OUR PEOPLE

Platform One has a highly experienced and knowledgeable Board, executive management and operations team, focused on the delivery of the highest level of service to adviser firms and their clients.

Michael Fordham
Michael FordhamManaging Director
Michael has established several successful investment systems and administration businesses and has played a key role in a number of high profile initiatives in the UK investment market.

He was involved in some of the early Wrap initiatives and jointly founded the first IFA Wrap platform, Ascentric. This was acquired by Royal London in 2007 and Michael remained as Director until late 2008.

Previously he was a joint founder of the Northumberland Group and grew it until its sale to Banque Generale du Luxembourg in 1991 and Investment Sciences Ltd in 2001 which provided market edge trading platforms and Wrap systems.

His career has also included senior positions with Cap Gemini, Interactive Investor and WAY Group.

Rita Solanki
Rita SolankiBusiness Development – International
Rita has been involved in the financial services market since 1988.

In her role of Business Development Manager at Platform One Rita spends her time mainly with adviser, either helping them to use the services to maximum benefit or introducing the platform to them and getting them on board as registered users.

Rita joined Platform One from HSBC where she was actively promoting their Onshore Bonds to intermediaries. Before that she worked for AXA Wealth/Sun Life where she gained her knowledge to market SIPP’s/SSAS’s/Offshore Bonds to Intermediaries in Central London and West End of London.

John Whitley
John WhitleyHead of I.T
John has over 20 years in the IT industry and brings with him a wealth of experience and technical skills. He has provided IT consultancy and project management services to corporate companies including Barclays Bank, B&Q and Whirlpool. John joined in early 2016 to assist the IT Director implement all the exciting enhancements planned for the Platform One systems.
Hannah Singleton
Hannah SingletonMarketing & Project Manager
Hannah joined Platform One in July 2016 in our Sales & Business Support team and assists the Operations Manager and Business Development Managers in all aspects of administration and project based activities.

Hannah has gained experience working in the events sector in project management, communication skills and is experienced in many aspects of customer service.

Hannah also has a degree in Photography she received at Newcastle University.

Kerry Clifford
Kerry CliffordFinance Administrator
Kerry had primarily worked in sales and retail management from 2003, making a career change to credit risk in 2014. As a credit risk analyst for Allstar Business Solutions, Kerry gained substantial experience in analyzing company accounts and financials working in Swindon.

Having relocated to Dorset in July 2016, Kerry joined our client services team bringing her administrative skills.

Georgia Townsend
Georgia TownsendClient Services
Georgia has worked in Finance since 2007 when she joined JP Morgan on their UK Trade Settlements Team later moving to their UK Physicals Team. Georgia has experience with Crest settling trades in the UK market & dealing with Physical Certificates transferring and depositing shares, Gilts & touched on Unit Trusts.

Georgia joined Platform One in March 2016 as part of our Sales & Business Support Team, assisting Platform ones business development managers.

Carrianne Radivojsa
Carrianne RadivojsaClient Services
Carrianne joined the Platform One Client Services Team in April 2017.

Carrianne had worked in the Insurance industry up until 2010. During this time, she studied and passed her insurance exams. She managed offices including staff training and company figures. Then had a career change to a main commercial dealer working within the accounts and administration department. Whilst in this role she further built up her knowledge in customer service, admin and company finance.

Carrianne has also completed her book keeping courses.

NON-EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS – PLATFORM ONE GROUP

Clive BoothmanChairman
A Chartered Accountant by background, Clive Boothman is best known for establishing and driving the funds business of Schroders to success in the 1980/90s. He was initially a fund manager but became Managing Director of their mutual fund business, Schroder Unit Trusts. Later he became Managing Director of Schroder’s global private client business. After leaving Schroders he became Chief Executive of Gerrard Limited and oversaw the merger of the two stockbroking firms, Greig Middleton and Capel Cure Sharp, into the largest stockbroker in the UK. In 2002 he became CEO of Cofunds, one of the early leaders in the creation of platforms for IFAs. In 2004 he became a founder of the Ascentric Platform which he steered through set-up, development and sale to Royal London. He remained as non-Executive chairman until late 2014.
Kenneth WrenchNon-Executive Director
Ken Wrench has been in the pensions industry for over 40 years and is a Chartered Insurance Practitioner. He was a Pensioneer Trustee in his own right from 1979 and formerly lectured in PMI subjects at the City of London Polytechnic.

Prior to founding LCT Pensions Limited (then known as Select Pensions Ltd) in 1988 he was Pensions Manager and a senior executive of a major insurer. He was also a founder and the Chief Executive of London & Colonial Holdings Limited until 2016 as well as being the Managing Director of London & Colonial Services Limited.

Ken was an original founder of Platform One and has been an active adviser to Platform One on its pensions offerings. More recently he has been the driver for developing an integrated SSAS and platform service through LCT Pensions Limited.