Welcome to Altor
You might be wondering if there was a different way of doing things.
If there was a way of getting all the advice you need and having your investments managed – all for a clear, fixed cost.
You could be thinking; ‘how can I get my financial life completely planned for me without having to pay extra every time I need something new’.
You might be wondering whether the investments you have were set up to suit you or to suit your adviser.
You probably have at least £500,000 of liquid capital including pensions, unless we already look after someone connected to you.
If these are true, do get in touch.
We believe that advisers charging a percentage of your wealth to advise you, is wrong. It feels to us a little like Capitalism for the adviser and Socialism for the client.
We charge the same fixed monthly fee to all clients and deliver the same service.
We believe that an adviser who recommends their company’s own investment solution or the service of one other company, is not independent. Why does this matter, well because you will never know if the investment you have is the best and the adviser will never tell you.
We recommend external discretionary or advisory solutions to our clients from a wide range and often blend several to suit them.
We believe that many advisory businesses are set up with a target price and date for sale of the business. This means that how the advisers behave, is largely driven by financial company targets and not client objectives.
We are structured as a partnership and are not for sale.
We believe that most financial firms pay lip service to Corporate Social Responsibility and rarely put their money where their mouth is.
Altor gives 10% of its gross income to the Altor Charitable Foundation.
We are very proud, that having been through an intensive 12-month assessment process with external assessors, we have been awarded B Corporation status in the UK. There are 3,000+ B Corps globally including Ben & Jerry’s, EQ Investors, Patagonia and Triodos Bank. We are businesses with a legal requirement to balance profit with purposes – considering the needs of all stakeholders, society and the environment. We also meet the highest standards of social and environmental performance.
We are proud to have achieved Chartered Financial Planner Firm status in 2020 following a rigorous review by our Professional body. Chartered firms are in the minority and have committed themselves to the highest ethical standards in the profession. You can click on the logo above to see why Chartered status matters.
Vaughan has been my adviser for just over a year now and what a year it has been! After delving deep into our current and future requirements, Vaughan recommended a range of ethical investments with levels of risk versus return to suit both my own and my partner’s comfort zones. These have performed surprisingly well in these testing and uncertain times.
Vaughan and the team at Altor have been superb in transferring my family’s patchwork of investments and policies into one easy to navigate platform. Vaughan’s approach has been underpinned by a huge investment in time – fully understanding what we want to achieve in life, our own preferences for investment (ethical in our case) and a continued and reassuring focus on our appetite to risk vs. security in an unprecedented time of uncertainty.
Matt started his career as an independent adviser in May 2001 with what was then Towry Law, rising to become one of only four Executive Partners nationally. Following the acquisition of Towry by Private Equity house Permira in 2016, Matt left to establish Altor believing that there was a fairer way of advising his clients.
Matt spends most of his free time with his lovely family and with what is left, is a keen supporter of the England rugby team.
Lucinda is an equity partner at Altor and is responsible for the running of the business. Lucinda comes from a teaching background and has taught in state and private education. Her day to day role as practice manager ensures that the crucial functions of the partnership are fulfilled allowing Matt, Jon and Vaughan to focus full-time on our clients.
In her spare time Lucinda enjoys distance running and is an active member of the community.
Vaughan started his career as a financial adviser in 1999, joining Towry Law in 2007 where he became one of only a dozen Senior Client Partners. Following Tilney’s acquisition of Towry in 2016, Vaughan was promoted to Managing Partner of the South-East. Cultural and philosophical changes meant the time had come to look for a firm aligned with his own values. Vaughan joined Altor as a Partner in April 2019.
Vaughan enjoys spending time with his large extended family, American Football, playing golf, running and has also embraced Veganism since 2020.
Jon started his career in 1988 running his own IFA business before selling it to John Scott & Partners in 2006. The firm became Towry shortly afterwards and he was appointed Senior Client Partner until his retirement in 2015. Jon has come out of retirement to join Altor believing that our innovative charging model and independence is just what his clients are looking for.
In his spare time Jon plays golf and is currently trying to fight his handicap back down as his clients are keeping him busy.
Kendra has been working in financial services for 5 years for both small and large advice firms. She is currently studying for her Diploma in Financial Planning. Kendra joined Altor as a Client Advocate in November 2019 and is responsible for preparing advice for our clients.
In her free time Kendra enjoys playing netball for her local team, snowboarding in the Alps and spending quality time with family and friends.
Poppy has been working for the last 4 years on tax return preparation for individual clients. She joined Altor as a Client Advocate in June 2021 and handles the day to day administration tasks for our clients. This frees up our advisers to focus on looking after our clients, formulating advice and working on their future planning.
In her free time Poppy enjoys walking Sizzles – her Daschund, eating good food and spending time with her family.
Oumar is currently studying Accounting & Finance at Kingston University and will start his final year in October 2021. He joined Altor as a full-time Analyst in May 2021 and works preparing investment analysis for our investment committee, client reviews and also produces cashflow analysis for clients.
Outside of work and study, he competes at semi-professional level for his football team and enjoys spending time with his family and friends.
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