Nigel Notley cut his teeth in the pension sector in the days when Insurance Companies dominated the market. Product design was “in house” and investment was internally into With Profits funds or rather poor Unit Linked funds. In 1992, his employer, the Equitable, introduced the first drawdown SIPP in the UK (known then as a Managed Annuity) with Nigel setting up the first contract. As other insurers came into the market the Treasury legislated against it this concept. (Ironically the structure was largely in line with 2015’s pensions freedom reforms brought in by the then chancellor, George Osborne). A watered down version was approved but still frustrated by the second class investment performance of the insurers, Nigel left them in 1994 to develop further in the SIPP market but focusing on the use of the best fund management groups, to enhance performance, create flexible income streams and capitalise on the clear Inheritance Tax advantages of these schemes.
He was one of the first 'financial advisers’ to recognise the importance of examinations, completing the Advanced Financial Planning Certificate in 1992. He has continued to sit exams and believes strongly in continued professional development. He is a qualified Pension Specialist and in the last decade he has added the Discretionary Fund Manager qualification in order that Westbury can perform the dual roles of Financial Advice and Discretionary Fund Management.
In the early part of this century Westbury was predominantly a pension based company but advances in technology has enabled Westbury to expand on activities beyond pension schemes to include total holistic financial planning. To reflect this, in 2013 the company name was changed to Westbury Asset Management.
In his private life Nigel is married to Michelle with three children and several grandchildren. He is an avid sportsman with a keen interest in Golf having Captained the Hertfordshire County Team and also two of his Clubs, Porters Park and Royal Worlington. He also follows Cricket and is President of Ashwell Cricket Club together with Rugby although hasn’t played since school.
With Westbury firmly established in North Hertfordshire and no commuting issues, Nigel sees himself as being actively involved in the business well into the future, looking after his clients and guiding the next generation of advisers and fund managers at Westbury.
Director of Investments
Emma Wilkinson joined Westbury Asset Management in April 2019 to add additional resource to the discretionary fund management service. Emma has many years’ experience of successfully running discretionary portfolios dating back to 2007 and has a genuine passion for the role, both of studying the macro economic environment and interrogating fund managers in order to identify those who we feel are capable of delivering superior investment performance.
Emma holds the Private Client Investment Management Certificate and is a Chartered member of the CISI (Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment).
Outside of work Emma has spent many years competing in the equestrian discipline Three Day Eventing but has since retired gracefully from this rather dangerous pastime, preferring now to be a spectator!
Bespoke Discretionary Manager
Christopher Gough-Goodman, an equity market specialist since 1969, is well known for setting up Cambridge Investments and has been running discretionary portfolio services since 1979. Christopher joined Westbury Asset Management in 2019 having sold his former business. Christopher focuses on managing the Sovereign portfolio for his long-standing clients and also forms part of the Westbury Investment committee.