Local feel, regional presence, national reach

Meet the team

We are a highly professional and dedicated team with over 250 years combined experience. We are proud to employ some of the most qualified financial planners in the region, led by Managing Director, Anthony Hoskisson and Director and Chartered Financial Planner, Stuart Dewin.

As well as another five financial planners, we have specialist administration and technical support teams plus two specialist mortgage brokers.

Find out a bit more about them all here…

Anthony Hoskisson

Anthony Hoskisson

Managing Director & Senior Financial Planner
Stuart Dewin

Stuart Dewin

Director, Fellow & Chartered Financial Planner
Dina Patel

Dina Patel

Operations Director
Chris Blackburn

Chris Blackburn

Consultant
Gus Williamson

Gus Williamson

Senior Financial Planner
Dave Oldrid

Dave Oldrid

Senior Financial Planner
Gareth Griffiths

Gareth Griffiths

Senior Financial Planner
Gary Hitchen

Gary Hitchen

Senior Financial Planner
Catherine Wells

Catherine Wells

Senior Financial Planner
Ralph Dowds

Ralph Dowds

Paraplanner
Susanne Garrod

Susanne Garrod

Mortgage Consultant
Adelle McNiven

Adelle McNiven

Mortgage Consultant
Andrew Dabrowski

Andrew Dabrowski

Business Development Consultant
Susanne Greenwood

Susanne Greenwood

Business Development Coordinator
Michaela Morris

Michaela Morris

Senior Paraplanner
Richard Openshaw

Richard Openshaw

Paraplanner
Angelica Rothwell

Angelica Rothwell

Paraplanner
Pip Barker

Pip Barker

Client Support Manager
Janet Withers

Janet Withers

Client Support Manager
Amy Holloway

Amy Holloway

Client Administrator
Yasmin Lester

Yasmin Lester

Client Support
Molly Clayton

Molly Clayton

Graduate Trainee

Anthony Hoskisson

Managing Director & Senior Financial Planner

Anthony has worked in the financial services sector since the late 1980s and has a depth of knowledge in all areas of financial planning. Anthony’s main focus is assisting clients in protecting and increasing their wealth and he has a particular interest in wealth preservation for future generations, also known as inheritance tax planning. Anthony was one of the founders of the business back in 2007.

Anthony is an active member of the local community, maintaining close links with local sports clubs Fylde RFC, Lytham Cricket Club, YMCA and AKS School. He is also a keen supporter of various local charities. Anthony is married with children and can be seen supporting them at various different venues across the Fylde Coast and beyond, whether that be at a musical concert or a sports event!

Stuart Dewin

Director, Fellow & Chartered Financial Planner

Stuart is a Chartered Financial Planner who covers the full spectrum of personal finance. Stuart is also a Certified Financial Planner and an affiliate of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP).

Stuart was born in Lytham and graduated from university in 1997, having spent time in France.

Stuart started advising in 2010 and helps high net worth individuals identify, achieve and maintain their desired lifestyle requirements.

Stuart is married with 3 children. In his spare time, he serves on the board at YMCA and enjoys football and golf.

Dina Patel

Operations Director

Dina has worked across many areas of the financial sector with specialist areas of expertise in pensions and trusts. Originally from New Zealand where she was a Senior Actuarial Analyst, she has spent more than 25 years in the UK supporting and providing specialist technical knowledge within the financial sector. Dina is also part of Questa Chartered’s Management Team and is married with two children.

Chris Blackburn

Consultant

Chris has 50 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having successfully run his own company before joining the Questa team.

He has lots of experience advising on investment and retirement planning with particular emphasis on taxation and trust planning to form Family Dynasties.

Chris is married to Catherine and has two children. He has formed a small local charity, Clifton CIO, to help Volunteers in local community projects, including Lytham Hall, ParkView4You and Ansdell in Bloom.

Gus Williamson

Senior Financial Planner

Gus advises clients on most aspects of financial planning including pensions, investments and mortgages. He joined the company after spending more than 18 years working in various branches of the TSB and is well known locally.

Gus is married and has two young children. He is a lifetime member of Fleetwood Golf Club where he has played since he was a boy.

Dave Oldrid

Senior Financial Planner

Dave advises clients on a broad range of financial services with specialist expertise in pensions and investments. He has a dedicated client base of small businesses and private individuals and has worked extensively within the financial sector for over 25 years.

Dave is married to Belinda and they have 5 grown up children between them; he is very involved with his local squash club (SSC&SC).

Gareth Griffiths

Senior Financial Planner

Gareth specialises in advising clients on pensions and investments. Working predominantly with clients close to and in retirement, he helps individuals plan for the future.
Gareth is married with two grown up children.

Gary Hitchen

Senior Financial Planner

Gary has over 30 years’ experience of working in the financial services industry and has been advising clients for nearly 15 years.

He advises clients on a wide range of areas specialising in pensions, both personal and workplace based, savings, mortgages, and protection.

He is married with two daughters and enjoys sport and travel.

Catherine Wells

Senior Financial Planner

Catherine has 21 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having previously worked as a financial adviser for Santander in the local area. Catherine advises clients on most aspects of financial planning including pensions, investments, and protection. She lives with her partner, Stephen in Lytham and has 2 daughters. Catherine has a degree in classical music and enjoys regular trips to Andalucia in rural Spain.

Ralph Dowds

Paraplanner

Ralph joined Questa Chartered in June 2017 after graduating from Loughborough University with a BSc Hons in Applied Sports Science. He has recently achieved his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and is now working towards his Advanced Diploma. Ralph is a current member of Fylde RFC 1st XV having played there since he was a Mini Junior.

Susanne Garrod

Mortgage Consultant

Susanne is the lead Mortgage and Protection Consultant at Questa Chartered, dealing with income protection, buy to let, remortgaging, equity release alongside life and critical illness cover.

She joined Questa in 2007 after more than 25 years in the banking sector.

Susanne is married with two children and a dog! She enjoys watching Fylde Rugby where her youngest son is in the first team squad and supporting her husband and eldest son who are currently training for the Ironman Roth Challenge. Sue is a member of Wrea Green and Lytham Tennis Club and enjoys walking the family Springer Spaniel, Bobby.

Adelle McNiven

Mortgage Consultant

Adelle has fifteen years of experience in the financial sector and is our resident Mortgage and Protection expert. She knows everything you need to know about income protection, buy to let, remortgaging, equity release alongside life and critical illness cover – and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Adelle is married and is a great mother to her two children, Jessica and Jack. After spending some time raising her children and looking after their beautiful dog, Brandy, she’s ready to get back into the industry and hit the ground running.

Andrew Dabrowski

Business Development Consultant

Andy Dabrowski will be a familiar face to many on the Fylde. He joined Questa in May 2013 from Lloyds TSB where he was a Financial Planning Manager. He spent 39 years working in the banking sector – many years spent at the Blackpool branch of Lloyds TSB on Birley Street. He is now working with Questa Chartered’s clients and businesses as a Business Development Consultant.

Susanne Greenwood

Business Development Coordinator

Susanne joined Questa in April 2018 after building up extensive experience in the pharmaceutical and aerospace industries. She finds creating new relationships with other professionals the most rewarding part of working at Questa.

Susanne lives in Blackpool and is married with three children. Outside of work, when she is not supporting her children in their hobbies, she is a keen dancer.

Michaela Morris

Senior Paraplanner

Michaela joined Questa in March 2018 and has over 20 years’ experience in financial services, where she worked for Santander in the local area and across Lancashire. She has a Diploma CII in Regulated Financial Planning and has provided financial advice for over 11 years.

Michaela had a brief career change when she worked as an Area Lettings Manager for a local estate agent, but we are glad to say she has recently returned to the financial services industry and joined our team.

Outside of work, Michaela likes walking, live music and spending time with her two girls whom she lives with in Wrea Green.

Richard Openshaw

Paraplanner

Richard joined Questa Chartered in 2008 and is heavily involved in the research and analysis of the financial sector. He is currently studying towards his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

Richard has two sons and plays for Lytham Cricket Club 1st XI and Fylde RFC.

Angelica Rothwell

Paraplanner

Angelica joined us after achieving a Masters in Economics from the University of Manchester and completing 18 months as a Graduate Trainee Paraplanner. She’s currently studying towards becoming a pension transfer specialist, and will be moving towards Chartered status over the coming years.

Angelica enjoys keeping clients’ minds at ease and taking them on the journey to understanding all the options available to them. Outside of work, she loves nothing more than baking and spending time with her two pugs.

Pip Barker

Client Support Manager

Pip has considerable experience in all areas of financial services administration. Pip has worked within the financial services industry for over 12 years.

Janet Withers

Client Support Manager

Janet joined Questa Chartered in November 2013 and has held various roles within the financial services sector since 1990. She is a qualified Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute (ACII).

Janet lives in the Ribble Valley and is married with two young children.

Amy Holloway

Client Administrator

Amy joined Questa Chartered in April 2013 after four years of working within the financial sector, based in Preston.

She studied an NVQ in Financial Services Administration at Preston College. Amy is married and lives locally.

Yasmin Lester

Client Support

After previously working as a hotel receptionist, Yasmin recently started a new role in Client Support where she will begin training in paraplanning. She has passed three exams so far and is continuing to study and sit further exams to achieve a diploma in financial planning.

Yasmin has spent two years travelling around Asia and working in Australia, so she’s quite the globetrotter. In her spare time, Yasmin likes walks in the countryside, visiting new places and seeing live music.

Molly Clayton

Graduate Trainee

In the summer of 2020, I graduated with a degree in Mathematics from the University of Leeds. Throughout my studies, I took a particular interest in the financial modules and so decided to pursue a career path within this area. After also working in my families business alongside my studies for almost 10 years, I also knew that I particularly enjoyed the client relations side of the job and so therefore a pathway into financial advising seemed like the perfect next step.

My job can be seen as a ‘Hybrid’ role where I get to understand all aspects of Questa Chartered. I will hopefully get to work with people who have different jobs so I can see and learn the different roles within the company. I will also be studying for my R0 exams (Diploma in financial planning).

I have lived in Blackpool all my life (apart from when at university). At University I was a member of the Dance society and President of the Math’s Society. I love to catch up with my friends from Uni in Leeds and getting the chance to visit my favorite student hotspots. I also love to cook, travel and spend time with my amazing family and dogs.

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