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Meet The Team

Peter Cooper (Managing Director & Easy Rider)

Peter commenced his career in 1986 with a large financial services company before becoming an Independent Financial Adviser in 1992. Peter is both a Chartered Financial Planner through the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Certified Financial Planner with the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment. Peter is also one of only a small number of people in the country to have be a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society (FPFS) and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (FCSI). Peter is also Investment Management Certificate (IMC) qualified through the CFA Society of the UK and an Affiliate of the Society of Trust & Estate Practitioners (STEP) through qualification.

Away from the office Peter is a keen motorcyclist and likes to keep fit through running (slowly), going to the gym (they serve great coffee) and playing badminton (poorly).

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Ian Johnston (Director & amateur Indiana Jones)

Ian graduated from Lancaster University with an honours degree in 1988 and joined a major building society as a Management Trainee before becoming an Independent Financial Adviser in 1993.

Ian is a Certified Financial Planner with the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investmentand has gained advanced levels of industry qualifications in key areas including taxation, trusts, investment and pensions holding the Advanced Financial Planning Certificate.

Ian's degree was in Archaeology and he still takes a keen interest in the subject, visiting historic sites in Europe when able. Ian played rugby union for his local club, before realising that it was becoming just too hazardous so accepted retirement gracefully!

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Sylvia Lellek (Paraplanner & Alan Titchmarsh fan)

After achieving an honours degree at University College London, Sylvia commenced her career in the Printing Industry before taking a career break to raise her family.

Sylvia joined Cooper Johnston at the Company's formation in 2002 and has worked in financial services for over 25 years. She holds the Financial Planning Certificate and provides advisory support to Peter Cooper in her role as a Paraplanner.

Outside of work Sylvia enjoys gardening, walking and spending time with her family.

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Esti Golubev (Paraplanner & Intrepid Explorer)

Esti has enjoyed an interesting career to date, working first as a scuba diver instructor on the Red Sea prior to moving to the UK in 2015 where she worked for Google.

Esti joined the Company in 2016 as a Paraplanner and provides investment and technical analysis for our clients.

When not at work Esti enjoys travelling the world, particularly to indulge her passion for wildlife conservation. When at home, Esti enjoys cooking and walking her dog.  

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Claire Baker (Administrator & Long Distance Runner)

Claire joined Cooper Johnston in January 2015 and provides administration support to Peter, Ian and Hannah.

Claire brings significant experience to the Company, having worked in financial services since 1989, in a variety of roles for both national companies (Halifax and Bradford & Bingley) and regional firms of Financial Advisers..

Outside of work, Claire thinks nothing of strapping on her running shoes and tackling a 50 mile fell run. It puts the rest of us to shame!

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Caroline Granger (Financial Controller & Quiz Expert)

Caroline joined Cooper Johnston at the Company's formation in 2002 and is responsible for the all aspects of the Company finances.

Caroline is the office boffin when it comes to general knowledge and is a great member of a quiz team.

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Monty Cooper (Head of Security & Biscuit Connoisseur)

Monty has a very important job in the office guarding the biscuit tin and he keeps everyone safe by wagging his tail and licking people.

When Monty's not working, he likes to spend his leisure time sleeping and dreaming of biscuits.

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