Passionate about helping you get more from your finances.

What we do

At Ardent we put you first. Our Chartered Financial Planning status demonstrates our commitment to delivering the highest possible standards, as we know this is the only way we’ll provide you with peace of mind.

Our proven track record in providing high quality advice in a professional, understandable and approachable way, helps you take control of your financial journey and achieve future aspirations – whatever they may be.

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Your journey

Meet the team

Based in the beautiful historic city of York, Ardent’s team is a professional yet friendly group who are highly qualified in their field. But away from work, they also have interesting lives and hobbies too, so click below to find out more about them.

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Gary O’Brien

Chartered Financial Planner and Managing Director

Mark Fisher

Director / Chartered Assoc. of LIBF & Financial Planner

Ruth Norman

Financial Planner

Elain Hughes

Business Director

Chris Tordoff

Technical & Compliance Director

Declan Coates

Client Relationship Manager

Daniel Sanderson

Client Relationship Manager

Andy Tatterton

Client Relationship Administrator

Donna Skidmore

Client Relationship Administrator

Trish Newton

Business Administrator

Amelia Headley

Client Administrator

Jarvis

Barketing executive

Our Google reviews

Chantelle Kirkham
Chantelle Kirkham
October 6, 2023
I have worked with Mark and his colleagues on a number of occasions, both professionally and personally, and have received excellent advice on each occasion. Mark is professional yet approachable and makes financial planning simple and straightforward. I will not hesitate to work with Mark and Ardent Financial Planning in the future.
Richard Staples
Richard Staples
October 6, 2023
I contacted Mark in regards to discussing my existing pension arrangements. I found him to be extremely knowledgeable and I was very satisfied with the service I received. I would happily recommend him and the team at Ardent
Diane
Diane
October 5, 2023
Absolutely first class service beginning to end would definitely recommend them
Graham Gillyon
Graham Gillyon
September 29, 2023
Gary O'Brian of Ardent was recommended to me over 12 years ago to help structure my pensions enabling me to understand and plan my investments and future retirement plans. Gary has provided an excellent and professional service and his and the teams clear communications equipped me with the knowledge and confidence to retire at the right time. The excellent support of Gary and his team at the office is on-going - I enjoy my retirement knowing that there is someone there if I need help or advise.
eric bridges
eric bridges
December 5, 2022
Great focus from the team. Always prepared for annual reviews and responsive to requests.
Julia Waite
Julia Waite
December 1, 2022
As someone who needed to take charge of my finances and pension fund after divorce, the team at Ardent gave me excellent, clear and unbiased advice. 2 years on I am reassured they coninue to advise me with the same professional standards.
Chelsey Pickard
Chelsey Pickard
March 4, 2022
Fantastic service from Ardent, keeping us updated and informed at all times. Highly recommend.
David Chambers
David Chambers
December 8, 2021
Excellent Service . A good team of professionals with help & advice.
Steve T
Steve T
September 10, 2021
Whilst I'm knowledgeable about shares/investments/life planning etc, my wife has used Ardent for many years. I can honestly say that Michael, and more latterly Mark Fisher are EXCELLENT, and ensure that your interests come first, unlike some such companies who, in my opinion are likely to put their commissions as their biggest priority. I have no reservation in highly recommending Ardent through our involvement with Mark. I'd suggest that investors stay clear of the larger, less personal services such as St James's Place and give Ardent a call.

What our clients say

As a company, we strive to give clients excellence. But don’t take our word for it, listen to others who have already worked with us. Click on the following clients and listen to their experience of Ardent and the positive impacts it's had on their life.

98 %
of clients would be happy to recommend us to others
98 %
of clients believe we helped them achieve their financial goals
90 %
of clients were very satisfied that we understood their needs
Amanda Millett
Amanda Millett
Building for retirement
Hannah & Paul Butler
Hannah & Paul Butler
Conscientious investors
Jared Mallinson
Jared Mallinson
Conscientious investors
Nicki Mitchell
Nicki Mitchell
Divorcing clients
Peter Finlay
Peter Finlay
In retirement

We asked our clients “What is the biggest single benefit you get from working with us?” Here are some of our favourite answers:

“Knowing that I am receiving advice that is of a very high standard"

"Trust, reassurance and peace of mind"

"Having someone I feel I can trust taking care of my financial investments"

"The "go to" for advice and discussion regarding my pensions"

"A sense of security that comes from easy access to financial advice that we trust"