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Meet our writers

We strive to bring you the best information, to help you save and invest with confidence

Keeping over one million clients engaged and informed - it's no small task.

Our highly trained team of writers spend thousands of hours trawling through all the latest developments in stock markets, shares, funds and personal finance, so you don't have to.

Editorial and personal finance team

Our Editorial and personal finance writers keep our News section updated with the latest investment stories and financial planning tips.

Aaron Gibbs

Aaron Gibbs

Investment Writer

Skills, competence and experience:

Aaron is part of HL's Editorial team, providing insightful and educational information on a variety of investing topics. His role is all about helping clients become better investors and increase their odds of achieving long-term investing success.

Joining HL in 2016, Aaron spent time on the Investment Helpdesk in both client-facing and managerial roles where he first developed his passion for making investing easy for clients.

Aaron holds the Investment Management Certificate, CISI Securities (IAD), as well as R04 Pensions and Retirement Planning with the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Alana Fairfax

Alana Fairfax

Financial Planning Writer

Skills, competence and experience:

Alana has completed qualifications in R01 Financial Services, regulation and ethics, and R04 Pensions and Retirement Planning with the Chartered Insurance Institute, forming part of a Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

She started at HL back in 2014, having achieved a first class honours degree and a masters degree in Philosophy and Psychology. She worked her way through our Pensions, Investment and Advisory helpdesks.

In 2017, Alana joined our team of writers to focus on helping clients through their pensions saving and retirement journey. In 2021, she moved to focus on our advisory services in order to cover a broader range of financial topics.

Alana is a big part of life here at HL and plays a key role in our Diversity and Inclusivity networks. She co-chairs HL’s Chronic Conditions & Disabilities Network and is a qualified mental health first aider.

Bradley Clark

Bradley Clark

Financial Planner

Skills, competence and experience:

Bradley is a Chartered Financial Planner and regularly writes helpful articles to help our readers make important financial decisions.

After completing a masters degree in Economics, he joined HL in 2010, starting out on the Investment Helpdesk before qualifying as a Financial Adviser.

Bradley provides financial advice on a wide range of topics, including investments, pensions & retirement planning, inheritance tax, long-term care planning, trusts and protection. Bradley has worked directly with 1,000s of HL clients, helping them achieve their financial goals and aspirations through collaborative financial planning.

He is an accredited member of The Society of Later Life Advisers (SOLLA) and specialises in later life planning.

Charlie Hutchence

Charlie Hutchence

Investment Writer

Skills, competence and experience:

Charlie started working at HL in 2013 and started on the investment helpdesk. He's since joined our writing team and covers investments and ISAs. He’s passionate about the value of long-term investing and making your money work harder for you.

Charlie graduated from the University of Bristol with a degree in Classics with Study in Continental Europe. He holds the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and the Certificate in Securities Advice and Dealing from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Christopher J Hill

CJ Hill

Investment Writer

Skills, competence and experience:

Chris joined HL in 2012 after graduating from the University of Cambridge.

As well as working to improve our website for clients, he writes on topics including ISAs and personal finance. His interests include current affairs and helping to make investing accessible to those who are just starting out.

Chris was co-architect of our new Learn section, offering a hub of educational pages for clients on topics ranging from investing behaviours to compounding and managing risk.

Michelle Branco

Claire Stinton

Workplace Financial Wellbeing Analyst

Skills, competence and experience:

Clare joined HL in 2014, having graduated from Cardiff University with a first class honours degree in Sociology and Criminology. She spent a few years learning the ropes on the Investment Helpdesk, before moving to HL Workplace where she has been responsible for creating and delivering financial education. She worked closely with businesses to strategise how best to engage their employees and empower them to save and invest with confidence.

Now responsible for the identification of future wellbeing trends, Clare’s goal is to improve the financial literacy and resilience of the nation. She is a strong believer that knowledge is power, and is the key to people making their money work as hard as they do! She is particularly passionate about ensuring a future of financial equality for women and is considered an SME on the Gender Pension Gap, having spent the last few years raising awareness around the obstacles women typically face when it comes to their pension savings.

Clare holds the CII Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and sits on the HL Wellbeing Network as the Financial Lead.

Emilia Booth

Investment Writer

Skills, competence and experience:

Emilia is an Investment Writer within HL's Editorial team, whose main responsibility is to provide people with insightful and educational content, to help them secure their financial future.

She first joined HL in 2018, starting out on the Investment Helpdesk. During this time, she realised the importance of providing clients with the right tools and information to achieve long-term investing success.

Emilia graduated with a degree in English and is currently studying for her Investment Management Certificate qualification.

Hannah Miles

Hannah Miles

Personal Finance Writer

Skills, competence and experience:

Hannah joined HL in 2020, having worked in the financial services sector since 2017. She's worked for one of the UK's largest advisory services, and began her journey with HL as a financial planning writer.

Hannah's since developed her passion for empowering people to save and invest with confidence into more specialist topics. As the lead creative of our Financially Fearless initiative, Hannah is particularly passionate about supporting women build their confidence with money, whether they're new to investing and saving, or just starting out.

Hannah has a first class honours degree in International Business Management, a masters degree in Business Management and holds a Diploma with the Chartered Management Institute in Strategic Management and Leadership. Hannah has recently completed the R01 Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics unit with the Chartered Insurance Institute, forming part of the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

Helen Morrissey

Helen Morrissey

Senior Pensions Analyst

Skills, competence and experience:

Helen joined Hargreaves Lansdown in August 2021, after having spent 18 years working across other areas of the pensions industry. Before HL, Helen worked as a pensions specialist at Royal London and was also an award-winning pension journalist, working on titles such as Professional Pensions, Global Pensions and Retirement Planner.

Her role is now to work with the media to raise awareness of key retirement issues to help people build financial resilience as they move towards later life. The pension system can be complex and Helen highlights the main things people need to be aware of, such as how to boost their state pension and being scam aware. With pension policy constantly changing she stays on top of any government announcements and looks at what they mean for people's retirement planning.

Hugh Breach

Hugh Breach

Financial Planner

Skills, competence and experience:

Hugh is one of our Financial Planners at HL. He helps people make the most of their money so that they can achieve their future goals. As part of that, he writes insightful articles on a wide variety of topics from decision making techniques to understanding tax allowances.

He joined HL in 2015 on the graduate scheme and spent two years working across various departments in HL. These included Investment Helpdesk, Operations, Investment Research and Marketing before embarking on a career as a Financial Adviser in 2017.

Hugh graduated from Newcastle University with first class honours degree in History. He holds the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning, the Investment Management Certificate and is an accredited member of the Society of Later Life Advisers, specialising in long-term care.

Isabel McDougall

Isabel McDougall

Pensions and Retirement Writer

Skills, competence and experience:

Isabel specialises in all things pensions. She covers a wide range of topics, including the latest pension news and top tips for retirement planning.

She joined HL in 2016 on the Pension Helpdesk where she first developed her pension knowledge and passion for helping investors save towards retirement.

Isabel is a psychology graduate and is studying towards R04 Pensions and Retirement Planning with the Chartered Insurance Institute, forming part of a Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

James Atkinson

James Atkinson

Senior Investment Adviser

Skills, competence and experience:

James has been helping clients with their financial planning needs for over 6 years. His areas of expertise include: investments, funding retirement, pension transfers, retirement planning, estate planning and funding long-term care. When he's not helping his clients develop personalised financial plans, he writes articles to help our readers make crucial financial decisions with or without the help of an adviser.

After graduating with a degree in Physics from the University of Bristol, James began his career in financial services in 2010 joining HL shortly afterwards. During his time at HL he has worked in a number of roles across the business before focussing on advice.

James has achieved Chartered status with the Chartered Insurance Institute, is a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society (PFS) and is also an affiliate member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners) currently working towards full membership.

Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts

Investment Writing Lead

Skills, competence and experience:

Jason joined the HL stockbroking team in 2004 and is a Chartered Member of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment.

With a passion and in-depth knowledge of the industry and investors, he leads a team of experts to deliver the insight and information people need to make the most of their hard-earned money.

His goal is to help people achieve a better financial future. And he believes, with the right help, we can become a nation of brilliant savers and investors.

Joshua Creaven

Joshua Creaven

Workplace Communications Manager

Skills, competence and experience:

Joshua joined HL in June 2017, working as a team leader on the Investment Helpdesk. He joined the HL Workplace communications team in 2020 where he produces content for digital, print and web media.

He is passionate about providing plain English explanations for complex pension rules to help members get the best out of their workplace pensions. Joshua graduated from the University of the West of England with a degree in Linguistics and English Language.

Laura Burridge

Laura Burridge

Advisory Communications Lead

Skills, competence and experience:

Laura specialises in financial planning communications. She covers a wide range of topics, including top tips for inheritance tax planning, retirement and growing wealth. But her passion is writing to help empower women to close the wealth gap and navigate the unique set of challenges they face.

Her goal is to help people secure their financial future and make the most of their money. She works to ensure clients at HL get the right level of help they need, whether its managing their finances by themselves or getting a helping hand along the way.

Laura obtained a degree in Business and Marketing and a post-graduate degree in Marketing Communications.

Matthew Taylor

Content Editor

Skills, competence and experience:

Matt is the Content Editor within HL's Editorial team which is responsible for our flagship Investment Times magazine, as well as articles and regular topical feature pages. He first joined HL in 2017, starting out on the Investment Helpdesk before then becoming a Senior within the Investment Helpdesk and later moving to the role of Content Editor.

Matt graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Business Management and holds the Investment Management Certificate.

Michelle Branco

Michelle Branco

Pensions and Retirement Communications Lead

Skills, competence and experience:

Michelle is a pensions and retirement planning specialist with over 12 years' experience in the industry. She leads our marketing strategy for pensions working closely with our proposition, PR and analyst teams and covers a broad spectrum of topics, including pension regulation, financial planning and retirement income options.

She is passionate about making pensions and retirement planning more engaging. Her goal is to empower people to take control of their savings and investments so they can make decisions with confidence, and retire on their own terms.

Michelle has a distinction-level Diploma in Professional Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She also holds a degree in Environmental Science & Management and is studying towards a Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

Mike Grimshaw

Mike Grimshaw

Workplace Communications Manager

Skills, competence and experience:

Mike joined HL in 2017 and spent 3 and a half years on the Pensions Helpdesk, during which time he developed a strong technical knowledge of pensions and retirement.

Now producing communications as part of the Workplace Marketing Team, he's passionate about educating people about the benefits and importance of workplace pensions through clear, concise and engaging language.

Mike graduated from the University of the West of England with a first class degree in English Language & Linguistics, and has also completed CISI and R04 exams since joining HL.

Nadeem Umar

Nadeem Umar

Senior Investment Marketing and Content Manager

Skills, competence and experience:

Nadeem heads up HL's Investment Marketing and Content team, overseeing our flagship Investment Times magazine, as well as articles and regular features. He’s responsible for making sure our clients have the best information and tools to help with investment decision making.

He first joined HL in 2016, spending time on the Investment Helpdesk in both client-facing and team-management roles. Interests span fund management, equity markets and personal financial planning.

Nadeem graduated with a degree in Fund Management and holds the Investment Management Certificate, as well as certificates in securities and level 1 of the CFA program.

Nick Colman

Nick Colman

Financial Planning Writer

Skills, competence and experience:

After achieving his degree in Business Studies, Nick has worked in financial services for most of his 12 year career and has written for insurance brokers, mortgage brokers and legal firms before joining HL.

He works closely with our team of financial advisers to deliver insight into financial planning and personal finance topics. His ethos is that everyone should feel confident in making smart financial decisions big or small. By writing for HL, he hopes to help as many people as possible make sense of sticky topics such as retirement, tax planning and long-term care.

Ryan Kenny

Ryan Kenny

Savings and Currency Writer

Skills, competence and experience:

Ryan creates content for Active Savings and our Currency Service. He joined Hargreaves Lansdown in 2017 having previously built up experience across the financial services sector, working for an insurance company and a friendly society.

Ryan obtained a degree in Business Management and holds a separate professional diploma in Direct and Digital Marketing. He is currently building on this experience and studying for Chartered Insurance Institute qualifications.

Sarah Coles

Sarah Coles

Senior Consumer and Personal Finance Analyst

Skills, competence and experience:

Sarah joined Hargreaves Lansdown in 2017, after 14 years as a financial journalist. She worked for the likes of Bloomberg and Moneywise before going freelance.

Sarah provides insight and analysis to the media, and co-presents HL's ‘Switch Your Money On' podcast.

Her areas of expertise include savings and financial planning, but she also covers everything from tax to borrowing, spending and the housing market.

She is passionate about encouraging people to get to grips with every aspect of their finances, so they have enough money for the things that really matter to them in life.

Sarah's unique life experience, from divorce and single parenting to bereavement and caring for an aging parent, mean she has more than just a theoretical understanding of the life-changing importance of financial planning.

Sarah Pearce

Sarah Pearce

Workplace Communications Manager

Skills, competence and experience:

Sarah joined HL as B2B Communications Manager in 2020, and is responsible for creating engaging and relevant content for employers around pensions and retirement. She graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2013 with a degree in History, and quickly moved abroad to pursue her post-graduate degree in Marketing.

With over six years of experience working in communications for professional services firms, Sarah is passionate about providing value and helpful guidance to both clients and non-clients alike.

Susannah Streeter

Susannah Streeter

Senior Investment and Markets Analyst

Skills, competence and experience:

Susannah joined HL as a Senior Investment and Markets Analyst following a 15 year career at the BBC. She was the anchor for World Business Report and Business Matters on the BBC World Service and reported on financial and economic themes for BBC Breakfast, Newsnight and the BBC Budget programme.

She also hosts major economic and business summits around the world, interviewing leading economists, central bankers and senior political figures. Susannah follows monetary policy movements and fiscal policies closely to assess the impact on financial markets and economic growth, and has extensive experience in covering technology stocks and the retail sector.

Susannah contributes to HL's commentary across broadcast and print media, including HL's ‘Switch Your Money On' podcast.

Equity research team

Our Equity Analysts produce share research on hundreds of UK and overseas shares for our clients.

Laura Hoy

Laura Hoy

Equity Researcher

Skills, competence and experience:

Laura is part of HL's share research team, providing up-to-date research and analysis on individual companies and market trends. She's been working as an investments writer for over a decade and her specialities include Aerospace & Defence, Oil & Gas and US Tech.

Laura joined HL in 2020 after 7 years of writing stock market commentary in the US and has always been interested in making successful investing behaviour more accessible. She holds the Investment Management Certificate, and has also passed the Securities component of the CISI Investment Advice Diploma. She's currently working towards the CFA's Certificate in ESG Investing.

Matthew Britzman

Matt Britzman

Equity Researcher

Skills, competence and experience:

Matt is an Equity Analyst on the share research team, providing up-to-date research and analysis on individual companies and wider sectors.

Matt first joined HL in 2015, spending time in client-facing roles on the Investment Helpdesk. He moved into a management position in 2017, overseeing our Investment related correspondence and joined the share research team in 2021.

Matt holds the Investment Management Certificate and is currently working toward the Chartered Wealth Manager Qualification.

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Sophie Lund-Yates

Lead Equity Researcher

Skills, competence and experience:

Sophie is an Equity Analyst on the share research team, providing research and regular articles on a selection of individual companies and wider sectors. Sophie's specialities are Retail, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Aerospace & Defence as well as a few of the big tech names including Facebook and Apple.

Sophie first joined HL at the beginning of 2017 where she worked on Trade Support, supporting our stockbrokers and dealing operations. Here she gained invaluable insight into the operational side of markets and trading, before joining Share Research in summer 2018. She credits her interest in the world of finance and investing to a year spent studying at the University of Hong Kong.

Sophie holds the Investment Management Certificate, and has also passed the Securities component of the CISI Investment Advice Diploma. She's currently working towards the CFA's Certificate in ESG Investing.

Fund research team

Our fund research team are responsible for Wealth Shortlist and selected other fund and investment trust updates.

Alexander Watkins

Alexander Watkins

Passive Investment Analyst

Skills, competence and experience:

Alex joined HL in 2018 after studying a master's degree in Geology at Southampton University. He then joined the research team in July 2020 as a Passive Investment Analyst, and is responsible for analysing tracker funds and ETFs for HL clients. In his role, he proposes passive fund additions to and removals from the Wealth Shortlist, and monitors existing selections.

While having a keen interest in understanding global markets he also enjoys learning from fund managers and industry professionals who can provide new insight to products and markets. He holds the Investment Management Certificate, the certificate in ESG investing and is currently undertaking the CFA programme.

Dominic Rowles

Dominic Rowles

Lead ESG Analyst

Skills, competence and experience:

Dominic joined HL in June 2014 after studying economics at university. He's part of the team responsible for analysing and proposing funds for the Wealth Shortlist and writing analysis for HL clients. He's responsible for the Responsible Investment and UK Growth sectors.

He's passionate about ESG and sustainability, and enjoys learning from fund managers and other industry experts who are dedicated to making the world a cleaner, greener place and passing that knowledge on to our clients. Dominic works with different parts of the business, such as HL Fund Managers, advice and workplace, to push the ESG agenda. Dominic holds the Investment Management Certificate and the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.

Emma Wall

Emma Wall

Head of Investment Analysis and Research

Skills, competence and experience:

Emma is Head of Investment Analysis and Research. She is responsible for developing and implementing the investment processes for Hargreaves Lansdown Asset Management, including the Wealth Shortlist. Her team provides strategic asset allocation, and analysis on equities, funds and investment trusts, for HL platform, workplace and advised clients.

Emma also leads the Senior Research Team, which reviews the Wealth Shortlist funds against parameters designed to flag potential risks to clients. She reports to the Distribution Investment Oversight Committee.

Emma joined HL in April 2019 from Morningstar where she provided investment news, views and analysis to investors across the UK, Australia, Canada and India. Prior to joining Morningstar in July 2013 Emma spent six years as a financial journalist at the Daily and Sunday Telegraph.

Josef Licsauer

Josef Licsauer

Investment Analyst

Skills, competence and experience:

Josef joined HL in 2016 after obtaining a first class degree in Business and Management from the University of the West of England. He joined the Research team in July 2020 and is responsible for analysing funds and investment trusts in the Europe, Japan, Technology & Telecoms, Property and Specialist sectors. He has a particular interest in Japanese culture and is passionate about sustainable and ethical investing and how this can impact our clients.

Josef has completed the Investment Management Certificate.

Joseph Hill

Joseph Hill

Senior Investment Analyst

Skills, competence and experience:

Joseph joined HL in 2017 as part of our graduate scheme, before joining the Research team in August 2019. He is part of the team that analyses and selects funds for the Wealth Shortlist. His sector responsibilities are Bonds, UK Equity Income and North American equities.

As a member of the Senior Research Team, he also provides oversight and challenge to fund selection across all sectors on the Wealth Shortlist, and votes on all proposals.

He has a keen interest in global economics and how issues such as fiscal and monetary policy can impact our clients' investments. Joseph holds the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning, the Investment Management Certificate, the certificate in ESG investing and is currently undertaking the CFA programme.

Kate Marshall

Kate Marshall

Lead Investment Analyst

Skills, competence and experience:

Kate is Lead Investment Analyst at HL, and is responsible for the Asian and emerging markets fund sectors. She leads a team of Investment Analysts, and as a member of the Senior Research Team also provides oversight and challenge to fund selection across all sectors on the Wealth Shortlist, and votes on all proposals. She's also involved in compiling investment portfolios for HL's advisory team, and is a senior member of the Investment department.

Kate has eleven years' experience in financial services and joined our investment research team in 2011. She has a first class degree in Business Studies and has completed the Investment Management Certificate.

Tara Clee

Tara Clee

ESG Analyst

Skills, competence and experience:

Tara joined HL in 2018 after studying Human Geography at Cardiff University. Following two years on the graduate scheme, she joined the research team in 2022 as an ESG Analyst. She’s responsible for analysing and proposing responsible investment funds for the Wealth Shortlist and writing insights for HL clients. As well as increasing the ESG analysis and risk management capabilities of the wider business.

She is passionate about impact investing and making it easy for retail investors to invest sustainably. Tara holds the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning, the Investment Management Certificate and the CFA Certificate in ESG Investing.