Managing Director of MPA Financial Management
Please explain a little bit about your business
We are a firm of Independent Chartered Financial Planners and manage £700M of pensions and investments on behalf of our clients. Based in Henley in Arden and with a history dating back to 1988, we are now 40 strong with 20 IFAs in the business. We also own a part share in a business in Worcester called SWP that has been going since 1973. We advise on SIPP’s DB transfers, ISA’s, life assurance and mortgages and a whole array of tax efficient financial products. We try to guide clients and their families through their lives financial so that they make the most efficient use of their money in retirement and beyond.
Why did you join the Bears Club and what are the advantages for MPA?
First and foremost I am a great big cricket fan. Edgbaston has the best atmosphere of any Test ground in the country. I have been involved in club cricket for over 20 years in Warwickshire with Earlswood CC and know the set up at Edgbaston pretty well and some of the people that run the club. The Bears Club is a great association for us in terms of improving brand awareness and networking. We like to be associated with Brands that fit in with our ethos and our strapline of Inform, Educate, Inspire and I think Warwickshire stands for all three.
What do you like the most about working with Warwickshire?
Being a cricket fan it’s great to meet some of the players old and new and I think they are a well run organisation that puts people at the heart of what they do just like ourselves. We have been shirt sponsors of Earlswood CC and we are now shirt sponsors of Barnt Green CC so this is an extension of that really.
Are you a cricket fan and if so, what excites you most about Edgbaston?
Im a massive cricket fan although my team are Nottinghamshire as I have worked in the West Midlands and Warwickshire for over 30 years. Even though Trent Bridge is my spiritual home you cant beat Edgbaston for atmosphere on a Test match Saturday. I did my level 1 and 2 coaching badges at the Edgbaston Cricket Centre and have spent many hours in the nets there playing, coaching and watching my kids play this great game. My first memory of watching a Test match on TV was the 1975 Ashes where Graham Gooch got a pair on his debut.
What are you long term goals of working with Warwickshire CCC?
Continue the brand association with the Club and grow to maybe shirt sponsor in the future. And watch some cricket in the meantime