Senior Partner Practice of
St. James's Place Wealth Management

Michael Lester, Principal

My career has always been in finance and commenced in 1973 with what was then Midland Bank (now HSBC). I continued working in the banking industry until 1993 when I moved into financial services with Clerical Medical Investment Group.

I was invited to join St. James’s Place Wealth Management (then J. Rothschild Assurance) in 1997.

My experience is also complemented professionally by holding
the following qualifications; Diploma in Financial Planning, Chartered Institute of Bankers Exams, Diploma in Marketing.

I married in September 1974 and have 3 adult daughters and 3 granddaughters. We have lived in Hampshire since 1988. Very much a family man, I manage to combine a very busy and successful business with the usual family commitments.

I am a keen sportsman and my interests include art, music, theatre and cinema.

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Martin Brunt, Principal

I have worked in financial services since 1984, in fact all my working life. In that time, I have only worked for two companies: Abbey Life and St. James's Place Wealth Management.

I started out with Abbey Life as a Trainee Accountant. After enjoying various promotions, I entered Abbey Life's IFA broker division, moving to London and then to Manchester Care of Broker Support and then finally moving to Abbey Life's Agency Division. By 2000 Abbey Life was sold and sadly a very enjoyable career with this company came to an end.

Later in the same year I was invited to join St. James's Place. In 2007, I joined the Partnership by establishing my own adviser Practice.

My PA Aine joined me from the off and to my delight has remained ever since. In the summer of 2013 my son Robert joined the business. Then, in the December of the same year, Lester Brunt Wealth Management was established when Michael Lester and I merged our two successful businesses.

Away from the office I am a keen sports fan particularly enjoying football and golf.

I am blessed by having two great sons in Robert and Matthew.

I am married to my lovely wife Sophie who also works in the Lester Brunt business.

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