Based in London, Martin provides wealth management advice to clients both within the City, and more widely throughout the UK.
After attending international schools in both Brussels and Geneva, as well as reading economics at UCL in Belgium, he embarked on a banking career which spanned over 15 years, working in both Corporate Finance as well as the Foreign Exchange markets. This gave him an excellent grasp of the financial markets. Having worked in Brussels, Tokyo and London, he then decided in 2006 that it was time for a change and used his experience and financial background to pursue a more bespoke and personalised career by joining St. James's Place Wealth Management. As a consequence, he has now established many working relationships with individuals within the financial services sector due to the insight and understanding he had for their specific financial requirements – whether these be personal or corporate.
Martin is committed to ensuring that his industry knowledge remains relevant and current by placing strong emphasis on his personal development. This, along with the pride and dedication he places on developing solid personal relationships with his clients, ensures he is able offer a rounded, professional and principled service.
In line with his professional background, he has focused on developing specialist knowledge in the contracting world, where he works closely alongside accountants to bring clients optimal tax saving solutions - this includes pension planning, protection and strategic investment ideas for clients who are looking for potentially higher returns than they may be getting, for instance, from excess cash sitting in their business accounts. There is also access to expertise within the firm to assist on other areas such as mortgages and investment planning, inheritance tax planning.
Fundamentally Martin sees his approach as one of problem-solving for the client - rather than product-selling. As a result, his clients can expect to receive the most comprehensive and appropriate advice at all times.
The value of an investment with St. James's Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds you select and the value can therefore go down as well as up. You may get back less than you invested.
The levels and bases of taxation and reliefs from taxation can change at any time. The value of any tax relief depends on individual circumstances.
Equities do not provide the security of capital associated with a deposit account with a bank or building society.
Aarti joined St. James's Place in 2013. Originally joining the team to administer group schemes, co-ordinate Practice events/seminars and support all aspects of the company accounts, Aarti was appointed to the role of PA to Martin de Blocq van Scheltinga in 2014. Whilst still involved with assisting Martin, Aarti has since moved onto the role of Practice Manager. In this new expanded role she works to make sure that Martello Wealth Management runs effectively and efficiently on a day-to-day basis.
Gary provides wealth management advice to individuals, families and small businesses in and around London and further afield. He joined St. James’s Place in early 2017, having previously been a City corporate lawyer and thereafter a small business owner with offices in London and Dubai. Gary believes his previous career experience has given him the tools to better understand his clients and help them achieve their financial goals.
Philippa provides wealth management advice to individuals, families and companies both in London and more widely in the UK.
She specialises in working with owner managed businesses, sole traders and employees within the financial services, IT and the legal sectors. Her approach is consultative, developing a strategy to address all aspects of her clients’ financial well-being, adjusting for any life changes and providing ongoing advice to ensure this strategy remains relevant.
This holistic strategy addresses short, medium and long term financial needs, including investment, pension, intergenerational and estate planning.
After 19 years working in financial services, Philippa brings a wealth of knowledge and experience that is focused on providing the best financial roadmap for her clients.
Ella joined the Martello Wealth Management team in October 2018 as a Personal Assistant to Martin in order to further her career in the Financial Services industry. She works alongside Aarti to provide valuable business and administrative support to the entire team to maintain the excellent level of client service Martello offers.
Ella brings with her 4 years of experience working in client facing roles, primarily in sales positions, so she has a firm understanding of how important it is to maintain good client relationships.
Since joining the Practice her role has significantly developed to include the marketing and the business development strategy of the Practice. She is studying towards her Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning with the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII) as well as the St. James’s Place Wealth Management Personal Assistant Accreditation Programme.