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We help clients manage their wealth and protect their assets more efficiently. Beacon Gainer was founded on the idea of saving clients time and money by connecting them to a collective of professional service firms, selected for their outstanding expertise and ethics. Beyond best in class advice and care, clients benefit from competitive rates and a seamless and collaborative approach.


Beacon Gainer set out as pioneers in the wealth management industry. Our mission was to transform and simplify the process of finding trusted private client advice by facilitating active collaboration between a group of specialist experts to achieve client’s goals.

The business was founded in 2015 by Lara Leigh-Wood. With over a decade’s experience in private client advisory, Lara is skilled at managing long-term relationships with advisors in professional services firms and facilitating dynamic partnerships across London’s private wealth network.

Our partners form a collective of award-winning, non-competing firms from a broad cross-section of sectors, including but not limited to law, banking, financial planning, security, insurance, investment and family governance.

Beyond expertise and experience, we place great value on a partner firm’s values, as well as their track record in working with businesses that are mindful of social impact and good governance. Clients value this extensive network, brought together as a centralised support offering a tailored service for private client individuals, families, wealth and assets.

Small in scale, yet equipped with large firm experience and thinking, we are focused and centralised to meet the full spectrum of a client’s needs. From managing client relationships and facilitating introductions, to planning goals and integrating advisory services into a client team – this is where our skill lies.

LARA LEIGH-WOOD

Owner, Founder and Managing Director

Respected by clients for her strategic thinking, Lara uses her management, team building and relationship building skill to develop a broad range of successful commercial collaborations and to sustain a network of high-value opportunities.

As Managing Director, she is the first point of contact for clients, leading the development of services and tackling the day-to-day business challenges. Lara places huge value on results and depth of experience which shines through in the collective culture and approach of Beacon Gainer.

Over the past four years the reputation of Beacon Gainer has been built around a sophisticated and shared approach to service, and, importantly, understanding that the dynamics of a client, their family and business are unique to each.  We welcome all advisors and clients, whether needing one area of expertise within our services or several and hope you will enjoy being with us.”

She has worked in wealth management, financial services, social investment, non-profit fundraising, publishing and membership platforms which focused on private and high profile individuals.

Raised in London, attending the French Lycee then St.Mary’s Calne, Lara’s career has spanned London, Paris and Montreal where she attended McGill University and became a member of the prestigious Scarlet Key Society.

An award-winning social entrepreneur, she is a passionate skier and in winter, can often be found skiing in the Swiss and Italian Alps.

HEATHER DARNELL

Finance Director

Heather is responsible for rigorous financial control at Beacon Gainer. She also works closely with Lara planning the commercial future of the firm.

Heather’s career has taken her to Canada, the US and the UK in both Finance and IT for the world’s largest affinity marketing company. From Financial Analyst to IT Director to Chief Information Officer to Operations Director – her career has spanned all areas of the back office of an organisation.

‘When the right people work together, interesting things always happen.’

After moving between Washington DC, Connecticut and Boston, Heather moved to Montreal to go to university where she
graduated with a BA in Philosophy and became a member of the prestigious Scarlet Key Society. She moved to London in 1998 when she met her future husband on her first day of work.

Heather volunteers with the Octavia Foundation and she is a trustee of the Dalgarno Trust .She is an obsessive football supporter. She keeps as fit as her heroes by running around London with her laptop. Or with her Hungarian Vizsla. Or both.

ALISON LIDDELL

Client Relations and Executive Assistant

As an experienced Commercial Manager, Alison has previously worked for the Daily Telegraph, Virgin Net and Diageo.  With strong skills in new business development, Alison’s key strengths were the ability to work alongside her clients to support their existing business and develop new commercial opportunities; Nowadays ,Alison has to have a flexible, dynamic and proactive role as an Executive assistant and also playing a key part in organising and running Beacon Gainer events. Alison is an active and valuable member of the team.

Alison grew up in Oxfordshire and now lives in West Berkshire. She has three boys and works part-time.  Her recent clients have included a Bespoke Travel company organising high-end holidays, setting up and running an online sales platform for a start-up Food Co-operative, marketing and managing the bookings for a boutique B&B and assisting a senior business leader with an on-line Members Club.

Alison prides herself on her extra-ordinary level of attention to detail, passion and commitment to her clients’ projects, her availability and flexibility to work to tight time deadlines and objectives, and her friendly, helpful and can-do attitude.

When not working (and running around after her boys), Alison enjoys tennis, socialising, visiting friends and cooking.

JONATHAN COLEMAN

Design and Branding

A design and branding consultant, Jonathan thrives on working with clients that embrace change. From promising start-ups to brands with decades of history, he believes effective design can transform businesses.

He has built up over 20 years in the UK design industry working at agencies large and small and running his own studios. Jonathan has specialist experience in creating, refreshing, repositioning and rebuilding brands across diverse mediums. Over the past 2 years, he has worked closely with Lara and the team on the re-brand of Beacon Gainer.

KENDRA FUTCHER

Strategy and Brand Voice

A copywriter with over 15years experience writing for design, Kendra works with a mix of brands, organisations, individuals and businesses to help them write brilliant words that capture who they are, what they do and why they do it. With extensive experience across all aspects of the design process, she also writes and facilitates diverse types of strategic workshops around naming, tone of voice and brand positioning.

Kendra work is diverse, but she has specialist experience in the financial, pharmaceutical and skincare sectors. Her on-gong work for Beacon Gainer spans strategy, messaging and copywriting.

LUCY HALL

Website creation and management

Lucy has extensive experience of building websites for corporate clients, small businesses and individuals. Beyond building diverse types of sites, she offers clients comprehensive training around CMS, blogging, social media, and SEO.

She has worked closely with Lara and Jonathan on the Beacon Gainer website build and supporting digital communication.

There has been room for a long time for a full private wealth advisory service which covers all the touch points for a client needing advisors to manage wealth and protect assets. It’s great to see that Beacon Gainer are plugging the need.”

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