An Award-Winning Firm of Advisers

Two times winners of “Finance Broker of the Year” at the Property Investors Awards. We are based in Essex but have successfully worked for clients across all of Great Britain.

We are fully licenced by the Financial Conduct Authority and members of the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers.

Meet the Team

David Tonks

David started his career in banking back in 1986 when he was 16 and after 20 successful years in the industry, decided to start his own business. Advocate Finance Ltd opened its doors in 2006. David has two young children and is a boxing fan, enjoys tennis and is a bit of a car buff.

Ben Preston

Ben came on board in 2014. With over 10 years experience and CeMap qualified, he has a sound knowledge of the specialised mortgage products we provide.  In his leisure time Ben is a keen golfer and enjoys watching his son play football .

Megan Parkin

Megan joined in 2019 and is a fully qualified mortgage adviser having passed her Ce-Map Level 1,2,and 3 qualification. She came to Advocate Finance from the finance department of a large property development company.  In her spare time Megan enjoys going to the gym and socialising with friends.

Henry Barley

Henry also joined in 2019 and passed his mortgage adviser qualifications, Ce-Map Levels 1,2,and 3  in 2020. He enjoys playing semi-professional football in his spare time and spending time with his friends and family.



Karen and Rochelle are our Operations Support Team, working on the normal day-to-day running of the office.

Karen is also the Website Administrator and works on data collection and analysis.

Rochelle’s roles include recruitment, Facebook Administrator and researching ways to improve the efficient running of Advocate Finance.

Emily Kerr

Emily recently joined Advocate Finance as a Property Finance Case Handler with a view to becoming a fully-fledged Adviser. She is currently working alongside David and Henry has passed her Level 1 Ce-Map qualification.

In her spare time Emily likes to ride, taking part in Dressage competitions, bake and keep fit.

Ollie Sharplin

Ollie joined Advocate Finance in March 2021 as a Property Finance Case Handler and is working towards becoming a Certified Adviser. He is working alongside Megan and Jake and has recently passed his Ce-Map Level 1 qualification.

Ollie likes to keep fit and training in the gym as well as spending time with friends and family.