About Us

At David Burnell Financial Services, we are committed to helping all of our clients achieve their financial goals. As an Independent Financial Advice (IFA) firm, we work with clients of all ages and income levels, providing bespoke support and guidance to help them make informed decisions about their money.

Our team of experienced advisers (over 200 years’ worth of experience) understand the financial landscape and stay up-to-date with the latest products, funds, and best practices within the industry. We work closely with our clients to understand their unique needs and goals, tailoring our services to meet them.

Our services include comprehensive financial planning, retirement planning, investment management, mortgages, protection, estate planning and help with probate. We believe that a holistic approach, looking at all aspects of our clients’ financial lives, is the only way to develop a bespoke plan that fully meets their needs.

At David Burnell Financial Services, we put our clients first. We believe in building long-term relationships based on trust, transparency, and open communication. We aim to help our clients achieve financial success and peace of mind, knowing their financial future is in good hands. We have many families where we look after all three generations, and we like to think that that doesn’t happen by accident.

Get in touch with us today to learn how we can help look after you.

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Meet the Team

David Hinch

David Hinch – IFA and Managing Director

I’ve been involved in and around Financial Services for over 30 years, but I’ve been very fortunate to also have a second vocation in my life – aviation (a Sea Harrier pilot in the Fleet Air Arm and an Airbus Captain at Virgin Atlantic).

Gaining such a wide variety of experience, allows me to take a measured and holistic view when helping and advising the clients of David Burnell Financial Services.

Away from the office, I love life on two wheels (engine powered) and can often be found on the roads of the Peak District or the track at Donington.

Helen Burnell

Helen Burnell – Client Support and PA to David Hinch

I worked in General Insurance for 25 years, starting from administration to claims handling, then into special investigations. I moved into Financial Services at DBFS over 10 years ago as an administrator.

Out of the office I enjoy going on holiday, visiting various places, home or abroad, enjoying the fresh air, food, and drink.

Rebecca Coles

Rebecca Aspley – Client Support and Reviews and Investment Schedules

I’m still new to working within Financial Services and whilst I’ve been able to transfer some of my skills, there’s a huge amount to learn, and every day brings something new; it’s a journey that I’m really enjoying. Prior to that, I worked in Marketing for 10 years within the Media and Promotional Merchandise industries.

Out of the office, I love listening to and watching live music, so much so, I help to run a Folk, Roots, and Acoustic Music Club, showcasing established artists to up and coming talent. I also love to bake!

Jon Gilbert

Jon Gilbert – IFA and Director

I’ve worked in financial services all my working life since 1987, firstly with Norwich Union, latterly Aviva, and I’ve been an Independent Financial Adviser since 1996.

When I’m not giving advice to clients, I enjoy time with the family and I’ve recently set up my own taxi firm, exclusively for my teenage children!

Lucy Gilbert

Lucy Gilbert – IFA including Mortgages, Equity Release and Protection

With nearly 10 years of experience in the financial services industry, I have gained a wealth of knowledge and expertise. My passion for this field you could say was instilled in me from a young age, as my Dad has worked as an IFA for many years. My main aim when meeting a client is to provide you with guidance in making informed financial decisions that not only benefit your present but also secure your future. It would be my pleasure to assist you in achieving your financial goals.

Out of work I enjoy taking my lovely standard Dachshund Maisie on long country walks, taking in the scenery and fresh air. I also enjoy getting together with my family and friends.

Jane Hilton

Jane Hilton – Team DBFS Support

My main career is Catering, and I have worked in the industry for over 30 Years, but I also help out cleaning, and recently joined DBFS to help keep their lovely offices clean and tidy.

In my spare time I enjoy walking, listening to a variety of music and relaxing on trips away.

Jon Pashley

Jon Pashley – IFA and Director

I have been involved in the financial services industry for over 30 years now, both on the corporate and advisory side and built up a wide range of experience which has proven invaluable in helping all types of clients with their planning needs.

There is no doubt we live in an ever-changing world so its vitally important to give straightforward and sound long-term advice. These fundamentals are what our business is built on and have never been so important.

Away from the business I enjoy spending time watching different sports in different locations, exploring the countryside, and generally spending as much quality time with friends and family as possible. Life is for living so we need to make sure we do just that!

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt – Friend of DBFS

I have been advising individuals and companies for over 30 years. Within that time, I have worked and built successful IFA practices, more recently focusing on guiding clients through all matters relating to pensions and simple investment products.

A good friend once told me that friends and family were ‘where it’s at’. He was right of course, and nowadays I feel good working in a great business that has a really strong family ethos.

As well as finance, sport is another one of my passions, and one day I hope to find inner peace and calm with the match officials’ decisions when watching England Rugby games!

Natalie Wilkes

Natalie Wilkes – Mortgage, Protection and Probate Adviser

I advise on mortgage, protection, and probate at David Burnell Financial Services.

I have worked at DBFS for over 33 years. I believe I am a good listener, and with my personal experiences in life, I feel I can bring this into my work life and help people in different circumstances.  It’s not every day you hear anyone say “I love my job” but I actually do.

In my spare time I enjoy going on holiday in this country, or abroad.  I love spending time with my family and friends be it a BBQ or just a cuppa and a chat.

Karen Williams

Karen Williams – Client Support and PA to Jon Pashley

I am fairly new to financial services and joined the team at David Burnell almost 3 years ago.

Prior to this I worked in the design industry. Initially as a Textile Designer producing woven fabrics for high street and designer fashion markets. Then later as a Graphic Artist In print-based media. So, Financial Services is quite a departure, but one which I thoroughly enjoy.

Out of the office I love spending my time with my family and friends. I also really enjoy holidays and travel whenever I can.


Charlotte Wong – Client Support, Office Manager and PA to Lucy Gilbert

I joined David Burnell’s with a long-standing interest in financial services and look forward to providing administration support and working alongside the team. I have a strong work ethic which has enabled me to take on a wide variety of roles prior to this, including running my own cleaning business.

Out of the office I enjoy eating out, visiting family, and trying to keep my two children entertained.

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