Antony PilkingtonManaging Director
In 1987 he left to join a local IFA firm as an Independent Financial Adviser and Director of the company.
An opportunity arose in 1997 to purchase 50% of the shares in Springfield Financial Services Ltd and in 2004 Antony became the sole owner and Managing Director of the company. Antony now runs the business alongside his Co-Directors; Ailsa Thomas and Vanessa Townshend.
Antony has three children. He is a keen time trial cyclist and enjoys Formula 1 and Moto GP.
Ailsa Thomas, FPFSDirector, Chartered Financial Planner
Ailsa specialises in providing Retirement and Later Life advice, incorporating retirement planning, tax planning, investment management and estate planning. Ailsa has held Chartered Financial Planner Status since 2010, is a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and holds the Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA) accreditation. Ailsa has a particular interest in estate planning and trusts and to this end, holds the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners’ (STEP) Certificate for Financial Services.
Following completion of her A Levels at Nelson & Colne College, Ailsa began her career in Financial Services in 2000. Working initially in administration whilst she studied towards her professional qualifications, Ailsa went on to assist advisers in a technical capacity as a Paraplanner and later moved on to advising clients. Ailsa has experience of all types of investments and pensions, including occupational pension schemes, private pensions, pension transfers and pensions on divorce.
Ailsa is married with two young sons, who keep her busy outside of work. In her free time, Ailsa enjoys meeting up with family and friends and walking in the local countryside.
Vanessa Townshend, FPFSDirector, Chartered Financial Planner
Having graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in International Business Studies with Japanese Vanessa joined a National IFA in 1998 before moving to a London based stockbroker. She relocated to Preston in 2005 and joined Springfield Financial Services where she is now a shareholding Director.
Vanessa, her husband and two children enjoy swimming, cycling and running. She competes in Triathlons, cycle Time Trials and open water swimming events, with her biggest accomplishment to date representing Team GB in the Standard Distance Triathlon European Championships in June 2019.
Phil Rogers, FPFSChartered Financial Planner
Phil developed his business by working closely with a network of professional intermediaries, principally Chartered and Certified Accountants in Preston and Manchester. Outside interests include travel, sport (and in particular Rugby Union being a Debenture holder at the Millennium Stadium), martial arts and music.Phil is married with one daughter, two step-children, three grand-children and two Dachshunds.
Tricia DonohueFinancial Planner
Tricia advises on a wide range of areas including savings and investments, retirement options, pensions and estate planning.Tricia has a teenage son, spends a lot of time completing home improvements on her Grade II Weaver’s Cottage, and has recently completed the couch to 5km run challenge!
Our Administrative Team
Our advisers are supported by a number of highly trained paraplanners and administrators who in addition to assisting with day to day correspondence, liaise with clients on behalf of the advisers and prepare research, reports and valuations, enabling us to provide a comprehensive service.
What our clients tell us
Within the past 3 yrs Springfield have, with their experience in all aspects of inheritance planning, reorganised our financial affairs with energy and enthusiasm. We strongly feel that our investments are much better placed to benefit our family now, and in the future, than prior to Springfield’s involvement as Financial Advisors.
B & M L Turner, Hale, Manchester
Over eight years we have found Springfield Financial blends impressive detailed expertise in taxation and investment with close attention to understanding our family objectives. Their steady support helps us sleep at night.
Anon, Forton, Lancashire
As a long established retailer (est 1878), we are very busy running our main business. We therefore rely heavily on Springfield looking after our investment portfolio in a proactive manner.
Springfield’s skill set is broad and comprehensive and we have found that they have helped us in many ways. They manage to “out- perform” the market in our general investment portfolio and have a simple and effective reporting mechanism that keeps us abreast of what is happening, without us having to read through masses of paperwork.
Regarding pension management, they have greatly helped us and keep us up to speed with what has been a complex and ever-changing situation due to the introduction of a myriad of new rules by the government.
Historically we have experienced other IFAs and Springfield are miles ahead for the needs of busy SME companies.
C Dickinson, Hexham, Northumberland
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