Meet the Team

Ian Russell

Ian Russell DipPFS
Financial Planning Adviser

Ian is the owner and principal of Polestar, a trading style of Positive Solutions.

Ian has been an adviser since 1997 and is qualified to an advanced level in taxation and trusts (G10), Pensions (AF3) and Investments (AF4). His main responsibilities are the development of client support and the growth of Polestar to ensure a future sustainable client service. Ian is married with 2 sons, enjoys cycling, keeping fit and follows Camberley RFC.


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Kevin Stannard

Kevin Stannard DipFA
Financial Planning Adviser

Kevin has been an Adviser since 1987 and offers advice in aspects of financial planning based on personal and corporate basis, including pensions, investments, life assurance, income protection and business protection.


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Kyri Stavri

Kyri Stavri Cert PFS
Financial Planning Adviser

Kyri has been in financial services since 1984 and as an Independent Financial Adviser since 1988. Although involved in all matters of Financial Planning he considers his main area of expertise to be in Pensions, Investment and Inheritance Tax Planning and prides himself in being able to build strong professional relationships with personal and corporate clients alike.


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Rob Yeates DipPFS
Financial Planning Adviser

Rob has worked in Financial Services since leaving school in 1968, with large corporate companies such as Barclays Bank and Scottish Amicable (which has since been acquired by Prudential). He became an Independent Financial Adviser in 1999, working mainly in the Employee Benefits arena, assisting SME’s in structuring and managing their Employee benefits offerings. During that time, he was able to offer personal financial advice services to employees of the corporate clients, including mortgage advice. He joined Polestar in March 2018.


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Nicky Borman

Nicky Borman
Practice Manager

Formerly a Personal Assistant working for the Economist at Nationwide Building Society for 13 years, then financial administration at Abbey Life, and Zurich for 2 years. Nicky holds the CII Financial Planning certificates level 1 and 2. Nicky was also the winner of the Swindon Business Womans Group Award in 2003.


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Sian Ovel

Siân Ovel
Research Operations Manager

Siân has worked solely with Independent Financial Advisers in a support and research capacity since 1996. These have included small local firms through to large national firms based in London covering every aspect of personal financial planning. In 2007 Siân made the decision to become self employed in order to balance work and family life and now focuses on providing a bespoke research service for key IFAs. Siân holds the full CII Certificate in Financial Planning (1, 2 and 3) and attends regular workshops and seminars to keep up with industry changes.


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Amy Brittain

Amy Brittain
Researcher

Amy has worked in the financial services industry since 2004 and has worked for a variety of different sized companies during her career. She has provided various support to Independent Financial Advisers throughout her career through research, paraplanning, compliance and administrative support.

She is currently studying towards her level 4 Diploma in Financial Planning.


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Natasha Beaumont

Natasha Beaumont 
Client Planning Review Administrator

Natasha joined Polestar in 2019, having previously worked in third party pension administration for 18 years, 14 of which were spent at KPMG working on occupational DB pension schemes. Natasha holds qualifications of Certificate in Pension Calculations (CPC) and Retirement Provision Certificate (RPC).  Natasha lives locally to the office with 2 young children and enjoys baking and going to the gym.


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Tracey Russell

Tracey Russell
Finance Manager

Tracey is an experienced business administrator having been a PA at Director level for companies including ntl (now Virgin Media) and Whitbread plc. She has also worked as a Financial Director’s assistant for a small publishing company and a MD’s assistant for a company providing mobile solutions for PCs.


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Theresa Dunsby
Bookkeeper

Theresa has worked in accountancy since 2000 working for local businesses from many different sectors. Theresa spent 6 years bookkeeping in a firm of accountants before joining Polestar where she enjoys the variation of working in the financial services industry.


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