Meet the team


Clarion are a small team of experts who are big on true lifelong financial planning and have been delivering this successfully since 1985 – you can find out more about what true lifelong financial planning means here.

Our aim is to help clients simplify the complex, gain clarity, confidence and certainty about their financial affairs; make better decisions and above all get on with the serious business of enjoying life.

We are a team of 15 and you can find introductions to our financial planners by scrolling down or clicking on the list of links below.

Ron Walker

Founding Director

Ron Walker is the Founding Director of Clarion Wealth Planning. He works with high net worth business owners to provide a comprehensive, tailored wealth management service so they can achieve the lifestyle they desire and deserve.

Ron founded the company in 1985 and has guided it from strength to strength over the last 30 years. He is one of the architects of the modern financial planning industry and a founder member of the Institute of Financial Planning.

Prior to founding Clarion, Ron spent six years with a national wealth management company, which left him highly trained but with a deep-seated belief that clients both wanted and needed more than the industry was able to offer at the time.

Over his career Ron has built an outstanding reputation and now deals with some of the most interesting and wealthy families in the region.

Outside of the office Ron is a keen sportsman whose interests include running, cycling and kite surfing. The rest of his spare time is spent holidaying with his wife and two grown up daughters.

Contact Ron by email or call +44 (0)1625 466 360

Jonnie Whittle

Director – Family Office

Jonnie Whittle is the Director of Family Office at Clarion Wealth Planning and works with business owners and their families to develop and implement plans that enable them to make the most of their success at all stages of their life.

Jonnie previously worked as Managing Director of a private equity-backed financial planning practice based in Manchester and London, as well as directing joint ventures with accountants throughout the North West. He specialises in the period around a business sale or liquidity event and he is well known for his collaboration with professional advisers at this stage. His approach is that of a “personal finance director” who incorporates clients’ individual, family and business affairs into a comprehensive, overarching plan.

Jonnie also sits on the board of NextGen Planners. An association whose sole purpose is to improve the delivery of financial services to the next generation of financial planners and their clients.

Jonnie is a former professional rugby player of both codes and holds a degree in Physics from the University of Manchester. Outside of the office Jonnie lives in Wigan with his wife and three daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys keeping active, learning new skills and being outdoors.

Contact Jonnie by email or call +44 (0)1625 466 360

Keith Thompson


Keith Thompson is the Non-Executive Chairman at Clarion. He works with the management team to help drive the delivery of Clarion’s long-term growth strategy.

After founding and managing Taylor Knowles Financial Planning Ltd, a leading financial planning business in Lancashire, Keith went on to become a founding director of Altrincham and London-based Greystone Financial Services. He spent more than 20 years at Greystone, acting as Chairman from 2001.

As well as his work with Clarion Wealth Planning, Keith also plays a leading role within its sister company, Clarion Investment Management. This business provides discretionary investment management services designed specifically for clients of Clarion Wealth Planning.

Keith joined the Clarion team because he respected their comprehensive approach to financial planning, putting clients’ long-term aims first and helping hard-working business owners articulate and then achieve what they want from life.

Outside of the office, Keith and his wife are active members of Hale Golf Club. Keith enjoys keeping fit and walking, particularly in the Lake District.

Contact Keith by email or call+44 (0)1625 466 360

Michael Brooke

Financial Planner

Michael Brooke is a Financial Planner who works with retired business owners and executives, arranging highly advantageous and efficient retirement plans.

Before joining Clarion, Michael worked at a national assurance company as regional pensions manager for the North West.

Michael specialises in retirement options, pensions and taxation. He is one of the most knowledgeable pensions experts in the financial planning industry, and holds every pensions and retirement qualification available from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Outside of the office, Michael is a keen tennis player and footballer whose achievements include coaching the Holmes Chapel Hurricanes under-13s, then under-14s, to back-to-back league and cup double wins. He is also an avid quizzer, and appeared on the BBC2 show Eggheads.

Contact Michael by email or call +44 (0)1625 466 360

John Winstanley

Financial Planner

John Winstanley is a Financial Planner and works with successful individuals and their families to create and implement tailored plans to ensure their life goals can be achieved.

John has worked in Financial Services since 2004, beginning his advisory career in 2007 at a large national bank. John joined Clarion in February 2019, having previously worked as an Independent Financial Adviser for a regional firm.

John has led several joint ventures with accountancy practices in Manchester and strongly believes in a collaborative approach to financial planning.

John specialises in advising business owners with a particular focus on tax efficient investment planning, retirement planning and estate planning.

Outside of the office, John is kept busy by his young family. In his spare time, he enjoys keeping fit, holidaying with his family and attempting to play golf.

Contact John by email or call+44 (0)1625 466 360

Sam Petts

Financial Planner

Sam Petts is a Financial Planner who works with business owners and their families to develop bespoke, integrated plans in order to achieve their life goals.

Sam started in the industry at Caroline Banks and Associates in Mayfair and quickly developed key skills in delivering bespoke solutions to families. He then spent 12 years with Killik & Co, progressing to the role of Partner and Head of the Richmond Branch.

Sam specialises in intergenerational planning involving all members of the family, as well as utilising all available allowances in the most tax efficient means.

Sam is also experienced in forging essential links with key advisory professionals in the region.

Sam decided to join Clarion because it was important to “work for a company that prides itself on being a leader in their space, who have developed a service level for clients second to none and have the reputation to match”.

Outside of the office, Sam enjoys spending time with his young family, as well as watching Lancashire Cricket Club play and supporting local charities.

Contact Sam by email or call +44 (0)1625 466 360

Alistair Cartwright

Associate Financial Planner

Alistair Cartwright is an Associate Financial Planner who works with business owners and their families to help create detailed financial plans and help them make knowledgeable decisions about their wealth and lifestyle.

Alistair began his career in financial services in 2013 and joined the Clarion family in 2018. He is currently working towards Chartered status – the gold standard for professional financial planners in the UK.

Outside the office, Alistair is a passionate sportsman with a keen interest in football, golf and running.

Contact Alistair by email or call +44 (0)1625 466 360

Peter Butcher

Associate Financial Planner

Peter Butcher is an Associate Financial Planner who works to help successful business owners, company directors and professionals overcome the complexity and stress of managing money.

Peter began his career in financial services in 2013 and achieved his Chartered Financial Planner qualification. He became a fellow of the Personal Finance Society in 2016.

In his spare time, Peter enjoys seeing friends, playing football and spending time with his young family.

Contact Peter by email or call +44 (0)1625 466 360


Emma Nunnerley

Associate Financial Planner

Emma Nunnerley is an Associate Financial Planner and works alongside the Financial Planners. Emma has 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry and achieved Chartered Status in 2018. Outside of the office she enjoys running, yoga and spending time with family.

Contact Emma by email or call +44 (0)1625 466 360


Adam Wareing

Head of Operations

Adam Wareing is a Chartered Financial Planner who helps successful business owners, company directors and professionals overcome the complexity and stress of managing money. After helping clients to set and document realistic financial goals, Adam works with them to create a bespoke & comprehensive financial plan to help them achieve their ambitions.

As a holder of the prestigious Certified Financial Planner (CFP) accreditation, the international gold standard of financial planning, Adam passionately believes in the real value of goals orientated advice over traditional product sales based advice; he believes that this leads to much better outcomes for clients. It was Adam’s dedication to this belief that led to him winning the coveted IFP’s Paraplanner of the Year award.

Adam has over 15 years’ experience in financial services and, before joining Clarion in 2014, ran his own Lifestyle Financial Planning practice in South Manchester. As a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society (the highest UK advice qualification) Adam is frequently asked to write articles for local, national & trade press; he’s written about a wide range of subjects but pension planning and estate / IHT planning remain particular areas of expertise.

As well as spending time with his young family, Adam has a number of interests including running and playing football. However, one of his biggest passions is coaching youth football as a parent-coach; he currently holds his FA Level 2 coaching badge and finds it particularly rewarding to see the children develop not only as footballers but as people.

Contact Adam by email or call+44 (0)1625 466 360


Meet the rest of the Clarion team.



Andrea Billington
Front of House Management

Andrea Billington is a Receptionist, managing Clarion front of house. Andrea has extensive experience, previously working as a PA and secretary in a number of large organisations. Outside of the office she enjoys walking her dog Tia and spending time with friends and family.


Janet Crewe
Adviser Client Support

Janet Crewe is an Adviser Client Support. Janet has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, predominantly working with Independent Financial Advisers. Outside of the office she enjoys cycling, skiing and hill walking, as well as music and theatre.


Carole Loynd
Adviser Client Support

Carole Loynd is an Adviser Client Support. Carole has a Chartered Financial Planner qualification and joined Clarion after leading the support team at Old Mutual Wealth. Outside of the office she is usually outdoors, either with her two horses or tending her garden.


Matt Sherratt
Finance Manager

Matt Sherratt is Finance Manager, overseeing all finance and accounting at Clarion. Matt is a Chartered Accountant and has worked in the financial services industry since 2005. Outside of the office he enjoys spending time with his two children, as well as cycling and running.

Anna McKenzie
Trainee Paraplanner

Anna McKenzie is a Trainee Paraplanner, supporting the wider Clarion team whilst working towards Paraplanner status.

Anna has over 15 years’ experience in the financial services industry, having previously worked as a personal finance manager. Outside of the office, Anna enjoys spending time as a family, going on holiday and socialising with friends.

Sharon Sutherland
Adviser Client Support

Sharon Sutherland is an Adviser Client Support. Sharon relocated from South Africa where she has almost 20 years’ experience in the Financial Services Industry, and is studying towards her UK qualifications. Outside of the office she enjoys most outdoor activities (camping, gardening exploring) as well as Stand Up Paddleboarding.

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