Richard Butler

Richard Butler

Managing Director

Since 1974, Richard has amassed a wealth of experience in financial services. He began his career with Allied Dunbar (now part of Zurich Financial Services) and took on various technical and marketing roles, before establishing his own financial consultancy in 1984 – and co-founding Butler Toll six years later. Married with three daughters, Richard enjoys playing and listening to music, cycling, walking and boating – when time allows, that is!

Andy Westall

Compliance Director

Starting in 1973, Andy’s career saw him adopt various roles within Allied Dunbar (now part of Zurich Financial Services) and Legal & General before he joined Butler Toll in 1991. He is married with two grown up children and is a proud grandfather. An avid rugby fan, Andy enjoys watching his son carrying on the family tradition of playing the sport.

Andy Westall

Jeremy Flindall

Investment Director and Chairman of the Investment Committee

Jeremy began his career in financial markets in 1981. Fifteen years as a bond trader with SG Warburg were followed by roles in proprietary trading, bond broking and UK equity market making. In 2006, Jeremy joined Butler Toll as Investment Director and has since been responsible for the development and management of Butler Toll Asset Management (btam). Jeremy has two teenage children and lives near Henley-on-Thames.

John Shepperd

Economic Adviser

Highly qualified, John read Economics at the University College of Wales before gaining a MA at the University of Manchester. He subsequently lectured at the University of Calgary while studying for a PhD. His career as an economist has spanned 35 years, and included roles at Laing & Cruickshank, Mullens & Co, Yamaichi Bank and SG Warburg Securities. From 1998-2008, John was a Global Economist and Director at Kleinwort Benson, during which time the Global Economics team was ranked first in the Global Economics category in the Extel Survey of Institutional Investors for five consecutive years (2003-07). In his spare time, John is a trustee of Highgate Cemetery and recently completed a MA in Victorian Studies.

Michael Leeson

Asset Allocation Adviser

With nearly 40 years’ experience in financial markets under his belt, Mike is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries. He spent 22 years on institutional bond sales with SG Warburg (now UBS) before becoming a pension fund trustee for several blue chip companies. During this time he gained considerable experience of fund management through dealings with individual fund managers and asset allocation committees. In his spare time, Mike is a horse racing enthusiast, and a member of a racing syndicate.

Stephen Desport

Financial Consultant

For nearly 30 years, Stephen has been a financial adviser and ran his own business for 16 years before joining Butler Toll. He is a trained counsellor, volunteers for a charity that provides support for AIDs orphans in Malawi – which he has visited twice – and is a sports fan. When he isn’t cycling or walking, Stephen plays the rhythm guitar and lead vocals in a local band.

Steve Desport
Jacob Rudman

Jacob Rudman

Financial Consultant

After gaining a business degree at the University of Cardiff, Jacob decided to pursue a career in financial services. Qualified in financial planning to Diploma level – and well on the way to achieving Chartered status – Jacob spent 12 years providing advice at a major financial adviser in Bristol. In particular, he advises on planning in the areas of finance, investment, retirement and inheritance tax, as well as personal and business protection. The reason for joining Butler Toll? He enjoys being able to spend time advising clients on a more personal level. Outside the office, Jacob is a family man who swims – he participated in a British Commonwealth record for a relay across the English Channel in 2009 – cycles and competes in triathlons.

Matthew Strickland

Financial Consultant

Matthew is a Chartered Financial Planner with a BA in Accounting & Finance under his belt. He went on to gain qualifications in financial planning and discretionary investment management. He has worked as a retirement consultant for a top 500, American Corporate, and spent time at Zurich as a retirement & wealth management consultant. Matthew has also been a specialist in pensions and investments for one of the UK’s largest financial networks. When not spending time with his fiancée, two boys and their pet Labrador, Matthew is a semi-professional basketball referee and has officiated at international and national matches – both at home and abroad in the likes of Bulgaria and France.

Matthew Strickland

James Yeoell

Financial Consultant

Qualified to Diploma level and working towards Chartered status, James has several years’ experience of working closely with clients to help them achieve their financial goals. He previously worked for a FTSE 100 bank and a national financial advisory group and, as a result, has a comprehensive knowledge of investments, pensions and tax planning strategies. Outside of work, it’s an understatement to say that James is a sports fan – he regularly plays rugby, tennis and squash while also captaining a local football team. What’s left of his spare time is largely devoted to taking care of his Jack Russell puppy.

Natasa Milinkovic

Operations Manager

While studying for a degree in Scandinavian languages and literature in her native Serbia, Natasa held various roles with the European Commission agency. After moving to the UK – initially to explore living abroad – Natasa’s first job as a discretionary asset manager saw her deciding to put down roots there. For eight years, she has worked primarily in investments within financial services. However, in her role as Operations Manager with Butler Toll, she feels she gets to the heart of what matters to clients when it comes to their financial affairs. She describes it as “probably the most challenging part of what we do”. Natasa speaks fluent English and Swedish, and in her spare time kayaking, travelling and reading are high on her list of priorities.

Natasa Milinkovic

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