Experience, Knowledge & Dedication

Our highly skilled and experienced team finds effective ways to meet all your financial needs from pensions and investments to protection and tax. Working together we create a secure financial future for you and your family.

Our team comprises six financial advisers backed by nine professionals who provide administrative support. Five of our advisers are qualified Chartered Financial Planners and the others are working towards this qualification. This status reflects the highest standards of technical knowledge and ethical practice in our industry.

All Chartered Financial Planners have at least five years’ relevant professional experience (although our advisers have been working in the industry for longer) and are committed to ongoing professional development. This dedication to learning ensures our knowledge is up to date with the latest thinking and approaches to solving today’s financial issues.

Paula Steele

Paula is John Lamb’s managing partner and has worked in the financial services industry for 40 years. Paula’s extensive knowledge and expertise extends across all areas of financial planning, enabling her to deliver comprehensive and cohesive solutions. She uses her experience to resolve particularly complex and challenging issues for individuals and families.

Paula has played an important role in improving standards throughout the financial advice industry over the past few years and contributes regularly to the media. Her professional accreditations include Chartered Financial Planner,  IMC and being an Affiliate of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

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David Gruenstein

David brings 20 years of experience to his financial planning work and has broad knowledge across all areas. He has particular expertise in inheritance tax planning, and finding effective ways to structure family assets in order to take advantage of the various reliefs available for mitigating liabilities.

David joined John Lamb in 2011 and previously worked as a financial adviser for several large national firms. He is highly qualified being a Chartered Financial Planner and an Affiliate of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners). David graduated from the University of Oxford where he read chemistry.

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Donna Buffham

Donna’s areas of expertise include arranging family protection (such as life and health assurance), tax-efficient investment planning, retirement planning (including complex pensions and divorce settlements) and mitigating inheritance tax. She is also authorised as an equity release specialist where she helps individuals and their families explore all options available.

Donna has worked in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. She believes in working in partnership with her clients in order to develop strategies and financial plans that evolve as their circumstances change. Donna’s professional qualifications include Chartered Financial Planner, Institute of Financial Planners and being an Affiliate of STEP.

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Crispin Homer

Working across all areas of financial planning, Crispin helps individuals and families plan ahead and find effective ways to manage their wealth. He has particular expertise in pre and post-retirement investment planning and inheritance tax planning. As well as advising private clients, Crispin is Head of Investments, providing direction for our in-house investment proposition.

Crispin has 13 years of experience in financial services. Before joining John Lamb, he worked for several leading UK firms as a financial adviser and has also managed discretionary investment portfolios. Crispin is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI), a Chartered Wealth Manager and a Chartered Financial Planner.

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Emma Steele

As Operations Director, Emma is responsible for ensuring the flow of information to and from clients is administered and processed smoothly and efficiently, and that the appropriate regulatory systems and controls are in place. Emma also manages John Lamb’s non-advisory activities including business support, finance, human resources, information technology and facilities.

Emma has extensive experience of financial services, most recently at BNP Paribas Securities Services, a leading provider of administrative services to fund managers. Working with them for over nine years, Emma had a number of responsibilities associated with the administering and pricing of securities for a range of fund managers.

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Alex Shields

Alex joined John Lamb in 2014 and is one of our Chartered Financial Planners. He has experience across the full range of financial planning services with a particular focus on pensions. Alex believes the ever-changing legislative landscape offers an opportunity for financial advice to add real value to the circumstances of clients and their families.

Alex has worked in financial services since graduating from Exeter University with an honours degree in Economics in 2008. He spent a number of years at another top city financial planning firm. His professional qualifications include being a Chartered Financial Planner and an Affiliate of STEP.

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Amanda Curd

Amanda has over 20 years’ experience working in the financial services industry and joined John Lamb in 2014. She specialises in the technical side of financial planning through detailed analysis of clients’ financial arrangements. Amanda works closely with advisers to formulate appropriate solutions and strategies across a range of financial planning areas.

Amanda holds the Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, is a Chartered Financial Planner and is an Affiliate of STEP. She graduated from the University of Hull where she read music.

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Laura Moskwa

Laura is a paraplanner and supports our advisers with their recommendations to individuals and families with particular expertise in helping them use equity release facilities. Previously, she was our business support supervisor, and understands everything involved in preparing and administering effective financial plans and reports.

Laura has worked in the industry since 2003 in a variety of administrative and management roles for financial advice firms. She holds the Award in Financial Administration from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and is developing her core technical knowledge and financial planning capabilities by working towards the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

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Christina Georgiou

Christina Georgiou who worked previously for John Lamb for three years, has returned as Head of Paraplanning, where she is responsible for managing the workflow and training and development of the paraplanning team.  She also supports John Lamb advisers with their client recommendations.

Christina has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry and is very client focused. She is Diploma qualified and well on the way to achieving Chartered Financial Planner status.

David Ellener

David has over 20 years’ experience working in Financial Services in a variety of positions. David holds the Financial Planning Certificate from the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) and the Investment Management Certificate from the CFA UK.

David is currently working towards the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning. David joined John Lamb from E Q Investors where he was an Investment Analyst.