About Amethyst

We are a highly qualified, friendly team, working closely with our external compliance support based in both the North East of England and South East Scotland.

We are a close, dynamic team with a great deal of experience in the Financial Services sector, putting our clients at the heart of everything we do.

We are proud of our open, friendly, trustworthy approach demonstrated by the number of clients that have been with us for many years.

Meet the Amethyst Team

Malcolm Butler

As a founding partner Malcolm has been with Amethyst since it first opened its doors in 2001. He has nearly 25 years’ experience in delivering financial advice. He holds his diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and is also a qualified Pension Transfer Specialist. Malcolm takes pride in the fact he still advises clients he obtained in the early days of Amethyst and that he is now giving the same advice to many of their children.


  • Vintage Motorcycles
  • Strong Coffee
  • Cinnamon Buns
  • Andrea Bocelli
  • Tapas


  • TV Soaps
  • Mushrooms
  • Onions
  • Moths
  • Narcissism

Alan Dennett

Alan is one of the founding Partners at Amethyst. With over 35 years industry experience. An easy to talk to enthusiast with the ability to transfer the complex into simple understandable concepts.


  • Anything with a Ball
  • Lake Garda
  • His Kids
  • Golf (on his I-Pad)


  • Holding on phone
  • Winter
  • His Kids
  • Celebrity TV

Paul Richardson

Paul is a partner at Amethyst IFAs

He advises on all aspects of financial planning with a particular focus on Pensions and Investments including Defined Benefit (Final Salary Schemes), part of this involves cashflow modelling which enables clients to get a good idea of their current and future financial positions.

Paul enjoys spending time with clients discussing their needs and offering solutions in straightforward and easy to understand terms.

He is very easy to speak with and feels that one of the most important areas is to ensure his clients are in a position of informed choice, so they are aware of all options available.

Paul has several reviews on Vouchedfor here


  • Swimming
  • Live Music
  • Walking
  • Italy
  • Canadian Geese
  • His two lovely kids


  • Jelllyfish stings
  • Ouzo
  • Pointless Celebrities
  • Alcopops
  • Weak Coffee

John Wilkinson

John joined Amethyst IFAs in 2019 with 7 years prior experience in financial services and holds a diploma in regulated financial planning. He enjoys working with his clients to achieve their financial goals, whether that be planning for retirement, investing savings, brokering a mortgage or sourcing financial protection.

John is also an ACA qualified Chartered Accountant and with his background can add further value to his advice with efficient tax planning.


  • Florida holidays
  • His wife and two boys
  • Working with numbers
  • The outdoors
  • Steak


  • Bad drivers
  • Gardening
  • Reality TV
  • Exotic sea food
  • Sleep deprivation (because of his two boys)

Stephen Anderson

Stephen has been an adviser since 1993 and covers the South East of Scotland, he joined Amethyst in 2004. He is calm, good natured and thoughtful. Stephen loves to visit clients and takes his time to understand their full needs and aspirations.


  • Cars
  • Holidays
  • Helping others
  • St Andrews
  • Charity


  • Rain
  • Untidiness
  • Loud Music
  • Having to sing
  • Bullies

Liz MacBride

Liz joined Amethyst in 2009 having been a mortgage adviser since 1996. Liz is a great Mortgage and Protection adviser based in Scotland. Liz is really good at sourcing both straightforward mortgages and more complex products.

Liz loves helping people achieve their aspirations, she is committed to providing a good level of customer service and always looks to fully understand her clients requirements. Liz has a flexible diary system which allows her to meet clients at a time which suits them. Liz loves revisiting clients at mortgage reviews to see the lovely homes they have moved into.


  • Grandkids
  • Greece
  • Caravanning
  • Dining out
  • Music


  • Driving in the snow
  • Dieting
  • Sci-fi movies
  • Cheap wine
  • Gherkins

Karen Chapman

Karen is the office Manager at Amethyst she is often the first point of contact when customers phone the office, she has been in financial services since she left school and is fantastic at running the office.


  • Amsterdam
  • Running
  • Family Tree
  • Wine
  • Meeting up with friends


  • Cold Weather
  • Long queues
  • Wasps
  • Bad Drivers
  • Sweet Mince Pies

David Anderson

David has been in financial services for over 35 years and worked across a range of roles giving him a breadth of experience and an appreciation of the complex needs of each individual client he works with.

As a qualified mortgage and protection adviser he prides himself on the close relationship he builds and the service he provides, his aim on every occasion is to exceed expectations.

David is Married with 4 children and enjoys socialising, reading and walking his dog.

Steve Bolam

Steve has worked in Financial Services for 35 years. He has had roles in the past managing business to business relationships as well as advising and assisting advisers find suitable solutions for their clients needs and objectives.

Steve has a wide variety of experience and knowledge in Retirement Planning Solutions both at the stage of planning for retirement and accessing pensions and investments by utilising tax efficient strategies and cashflow management.

He also takes a qualitative approach to providing clients with the needed Protection for their families and their business.

Steve and his family enjoy travelling on holidays to Scotland and Italy. He always enjoys a good coffee with friends and family!

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    Amethyst Independent Financial Advisers LLP 83 Howard Street, North Shields, NE30 1AF is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

    The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate taxation and trust advice and some aspects of buy to let mortgages

    We are entered on the Financial Services Register No 623925 at register.fca.org.uk

    Registered in England with No. OC392353

    The guidance and/or advice contained within the website is subject to the UK regulatory regime and is therefore primarily targeted at customers in the UK

    If you have a complaint or dispute with us, you are entitled to make a complaint. We have a complaints procedure that is available on request. If you wish to register a complaint, please contact us either in writing, by telephone or email.

    Please be assured we treat complaints seriously. For your protection if you cannot settle your complaint with us, you may be entitled to refer it to the Financial Ombudsman Service ('FOS'). Please see the following link for further details: financial-ombudsman.org.uk