As the founder and driving force behind Neil Gayler & Co., Cheltenham-based Neil Gayler established the business as Independent Financial Advisers in 1997.

As well as the duties and responsibilities that go with being our principal, Neil focuses on the management of business relationships with clients, with particular emphasis on financial planning and wealth management.

In addition to the expertise which Neil brings to the business, he is the focal point for ensuring that our clients, prospective clients and business contacts receive the highest level of professionalism and courtesy, whatever their relationship with us.

Neil has been providing financial advice for the whole of his working life, including a period in sales management. During this time, he has built up a unique breadth and depth of experience, helping private and business clients as well as trustees.

As well as being reassured by his considerable real-world experience, Neil's clients gain confidence from his Diploma in Financial Planning, accreditation with the Society of Later Life Advisers, Certificate in Long Term Care Insurance and many other qualifications in retirement planning, estate planning, wealth management and tax planning.

Not surprisingly, his role at the head of the business is a demanding one. When he is not immersed in clients' financial planning or mortgage requirements, Neil, who is married to Karen with two sons, Tom and Ed, enjoys keeping fit by going to the gym, playing golf, and leading and attending natural mindfulness walks in the Cotswolds. As a passionate outdoorsman, Neil has a keen interest in environmental issues and the natural world and enjoys nothing more than escaping the intense financial services world for a little R & R in the Cotswolds or the Lake District.

In recent years, Neil's healthy, tee-total lifestyle has awoken an interest in the holistic world and he has become a Reiki Master as well as becoming qualified in a number of other alternative healing modalities.