Austyn’s Journey


Austyn is one of the UK’s most highly regarded financial planners, a featured Citywire ‘Cover Star’ in 2010 and 2013, and creator of a Citywire Top 100 financial planning firm in 2013.

He is an advocate of ‘relationship based planning’ and over the years has contributed to leading publications and been quoted in Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday and The Independent.

‘Deeper relationships allow better conversations, providing greater clarity’.

Austyn’s ethos is ‘Time to Think’, giving people the opportunity to take a step back and to think about what’s most important to them.

Following his work on risk reduction strategies, in 2011 he was recognised by Citywire Wealth Manager Magazine as ‘Being in a positon of some influence among your peer group, and likely to take a leading role in setting the investment agenda for UK Private Client managers’.

The foundation of Austyn’s strategies comes from witnessing at first hand the fear, destruction and aftermath of the October 1987 stock market crash, as a junior with SG Warburg. This event set in motion a real desire to understand more about the psychology of investing, and the principles of asset allocation and risk management.

Having undertaken further apprenticeship with two of the UK’s leading pension companies, at the age of 26 he secured a position with Pointon York, under the tutelage of Geoffrey Pointon and Nigel Goodhew, two of the UK’s leading wealth management figures. These mentors and the experience gained in dealing with complex tax and investment situations, enabled Austyn to establish his own wealth management business in 1996, at the early age of 29.

From 1996 to 2014 Austyn was the founder and driving force behind one of the UK’s Top 100 Citywire firms. In 2010 Austyn was approached by a larger organisation who wanted his expertise in growing a national group of financial advisers, and in May 2011, Austyn’s firm was absorbed into the larger group.

However, following changes in management and group strategy during 2013, Austyn decided that he was no longer on the same page, and so in April 2014 Austyn said farewell. A very difficult decision indeed because it effectively meant going into the wilderness for a while to regroup, refocus and rejuvenate.

That said, looking back on this now, this was a huge benefit because it created ‘Time to Think’, taking one step back to move three steps forward. Our ideals and ethos have meant that we have been able to reassemble the award winning team, and attract a large number of clients, who wish to remain loyal to our culture, values and beliefs.

Austyn Smith Associates Ltd has evolved by building upon the best of the past whilst creating an exciting and innovative future.