Gary O’Brien

Chartered Financial Planner and Managing Director


Gary is a Chartered Financial Planner and our Manager Director. Using over 35 years of experience in financial services, he’ll help you to organise your finances. His time at work is split between helping clients plan and achieve the future they want, whilst running the business itself.


Outside of work, Gary’s biggest priority is his family, spending as much time as possible with his wife Jane and two children. In his spare time he puts his commercial pilot’s license to use, flying around the Yorkshire skies.


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

Spotlight questions

On an ideal weekend, you can find me:

Spending plenty of time out somewhere with the family; then some time on one or two hobbies (flying, gym, fishing, watching sport etc).

My favourite holiday destination is:

Somewhere new. The world is a big place so somewhere I’ve never been that gives a good mix of adventure, history and relaxation.

My favourite song to play in the car is:

Any/all 80s clichés. E.g. Summer of 69. Can’t sing ‘em loud enough!

The first album I bought was:

Wombling Songs by the Wombles. (Yes really!)

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

Virgil Tracy. I already have the eyebrows and I get to fly Thunderbird 2.

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

Playing woeful guitar.

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

Treacle tart or sticky toffee pudding

The three qualities that draw me to new people are:

Openness and honesty
Sense of humour

My pet peeve is:

When people pay more attention to their mobile phone than the person/people they are actually with.

The best gift I’ve ever received is:

A rejection letter from the British Airways pilot cadet scheme at the age of 20. Devastating at the time but proved to be the biggest motivator of my life.

The three people at my dream dinner party would be:

Jamie Oliver, Mark Knopfler and Jess Ennis-Hill

The three small things that make my day better are:

Some sunshine
Some laughter
A big mug of tea

Three things I haven’t done so far include:

A spacewalk
Learned to crochet
Made a bad cup of tea

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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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

Elain Hughes

Business Manager

Molly Ford-Powell

Client Administrator

Trish Newton

Business Administrator