Mark Fisher

Director & Financial Planner


Mark has been working in financial services since returning home from his time in America in 1996. His time at work is split between helping clients plan and achieve the future they want, whilst running the business alongside Gary. Mark is also holds the SOLLA accreditation, meaning he understands and can provide advice on the complicated areas of later life financial planning.


When he gets the chance Mark loves being outdoors, whether it is mountain biking, walking or getting very wet and muddy in events such as Tough Mudder or Yorkshire Warrior.


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

Spotlight questions

On an ideal weekend, you can find me:

Sat outside, watching the world go by in a busy city drinking coffee or having a glass or 2 of Rose!

My favourite holiday destination is:

A long weekend city break.

My favourite song to play in the car is:

Meat Loaf – Bat out of Hell

The first album I bought was:

Showaddywaddy from Woolworths!

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


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

People watching!

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

The wine list! I’m not a massive desert fan.

The three qualities that draw me to new people are:

Humour, humility, approachability

My pet peeve is:


The best gift I’ve ever received is:

Leeds university accepting me on a course – changed my life and got me out of my rubbish hometown.

The three people at my dream dinner party would be:

David Attenborough, Rik Mayall, Stephen Fry

The three small things that make my day better are:

Sunshine, crisps, plants

Three things I haven’t done so far include:

1. See the Baobab trees in Madagascar.
2. See the Cherry Blossom festival in Japan.
3. Conservation work in a foreign country (ideally tagging turtles in Costa Rica).

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

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