Meet our team
We are people people. As one of the few truly independent financial planning firms, we are able to put our clients at the heart of Rockwood IFA Leeds. This ethos is reflected in every aspect of your experience with us. Whether you are thinking about retirement, or just starting a family, we have the expertise to help you optimise your finances and plan for the future.
Our friendly, experienced independent financial advisors provide clear simple to understand explanations. We pride ourselves on being approachable and this is reflected in the wonderful reviews we have received from clients. See if you think we could help you by reading how we have helped others. Click here to read our reviews.
Catherine Casey, Director
Catherine has been working in the industry since 2000. She spent several of those years in administrative and technical roles so understands the benefits that a fully comprehensive financial planning approach can have on an individuals’ and businesses’ financial affairs. She is a Chartered Financial Planner which means she is fully qualified to a high standard to offer professional, independent and impartial advice in any area of financial planning. She is also a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society and an accredited member of the Society of Later Life Advisers.
Catherine’s quirky fact is that she believes Richard III is innocent of his alleged crimes and one day would love to have the time to go into the archives and prove it!
Linda Lodge, Operations & Finance Manager
Linda looks after the smooth day to day running of the office, and is also responsible for the finances and overall operations of Rockwood Financial Solutions. As the longest standing member of the team she had deep understanding of every part of running a busy financial planning practice and is an integral member of the team,
Linda supports Catherine in the integration of new clients, and ensures the transition is smooth from beginning to end. She also manages the team, proof read reports and deals with the more complex cases.
Linda has an extensive background as a PA and also worked in the IT industry as a Project Analyst. She is a mum to 3 children and is used to juggling tasks and has a keen eye for detail. She brings with her a wealth of knowledge for policies and procedures and loves to tick a box!
Linda is a keen runner and fitness geek and has completed the Yorkshire Marathon in 2015.
Karen Malin, Consultant
Formally a compliance director, Karen started her own compliance support business in 2006 to provide the help that she wished she’d had! Karen provides various levels of support for financial advisory, insurance and mortgage mediation firms.
Karen’s quirky thing is an abject failure to feel at home in frocks and hats. This rules out Ascot, but for sporting activities helmets are OK. Another slightly quirky thing is a love of rugby, especially union and Wales. Unusually, Karen has played rugby and is shocked by very little. Karen brings a down to earth common sense and clients’ client friendly approach to regulatory matters.
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Nic Hitchcox, Administrator
Nic’s job is collecting and processing data from providers to furnish Catherine with all the information she needs to help our clients.
Nic loves calling clients and helping them through their financial journey.
“I love the passion here at Rockwood, great teamwork ethos and brilliant minds. That family feel is something I’ve certainly felt and I hope our clients feel part of it too.”
Geoff Bettley, Trainee Paraplanner
Geoff researches solutions for our clients, formulates reports and provides technical support to Catherine.
“I love working for a company whose first aim is providing people with a plan for their future, in which all their lifegoals and personal aspirations are included. The total wellbeing of the client is the only goal and everything flows from making a success of this.”
Nick Cohen, Financial Planner
Nick has been involved in financial services for a number of years, starting out on a Graduate Scheme with a local business offering back office analysis and support to financial planners. Because of his desire to help people and work on a one-to-one basis he has progressed into the advice side and completed his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning. I am continuing to study with the intention of becoming Chartered in the coming years.
Outside of work he is a keen cyclist and regularly play golf – although he is still trying to bring my handicap to a respectable level! He enjoys looking after our clients; working with them on their financial journey.
Anne-Marie Hartill, Consultant
Anne-Marie is a Chartered Marketer and supports Rockwood with our marketing communications. She has worked in financial services marketing for over 14 years so brings a wealth of experience to the team. As well as being a Chartered Marketer she also holds a Mini MBA in Digital and Social Media Marketing, a professional diploma in Marketing and a degree in Broadcasting.
Apart from being a busy mum, she is a calm and approachable, she loves the theatre and italian restaurants. Her dream is to one day write a children’s book. Like Catherine she is also a history buff and likes exploring heritage sites.
Joe Kellett, Trainee Paraplanner
Joe recently graduated from University and joined us recently as an apprentice and trainee paraplanner. He is currently working his way through everything that comes with the role of a busy Financial Planner.
Be a pleasure to work with:
We don’t think financial planning should be a stressful experience but we understand that discussing personal matters can be difficult. We believe in putting our clients at ease, providing a friendly service and taking as long as is necessary to understand the individual needs of each client.
Put our customers first:
Financial planning is different for each individual. We listen to the needs of our clients and make sure they are comfortable with any decisions they make regarding their finances. We work hard to find the solutions best suited to our clients and ensure that they receive sound financial advice every time.
Act with professional integrity:
We always ensure that we are compliant and never take any actions which may discredited or harm our reputation or profession. We adhere to industry standards and guidelines and give our clients a high quality of service.
Provide independent, impartial advice:
We make sure we stay informed of the various products available so that we can offer a wider choice to clients and provide solutions that are right for them. We base our recommendations on the individual needs of the customer and always work with trusted providers.
Be experts in what we do:
We take the time to keep up to date with industry news and legislation to ensure that we are always giving appropriate advice. We seek out opportunities to extend our knowledge and expertise and develop ourselves both personally and professionally so that we can continually excel in what we do.