Our People

Richard Burley

Richard Burley

Director
Richard is a founder member of the company, setting up Oakwood after gaining a wealth of experience in the mortgage market with John Charcol. He is a family man, a Nottingham Forest supporter and a talented pianist.
Stuart Jacob

Stuart Jacob

Director
Stuart worked with Richard at John Charcol and originally joined Oakwood in 2006 when it was formed. He is an avid music fan and enjoys dancing various styles including (but not limited to!) west coast swing, blues and modern jive.
Mike Black

Mike Black

Director
Mike joined Oakwood in 2015 bringing vast industry experience and enabling the firm to offer a full wealth management service. He is married with twins, a sports fanatic and a singer in a local band.
Dave Pearn

Dave Pearn

Financial Adviser
Dave is a Mortgage and Protection insurance specialist, and joined Oakwood in February 2017. Away from work he likes to spend time with his wife, family and friends. He is a keen sports fan, loves cycling both on and off-road and playing golf. His ideal holiday is spent in lycra skiing in the mountains.
Paul Denyer

Paul Denyer

Financial Adviser
Paul joined Oakwood, as a Mortgage and Protection specialist in December 2017. Paul has lived in Cranleigh all of his life giving him a wealth of local expertise and knowledge. Away from work he likes to spend time with his wife, 2 children and friends. He is a keen rugby fan, has been a member...
Jake Ward

Jake Ward

Mortgage Adviser
Jake joined Oakwood in July 2018 and his mortgage and protection clients have kept him busy with many referrals and recommendations. Jake also keeps busy studying hard to be able to help his clients further with pension and investment advice. Away from work, Jake lives in Horsham with his wife and two darling daughters (they...
Emma Claydon

Emma Claydon

Super Administrator
Emma has an extensive business support background in Financial and Business Consultancy and supports the Directors at Oakwood. She brings a super positive outlook and completes all activities to a high standard ensuring excellent client care. Emma lives in Cranleigh with her husband, daughter and dog Mr Darcy.
Carl Goulty

Carl Goulty

Financial Adviser
Carl joined Oakwood in 2019 and is a member of the pensions, investment and protection team, offering a full Wealth Management service. Prior to joining Oakwood, Carl had a successful career in the Life Sciences industry spanning two decades and has a special interest in providing financial advice to professionals from the life sciences sector. Based in Worthing, with clients across London and the South he enjoys spending time with his wife and children, walking the South Downs and is a keen Brighton & Hove Albion fan.
Ciaran Ross-Thomas

Ciaran Ross-Thomas

Financial Adviser
Ciaran joined the Oakwood team in 2019 and is a member of the pension, investment and protection team. He offers a full Wealth Management service helping clients realise their financial goals. Away from work he plays hockey for Worthing HC and tinkers with motorbikes!
Rebecca Edwards

Rebecca Edwards

Personal Assistant
Rebecca Joined Oakwood in early 2020 after moving on from her role as a Business Analyst. She took a short break between roles to relocate to the South of England, with her Fiancé and young son. She is now enjoying expanding her knowledge within the financial sector, working closely with Mike Black, as his Personal Assistant.
Andy Sweetman

Andy Sweetman

Financial Adviser
Andy joined Oakwood summer 2020 and is completing his financial services qualifications.  He is part of the pension, protection and investment team.  Andy loves spending time with family, cycling and watching Liverpool FC.
Chris Toms

Chris Toms

Business Relationship Consultant
Chris joined the Oakwood team in 2021 as a business relationship consultant. In addition to supporting Mike Black and developing client relationships he is studying to become a financial adviser and will then join the pension and investment team. Away from work and study he loves to spend time with his fiancée and daughter. He is a keen sports fan, mainly playing squash and golf.
Dipti Exander

Dipti Exander

Financial Adviser
Dipti joined Oakwood as a Mortgage and Protection specialist with more than 10 years experience in this sector. She has a passion for understanding her clients’ needs and building tailored solutions for them. She enjoys building relationships across a broad network and helping her clients meet their financial goals. Away from work she enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 boys.
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