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Meet John Walker

At work

After a 20-year career in Sales and Computing, John began working in financial services in 2002. He initially worked for the financial services arm of a firm of accountants based in Halifax. After about three years, he realised that he didn’t want to uproot the family from North Yorkshire and had had enough of an hour and a quarter commute, so looked for jobs based in York. He joined Pen-Life in 2011 and qualified as a Chartered Financial Planner in 2012. He is now has a wealth of experience advising about pensions and has specific expertise in investments and Inheritance Tax planning. John thoroughly enjoys the process of advising. In his own words, “it’s often possible to make a real difference to people’s wealth and wellbeing”.

At home

John was born in Bridlington and, apart from three years away at Loughborough University, he has lived in Yorkshire all his life. He lives between York and Malton with his partner Julie and their two grown-up children, Joe and Alice. John’s interests include walking, gardening and music. He even plays the U-Bass in a ukulele band, ‘The Grand Old Uke of York’.

The important stuff

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