Nigel Barker-Smith, Nigel is a founding Independent Financial Advisor (IFA), and one of the UK’s leading trainer of Financial Life Planning. He’s worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years and is committed to using his knowledge and experience to transform the way it operates, ensuring more people benefit from financial plans that get profound results.
Nigel became an RLP in 2011 after being drawn to take the 2-Day workshop in London. As a bit of background, Nigel left school to work in a bank as a teller. A few years in, he came to realize that the leads he was passing his friend, an adviser, were earning him six times more money than what he was making, so he too became an adviser. But after 14 years he saw himself as a glorified salesman and became frustrated with targets, even though his production was sixth in the country out of 2,500 advisers.
He became self-employed and built a business that grew to 10 advisers, but he became frustrated again realizing that it was all about the money. Something was missing, which fell on deaf ears in that firm. In a short space of time, Nigel was drawn to a business coach, who helped him see the bigger picture, and he found George Kinder’s work which reminded him that money is just a facilitator. He calls attending the Seven Stages of Money Maturity “a life changer”.
He sold his shares and left the previous business to set up on his own to enable him to practice and preach financial planning done properly. Since becoming an RLP in 2011, he has developed into a Kinder Institute trainer. He has been involved in about 10 5-Day workshops and has had the privilege and enjoyment of leading the last two. As we all know, these are truly magnificent weeks to experience.
When he’s not helping clients live their dreams, Nigel is an avid sports enthusiast. He enjoys playing golf, watching American Football and being a local football referee. He spends most winter weekends watching his two sons playing football, and the summer on the Scottish coast.
Nigel’s an active member of the local chamber of commerce and champions local, independent businesses to help owners and the local area to succeed.