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.

Jan provides advice on equity release mortgages for people living in Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Greater London.

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.”

Gordon provides advice on equity release mortgages for people living in Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire Suffolk and London.

Kevin Gulwell

Kevin has over 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector, with more than 15 of these advising on equity release schemes. Based in Yorkshire, Kevin works with our customers and professionals in the North East of England, helping them to fulfil their dreams and achieve their goals.

Kevin has specialised in over 55 equity release since 2002 and is a member of the Equity Release Council. His industry and product knowledge, combined with his high standards and focus on client care, have most recently led to him training and supervising other equity release scheme advisers.

Kevin provides advice on equity release mortgages for people living in North Yorkshire and East Riding.

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.

A member of the Equity Release Council, Lesley provides advice on equity release mortgages for people living in Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Warwickshire, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

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.”

A member of the Equity Release Council, Vicky provides advice on equity release mortgages for people living in Surrey, Hampshire, London, Sussex, Kent, Wiltshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxford, Gloucestershire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. 

Brian Hall

Brian has more than 30 years’ experience in the financial services sector. In his first role with Abbey Life Insurance Company Ltd, he quickly rose to become one of their top-performing advisers, a position he maintained for a decade by building successful long-term relationships with clients and offering first-class advice. 

Brian ran his own financial services company for 11 years, before setting up a financial services recruitment firm. In 2016, he moved back to giving financial advice direct to customers, passing his equity release exams at the same time. For the last four years he has specialised in helping people aged 55 and over realise their retirement dreams through equity release schemes. 

A member of the Equity Release Council, Brian is based in Haywards Heath and provides advice on equity release mortgages for people living in Surrey, Hampshire, London, West Sussex, East Sussex and Kent.

‘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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