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About us


At Ardent, we are passionate about helping you make the most of your finances. Which is why we take the time to get to know you, your lifestyle and aspirations, before offering personalised financial planning and advice, tailored for you.

So whether you’re looking for advice on pensions, investment recommendations, mortgage advice or a review of existing schemes, our York-based team of independent finance professionals are always ready to help.

Meet the team

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    Gary O’Brien

    Managing Director


    Chartered Financial Planner

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    Michael Oglesby

    Director & Later Life Financial Planner


    Later-Life Financial Planning

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    Mark Fisher



    Financial Planning

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    Ruth Norman

    Financial Planner


    Financial Planning and Equity Release

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    Nick Blake

    Mortgage Consultant


    Mortgages and Proctection Advice

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    Mortgage Consultant


    Residential/Buy to Let Mortgages and Protection

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    Elain Hughes

    Business Manager


    Bringing things together!

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    Chris Tordoff



    Operations and Planning

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    Fiona Stockdale



    Mortgages and Protection

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    Trish Newton



    Mortgages and Protection

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    Andy Tatterton



    Pensions and Investments

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    Jonathan Hind

    Junior Para-Planner


    Financial planning, investments and pensions.

Our story

We’ve come a long way since Ardent Financial Services was first established in 1999. Bought out by one of the existing partners, Michael Oglesby, and new partner Stuart Keith in 2003, our rapid growth led to two new advisors, Gary O’Brien and Mark Fisher, joining the ranks in 2005.

Within the company there was a growing sense that a fully independent offering would be more appealing to many of our clients. So in 2006, we launched our sister company, Ardent IFA Ltd, and took the unusual step of offering a service completely independent of any product providers or networks. The risk paid off and Ardent IFA Ltd grew successfully alongside the original firm.

With independence and client-focus at our core, Ardent Financial Services ceased trading and, in 2010, we changed our name to Ardent Financial Planning. We believe independence is key and value being able to build our client solutions from scratch.

In January 2013, fee-based financial advice became compulsory so we’re glad to have led the way.

From our base in the beautiful city of York, our directors and their dedicated team of finance professionals will continue to evolve to meet the needs and expectations of our clients. We hope you’ll join us on our journey.

Case studies


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“Of all the financial planning companies we approached, Gary at Ardent seemed to have the best understanding of what we wanted to achieve as a small but growing business. He really helped us to prioritise our business protection package for the immediate and introduced us to the possibilities for the future so I’m confident our relationship will continue to grow as we do.

“Overall the Ardent team have been a pleasure to work with - keeping us well informed of our options and ensuring we have the information and tools we need to make important decisions.”

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