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Aaron Taghdiri

Aaron Taghdiri

Director / Mortgage and Protection Expert

Aaron has been in the property market since 2010. His experience includes not only Mortgages and Protection but many other areas including Property Development, Buy to Let’s and HMO’s.

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Aaron initially started his career working in the wine industry; however, he discovered his passion for mortgages while struggling to secure his own mortgage on an unusual property. Very soon after he was passing his mortgage exams and he has not looked back.

Prior to co-founding Lansdown Financial Services, Aaron worked for one of the UK’s largest mortgage brokers and very quickly became one of the companies top mortgage and protection advisers. This continued into management where he won an award for Best Manager in his first year and went on to manage and train the companies most successful teams.

Aaron has gained a wealth of knowledge in most areas of mortgages but particularly enjoys helping clients secure the home of their dreams.

In his personal life Aaron is a big sports fan and has a passion for exploring new countries.

Doug Miller

Doug Miller

Director / Mortgage and Protection Expert

With his wealth of experience Doug specialises in complex cases, including HNW loans above £1.0m, portfolio landlords and mortgages held through a Limited Company.

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Doug graduated from University of Birmingham with a BA Honors Degree in Geography in 2008. After working in the hospitality sector managing a number of bars and restaurants during his time whilst at and after university, and also working  as a Brand Ambassador for Nike, he started working in the finance industry.

He qualified as a mortgage broker in 2009 shortly after joining one of the UK’s largest mortgage brokers. He worked there for 11 years and consistently finished in the top 10 out of more than 400 advisers in the company for written business every year, before co-founding Lansdown Financial Services in 2021.

With his wealth of experience Doug specialises in complex cases, including HNW loans above £1.0m, portfolio landlords and mortgages held through a Limited Company.

Outside of work he has a young growing family with his wife Steph, is a very keen footballer and golfer, and, for his sins, an avid Arsenal fan. 

Tom Dean

Tom Dean

Mortgage and Protection Expert

Tom has worked within the finance industry since 2019, starting out in retail banking before qualifying as a mortgage adviser. He has wide range of experience from helping first time buyers, all the way up to portfolio landlords. In his personal life, Tom is a big sports fan. He regularly goes to the gym for cross fit classes, watches live sport and also plays basketball for his local team.

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Grace Riley

Grace Riley

Mortgage Adviser

Grace has worked within the financial services industry since 2019, originally starting her career within operations. After realising how much she enjoyed the industry she quickly moving into an advisory role to help as many clients as possible secure their dream home.

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Outside of work, Grace enjoys any and all water based activities including surfing, swimming and sailing, and can even hold her breath underwater for up to 3 minutes 53 seconds! When not on the water, Grace will be found spending time her time with a good book and beer in hand.

Steph Gosling

Steph Gosling

Office Manager

Steph began her career as a high performing sales executive for Audi in Cardiff where she worked for many years, before moving to Bath for family reasons and joining VW in a similar role.

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Following a career break whilst she brought up her son, she now works as our office manager responsible for all our general office admin, reception duties and booking appointments.

In her spare time Steph loves spending time with her family and friends, and will often be found walking the streets of Bath with many shopping bags!

Lori Martinez

Lori Martinez

Senior Broker Administrator

Lori has been working within the mortgage industry as a Broker Administrator since 2022, working primarily for a non-regulated broker specialising in auction and bridging finance. Originally born in Canada, she has lived in a wide range of countries including Mexico, Argentina, China and France, and can speak Spanish fluently.

During her spare time she enjoys yoga and spending time with her family and friends.

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Rhianna Butler

Rhianna Butler

Trainee Broker Administrator

Rhianna graduated from Bath Spa University with BA Honours degree in English Literature. Following university, and whilst working in some of Bath’s finest coffee shops as a supervisor, she bought her first home with her partner in Bath.

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During this process she quickly realised she had a keen interest within the financial services, and joined Lansdown FS to begin her journey within the industry.

During her spare time, Rhianna thoroughly enjoys anything to do with the outdoors, including hiking and climbing mountains. She also loves painting abstract oil portraits and reading non-fiction fantasy or sci-fi books.

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