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Our Team

Transparent. Accountable. Focussed on You.

We have a team that share in our values and culture, putting you first and central to everything we do. “Building relationships based on trust is crucial to providing clients with peace of mind, freeing you from the worry of managing, protecting and growing your wealth.” (Ashley Brooks, CEO).

Managing Director and Investment Director
Ashley Brooks

Ashley is Chairman of the Board and Managing Director at DB Wood. He has over 25 years’ experience in the wealth management industry, qualifying as a Financial Advisor in 1994. Ashley is highly involved in our business strategy, holding key roles as one of our lead Financial Planners as well as Chairman of our Investment Committee.
Interests: Ashley is a keen squash player, competing in the Nottingham Squash Leagues.

Investment Manager
Alex Chappell

Alex is Investment Manager at DB Wood. He joined us in 2014 further to his Mathematics and Economics degree at Loughborough University, and primarily spends his time overseeing our investment process and portfolio outcomes. Alex recently become a CFA Charterholder, and has been recognised as one of the industry’s top talents by Citywire’s Top 30 Under 30.

Interests: From monitoring investment swings, to perfecting his own, Alex is a devoted tennis player and is also in fact a qualified coach.

Senior Financial Planning Consultant
Michael Simms

Prior to joining us in 2005 Michael held roles at Aviva, Scottish Life and Scottish Widows. He holds a Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning as well as specialist qualifications in Pensions, Investment Risk Management and, Taxation and Trusts. Michael predominantly works as a Financial Planner, although he is also an important part of our Investment Committee.
Interests: Michael enjoys spending his time with his wife and two kids.

Investment Analyst
Graham Hicks

Graham joined DB Wood in 1984 and has over 30 years of investment experience. He originally qualified as a Financial Planner in 1980, further updating his qualifications to new industry specific standards in 2013. Graham has a passion for investment management, holds an important role on our Investment Committee and brings broad experience to the team.
Interests: Outside of work, Graham is Chairman of the Newark Wine Society, and can often be found at the City Ground on a Saturday.

Business Planning Consultant
Dominic Harrison

Dominic joined DB Wood in 2015 on our Graduate Programme. He graduated with a First Class Joint Honours Degree in Business Finance and has since become a Chartered Certified Accountant as well as holding the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.
Interests: Dom enjoys completing endurance challenges, such as the Otillo Swimrun.

Investment Analyst
Declan Gamble

Declan joined DB Wood in September 2017, having completed our Summer Internship in 2016, where he wowed us with his potential. Declan has a First Class Joint Honours degree in Economics, Finance & Banking from Nottingham Trent University, and he displays knowledge and experience well beyond his years. Driven by his passion for the markets, Dec has become a vital member of the team in a short space of time, contributing to everything from research to new technological initiatives.
Interests: Outside of work, Declan coaches for Nottinghamshire County Rowing Association.

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At DB Wood we believe in offering an environment where individuals can achieve and aspire. Although technical ability is important, you must also have emotional intelligence and align to similar core values.  Above all, you must be passionate about what you do and have a willingness to learn.

We will always spend time getting to know you, and give you the time to know us, as in a similar way to our clients, we want to develop relationships over the longer term. If you feel that you are an individual that can make an impact, then you are the type of person that we are looking for.

Quality is not an act, it is a habit. — Aristotle


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