Welcome to Goldsborough Wealth. We are a team of highly qualified and experienced independent financial advisers (IFAs).  Based in the North Yorkshire A1 corridor, our location provides quick access to North Leeds, Wetherby, Otley, Ilkley, Harrogate, Ripon, Thirsk, York and surrounding areas. Our clients are located throughout the UK, including London and the South East.

We are committed to putting clients at the heart of everything we do, by ensuring we understand the individual needs of each one and implementing tailored financial plans to address those needs.  By combining the latest technology with the extensive knowledge, experience and innovation of our advisers, we deliver outstanding solutions for our clients.

Our bespoke Wealth Management Service strives to improve financial security and fulfil clients’ needs and objectives, incorporating private investment portfolios, ISAs, retirement savings, pension drawdown, inheritance tax planning, life and health insurance protection and tax-efficient solutions.

Our Business Services proposition offers a range of solutions relating to owner-manager remuneration strategies, shareholder agreements, key person insurance and employers’ staff benefits schemes; including; auto-enrolment pension schemes, group life insurance, group income protection and pension scheme trustee advisory.

We are proud to offer a proposition that is at the cutting edge of modern-day financial planning; to deliver beneficial, practical solutions when they are most needed.

We pride ourselves on being friendly but inquisitive enough to make a difference; approachable but convincing and technically accurate but effective communicators.

Our fee structure is always clearly explained and agreed in advance.  We will always seek to help clients to meet the cost of our advice in the most agreeable and tax-efficient route available.

Our bespoke wealth management service strives to improve financial security and fulfil clients’ needs and objectives.  This could include:

  • The creation and ongoing management of investment portfolios, including ISAs;
  • Designing and managing retirement savings strategies;
  • Generating pension income in retirement from the assets available;
  • Inheritance Tax planning;
  • Life and health insurance protection for individuals and businesses.

Our Employee Benefits service offers employers a full programme of arrangements including Auto-Enrolment Workplace Pension schemes, group life insurance and group income protection schemes.

Our service proposition operates at the cutting edge of modern-day financial planning to deliver sophisticated, practical solutions; although, not at the cost of traditional service values. We pride ourselves on being professional, courteous and approachable. We enjoy close relationship with our clients, based upon mutual respect and understanding.

We charge fees for our services, which are always agreed in advance and will often be incorporated into the solutions we provide.  Paying fees from investments can often bring about practical remedies and efficiencies; not least, when capitalising upon tax incentives that may be available.

Meet the Team!

Phil Jacobs

Tel: 01423 623196

About Phil

Managing Director

Originally from Leeds, Phil’s has spent over 35 years in financial services.

The early part of his career was spent with leading life insurance, pension and investment providers in the South West, North West and Midlands before returning to Yorkshire in the early ’90s.

In 1996 Phil joined Grant Thornton, for whom he ran a specialist division dedicated to delivering complex pensions advice and arranging employee benefits programs for the firm’s corporate clients in Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford and Newcastle.

Whilst enjoying success at Grant Thornton, Phil was approached by national mortgage advisory firm John Charcol and subsequently accepted the role of Business Servicing Director for Leeds and Newcastle.

In August 2000 Phil and his wife Liz, started their own independent financial advisory business in Leeds, which would later re-locate and settle in Ilkley, West Yorkshire.  In the years to follow, Jacobs Financial* became a valued brand with significant regional presence; having embarked upon an ambitious growth strategy, underpinned by carefully selected mergers and acquisitions.

Phil’s main focus was to become strategic development of the Business and client advice.  In pursuit of professional excellence to complement his knowledge and experience, in 2007 he became one of the first financial advisers in the World to qualify as a Chartered Financial Planner.

In October 2015, Phil and Liz accepted an offer to sell their shares in Jacobs Financial. Under its new identity, Cowgill’s Wealth (Yorkshire); Phil stayed on as Managing Director and later as Chairman, before leaving in October 2018.

Phil and Liz then formed Goldsborough Wealth Limited to deal with a select number of wealthy clients and businesses.

Liz Jacobs

Tel: 01423 623196

About Liz


Originally from Newcastle, Liz was Office Manager at John Charcol’s Newcastle office having previously worked in client servicing roles for a leading Independent Financial Adviser in Newcastle. She was widowed in 1995 and married Phil in 2001, shortly after they had made the decision to set up their own firm.

Having attained the Financial Planning Certificate and driven the delivery of mortgage solutions to customers in the early days, Liz’s role developed as the shape of the business altered.

She played an integral part in the growth of Jacobs Financial, bringing her experience of advising clients directly on key financial decisions; to office and company management.  Liz took over the development and management of the back-office, administration, systems and people to ensure that the levels and quality of support demanded by a busy practice delivering bespoke solutions were met.

At Goldsborough Wealth, Liz continues to provide invaluable support and knowledge to advisers, clients and the advisory process as a whole.

Damian Sharp

Tel: 01423 623196

About Damian

Operations Director

Damian is a seasoned financial services professional whose career spans over 30 years, across a variety of roles and responsibilities.  Phil and Damian are old friends and former colleagues.

The first 12 years of Damian’s career was spent at insurance companies, moving through the ranks and eventually into management with Scottish Equitable (now Aegon) in Leeds.  It was during this time that he first met and worked with Phil.

The greater part of Damian’s career was spent at Pantheon Financial, joining as a shareholding director in 2001 and becoming part of one of the youngest management teams in the country at the time.  In line with the Firm’s ambitions to build and grow a significant, national IFA presence; Damian specialised in taking Pantheon’s advice proposition out to business leaders and SME owner-managers across a range of activities and projects throughout the United Kingdom.  Over the course of the next 6 years, Pantheon grew from 4 people working out of a serviced office in Leeds, to a combined workforce of 100+ employed across 9 offices; achieved through organic growth and a series of mergers and acquisitions.

In 2007, Pantheon’s shareholders sold their shares to Friends Provident (now Friends Life). In 2008 we all suffered the Global Financial Crisis and in 2010, Pantheon’s management team re-acquired the shares sold three years earlier.

In 2011 Damian became Managing Director, operating in a full-time, dedicated capacity.  There was significant change ahead in the shape of the Financial Conduct Authority’s Retail Distribution Review (‘RDR’) and there was much to do.  Pantheon was reorganised and rescaled to create greater definition and investment into customer service technology and high-quality human resources. At its core, it removed people and processes that were not prepared to put the client at the heart of its proposition and focussed on those that did.  High customer satisfaction rates, efficiency of operations and ultimately, profitability; were cornerstones to its contemporary, Ascot Lloyd showing interest and eventually purchasing Pantheon in December 2017.

Damian left Pantheon in January 2018, following its sale and up until the end of 2019 was offering business management consultancy through his own firm.  In the summer of 2019, Damian met Phil for coffee and in the course of the usual chit-chat, he realised he was missing his ‘old job’.

On 1st January 2020, Damian joined Goldsborough Wealth. In the not-too-distant future, he, Phil and Liz have plans for him to become a shareholder and business partner.  For now, he is simply enjoying being back helping people with their financial affairs.

Damian lives and is based in Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire.

Want to know more?

Call us for a friendly chat on 01423 623 196 or email: enquiries@goldw.co.uk