About Sextant Advisory Services

Sextant Advisory Services was set up by Graham Hooper and John Pyburn.
We have known each other for almost 30 years and during that time realised that we share common beliefs and values and have a similar view of the world.

Our beliefs …

  • doing the right thing by clients
  • clong-term relationships forged over years
  • a strategic view of the UK financial sector
  • trust – in the people we work for – and with
  • commerciality – recognition that sustainable finances are key to success
  • delivering in line with strategic aims

We share a natural curiosity and insight into businesses, their people and how they work together, and work to help both realise their goals and dreams.

Graham Hooper

Graham Hooper

Graham joined the financial services industry with Chase de Vere as a financial adviser in the 1980s and became the director responsible for sales, marketing and PR until their sale to the Bank of Ireland in 2000.

Since then, Graham has worked for other financial services companies such as the Bradford & Bingley, Midas Capital Partners, Liontrust, Miton and Charles Stanley; mainly in the areas of distribution, strategic development and mergers and acquisitions.

Graham has also worked outside Financial Services having worked for the BBC, The Financial Times as well as the Labour & Conservative parties on charitable giving and financial policy, and in the fintech and pharmaceutical space.

Graham joined Sanlam in 2016 as Head of Distribution and Marketing where he was responsible for distribution to advisers and platforms, marketing, PR and new product development. He left in July 2019.

He has a First Class Honours Degree in Business Studies.

Outside work, Graham still likes to run, weight train, row, fish, surf & sing in a shanty group called Fiddle Me Timbers.

John Pyburn

John Pyburn

John is an experienced senior manager and coach having performed Sales and Marketing Director roles across a range of companies including Santander, Canada life, State Street global Advisors and Just Retirement.

John has a first class track record of analysis and delivery. Whether that is leading initiatives of large institutions into new markets / ventures, restructuring companies for growth to IPO or creating a strategy and infrastructure for small /medium sized businesses to achieve scale.

Achieved through providing:

  • Deep understanding of business and market environment
  • Innovative strategy
  • Employee engagement
  • Structure
  • Clear Leadership
  • Focus on delivery
  • Building high performing teams