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About Us

Our people are very important to us. Below is a short biography for each member of the Begley Brown team

“Coming together is a beginning; Keeping together is progress; Working together is success!” – Henry Ford

Chris Brown

Managing Director & Chartered Financial Planner

M.A. Joint Hons Glasgow University, Diploma Information Technology Stirling University, CII Chartered Financial Planner, Pension Transfer Specialist

Experience & Specialisms:
I began my career in the Financial Services industry after leaving University over 25 years ago. My first role was with Scottish Provident as a Graduate Trainee where I gained valuable experience in understanding pensions, investments and insurance products.

I was then headhunted to run the ‘in house’ financial planning business for French Duncan who are one of Glasgow’s largest independent accountancy practices. During the nine years I was there I provided sound financial advice to the firm’s client base.

Begley Brown was born in October 2007 when I decided it was time to set up a business of my own based on my own core values which had always been to put the needs of clients first, to be honest and transparent in everything I do and to deliver the best ‘Independent Financial Advice’ possible. This is now the company ethos.

As well as building the business, I have continued to improve my knowledge by completing various industry exams. I am proud to say that I am a qualified Chartered Financial Planner which is an elite qualification issued by the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII). Begley Brown is also a Chartered Financial Planning firm, making it one of only around 10% of firms in the UK to hold this coveted status.

Outside work:
I enjoy all sport and represented Scotland at various age groups in rugby and athletics. Nowadays golf, hillwalking, snowboarding and going to the gym are my main sporting interests. I am married to Victoria and have two young daughters Erika and Alba who keep me out of mischief.

Alastair Haddow

Chairman, Begley Brown Investment Committee

M.A. in Geography and Political Economy, Investment Management Certificate. Member of the Chartered Institute of Securities & Investment.

Experience & Specialisms:
After graduating from the University of Glasgow with a Master’s degree in Geography and Political Economy, I have spent my entire career in the world of investments. The bulk of my time was spent with the Glasgow based investment management firm, Murray Johnstone which was ultimately acquired by Aberdeen Asset Management. I began my career as an investment analyst before becoming a portfolio manager covering global stockmarkets. I have managed unit trusts, investment trusts and bespoke portfolios on behalf of pension funds and international institutional clients including government agencies in Australia and Singapore.

I became the Chief Investment Officer at Murray Johnstone managing around 40 investment managers covering all asset classes from UK to Emerging Market equities and fixed income at a time when total assets under the firm’s management were around £5 billion.

After Murray Johnstone’s acquisition by Aberdeen Asset Managers I joined the actuarial firm of Hymans Robertson as an Investment Consultant. I was responsible for developing investment strategies for both private and public sector pension schemes as well as helping them select appropriate fund managers.

In the mid-2000s I decided to branch out on my own and become an Independent Investment Consultant. Today, as well as chairing the Begley Brown investment committee, I am also a trustee of three final salary pension schemes.

Outside work:
I have a keen interest in all sports having participated in rowing at international level. I am an enthusiastic follower of rugby and equestrian sports where I follow and support members of my family.

Lorraine Rennie

Senior Manager & Compliance Officer

BA (Hons) Financial Services, CII Diploma in Financial Planning, CII Financial Planning Certificate, CII Certificate in Mortgage Advice, CII Award in Pensions Update. I am currently working my way through the CII Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning exams with the aim of achieving Chartered Financial Planner status.

Experience & Specialisms:
I have been working in the financial services industry since 2003 after graduating with BA (Hons) degree in Financial Services from Glasgow Caledonian University.

During this time I have gained valuable experience of working in all aspects of the financial services industry. This includes previously providing financial advice to clients. I joined the Begley Brown team in early 2008 not long after the business started. One of my main responsibilities is to provide strong technical support for Chris Brown. I also ensure the smooth operation of the back office, provide a high level of service to clients and deal with the HR and training & development of newer members of the Begley Brown team. I am also the Compliance Officer so I have to make sure there are procedures in place to ensure all of the work we do is completed in line with FCA guidelines.

I am a member of the Investment Committee and the Senior Management Team.

Outside work:
I enjoy baking and adventuring on road trips across Europe & the UK. I have a keen interest in classic cars and often take part in classic car shows.

Catherine Arr

Mortgage Administrator

Level 3 Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice, HNC Business Management

Experience & Specialisms:
I joined the Begley Brown team in February 2016. I have been working in the financial services industry since 2005.

I am an experienced Mortgage Administrator with strong management skills and an in-depth experience of change management. Working as a Mortgage Advisor for the last 10 years has given me the opportunity to cover all aspects of mortgage business from liaising with customers, tracking mortgages from start to finish and negotiating timescales with lenders.  Areas of experience include offering a financial services package to all prospective clients ensuring the end goal is achieved efficiently.  At the same time adhering to all compliance procedures and processes.  I also have a proven track record of achieving deadlines and project milestones.

Outside work:
I am kept busy with my Husband and 2 daughters, age 7 and 8, as a family we enjoy bike rides, and regular family trips to Lanark.

Mark Robinson

Graduate Trainee Paraplanner

BA (Hons) Finance, Investment & Risk, CII Diploma in Financial Planning,
I am currently working my way through the CII Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning exams with the aim of achieving Chartered Financial Planner status.

Experience & Specialisms:
I joined the Begley Brown team in May 2016 having graduated from Glasgow Caledonian University where I studied Finance, Investment & Risk. I enjoyed many aspects of the degree but I am particularly enjoying learning more about investments through engagement with the Investment Management Committee. Since joining Begley Brown I have completed my CII Diploma in Financial Planning and will continue to sit exams to achieve
Chartered Financial Planner status.

Outside work:
I enjoy going to the gym, playing golf and having meals out.

Jonathan Williams

Mortgage and Protection Specialist

LLB (Dip) – Bachelor of Laws and Diploma in Legal Practice, CII Certificate in Mortgage Advice. I am currently studying for my certificate in Equity Release which will allow me to advise on these products.

Experience & Specialisms:
I am not only qualified to give mortgage and protection advice and but am also a qualified solicitor with more than 20 years’ experience in residential conveyancing. I am, therefore, uniquely positioned to guide our clients through the mortgage process and explain to our clients, in plain English, the smoke and mirrors of the buying process. I see my role as project manager to ensure that the mortgage and purchase experience is a stress free as possible.  After graduating from Aberdeen University, I held partner roles with three respected legal practices before qualifying to give mortgage and protection advice. My experience gained in the trenches of domestic conveyancing allows me provide added value to clients especially those who are new to the market. I also present “The Bricks and Mortar podcast” covering all things property including invaluable mortgage advice.

Outside work:
I love my cricket and am a member of the M.C.C. Having retired from playing too many years ago and with the advent of family life beckoning, I was introduced to the world of endurance sport.  With several half marathons, marathons and ultras under my belt, my biggest achievement to date is completing Ironman Frankfurt in 2013. I hope to compete in the Comrades Marathon in my fiftieth year.