Jenni Macdonald-Sykes: Independent Financial Adviser

Talk to me about: I assist clients with all aspects of financial planning, including, pensions – before, at and during retirement, investments, tax planning and planning for later life.

Talk to me about your goals, and we can work together to achieve them.

I enjoy what I do because: It’s great to help people to achieve their goals and to see your advice having a positive impact on people’s lives.  I joined Chevening in January 2019, having spent many years in the industry, as I wanted to work with a firm which genuinely cares about its clients and pride’s itself on achieving the best outcomes 100% of the time.

Cats, Canines and Kids: First, there was Lola (my 12-year-old Springer Spaniel), then along came Jon (my “something” year old husband), followed by Rupert (our crazy 2-year-old Sproodle) and then, best of all, Ona, our beautiful 1-year-old daughter.

Hobbies: Life is pretty busy at the moment and doesn’t leave a great deal of opportunity for hobbies but when I have the time I love to sing in a choir.  There’s nothing more uplifting than singing with a group!

Fun Facts: I once sang on stage with Jocelyn Brown. I’m most proud of my solo travels around India…and not sure I’d have the guts to do it again!

Local Tip: I moved to Mayfield from Hove in July 2018, so I am still discovering all that the area has to offer.  My favourite place to walk the dogs is Wilderness Woods in Hadlow Down, great coffee and cake afterwards.  The best Sunday roast in the area can definitely be found at The Middle House in Mayfield but if you’ve found somewhere better then please let me know!

If I didn’t work at Chevening I’d be: Chasing around a fast-moving toddler 5 days a week! Or possibly a counsellor, I’m a good listener and like to help people solve their problems.

What I’m looking forward to: I’m looking forward to being part of the team at Chevening and using my skills and knowledge to make a difference to my clients’ lives. Self-driving cars becoming standard before my daughter is at the age of requiring a full-time taxi service.