Director and Principal Adviser Adam Stubbings set up Compass Financial in May 2009, having worked as an IFA in London for ten years. He started the business with 40 clients and £4M of clients' money under his advice, before going on to acquire the portfolios of three retiring IFAs, bringing client numbers up to 600 with £60M of clients' money under his advice. Further growth through acquisition is planned during 2016.
Educated at TS Indefatigable, a Naval College on Anglesey where he was Head Boy, Adam later moved to London, where he met Katy, his future wife. Katy came from Ruthin, and this is where they have settled with their two young daughters. Both girls are students at Rydal Penrhos School in Colwyn Bay and are enjoying all the opportunities there including participation in sports teams.
Earlier in Adam’s working life, he took a four year career break to pursue his passion for Scuba Diving and set up AKS Diving where he taught to Instructor Trainer level. He also made underwater documentaries for companies such as Channel 4 and the Discovery Channel.
Back in March 2014 Adam went on an expedition across Baffin Island in the Arctic where he was part of a five person team sleeping under canvas, walking 140 miles in 10 days in average temperatures of -28 degrees. This trip helped raise much needed funds for the Youth Adventure Trust.
Adam is an endurance sports enthusiast competing in the Ironman Wales event in 2013 and, in the Spring of 2015, he completed the Manchester Marathon in 3 hours 37 minutes - a personal best. Also in 2015, Adam took part in the Slateman Triathlon in Snowdonia in May, Ironman UK (Bolton) in July and Ironman Wales in September. In 2016 Adam decided to take a year off from triathlon, and instead focusing on distance swimming completing the 10km swim in 2016 in Lake Windermere as part of the Great North Swim event. Further events are planned for later this year which might include a trekking expedition to the Skeleton Coast in Namibia.
On a more local and a family level, Adam, Katy and the girls head off to their boat in Conwy Marina most weekends and he is a member of Ruthin Pwllglas Golf Club (Compass sponsors the first tee).
Adam also has a passion for horology. He is fascinated by the detail and workmanship involved in designing and creating top quality watches and has been known to advise his clients on watch purchases!