Your team
Your team

Your team

The working environment we have created in our distinctive offices in East London is friendly, supportive and collaborative. While we pride ourselves on our professionalism, the moment you step into our building you will sense we are a long way from the traditional wealth management companies that you may be picturing in your mind.

The eightfourtwo culture is built on the same values and principles we provide for our Members. As a result, when someone joins our team they tend to stay. This helps provide the consistency and seamless service that our Members value so highly.

You will always have access to your personal Financial Planner and Relationship Manager as your main points of contact. They will regularly liaise with our technical experts and analysts to prepare and implement your financial plan. Working alongside these specialists, our management team oversee advice processes, research and governance, providing quality assurance.

This comprehensive structure means each component of your financial plan will have the input of a subject matter expert. Unlike many other wealth management companies, having all this expertise in-house means that we can be considerably more nimble in our decision making.

Our pay and reward structure is designed to further nurture this spirit of teamwork and collaboration. Helping us deliver a consistently outstanding experience for our Members, we are all paid a good salary, with a fair bonus structure that incentivises the right behaviours, rather than the dark art of commission chasing.

Christopher Cole

Christopher Cole


Chris has over four decades experience in Professional Services.

He is a Chartered Engineer who joined WSP as a partner at its inception, becoming Managing Director in 1987. Under his leadership, WSP was the first engineering consultancy to become a fully listed public company in 1990, growing from a single-discipline UK consultant firm of 200 people to a 9,000 strong multi-disciplinary global player prior to its 2012 merger with GENIVAR.

Today, WSP Global Inc. employs 65,000 people worldwide. Chris has chaired the Board since the merger and holds other Non-Executive positions for listed companies. We are immensely proud to have Chris as a consultant.

Favourite journey: Holiday on the Isle of Wight in an Austin A35.

Matthew Bowen

Matthew Bowen

Technical Director

Matthew started working in financial services in 2006, at the age of 17. Having graduated with an Honours Degree in Law in 2011, he continued his studies and obtained the Chartered Insurance Institute’s (CII) Chartered status in June 2017.

His experience in technical matters covers cross border taxation, commercial financing, company succession planning and probate administration. His specialisms are the provision of Trust Corporation Services and the implementation of bespoke wealth preservation frameworks that include Wills, Trusts, Family Investment Companies and offshore tax planning vehicles.

Matthew’s passion is building a positive reputation for eightfourtwo, and this depends on all our Members receiving the same great level of service.

Favourite journey: Returning home to be greeted by “Daddy!” at the front door.

Joe Wigens

Joe Wigens

Compliance Manager

Joe has been in the Financial Services industry since 2002, working in a range of organisations from global banks to small regional firms. In 2018, he chose to specialise in compliance and he now lives and breathes his specialist subject with a passion.

He has achieved qualifications in both Financial Advice and Compliance and prides himself on always being bang up to date with the latest changes in the ever-evolving world of regulation.

When Joe is not working on compliance, he enjoys long walks on the North Downs, playing chess, learning languages and dreaming about compliance.

Favourite journey: Driving his MG in the country lanes on a warm Summer’s evening.

Monty Verdi

Monty Verdi

Creative Director

Monty’s career in Advertising spans over 25 years with major creative awards across every channel from Design, Posters and Digital to Social, Content and Film.

He graduated from Central St Martin’s School of Art with an Honours Degree in Graphic Design before working in the Creative departments of prominent London agencies, progressing to European and Global Creative Director for the likes of Lexus, Samsung, Shell & Canon.

As the originator behind the eightfourtwo name and identity, Monty has been involved with the company since it was founded and, as Creative Director, oversees all aspects of our brand and creative output.

Favourite journey: The journey from my home to the airport, with all the anticipation of arriving at a new destination.

Amber Blastock

Amber Blastock

Practice Manager

Amber began working in the financial services industry in 2013. With a strong background in business management, she takes responsibility for all operational roles throughout the company. As a result of her organisational skills, everyone in the team is able to work more efficiently, productively and with a smile on their face.

Being solutions orientated, she is energised by making everyone’s life easier. Official standard bearer for the team, she is passionate about our people, their wellbeing and ensuring a healthy work/life balance.

There aren’t many things that can grow an amazing culture within a company like knowing your voice can be heard and Amber believes communication is the key to ongoing success.

Favourite journey: Travelling to Cyprus to get married with only the children in tow.

Rachel Goh

Rachel Goh

Business Development Manager

As eightfourtwo’s longest standing ambassador, Rachel pioneered our Relationship Manager role, successfully establishing and nurturing long lasting Member relationships for over eight years.

Overall, she has more than 17 years’ experience working in the Retail Banking and Wealth Management industry and has achieved the Chartered Insurance Institute’s (CII) Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

Rachel has since become our first Business Development Manager and is once again excited to evolve a new role and make it her own. Through her knowledge of developing and maintaining relationships, with both internal and external stakeholders, she is key in helping grow our business.

Favourite journey: Climbing Adam’s Peak in Sri Lanka to see the sunrise from the summit.

Derek Sumsion

Derek Sumsion

Financial Planner

In 2012, Derek left HSBC to found eightfourtwo. He has over 30 years’ experience in the Wealth Management Industry, including a decade of working within HSBC’s Corporate Banking in Pall Mall. During this time, he provided regulated financial advice to businesses and their owners.

His specialism is investment management and the associated estate/succession planning to individuals who owned businesses and where applicable, the subsequent sale, merger and listing of these companies.

Derek’s primary role now is focusing on financial planning for our Members. With his extensive experience and expertise, no one is better suited to coming up with the right solution for the wide array of planning challenges encountered today.

Favourite journey: Being shipped to the South of France on a one-way ticket, aged 11.

Eve McLoughlin

Eve McLoughlin

Relationship Manager

After accruing six years’ valuable experience in the customer service industry, Eve joined eightfourtwo as a Technical Assistant In 2018. This role provided her with a sharp learning curve, as she gave support and administrative assistance to the technical team.

Keen to broaden her knowledge and experience as fast as she possibly can, she is currently studying towards the Chartered Insurance Institute’s (CII) Certificate in Financial Services.

Having progressed rapidly to Relationship Manager, Eve now delivers an outstanding level of service to our Members and her bubbly enthusiasm and boundless energy are a huge asset to the team.

Favourite journey: The rollercoaster ride we call life!

Ian Peters

Ian Peters

Financial Planning Analyst

After graduating from Sheffield University in 2005 with a Masters in Mathematics, Ian jumped straight into financial services.

Moving to London in 2010, he quickly attained the Chartered Insurance Institute’s (CII) Chartered Status in 2012 and now also holds the CFA Institute Investment Management Certificate.

He has worked at some prestigious advisory firms in the City of London, providing high level technical support and holistic planning to financial planners. Numbers has always been his thing, so it was no great surprise when he found his way to eightfourtwo.

Here, Ian brings strong technical aptitude and an analytical mind to solve planning requirements for our Members, while providing them with a truly exceptional service.

Favourite journey: Travelling and eating his way through seven countries in South-East Asia over six months (enjoying the heat from both sun and food).

Matthew Higgs

Matthew Higgs

Financial Planning Administrator

With seven years’ experience in the Financial Services sector, Matthew joined us as a Financial Planning Administrator. With calm capability, he provides our Members with assistance covering a wide-range of wealth planning solutions.

He enjoys the variety that comes with playing an important role in the wider team’s efforts to provide the optimum solution for each different situation. Keen to keep developing his career, he is also working towards his Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment (CISI) Investment Advice Diploma.

Outside work, Matt is a keen musician and enjoys playing Piano and Bass and listening to music across many genres. We suspect Northern Soul might be his favourite, considering how our Spotify playlists have mysteriously morphed since his arrival.

Favourite journey: Road tripping across four States, from Las Vegas to Denver.

Tilly Stephenson

Tilly Stephenson

Operations Assistant

Over two years’ customer service experience in the hospitality industry provided Tilly with the perfect grounding for eightfourtwo, bearing in mind the importance our business places on developing strong relationships with our Members.

Add to that her proactive nature and it’s no wonder she hit the ground running in her role as an Operations Assistant, providing valuable administration support to the management team.

Impressing everyone with her can-do attitude, Tilly is now training as a Financial Planning Administrator and she loves the fact that every day at the office seems to bring a brand new challenge.

Favourite journey: Trip to Paris in 2016.