Rowland Financial Planning

Partner Practice of St. James's Place Wealth Management


Nigel Rowland DipPFS, Principal

I have been married to Vanessa for over 30 years and have two grown up children.

My office is based in Clapham Village near Worthing in West Sussex.

I provide a lifestyle financial planning service and wealth management advice to clients both within the City of London, and more widely throughout the South East of England.

I have always worked within the financial services industry. My career started with eight years in domestic banking, followed by two years as an area building society manager, then eight years as a life office consultant dealing with professional advisers (financial services, tax and legal) specialising in pensions and investment planning. As a consequence, I have now established many working relationships with individuals within this sector due, in part; to the insight and understanding that I have for their specific financial requirements – whether these be personal or corporate.

I am committed to ensuring that my industry knowledge remains relevant and current by placing strong emphasis on my personal development towards Chartered Financial Planner status. This, along with the pride and dedication that I place on developing solid personal relationships with my clients, ensures that am I able offer a rounded, professional and principled service.

Outside of my business, I am a keen 5-a-side footballer and have a passion for fast cars. The local community is also important to me and I have recently been appointed as the Responsible Financial Officer for Clapham Parish Council.



Tim Wills Cert CII, Practice Manager

Tim’s career started in 1981, working in the residential property sector for a leading Sussex firm of property agents and chartered surveyors. He was responsible for managing teams of individuals, both in branches and at head office. After 9 years with the business, one of Tim’s roles involved helping to establish the firms first financial services department. This was to be the start of his interest and subsequent career in that sector. In 1990 he joined a leading mutual life office as an adviser. The business more recently became part of a major banking group. In July 2013, Tim decided to leave the banking role and work with Nigel to help develop professional relationships with both existing and new clients and to manage the Practice.

Outside of business Tim is very much a family man and has two young sons. He has a keen interest in racquet sports and 5-a-side football, which is where he and Nigel first met 28 years ago.



Sarah Prothero, Paraplanner/Adminstrator

Sarah has worked in the financial services industry for the past 17 years. She worked for a number of life offices, before becoming a financial adviser in the banking sector in 2001.

Before joining Rowland Financial Planning, Sarah worked for the financial advisory division of a regional firm of accountants for more than 10 years, during which time she worked as an existing business financial planner, paraplanner and review assistant, responsible for producing regular investment reviews for the firm’s high net worth clients. She also obtained her Diploma in Financial Planning.

Since having her two young daughters Sarah has worked part time, and now enjoys a “back office” role where she is able put to use her industry knowledge and experience.

In her spare time Sarah has a passion for fitness and is a keen runner.



Michelle Ferris, Administrator

Michelle has 16 years' experience working in the financial services industry. She started working in the banking industry in 1994 and then joined a leading mutual life office as a sales assistant in 1998 working with high net worth clients. This is also where Michelle first met Tim Wills, my Practice Manager. Michelle then spent a few years working for two other life offices before joining a local firm of financial advisers in 2006 as a paraplanner. At the end of 2010, Michelle left the industry to have her two young daughters. Michelle now works part time as an administrator and is enjoying being back in financial services.