Amanda Legate, FCCA
Finance and Operations Director, The Preparation Group
Retford born and bred, Amanda enjoying an exciting new role as Finance and Operations Director for Lincoln based The Preparation Group.
Amanda previously spent just over 15 years as a Commercial Partner in one of the largest chartered accountancy firms in the region. With her extensive knowledge of strategic planning, risk management and financial planning, Amanda has worked with hundreds of businesses and understands clearly what is needed to make a successful business.
In her spare time Amanda continues to act as a business consultant for several key businesses in the area, was the co-organiser of Retford b4b Business Club and also enjoys spending time with her family.
Partner, Jones & Co Solicitors
Emma was born in the North East but moved to North Nottinghamshire over 20 years ago. She qualified as a Solicitor in 2007 after completing her LLB (Hons.) Law Degree and post graduate Legal Practice Course at Newcastle University. She joined Jones & Company as a Trainee in 2005 before becoming a Partner in 2009.
She now specialises in Land law and Property matters, both residential and commercial and heads the residential property department accross the firm. Emma has a great enthusiasm and interest in the area of work in which she deals. She is based at the Retford office.
Laurel Cottingham DipPFS
Office Manager and Senior Paraplanner, Alexander Calder Financial Ltd
After starting a career in banking, Laurel saw the opportunity to join a financial advisory firm that was focused entirely on customer service aligning to her personal career aspirations. Having joined Alexander Calder Financial she progressed from general administrator to Office Manager through a variety of roles including assisting the Managing Director across his many business focus areas. She holds a diploma in Financial Services and uses this along with her broad knowledge to help the business ensure clients get the very best products and investments available. She currently heads a team of 8 administrative staff across 2 businesses.
As part of her wider role in 2016 she established The Mortgage Shop in Worksop as a high street unit and is now General Manager of that business alongside her daily responsibilities within ACF.
Married with two children,, Laurel manages to combine her professional career and family life well and is a very valuable asset to the business she has worked alongside for almost 10 years.
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