Meet our equity release team

Our friendly, award-winning advisers have several things in common: 

  1. Extensive experience
  2. We always act in our clients’ best interests
  3. We devise tailored solutions to match your individual needs
  4. We deliver transparent advice in language you understand
  5. A commitment to exceptional customer service

Jan Johnson

The founder of 55Plus Equity Release, Jan developed it into one of the most successful, award-winning, sole-trader over 55 equity release scheme businesses in Britain by always putting her clients first. She’s now expanding 55Plus Equity Release so we can help even more people realise their dreams through honest, transparent advice. The winner of the National Equity Release Best Sole Trader Award in 2015 and a Finalist in the same category in 2017, she led 55Plus Equity Release to being a finalist in the Best Financial Adviser, 5 Advisers or Less category in 2018. These awards come from delivering excellent service and advice consistently: in the 30 years that Jan has specialised in financial services she has offered unrivalled levels of personal service and tailored solutions to meet her clients’ needs. Previously with Banco Santander for nearly 25 years, there is not much Jan doesn’t know about mortgages of all shapes and sizes, but for your added peace of mind she is CeRER Adv CeMAP qualified and is a member of the Equity Release Council.

Adrian Johnson

With more than 40 years’ experience growing businesses, Adrian is our Business Development Director. His role is to realise sustainable growth that is aligned with our core values of honesty and integrity. He is also responsible for developing systems and processes that support our advisers in delivering consistently excellent customer service. A chartered surveyor by training – and a pianist and composer in his spare time – Adrian brings strategic thinking, an eye for detail and dogged determination. He is particularly interested in hearing from advisers and professional associates – financial planners and wealth managers, solicitors, mortgage brokers, home care companies and home improvement companies – who, like us, put their clients at the heart of everything they do. 

Gordon Cunningham

Gordon brings over 30 years’ experience in the financial sector to 55Plus Equity Release and our clients, including training the next generation of advisers and delivering technical support. He is also an active member of the Equity Release Council and sits on one of their sub groups. With more than a decade specialising in over 55 equity release, Gordon was named Best Individual Adviser in the Equity Release Awards 2016 and was a finalist at the British Mortgage Awards in 2017. Gordon holds many financial services qualifications, including all those required for equity releases schemes. On joining 55Plus Equity Release, Gordon said: It’s great to be joining an organisation that is going from strength to strength by putting the customer first at all times.”

Lesley Wright

Lesley Wright has over 35 years’ experience within the financial services sector, more recently specialising in equity release schemes, gaining her IFS Certificate in Lifetime Mortgages in 2006.

Working for various organisations, and in a range of roles, Lesley has been responsible for developing successful, long-term relationships with both private and corporate clients; finding the best financial solutions to meet individual needs; project management to ensure applications run smoothly and clients are kept informed at every stage of the process; and recruitment and training of new staff. Having refined her skills in these areas over the years, she brings exceptional customer service and focus, with an ability to get on with people from all walks of life, supported by superb organisational skills. Lesley is a member of the Equity Release Council.

Vicky McDaid

Vicky began her financial services journey in 1994 and has been specialising in equity release mortgages since 2002. Vicky has worked for a number of equity release providers, training advisers how to provide the best possible service to their clients. Her knowledge of the schemes available in the market and the application process is extensive.

Passing her equity release exams Certs CII(MP &ER) has enabled her to work directly with clients to help them achieve their later life goals. On joining 55Plus Equity Release Vicky said: I am excited to be able to help people realise their goals and enjoy the retirement they deserve. I believe in great customer service and providing an honest, reliable service.”

Vicky is a member of the Equity Release Council.

Graham Webb

Graham has accumulated a wealth of knowledge of the equity release sector throughout his 21 years in the financial service industry, specialising in equity release for the last nine. Graham is an excellent communicator and is able to clearly break down complicated financial areas with his customers, regardless of how well they knew the sector prior to meeting. 

Throughout Graham’s impressive career he has gained experience in all sides of business, including training and recruiting new staff; business development; creating bespoke equity release plans for customers and team building. Graham is a member of the Equity Release Council.

‘The application process was quick and easy with the occasional wrinkle’ being ironed-out by the adviser’s hard work and expertise.’

L King, successful over 55 equity release applicant, London

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