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Russell A. Lane

Chief Executive Officer

Russell is a Board Director and the founder of Brunel. He is responsible for the overseeing of all the Company’s operations.

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Chris Ladkin ACII


Chris is a key part of the management team, having been a board director of various other insurance brokers over the last 30 years. He is responsible for advising the board and looking after key clients.

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Iain Black Dip PFS

Managing Director

With over 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector, Iain is responsible for managing the Wealth business and recruiting the highest quality advisors and support staff.

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Carl Tuttiett APFS, CII (Award)

Partner - Head of Financial Planning

Carl is the Head of Financial Planning and is responsible for the advice team, providing financial planning and wealth management to Brunel’s key clients. With over 15 years’ experience as a regulated financial advisor, his Chartered status stands as testament to his expertise.

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Alex Nicklin

Partner - Head of Private Client

Alex has over 18 years’ experience within the financial services sector, including 10 years as a regulated financial planner. He is responsible for overseeing the private client offering and delivering financial planning and Wealth management to Brunel’s clients.

Ria Bedford DipPFS

Financial Planning Director

Ria is responsible for advising private and corporate clients on all areas of financial planning. She has over 17 years’ experience in financial services, having qualified as a regulated financial adviser 12 years ago. Ria is also a finalist in two awards in the Women in Financial Advice awards 2020; winner announced on 8th Oct.

Tim Brienza LLB (Hons) FPFS

Chartered Financial Planner

Tim provides financial planning and wealth management to our high net worth clients. With over 6 years’ experience in financial services and a background in Law, he also holds the Advanced Diploma as a Chartered Financial Planner and has achieved the status of Fellow of the Personal Finance Society in 2019, the highest qualification attainable with the CII.

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Siobhan Crawford

Director - Group Finance

Siobhan heads up our Accounts Team and is responsible for all functions of our accounting department; from collecting and paying Insurer money to the management of accounts.

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Hazel Postma BA (Hons), DipDM

Head of Marketing

Hazel heads up our marketing department and is committed to supporting the growth of the Company. Based in our Bristol office, she oversees the marketing, events and PR across the Group.

Jonathan Abbott


Jon has 6 year’s experience in financial services and supports the wider Brunel Wealth team servicing clients. Jon is currently awaiting his final results for the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and continues to study to obtain chartered status.

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Katherine Gould BA (Hons)

Client Services Manager

Katherine has over 20 years’ experience in both large financial services and small independent advice firms. She provides support to the Wealth management team and maintains client relations.

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