Advice Team

David Carr, Managing Director

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David is a member of the Personal Finance Society. He has gained many years experience in the industry including twenty seven years with Nat West Bank: sixteen years in investment/wills/executor, and a further eleven years as Senior Financial Planning Manager.

David’s independent advice service is widely used by professionals and individuals, including Edmund Carr’s referred clients.

Financial planning has been no different to most aspects of life over the past few years - there have been many changes, and it is still equally important to plan for the future.

I am very lucky in that I have known some of my clients for up to twenty years, their children are now clients and, more recently, clients of the accountancy practice (many of whom came to my father for advice some years ago) are now seeking independent financial advice from us.

Stephen Franklin, Senior Adviser

Independent Financial Adviser

Stephen is a member of the Personal Finance Society and has over 20 years experience in both private and retail banking, providing financial advice in Essex and London. He welcomes the opportunity to utilise our independent adviser status to provide the best possible advice to our clients in all aspects of financial planning.

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Kevin Bray, Financial Planning Director

Kevin has a very broad range of financial planning experience having worked as a mortgage adviser, financial planner, and wealth manager. As well as his experience as an IFA, he had a long and distinguished banking career with the Chelmsford offices of NatWest Private Banking and Coutts & Co.

He can advise on all areas of finance and also has professional connections to many people in the local business community having worked in the Essex area for over 15 years.

Kevin is a Chartered Member of the Institute of Financial Services. His chartered status demonstrates an ongoing commitment to learning together with the highest ethical and business standards.

I help people to manage their finances, reduce their taxes, protect what is important to them and generally make the most of what they have. I look forward to working with my colleagues in delivering a high quality and bespoke relationship based service to clients from all backgrounds who value professional independent financial advice.

Michael MacLeod DipPFS, CertCII (MP & ER) - Adviser

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Michael joined the firm in July 2016 as a trainee IFA and completed his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning in January 2018.

Prior to this, Michael's background was predominantly in retail banking and mortgages. Providing financial advice to clients was always his long term goal and something he now enjoys very much.

I got married in 2015 and had my first child in April 2017 which was incredible. A lot of my spare time is spent with my baby boy, but I also try to run and play squash when I can. I am a big Formula 1 fan and follow many sports at different times. Aside from this, I enjoy stand-up comedy and attend amateur nights as well as some of the bigger names on the scene.

I welcome the opportunity to use the experience gained from relationship banking to assist clients with realising their financial ambitions..

Clare van Belkum, IFA

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Clare joined ECFS in June 2017 as an IFA and is currently studying towards the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

She has a wealth of experience working with clients in both retail and business banking having spent 25 years with NatWest.

Eve Allum, IFA

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Eve joined ECFS in October 2017 as an IFA, having worked in Fund Administration for over 13 years. She is currently studying towards a Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

I am keen to help people manage their finances and use my knowledge and skills to build relationships and understand individual clients’ needs.