Meet the team

Mel Holman

Mel Holman CFPCM (Certified Financial Planner) Chartered Financial Planner


Melony has worked in the Financial Services profession for twenty two years. Her experience ranges from working in the offices of Royal London in the Industrial Branch department to reviewing complaint cases with the Investors Compensation Scheme (now the Financial Services Compensation Scheme) to working with IFA firms as a Network Compliance Officer; latterly as a Compliance Consultant running her own business, Compliance & Training Solutions Ltd.

As well as spending time with her family and friends Melony enjoys reading and swimmimg.

Martyn Holman

Martyn Holman


Martyn has experience of working within the Financial Services Industry as an advisor, working for both Woolwich Financial Services and Friends Provident.

Martyn previously spent 15 years working in Marketing & Advertising the last 8 of which was with Yellow Pages as a Key Account Manager.

Martyn provides the support CATS needs to ensure as we grow we still maintain our aim of being able to offer a bespoke personal service to all of our clients. This includes managing key projects which the CATS team have identified as important to their clients.

Martyn is very much a family man who enjoys spending time with friends and family, with his main passion being Martial Arts which he studies and also teaches.


Jan Beech

Compliance Manager

Jan started her financial services career as a financial adviser for the Bradford & Bingley Building Society. During this time she successfully led a team of advisers where she was also responsible for recruitment, compliance services and complaint handling.

Jan left advising to enter the field of compliance with DBS Financial Management Ltd, which later became Sesame Ltd. During her time with Sesame Jan had a successful career in supervising a number of advisers throughout the UK, looking after both FSA direct firms and network firms.

Jan enjoys Salsa dancing, gardening, spending time with her family especially her grand-daughter, and enjoying a glass of fine wine!

Jan has attained the Diploma qualification.

Charlotte Holman

Charlotte Holman

Company PA

Charlotte has recently joined the team and is based in our office in Colchester. Charlotte’s role is to support the team in their day to day roles. Charlotte studied Business & Finance at college and then spent the last three years working as an Estate Agent.

Charlotte is studying for her Diploma qualification.


Gemma Knight

Compliance Consultant

Gemma has worked in the Financial Services profession for the last ten years. Gemma started her career at The Nat West Bank as customer service advisor until later being promoted to a Branch Manager in 2008, during this time Gemma was responsible for managing a team of 20 staff. Gemma later joined Santander as a Financial Planner.

During Gemma's time in this profession she has become proficient  all aspects of coaching and compliance.

Gemma has attained the Diploma qualification.


James Brennan

Compliance Consultant

James started his career in Financial Services 15 years ago. During this time James has gained a wealth of experience of Compliance, Paraplanning and advising clients.

James started his career as a Paraplanner before becoming an Independent Financial Adviser, in 2005 James made the move to the field of Compliance.

Again James is at Diploma status.


Sarah Whitelock

Compliance Consultant

Sarah has been in Financial Services for 16 years and began her career with Aviva, progressing through the company in sales, trading and team management roles. Sarah has also worked as a financial adviser for the Chelsea Building Society. Prior to joining CAT’s Sarah was a Complaint’s Account Manager working for HSBC where she gained extensive compliance knowledge.

Sarah has attained the Diploma qualification.


Phil Hall

Compliance Consultant

Phil has worked in the Financial Services profession for the last 18 years. Phil started his career as a Sales Agent for Pearl Assurance, before moving onto become a mortgage advisor. Later in Phil’s career he enjoyed a move to becoming a Wealth Management Advisor where he spent 5 years. Before joining CATS, Phil worked as a Compliance Consultant, working with a number of small IFA firms.

Phil has attained the Diploma Qualification.


Fraser Gambling

Compliance Consultant

Fraser has been in the Financial Services profession for over 30 years, starting way back with Norwich Union.

Fraser has had many roles including suitable advice analysis and complaint handling (Inc. investments, pensions, savings & endowments), providing technical responses, quality assurance and staff training.

Fraser has attained Diploma qualification (including G60 Pensions & CF9)


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Contact Details

Compliance and Training Solutions Ltd
40 Broomfield House
Lanswood Business Park
Elmstead Market
Phone: 01206 230804
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