hedges - Paraplanning Manager

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James joined RiverPeak in 2015, and has over 15 years' experience in the financial services sector. Before RiverPeak, James enjoyed varied positions with Lloyds Private Banking and as a Technical Adviser Assistant at Close Brothers Asset Management.

James brings a range of skills and knowledge to the RiverPeak team including experience of training and the organisation and development of systems and processes.

 

James is a member of The Chartered Insurance Institute and holds the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

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Charlotte L'Esperance - Head of Administration

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Charlotte joined RiverPeak in 2016 and brings over 20 years of experience in administration, project management and communications to RiverPeak.

Charlotte has worked in both the public and private sector, including BNP Paribas and Dresdner Kleinwort. She delivers invaluable expertise in client service and relationship management.

Charlotte has a BA in French and History of Art from the University of Birmingham, and is fluent in French and speaks ‘conversational’ German.

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Sally Johnson - Administration Manager

    In her role as Client Services Manager, Sally brings over 36 years of experience in administration and client management skills.

     

    Sally managed a team for many years in the Finance and Operations Department at Toyota Head Office. She has since worked at Standard Life Direct and before RiverPeak as an administrative expert for another Independent Financial Advice firm. 

     

    Sally’s background has provided her with excellent organisational skills and a keenness to always put the client first.

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    Elspeth Elsey - Client Support Administrator

      Elspeth joined RiverPeak Wealth in 2022 as a Client Support Administrator, having had previous experience in Finance & Banking specialising, latterly in financial advice, audit and compliance.

      Elspeth's qualifications include International Compliance Association (ICA) Advanced Certificate in compliance, Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice (CeMAP) and Certificate in Financial Advice together with an A level in Law.

      Outside of work, Elspeth enjoys her family life, in addition to baking, canal boating, forest bathing, theatre and walking. 

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      James Powell - Co-Founder, Managing Director

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      James has over 25 years experience of giving financial planning and investment advice. Prior to establishing RiverPeak Wealth he held senior management roles with private banks and Wealth Managers in London, including Citi Private Bank and Financial Planning manager for SG Hambros Bank.

      James has also worked as a financial planning manager at a UK top 20 accountancy firm and prior to that at a national Independent Financial Advisory business.

      James has a degree in Economics and holds the Advanced Financial Planning Certificate as well as the Investment Management Certificate.

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      Daniel Wright - Financial Adviser

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      Daniel joined RiverPeak in 2022, bringing with him over 9 years’ experience in financial services.  

      Prior to RiverPeak, Daniel worked in the City for firms such as Brewin Dolphin, in the financial 

      planning division, and Coutts & Co, in commercial banking.

       

      Daniel strives to achieve good client outcomes through hard work, due diligence and keeping the 

      client needs as the focus of everything he does.

       

      Daniel is a member of The Chartered Insurance Institute and holds the Diploma in Regulated Financial 

      Planning, as well as the Certificate in Paraplanning. Daniel has a BA with Honours in Archaeology and 

      a Postgraduate Diploma in Forensic Science.

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      Andrew Medcalf - Senior Paraplanner

        Andrew joined the RiverPeak team in June 2021 having been working in Financial Services since 2004.

        Andrew has enjoyed various specialist and analytical roles as well as Paraplanning, working with institutions such as Legal & General and Lloyds Private Banking.

        More recently Andrew worked for a financial advisory firm leading a team of Paraplanners.

        Andrew has a CII Diploma in Financial Planning, a Regulated Diploma and Certificate in Financial Planning as well as a BSc Honours from Bath University in Sport and Exercise Science.

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        Chloe Ray - Client Services Administrator

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        Chloe joined RiverPeak Wealth in 2019 and brings over five years’ experience in financial administration. She previously worked with a pension provider but joined RiverPeak with an interest in investments.

        Outside of work, Chloe can be found reading classic literature, acting or loom weaving.

         

        Chloe studied at Cambridge School of Art and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design.

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        Jon Nisbet - Paraplanner

          In his role as an Associate Paraplanner, Jon brings with him 5 years’ experience in the financial services sector. Before RiverPeak, Jon enjoyed varied positions with NatWest and as a Personal Banker at Santander UK.

          Jon brings a range of skills and technical knowledge to the RiverPeak team including a broad knowledge of the financial services sector gained through his work in banking.

          Jon has a BSc in Accounting & Finance from the University of Brighton and is a member of The Chartered Insurance Institute, currently working towards his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

          RIVERPEAK ADVISORY BOARD

          We have surrounded ourselves with some of the UK’s business leaders to create a culture of excellence.

          SOME OF OUR AWARDS

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