Ruth Norman

Financial Planner


Ruth has worked in financial services for over 30 years and has been with Ardent for over 11 of those years. Her role involves building long term relationships with clients and providing them with financial advice in an approachable and easy to understand way. Ruth has recently been accredited with the SOLLA accreditation, meaning she can provide advice on the complicated areas of later life financial planning.


In her personal life Ruth spends time with her horse, Diesel, regularly riding and grooming him. She is an avid animal lover, owning a cat and a dog.


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

Spotlight questions

On an ideal weekend, you can find me:

Riding my horse and watching my son & husband play golf

My favourite holiday destination is:

The Northumbria Coast

My favourite song to play in the car is:

Bohemian Rhapsody

The first album I bought was:

Michael Jackson, Thriller

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

Hermione Grainger

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

Eating and drinking

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

Anything chocolate

The three qualities that draw me to new people are:

Smiling faces, positive people, interested in others

My pet peeve is:

People who only talk about themselves

The best gift I’ve ever received is:

A trip to New York for the Millennium

The three people at my dream dinner party would be:

Michelle Obama, Charlotte Dujardin, Piggy French

The three small things that make my day better are:

Smiling, food and positive news

Three things I haven’t done so far include:

Travel to Australia
See my daughter graduate in nursing
Achieve my chartered financial planner status

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

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