Daryl Lay

Daryl Lay B.Sc. (Hons), FPFS

Director and Chartered Financial Planner

I am the Director of HL Financial Consultants Limited and a Chartered Financial Planner. I have been working within the financial industry since 1999, and have earned a great deal of knowledge and experience over the years. I chose this particular career path as I enjoy working alongside people to help them achieve their aspirations.

What I enjoy most about my role is meeting new people on a daily basis, building a rapport and friendship, and ultimately helping them achieve their goals. It’s great to see a young couple get approved for their first mortgage, or to see clients climb the property ladder knowing they are set up for a secure and protected future.

Although I don’t get much spare time, quite often working anti-social hours to suit my clients’ work schedules, when I do, I enjoy family time with my wife and two son’s.

Tina Randhawa

Tina Randhawa B.A (Hons), CeMap


After graduating in Accountancy, I completed my CeMAP and began my career in financial services. I thoroughly enjoy the challenges my role entails, and subsequently the satisfaction of seeing the company grow and helping it flourish.

I have a rather versatile position at the company! Alongside my main role, which is to process mortgages, I manage the daily operations of HL Consulting.

To wind down from a strenuous days’ work, I enjoy keeping fit and spending time with friends and family. Although I must say, my real passion is following my favourite team, Liverpool FC, and I thoroughly enjoy travelling to Anfield to support them live!

Matt Quigley

Matthew Quigley

Mortgage Planning Adviser

Following a successful career as a PGA Golf Professional, I re-trained within the financial service sector. I worked for a large finance practice in Birmingham, and I found I loved working directly with people to devise the most appropriate mortgage solution.

ince then the business has grown considerably and gone from strength to strength. As the founding member of HL Consulting, I am proud to say that we have helped over 2,000 clients buy or re-mortgage their home. My particular strengths lie in my ability to listen and truly understand the needs of my clients in order to create a practical financial strategy.

In my free time, I still take joy in playing a round of golf, and I also enjoy most competitive sports. Additionally, I love travelling the world and experiencing different cultures.

Jonathan Hems

Jonathan Hems CeMap

Mortgage Planning Adviser

I have been with HL Consulting from the beginning, advising clients with mortgage and protection policies.
In my former life, I was a tournament golf professional and Head Assistant at the exclusive Little Aston Golf Club. After becoming disillusioned with the sport, I got into the financial services after a meeting with Matthew Quigley, whom I’d known since our early teens.

I now have several years’ experience as an Adviser, and have helped over a thousand clients, many who return time and time again for our expert advice. The biggest joy for me within this job is helping first time buyers and families secure a new home. Seeing those families grow and prosper is something very special and arranging a mortgage for a client is a lot more personal than just finding a good rate!

Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and son. I also enjoy playing football for the Sporting Galacticos.

Laura Williams

Laura Williams CeMap

Mortgage Planning Adviser

I work with the HL Consulting Team as a Mortgage & Protection Adviser. Having worked in the finance sector since 2004, I enjoy being able to find our homebuyers the most suitable mortgage and protection deals on offer through my extensive knowledge and having a number of years’ experience within the industry.

I thoroughly enjoy working with people and getting to know my clients well, but my favourite part of this job is being able to get buyers who never thought they’d take their first step onto the property ladder their first mortgage agreed. It gives me real satisfaction to see my clients receive the keys to the dream home they never thought was possible.

Away from work I love to spend time with my family and friends, especially my son and adorable niece, either at home or on holiday abroad with them. When I am not fortunate enough to be in sunnier

Ben Rooney

Ben Rooney CeMap

Mortgage Planning Adviser

I started in the industry back in 1999, and have worked for a number of top companies over the years, including St James’ Place and Countrywide. In addition, I spent four years in London working with the top brokerage in Mayfair. This vast experience in mortgages has provided me with huge depth of knowledge to enable me to help clients get the right mortgage and insurance protection for their individual needs.

I take pride in caring for each one of my clients and their personal circumstances, and I enjoy making a client’s ideas and future plans come to life by closely fitting their needs to the right product.

Outside of work, I have a fondness of times gone by and I enjoy collecting cameras – one being over a hundred years old – and photography using good old fashioned film and methods. I am also the proud owner of a classic Mini and am currently learning to Lindy, a form of 1920’s/1930’s dance. These interests alongside more current technology and socialising all form part of my personal life.

Rachel Levett

Administration Manager

I first started working in the Financial Services industry over 14 years ago, dealing with only mortgages and life protection for a small company in Barnt Green. I then decided I wanted to expand my skill set and knowledge by moving into pensions and all investment types with a large company. Here I enjoyed my role as an Administration Manager, supporting over 150 financial advisers with a team of 30 administration staff. During this time I also completed my diploma in Management and Leadership – Level 5.

I joined the HL team because I feel at my happiest when dealing with mortgages and protection and wanted to return to the mortgage industry. I thrive on the satisfaction of being able to change a client’s life by helping them move into their new home.

In my spare time, I enjoy socialising with my family and friends, and simply making the most of life.

Steve Maybury

Steve Maybury

Mortgage and Protection Adviser

I work within HL Consulting as a mortgage and protection advisor, I started working in the Financial Services industry in 2013 for a well-known National Mortgage Company, since then I gained a lot of experience and felt like HL Consulting would be a good fit to be able to create a practical financial strategy that meets my client’s needs when either remortgaging or having a mortgage for the very first time.

I have a passion for arranging a mortgage to help people getting on the ladder and assisting them through the whole process to make sure that they know how it all works from viewing properties and making offer right through to when they pick their keys up. For me it is about the whole process not just about arranging the finance.

In my spare time I have two children and enjoying going for days out and making the most of family time whilst they are still young.

Halina Venn

Halina Venn

Personal Assistant / Paraplanner

Having worked in Financial Services since leaving University, I have amassed over 25 years’ experience within the Industry. Along the way, I managed to complete my CeMap and Diploma in Financial Planning. I have worked both as an Adviser, Office Manager, and as a Paraplanner.

I joined HL Consulting as PA /Paraplanner to Daryl Lay. Although this is a challenging role, I get a great deal of job satisfaction from helping our clients through the Financial Planning process and building a high quality client review service for them.

When I‘m not studying for my Chartered exams or working, I enjoy most outdoor pursuits such as horse riding and hill walking. When I’m not outside you can usually find me in the gym!

Elaine Duncum

Elaine Duncum

Financial Administrator

I have almost 30 years’ experience in Financial Services, working for one of the leading banks for 17 years and then 12 years for a local Building Society in the Mortgage Department. I administered live accounts over the life of the mortgage until redemption and closure.

I joined HL Consulting in 2017 and my role here is ensuring mortgage applications get to offer and then through to completion, so it’s great to be able to help people reach their dreams financially.

Away from work, I love eating out and socialising with friends but family is everything to me, so the majority of my spare time is spent with them, getting together most weekends and also enjoying holidays together. On the odd occasion I have a few hours to myself, I love nothing better than settling down with a good book and a glass of wine!

Elaine Reynolds

Elaine Reynolds

Financial Administrator

I have worked within the financial services industry for over 20 years. Firstly, in a sales supporting role assisting a team of financial consultants who managed high net worth clients. From there I progressed into a variety of IFA administrative roles working for a large IFA practice in Bromsgrove.

My background has mainly focused on the Savings, Investment and Retirement areas of financial planning. However, I have joined HL Consulting as a financial administrator focusing on mortgage and protection products which I enjoy thoroughly.

In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my 2 children, socialising with family, friends and spending time holidaying abroad. Occasionally, I punish myself and watch West Brom at the Hawthorns!!

Steve Hunter

Steve Hunter

Mortgage Planning Adviser

After 16 years as a Firefighter, I decided to retrain and begin a career in financial services.

I absolutely enjoy meeting new people and getting to know and understand their mortgage & protection needs, whilst trying to make the process as stress-free as possible. It gives me great satisfaction being able to help clients achieve their financial goals.

I have played squash to a county standard since the age of 9 and also enjoy playing the Bass in a cover band.

Weekends are mostly spent with my wife and 3 children who keep me busy whilst enjoying a glass or two of Gin.

Nick Marsden

Nick Marsden

Mortgage Planning Adviser

I have worked in financial services since 2004 where I began in Recruitment as a head-hunter in London.  I moved into specialising in Mortgage & Protection services upon my return to hometown of Bromsgrove. My role here is to research the market ensuring that my clients get the best deal available to them in terms of their mortgage and protection needs and helping through their financial journey helping them to achieve their financial aspirations.

I take pride in receiving recommendations from my clients as it tells me I have done a good job.  My aim is to transition my clients from house hunter to homeowner with the least stress possible and to see them in their dream homes gives me enormous satisfaction.  My strengths are being able to listen to what my client actually want, understand it and to produce a tailored solution to their needs.

Away from work I coach Rugby at Bromsgrove Rugby Club and enjoy a game of golf when I can. I enjoy visiting different city breaks with my wife where I can relax and enjoy the different cultures and cuisine, and the local tipple.

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