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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Phil Giles, Senior Advisor

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The role of a trusted adviser has always been to fully understand the client's overall financial objectives and then provide advice and ongoing support to ensure that this is achieved.

Phil Giles has been very fortunate to have looked after some wonderful clients in NatWest and at Coutts & Co over a long and distinguished 35 year career in financial services.

having recently joined E C Financial Services as a Senior Independent Financial Advisor, the importance of providing face to face advice to clients has never been so important, and I look forward to bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge to the advice team in supporting the needs and aspirations of our clients.
I am married to Nicola, a primary school teacher, have 4 wonderful grown up children and, at the last count, two grandsons!
I have a passion for live music, film and theatre and a keen interest in family genealogy.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.