Our professional financial advisers offer advice across the wide spectrum of financial services. All our advisers have achieved the core Level 4 Chartered Insurance Institute Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning or equivalent, giving them DipPFS (Personal Finance Society) or DipFA status.
The Firm also holds the specialist regulatory permission to advise on, and transact, Pension Transfers and Opt Outs in relation to Occupational Pension Schemes and Safeguarded benefits.
Chartered Financial Planning
This is qualification is achieved through attaining the highest standards under a Royal Charter granted to the Chartered Insurance Institute. Chartered status is the highest level of acknowledgement that a firm of Financial Planners can achieve.
Chris May APFS
Managing Director - Chartered Financial Planner
Born in Exeter, Chris has been in Financial Services since 1983 and has amassed extensive experience and knowledge over this period whilst working for major industry names such as Friends Provident and AXA. The profession, the legislation and the economic climate have all changed over this period and Chris believes that clients need continuing long term adaptable advice as a consequence. Chris has demonstrated his professionalism throughout his career and has achieved Chartered Financial Planner status which demonstrates achievement beyond benchmark exam standards and the highest standards of professionalism.
Chris joined Aquila in 2011 and now looks after clients with particular needs focusing on pension planning, investment strategies, tax planning, protection needs and Inheritance tax. Chris works closely with accountants and solicitors and is a Designated Pension Transfer Specialist.
Outside of work Chris is married with 3 grown up children, in his spare time he enjoys walking, gardening, running and watching Rugby.
Maria Mugford Dip.PFS, Certs CII (MP & ER)
Financial Planner and Compliance Manager
Maria was educated at the Bishop Blackall School in Exeter and has lived and worked in Exeter for most of her life.
Starting her career at London & Manchester Assurance, she has worked for a major UK insurer and first qualified as an adviser in 1996.
In recent years, Maria has developed a particular interest and focus on the compliance and regulatory side of the business and now performs the dual role of Financial Planner and Compliance Manager for Aquila – assisting her clients with their investment, pension planning, inheritance tax and protection needs. She also helps to keep the firm within the strict dictate of UK financial regulation.
Maria now holds the Chartered Insurance Institute Diploma in Financial Planning and is a member of the Personal Finance Society.
Maria is married with three children and is still a keen netballer, playing in the Exeter League.
Maria most likes to spend her spare time at home with her family or watching her daughters play netball, to whom she has passed on the passion!
Adrian Ford Dip.PFS
Adrian was born in Cornwall and attended Redruth School. A keen sportsman he represented his school at rugby, football and cricket, and Cornwall and Devon schools for rugby. On leaving school he went on to represent Redruth Rugby Club as Colts Captain and at senior level before moving to Devon to pursue his professional career.
Adrian worked in Insurance sales as a Manager from an early age before moving into Bank Assurance as a Financial Adviser with Lloyds TSB, HSBC and, latterly, Birmingham & Midshires. In 1995 Adrian moved into the role of an Independent Financial Adviser with Aquila Financial Management Ltd. He holds the Chartered Insurance Institute Diploma in Financial Planning and, currently, manages over 25m of clients’ assets. He deals primarily in investments, pensions, and Inheritance Tax planning.
Adrian is married with four grown up children and during his spare time he enjoys playing golf and supporting Exeter Chiefs with his son James.
Chris Lee DipFA CeLTCI
Long Term Care Consultant
Chris has been in financial services since 1987 and became an IFA in 2001 specialising in Long Term Care of elderly clients.
He is an accredited member of SOLLA, he has clients throughout the UK and deals with every aspect of care, including identifying suitable homes, claiming benefits, disposing of assets tiding up affairs and implementing long term funding plans.
Stephen Greasley APFS
Chartered Financial Planner
Steve was born in Birmingham and following education, spent 7 years with The Leeds Permanent Building Society before joining one of their agents, a Financial Services Provider in 1985 and has been involved in Financial Service Companies since. Steve moved to Devon at the end of 1987 and ran the Financial Services Department for Redferns Estate Agents for 6 years and joined Aquila Financial Management in 1996.
Steve has achieved Chartered Financial Planner status which demonstrates achievement beyond benchmark exam standards and the highest standards of Professionalism. Steve works closely with Solicitors and Accountants and provides advice to clients on Investment strategies, Pension and Retirement planning, Protection needs, Inheritance Tax planning and Trust Investments.
Paul joined Aquila Financial Management in 2016, having relocated with his family to Devon from the Midlands.
Paul is an experienced paraplanner, having worked in the Financial Services Industry for over 30 years and holds the CII Diploma in Financial Planning.
Outside of work Paul enjoys running and spending time with his family exploring the Devonshire countryside and shores.
Higher qualifications have also been achieved by individuals, culminating in their use of the following designations:
- ACIB – Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers
- APFS – Associate of the Personal Finance Society
- Cert.PFS – Member by Certificate
- CFP – Certified Financial Planner
- Dip.PFS – Member by Diploma
- FPFS – Fellow of the Personal Finance Society
We are committed to continuous professional development, under a structured regime monitored by the Financial Conduct Authority, and tailor-made to our specific requirements.