Mihir Shah Director/Independent Financial Adviser/Compliance Officer
Mihir Shah
Director/Independent Financial Adviser/Compliance Officer

Mihir Shah Director/Independent Financial Adviser/Compliance Officer

About Mihir Shah

Mihir has worked in financial services for 35 years, having started with Barclays Bank as a Securities Assistant in London.  He performed a variety of roles in retail and international banking before joining the Bank’s wealth management team as a Financial Adviser in 1999.  There he gained his regulatory qualifications before making the transition to Alliance & Leicester/Santander, then Nationwide Building Society as a Financial Planning Manager. He then became an Independent Financial Adviser with an IFA practice in Leicester. In 2015, the opportunity was taken to start Intelligent Financial Advisory Ltd with his colleagues. He is delighted that, with the help and teamwork of his colleagues, the business has flourished and is attracting high calibre advisers and a dedicated support team to provide an excellent financial service its growing number of clients.

Mihir provides holistic financial advice to individuals and businesses, including an Inheritance Tax and Estate Planning service.  He is an Affiliate member of STEP (Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners).

In his spare time, Mihir is involved in charity fund raising and awareness for CCUK (Crohn’s and Colitis UK).  He enjoys spending time with his family, travelling, sports, reading and gardening.

Sukhpal  Toor Director/Independent Financial Adviser
Sukhpal Toor
Director/Independent Financial Adviser

Sukhpal Toor Director/Independent Financial Adviser

About Sukhpal Toor

Sukhpal left university with a degree in Business and Law. He gained his financial services experience at RBS Group in 2005, where he worked for 7 years. He qualified as a Mortgage Adviser and within the next year had qualified as a Financial Adviser. He provided advice to individuals, private clients and businesses. Whilst at RBS Group he also worked within Wealth Management at Coutts. Prior to setting up Intelligent Financial Advisory, Sukhpal worked as a Financial Planning Manager for Nationwide.

The driving force behind becoming an Independent Financial Adviser was the desire to provide his clients with a truly holistic advice process enabling them to have access to the best and most suitable products throughout the whole of the market. This led to the idea of starting a financial advisory company, which is built on trust and offers truly independent advice. Sukhpal approached his colleagues and together they started Intelligent Financial Advisory Ltd in 2015. He is delighted that, with the help and teamwork of his colleagues, the business has flourished and is attracting high calibre advisers and a dedicated support team to provide an excellent financial service to its growing number of clients.

When Sukhpal is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing and watching sport, travelling and gardening. He is currently studying towards becoming a Chartered Financial Planner. Sukhpal has recently become a Trustee for Rugby Gurdwara and enjoys helping the local community.

Ramsy Dhillon Director/Chartered Financial Planner
Ramsy Dhillon
Director/Chartered Financial Planner

Ramsy Dhillon Director/Chartered Financial Planner

About Ramsy Dhillon

Ramsy left university and graduated with a degree in Mathematics and Computing in 2001 and started his working life as an IT Trainer for a bespoke software company.  After a few years, he reassessed his career prospects and went to work for Alliance and Leicester, starting off as a cashier.  Within 18 months, Ramsy had progressed to Savings Adviser, then Protection Adviser and finally a Financial Adviser.  In 2009 he moved to Halifax and continued his role as a Financial Adviser.  In 2012, Ramsy left the banking industry and went to work for a local Financial Advisory firm.  Whilst working there, he studied for further advanced financial industry qualifications and attained the title of “Pension Transfer Specialist” and “Chartered Financial Planner” which is classified as the ‘gold standard’ of financial advice.  In 2015, the opportunity was taken to start Intelligent Financial Advisory Ltd with his colleagues. He is delighted that, with the help and teamwork of his colleagues, the business has flourished and is attracting high calibre advisers and a dedicated support team to provide an excellent financial service its growing number of clients.

In his spare time, Ramsy likes to exercise and go to the gym when possible.  He enjoys watching most sports and spending time with family and friends.  As his children get older, he is looking forward to being able to travel with them more.

Sonni Assi Shareholder/Independent Financial Adviser
Sonni Assi
Shareholder/Independent Financial Adviser

Sonni Assi Shareholder/Independent Financial Adviser

About Sonni Assi

Sonni has over 20 years’ experience working within the financial planning sector. Prior to this he was a sales engineer for Edmundson Electrical. In 1997 Sonni qualified as a Financial Adviser and for 15 years was a Financial Planner for Nationwide Building Society. Whilst there, he worked with clients to both preserve and grow their wealth.

In 2015, Sonni chose to work and set up IFA with his fellow directors, as their values are directly aligned to his own, which is placing the client at the heart of all decision making. He believes very strongly about building long term and lasting relationships with his clients and the foundation to this is built on trust and doing what is right for them every time.

In partnership with IFA, Sonni can continue to help his clients by understanding their individual needs and provide them with the most suitable advice based on an unrestricted and independent advice model.

Outside of work, Sonni enjoys spending time with his wife Tania and daughters, Seetal and Carina. He also enjoys socialising with their friends, going to the theatre, eating out and travelling.

Jas Dhesi Independent Financial Adviser
Jas Dhesi
Independent Financial Adviser

Jas Dhesi Independent Financial Adviser

About Jas Dhesi

Jas began his financial career in 1997 working for Alliance & Leicester, then Abbey National, now known as Santander. With over 22 years of financial experience, Jas enjoys helping his clients to achieve their goals and plan for their future retirements. He has built strong relationships with his clients with his approachable, calm and friendly manner. Jas takes pride in the advice he gives and is always willing to go the extra mile to help clients achieve their objectives.

In his spare time, Jas enjoys spending time with his family and friends. He is a keen Leicester City supporter and attends all home games with his son. Jas also enjoys cooking, travelling and exploring other cultures.

Ajay Badiani Independent Financial Adviser
Ajay Badiani
Independent Financial Adviser

Ajay Badiani Independent Financial Adviser

About Ajay Badiani

Ajay gained his financial advisory experience working at NatWest, Aviva and HSBC where he provided advice to both individuals and businesses. He has used this experience as a foundation to become an Independent Financial Adviser.

Ajay has been advising clients since 2007, creating long-lasting relationships built on trust and understanding. He believes that by getting to know his clients and their financial situation, he is best placed to help them achieve their goals. He has a passion for going the extra mile and really takes pride in his role as a trusted adviser.

Based on feedback from his clients, Ajay has been listed in The Times as one of the top-rated financial advisers in the UK for 2019, something he is extremely proud of.

Outside of work, Ajay enjoys spending time with friends and family. He has a season ticket and regularly goes to support his local football team, Leicester City. He also enjoys playing golf, watching Formula 1 and listening to classical music whilst working.

Helen Somaiya Independent Financial Adviser
Helen Somaiya
Independent Financial Adviser

Helen Somaiya Independent Financial Adviser

About Helen Somaiya

Helen started working in Financial Services for Alliance & Leicester Building Society in 1994. During the 19 years that she worked for them, she had various roles as a cashier, mortgage administrator, mortgage adviser then a regional manager covering 40 branches in the Midlands area. It was whilst she was Branch Manager at Dudley that she decided to change direction and become a Financial Adviser. This enabled her to provide the one-to-one client service that she had missed. Helen became an Independent Financial Adviser in 2015 and now enjoys working with her own clients within this role.

Helen enjoys spending time with her husband and three sons walking, jogging and visiting different cities on holiday. She is passionate about music, having played in a band when she was younger and touring with them. Helen enjoys languages and can speak some Gujarati.

Bal Gill Independent Financial Adviser
Bal Gill
Independent Financial Adviser

Bal Gill Independent Financial Adviser

About Bal Gill

Bal has been a financial adviser for 21 years, working for Nationwide and Santander. The appeal of being able to offer independent financial advice led him to join Intelligent Financial Advisory Ltd. Bal enjoys offering his clients high quality, professional advice and expert guidance to ensure that any plans/policies in place remain as effective as possible in the future no matter how his clients’ circumstances may change.

Bal is currently working toward chartered status having recently completed the Diploma in Financial Planning Pensions exam.

In his spare time, Bal is a keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club as well as playing 5-a-side when he can. He’s looking forward to travelling more now his children are growing up.

Sartaj Dhanjal Independent Financial Adviser
Sartaj Dhanjal
Independent Financial Adviser

Sartaj Dhanjal Independent Financial Adviser

About Sartaj Dhanjal

Sartaj graduated in Financial Management & Economics in 2013, paving the way for a career within the Financial Services. He joined a team of Independent Financial Advisers as an Administrator/ Graduate. During his time there, he was tasked with different responsibilities to help him enhance his understanding of the Financial Services. Sartaj joined Intelligent Financial Advisory Ltd in 2015 as an Administrator before he was given the opportunity to work as a Paraplanner assisting the firm’s Advisers. He demonstrated a willingness to learn how independent financial advisers assist clients and gained his Diploma in Financial Advice in 2018. Sartaj’s desire to be an IFA was achieved in the same year with the support of the business owners.

Outside of work, Sartaj has a keen interest in super cars, watches and the engineering behind these masterpieces. He also enjoys reading, watching Motorsport & listening to music.

Sartaj speaks multiple languages: Swahili, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and English.

Tania Assi Independent Financial Adviser
Tania Assi
Independent Financial Adviser

Tania Assi Independent Financial Adviser

About Tania Assi

Tania’s first job was as a Mortgage Administrator at Alliance and Leicester Head Office in Oadby where she worked for over nine years in various roles including Complaints Officer, Team Manager and Retention Officer. She gained her regulated qualifications and was offered a role with Barclays Bank where she worked as a Financial Planning Manager for four years. Wanting to explore the independent side of the business further, Tania joined Derbyshire Building Society who had a subsidiary IFA company. This secured her next role as an Independent Financial Advisor with HSBC where she worked for over 7 years looking after High Net Worth Clients followed by the title of Regional Retirement Specialist where Tania became a Pension Expert. Tania joined Intelligent Financial Advisory Ltd in 2018 as an independent financial adviser.

When she’s not working, Tania’s main passion is her family and spending time with them. They love travelling and have enjoyed amazing holidays in various parts of the world. She also enjoys entertaining and baking. Tania is also a Treasurer for the Thyroid Cancer Database Trust and is currently working with The Royal Marsden Hospital to update and build their database of thyroid cancer patients for research purposes. She organises regular events for them to raise funds.

Kiran Patel Mortgage Adviser
Kiran Patel
Mortgage Adviser

Kiran Patel Mortgage Adviser

About Kiran Patel

Kiran’s first job was as a cashier at Woolwich after graduating with a degree in Business with Marketing in 2002. Within a short space of time she gained her qualifications and became a Mortgage Adviser. Kiran then worked for Woolwich and Barclays for 7 years, where she gained a wealth of experience dealing with different clients. In 2009 she left to pursue a career in teaching before taking a break to have her son. She then joined Santander as a Mortgage Adviser from 2011 to 2014, after which she took time out to focus on her growing family. Kiran joined IFA in 2017 and became an Independent Mortgage Adviser in September 2018.

In her spare time, Kiran loves to travel with her family. They have visited countries all over the world; Mexico, Dubai, New York and Portugal to name a few.

Sarah White Practice Administrator
Sarah White
Practice Administrator

Sarah White Practice Administrator

About Sarah White

Sarah joined Intelligent Financial Advisory as an administrator in 2018 where she uses her keen eye for detail and organisational skills to support the Financial Advisers. She previously worked as a volunteer Asset Manager covering the east of England for 3 years. This involved assessing buildings, drawing up scopes of work, liaising with planning officers and acquiring new plots of land. Sarah is an active member of the community and has gained various driving qualifications including telehandlers and dumper trucks, to enable her to volunteer on building projects throughout the country. In 2000, she gained her British Sign Language Level 1 and 2 and has enjoyed being able to use this to teach and translate since then.

In her spare time, Sarah enjoys gardening, reading, music and going to classic car shows with her husband. She loves spending time with her family and young grandson. As someone who loves to learn new skills, Sarah has taken up many hobbies over the years including golf, studying nutrition and dress making.

Aarti Patel Paraplanner/Administrator
Aarti Patel
Paraplanner/Administrator

Aarti Patel Paraplanner/Administrator

About Aarti Patel

Aarti started her financial career in 2001 and has gained a wealth of experience working for Alliance and Leicester (Santander) and HSBC in a variety of roles including Personal Banking Adviser, Mortgage Adviser and Financial Adviser. Aarti became an Independent Financial Adviser in 2006 to broaden her advice proposition further. She has since built up a reputation for high standards of ethics, sincerity and trust.

Aarti joined Intelligent Financial Advisory in 2018 and is currently using her knowledge and experience to provide compliance support to our team of Independent Financial Advisers.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends, experimental cooking, walking and travelling.

Alison Perkins Personal Assistant
Alison Perkins
Personal Assistant

Alison Perkins Personal Assistant

About Alison Perkins

Alison is using her extensive administrative and project management experience within her role as Sukhpal’s personal assistant. The world of financial services is a departure from her previous roles within engineering companies where she worked in data processing roles inputting data for mathematical computations. Alison is enjoying being able to utilise her organisational skills and keen eye for numbers at IFA.

Away from the office, Alison enjoys spending time with her family, playing tennis and walking her dog in the local countryside.

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