YORK based Independent Financial Planners, Ardent, have announced new appointments.

Graham Jones, Donna Skidmore and Declan Coates are new additions to the team.

Graham has been appointed as mortgage and protection consultant, with over five years’ experience working in banking.

Donna is an administrator, specialising in mortgages and protection.

Declan Coates has been appointed as junior paraplanner after working for a large foreign exchange provider. Declan has strong customer service and technical skills and provides invaluable support to the Financial Planners, the organisation said.

Mark Fisher, director of Ardent said: “It’s been a busy summer for Ardent and we have welcomed our three newest appointments to the team with great pleasure.

“Both Graham, Donna and Declan bring fresh attitudes and a wealth of experience with them, making them the perfect fit for our expanding team.”