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Death of Vivienne Starkey

High-profile IFA Vivienne Starkey has died following a long battle with cancer.

She was a popular and well respected adviser, constantly promoting the value of independent advice, and won the IFA Promotion Media Services IFA of the year award in 2004.

Starkey was in the industry for over 26 years, beginning her career at Hill Samuel and moving to Fiona Price and then Haddock Porter Williams before helping to set up Equal Partners in 2000, becoming partners with Kay Lowe.

Equal Partners became a limited company in 2002 with Kevin Tooze joining as director. It was a reunion of sorts as the two had previously wor-ked together at Hill Samuel.

She leaves a husband, William, and daughter, Fleur. A memorial service is planned to be held in the summer.

Tooze says the firm has been inundated with messages of sympathy from clients.

He says: “She was great to work with and had a huge drive and energy. We gelled well with the same outlook on the importance of the client.

“She always championed the client and the value of independent advice and did so much within the industry to benefit both the consumer and the IFA.”

Technology and Technical director Kim North says: “This is very sad news. She was one of the best IFAs I have had the pleasure to work with”.


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