Our Team

Gavin Sturgess  AFPS

Chartered Financial Planner / MD of Countrywide Financial Solutions & Countrywide Accountancy Solutions

Gavin set up the business in 2003 and has been a financial adviser for over 20 years, Gavin believes in building trust through regular face-to-face meetings and aims to help clients achieve their financial goals. He guides them through the complex issues of tax planning strategies, investments and retirement planning using plain English. Gavin is a member of the institute of financial planning.


Andrew Stammers DipPFS, Cert SMP

Independent Financial Adviser

Andrew entered the financial services industry in 1990 and now specialises in financial planning for both private and corporate clients. He holds licences in equity release, long term care and has specialist accreditation in taxation, pensions, mortgage protection and investment. Andrew’s clients appreciate his ability to translate financial jargon into real-world solutions.


Chris Whitehead  BA(Hons) DipPFS

BA(Hons) DipPFS // Independent Financial Adviser

Chris has been providing financial advice since 1999 and recognises the need to get to know his clients' hopes and aspirations as well as worries and concerns in order to give excellent financial advice. Chris is highly qualified; as well as advising on investments and pensions, Chris specialises in advising on Inheritance Tax matters and assisting clients in passing wealth on to the next generation effectively. He is married to Wendy and has three sons, Ben, Joseph and Samuel. When not working, Chris enjoys spending time with his family, playing a variety of sports and riding his motorbike. Chris is a committed Christian and is an active member of his local church.


Joseph Sturgess Cert CII (MP) BSc

Mortgage & Protection Adviser

Joseph joined the company in 2011 to work with Gavin Sturgess (Father) after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire. He is a qualified independent adviser on mortgages, protection and general insurance. Joseph is working towards extending his licences into other areas of financial planning and becoming a fully qualified IFA.


Janet Maggs Dip PFS

Independent Financial Adviser

Janet is one of our qualified financial advisers. Since joining the financial services industry over 20 years ago, Janet gained extensive experience working for a number of the larger insurance companies in a business development role. Latterly Janet gained experience with Axa Wealth and offered regional IFA’s expertise with a full range of financial solutions for their clients. This experience naturally led Janet to become an IFA herself some years ago and she currently offers advice on Pensions, Investments and Protection planning as well as the more complex areas such as Inheritance Tax mitigation, Pensions on divorce and Trust solutions.

Outside of work Janet enjoys spending time with her daughter, close family members and friends and is a keen dinner party host and all round fabulous cook!


Louise Jackson

Office Manager // Financial Services Administrator

Louise has held positions as office manager and financial services administrator for over 20 years. She is often the first point of contact for clients and is central to the smooth running of the office.


Martin White

Senior Paraplanner

Martin joined the company in 2008 and has over 15 years experience working with Solicitors and Financial Advisers. Martin joined us as a Sales Support Administrator and progressed to the role of Senior Paraplanner which enables him to compile advanced investment & pension reports. Outside of the office Martin is a keen sports fan and enjoys spending time with his family.



Sam Bullough

Sales Support

Sam joined the company in February 2013. Sam joined us as an Office Junior and has now progressed to role of Sales Support to assist our Advisers and Senior Staff in the general administration duties. Sam is a very enthusiastic character that enjoys assisting clients & his colleagues. Sam's interests consist of Sports, Technology & Socialising with his friends and family.



Sean Cowgill

Sales Support / Trainee Paraplanner

Sean joined the company in December 2013. Sean joined us as a Sales Support with a view to progress to role of Paraplanner to assist our Senior Paraplanner and the Advisers which will enable him to produce investment & pension reports. Sean takes a keen interest in football and utilises his knowledge to sell sporting merchandise on ebay.


Rodney Cole


Rod joined the company in 2016 as a paraplanner and has 40 years experience working in the financial services sector. During that time he has worked with major insurance companies, banks and a network provider. Rod’s many and varied roles have included sales support, complaint handling and both new and past business reviews. Rod is a mathematician and outside work loves games and puzzles and is a keen genealogist.


Anjuma Miah 

Sales Support

Anjuma joined the company in January 2017. Prior to this, she attended the University of Central Lancashire and studied philosophy and religion. She joined the company with the hope to progress further in her career. In her spare time, she likes to socialise with her family and friends and likes to visit new places. 


William Dow


Billy joined the company in March 2017 having recently moved to Blackpool from Scotland and now lives 5 minutes from the beach. He has over 25 years experience in the financial services industry having worked for companies such as Aegon and Standard Life. He is an avid Bolton Wanderers supporter.



Laura Pauline

Mortgage Administrator

Laura joined the company in May 2017, having recently moved to Lytham from Aberdeen. She has worked in mortgage and protection processing for the last 4 years. In her spare time Laura enjoys travelling and spending time with family and friends.