Meet The Team

We consider ourselves extremely lucky to work within a fantastic team – our ‘Q Family’.

Get to know the family a little better…

The Directors

Our dynamic directors are the driving force behind our continued success and are the guys with the vision of how to do things differently within our industry…

Mitchell Gough

In a Nutshell: Mitch is one of six Q directors and has 25+ years of financial industry experience – specialising in Corporate Business Protection and Mortgages.

Fun Fact: Has a passion for competitive Motocross racing and only stopped at age 47! (We think he should get back into it!)


Steve Parry

In a Nutshell: The head of Q Commercial Finance, Steve has over 12 years of experience in Commercial Banking. He is a specialist in the industry and has a passion for helping businesses grow!

Fun Fact: As well as being an Aston Villa fan he also captains his local Sunday league football team each week. He is a disgraceful golfer and can often be found hacking up the fairways of Wrekin Golf Club when the suns out.


Stuart Mackintosh

In a Nutshell: Stu is an ex-golf professional and footballer – his claim to fame is playing against England in front of Sir Bobby Robson.

Fun-Fact: Loves his fly fishing and often ventures to Lake Vyrnwy and the Scottish highlands to escape the hustle and bustle. He’s also recently discovered the benefits of Yoga. His extended family tree has ties to royalty… or so he says!


Ryan Wheeler

In a Nutshell: Ryan is an avid sports lover, he is also an ex-professional golfer and failed footballer!

Fun Fact: Loves all things Aston Villa – even when it’s bad (which is most of the time). Ryan loves to travel and his claim to fame was enjoying a Big Mac and drink with One Direction’s Harry Styles and Niall Horan… we think they were the privileged ones!


Gary Preston

In a Nutshell: One of the brains behind Q, Gary also has over a decade of Business and Property Investment Expertise.

Fun Fact: As well as playing football to a high level in his hometown of Birmingham, Gary used to coach ‘football’ for a variety of clubs in England and then ‘soccer’ for LA Galaxy in California. He’s an avid Liverpool fan and season ticket holder…hold on…I thought he said he’s from Birmingham?!


Dave Edwards

In a Nutshell: Dave plays for Shrewsbury Town FC and recently retired from the Wales National Football squad. He is also co-founder and trustee of Little Rascals Foundation, which supports children with disabilities.

Fun Fact: He was an avid cross country/fell runner and he’s looking forward to taking on the Longmynd Hike when he retires from football… that’s 50 miles over the Shropshire Hills! He’s also Only Fools and Horses’ number one fan.

The Executives

Alongside Director and adviser Steve; Josh and David are our accomplished Commercial Executives of Q Commercial Finance…

Josh Timbrell

In a Nutshell: Although he is the youngest member of our Q family, Josh is no minor when it comes to providing professional advice on all things Commercial! 

Fun Fact: Before being recruited by Q, Josh was a part time cocktail Mixologist whilst studying. He also achieved his 3rd Dan blackbelt in Kickboxing before his 16th Birthday and is a massive foodie – eating over 6 meals a day!


David Wells

In A Nutshell: David studied at Lincoln University for a Degree in Business Management and went on to be a Senior Manager for a hotel at just 25 years old. David went on to run a premier golf venue for a further 5 years before achieving his Golf Professional Teaching Degree. Having mastered the world of golf Dave fancied a new challenge and career path after meeting one of the Q Directors who inspired him to join the company. Dave loves office banter, working with the team and helping people achieve their dreams.

Fun fact: You will never see Dave and Q man in the same room!


The Advisers

Alongside Director and adviser Mitchell Gough; Simon and Ben are our talented Mortgage and Protection Advisers and Alex is our in-house Pensions and Investments Adviser…

Alex Morton

In a Nutshell: Alex provides advice and recommendations on all things Wealth Management and Pensions, helping guide customers to try and find their financial ‘sweet spot’. Alex can also issue guidance on life and critical illness policies together with accident protection. In 2017 he embarked on 15 months of study and exams to gain his Level 4 qualification in Financial Planning.

Fun Fact: Alex previously played golf professionally and worked as an Exploration Geologist in the Australian mining industry for several years, after finishing University at Birmingham. He also follows West Bromwich Albion (for his sins). At weekends Alex and his wife frequently go walking in the Peak District with their crazy Cocker Spaniel “Jasper”.


Simon Farenden

In a Nutshell: You can see the passion in Simon’s eyes when he talks mortgages! He was the first Adviser to join the team when Q was formed back in 2016. With a background in Personal Banking and Sports Performance Coaching, Simon has found his calling in Mortgage and Protection advice.

Fun Fact: Simon used to represent Team GB in 100m & 200m sprinting with the fastest time of 10.29s! He has a deep-seated passion for his beloved Chesterfield FC.


Ben Wootton

In a Nutshell: Ben originally started his career as a Care Worker supporting children and adults with disabilities and went onto manage various Care Homes and delivered training around the country. Ben set up Little Rascals Indoor Play centre in 2015 and founded Little Rascals foundation, a charity supporting children with disabilities in 2016. Ben is now really enjoying his career in financial services as a mortgage and protection advisor.

Fun Fact: Ben’s job interview involved going on a 3 day “business trip” to Vilamoura to showcase his worth to the Directors – Ben nearly hindered his chances by throwing one of the directors shoes into the Atlantic Ocean!


Client Liaison Team

Our indispensable admin team are the ones who keep Q ticking! Jean, Marie and Andrea help facilitate the smooth running of the office on a day to day basis, following up with cases and ensuring no stone is left unturned…

Jean Lishman

In a Nutshell: Office Manager Jean keeps the team in check and the office running without a hitch.

Fun Fact: Together with her daughter, Jean has fostered 13 dogs for The Dogs Trust. These were dogs with issues and problems and happily, every dog fostered went on to a “forever” home after their time with Jean.


Marie Brocklehurst

In a Nutshell: Marie supports the Commercial team in their day to day operations ensuring all the cogs run smoothly. She has worked in the financial services industry for the last 9 years and loves being able to help our clients achieve their financial goals with a friendly and professional service, always.

Fun Fact: In her spare time, Marie enjoys navigating at 4x4 off road competitions with her brother and a group of friends, where she enjoys nights away camping and socialising around the camp fire.


Andrea Watkins

In a Nutshell: Andrea predominantly has over 25 years of accounts and payroll experience and has worked on and off in the financial industry for years. Andrea enjoys working with figures and is very much a people person and will go above and beyond to help clients. She is also our General Insurance Specialist with the expert knowledge to get Q clients nothing but the best. 

Fun Fact: Andrea owned a sofa shop and used to make various items from natural stone! Andrea loves rowing and gets up at 5:15am most mornings to row before coming to work!!


Kirsty Ambrose

In a Nutshell: Kirsty joined the Q team in August 2019 after a previous career in childcare and mental health rehabilitation. Having come from a non-industry background, she has utilised her previous skills alongside training from her colleagues to become an important cog in the client liaison team. 

Fun Fact: In Kirsty’s spare time she enjoys taking her dog Meg for walks, going swimming, socialising and occasionally going on holiday!