Meet the Team

Kevin Benstead

Director and Financial Adviser

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Since graduating with an Economics degree from Cardiff University, I have worked all my life in the financial services sector with many years managerial experience in a bank and insurance company. I have worked as an Independent Financial Adviser for over 10 years.

I took the decision to work on behalf of clients, not an organisation, in January 2006 when I became an Independent Financial Adviser.

I see my role as providing clients with an excellent financial planning service which will enable them to achieve their objectives throughout their lifetime. In order to do this, I need to understand their current and future financial needs and will individually tailor a bespoke solution for each client.

In January 2017, I became directly authorised with the Financial Conduct Authority, thus Kevin Benstead IFA Limited was born.

Away from work I take a keen interest in sport, especially football where I am a season ticket holder of Manchester United and am the chairman of my local cricket club where, despite retiring from playing 4 years ago, am now playing again, as long as my legs allow me. Most important to me is spending time with my family.

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Darren Cooper

Office Manager

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I have been involved in financial services since 2009 after a long career in operational management across several sectors.

I gained experience and knowledge working for a firm of financial advisers for 6 years and then spent 18 months working for an advisory firm in Manchester that focus on ethical investments.

My main role is to help provide our clients with an efficient and professional service on an initial and on-going basis. I am committed to continually developing and improving the service we provide. To help achieve this I am in the process of studying for a diploma in financial planning.

Away from the office I am interested in most sports, but especially football, snooker and rugby union. My team of choice is Manchester City which often leads to heated debates as Kevin supports some team in red that I forget the name of....

I enjoy cooking and love walking in the countryside which I am passionate about preserving.

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