About SMC Financial

We provide impartial, independent financial advice to business owners, companies and individuals to help plan for their financial future. This is delivered by a constantly growing team of experienced advisers who are supported within the firm for compliance, technical support and paraplanning using the latest technology and market leading products to deliver the best possible solutions for our clients.

Meet The Team

Sean McDermott - SMC Financial

Sean McDermott

Director
Chartered Financial Planner

Sean is the founder and Director of SMC Financial Services. He has over 16 years experience in both banking and financial services having worked at both large corporates as well as smaller, more personal boutique firms. He is experienced and qualified in all areas of financial planning but specialises mostly in Pension transfers, Retirement Planning and Investment management. He is qualified as a level 6 ‘chartered financial planner’ and also holds fellowship status which is the highest accreditation that can be received from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

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Vicki Langdon - SMC Financial

Vicki Langdon

Head of Compliance & Technical Support

Vicki has worked in the financial services industry for over 12 years with vast experience in banking, sales and management roles. These have included working in senior roles in compliance, fraud prevention and paraplanning for firms such as Lloyds TSB and Co-Operative Bank. Vicki has now completed the majority of her studies towards her level 4 diploma in financial planning with just one exam left to sit shortly.

Chris Melling

Chris Melling

Independent Financial Advisor

Chris has over 15 years of experience working in all areas of financial services. This includes banking, financial planning and mortgage advice positions both in Halifax and Nationwide and now prefers to be able to offer his clients advice independently by providing a ‘whole of market’ proposition. He is passionate about helping clients meet their financial needs with clear, friendly and bespoke advice. He holds the full level 4 Diploma qualification for financial planning and also ‘CeMAP mortgage advice qualification’ and intends to continue to ‘chartered’ status.

Gail McElroy

Gail McElroy

Independent Financial Advisor

Gail has over 30 years experience in both banking and financial planning. She has a wide range of experience being fully qualified in all areas of financial advice. She prides herself in providing a holistic view to her clients for their financial planning needs with the majority of her clients coming from personal recommendations. She holds both the level four diploma and CeMAP qualifications and is now working towards the advanced diploma.

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Stephanie Kennedy

Office Manager & Compliance Support

Steph joined the company after having already worked for over 3 years in the Financial Services industry. Steph provides full back office support for the team and prides herself in the level of service she provides to clients of the company. Steph has already expressed an interest to develop her career and is currently studying towards her Cii R01 qualification.

Jon

Jon Kinsley

Paraplanner / Service Manger

Jon has over 10 years experience in the Insurance and Financial Sectors where his roles have ranged from Administrator to Data Analyst. For the last 3 years, he has worked as a Paraplanner for a large wealth management Group. He currently holds the Certificate for Financial Advisers and his halfway through his level 4 diploma, which he hopes to complete early next year before commencing the journey to become chartered. Jon’s diverse range of skills make him a valuable addition to the expanding team at SMC.

Lacey Ferguson

Kate Richardson

Paraplanner / Compliance support

Kate provides very valuable paraplanning support to the SMC team, as well as providing support on maintaining the companies compliance framework. She prides herself on being thorough, investigative and leaves no stone unturned when it comes to assessing and reviewing client’s financial and personal circumstances. Kate has worked in financial services for nearly 20 years and has acquired a wide range of knowledge and experience in all aspects of financial planning. She already holds a number of relevant qualifications and is now close to completing the full Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning. Once completed, she would like to complete both her CeMAP mortgage qualification and then work towards achieving ‘chartered status’.

Sean Doherty

Sean Doherty

Office Junior / Client Support

Sean has now settled in really well at the firm and is well into his apprenticeship as a financial services administrator. His first exam for his new role will be later this year. Sean is aiming to go on to complete his full diploma in financial services in the hope to become a successful financial adviser in the future.

Join The Team

If like us, you are passionate about helping people achieve their life long dreams and enjoy building strong, client relationships then we would love to speak to you.

Whether your preference is client facing or as back office support, your role to SMC Financial Services is of equal value to the success of our business. We are happy to offer full support to the right people including career progression for those only starting out in the industry. We are also keen to speak to experienced individuals who may be looking to work in a more relaxed, friendly and modern environment.

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"Not only is he switched on with regards to all the latest happenings in the financial world but is a genuine nice guy... A pleasure to deal with"

Terence Jones - Wirral

"Nothing is too much trouble to him. He has your interests at heart"

Mark Benson - Liverpool

"Superb service, really friendly and professional. Couldn't fault him at all"

Jackie Penny - Kent

"Sean is very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend him for your financial planning matters"

Andrew Groom - Liverpool

"I have tremendous faith in Sean and his ability to complete the task in hand even through the difficulties we had with my original pension provider"

Allan & Christine Hall - Merseyside