Elain Hughes

Business Manager


Elain is our Business Manager, with over 35 years administration experience in a wide range of backgrounds. Her key skills are based in people management, customer services, sales and business.

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When the opportunity arises Elain enjoys cooking and hosting dinner parties. She’s also a big fan of reading, especially biographies. Elain also volunteers, when time allows.


We’re delighted to say that we are a ‘Top Rated’ firm on VouchedFor.

Spotlight questions

On an ideal weekend, you can find me:

Travelling somewhere or meeting/entertaining friends

My favourite holiday destination is:

Deep South USA

My favourite song to play in the car is:

At the moment…’The Marvellous Mrs Mazel’ it depends on my mood and time of year!

The first album I bought was:

Gloria Estefan

If I could be any fictional character, I would be:

Professor Albus Dumbledore

If I could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, I would win a medal in:


When the dessert menu arrives, I’m looking for:

Sticky Toffee Pudding…with custard

The three qualities that draw me to new people are:

Their smile, those that listen, their actions

My pet peeve is:

Is when people ask me for things that I have sent to them already

The best gift I’ve ever received is:

My daughter

The three people at my dream dinner party would be:

The Queen, Gyles Brandreth and Michelle Obama

The three small things that make my day better are:

Laughter, sense of achievement and good food

Three things I haven’t done so far include:

Rock climbing, learning Spanish properly, having daughter/mother tattoos done

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 & Financial Planner

Ruth Norman

Financial Planner

Chris Tordoff

Technical Manager

Andy Tatterton

Client Relationship Administrator

Daniel Sanderson

Client Relationship Administrator

Declan Coates

Client Relationship Administrator

Donna Skidmore

Client Relationship Administrator

Molly Ford-Powell

Client Administrator

Trish Newton

Business Administrator