We're proud of our team at Flying Colours. We only hire passionate, dedicated and friendly professionals. We continually invest in ongoing professional development. That means we can be confident we are delivering the best possible service to you at all times. If you ever have a question then please don't hesitate to pick up the phone and give us a call.

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Our senior team have worked together for almost 20 years. Guy and James have spent their careers as investment managers, setting up and growing Octopus Investments and now leading Flying Colours Life Investment Management (FCLIM).

"The FCLIM investment strategy is to try and improve average investor's returns and the investment selections are crucial to this. We can quickly see the risks of investments and know whether a fund has what our clients need and every investment we recommend is scrutinised by us. We do this because we are confident it improves the quality and reduces the risk for our clients. If you are looking for proof we could show you our track record as fund managers over the last 5 years where our clients' returns have consistently outperformed our peers over the past five years. This measurement is based on ARC Private Client benchmarks which is made up of the real performance data of our peers, read more here."

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Garry Appleton

Garry Appleton Head of Compliance

Garry is a highly experienced compliance and risk management professional with a proven track record at company director and executive management level. During 20 years in senior risk management and compliance roles has operated on a ‘hands on’ basis being fully involved in the day-to-day activities of the compliance, MLRO and risk management function as well as setting the strategic direction in respect of regulatory compliance and driving good customer outcomes. Also has a proven track record of building business focussed compliance, MLRO and risk management teams in growing businesses. As well as establishing robust governance frameworks in each of these businesses.

Mark Preskett

Mark Preskett CFA and Portfolio Adviser

Mark acts as investment adviser to the Flying Colours portfolios. He sits on the Flying Colours Investment Committee, providing guidance on fund selection, asset allocation and portfolio construction. He is also a Portfolio Manager for Morningstar Investment Management in London, managing multi-asset portfolios for a range of financial institutions in the UK and Europe. Prior to joining Morningstar in 2011, he worked as an investment analyst for AIG Life.

James Shenton

James Shenton Investment Director

James has worked in financial services for over 20 years. He began as an Equity Analyst at Williams de Broe before joining Guy at Octopus Investments and helping to drive the company’s success. At Flying Colours, James is responsible for the day to day management of our Investment Portfolios. He is passionate about the use of new and emerging technologies to help lower costs, improve returns and allow Flying Colours to offer its clients the best products and service. James has attained the accolade of being the no.1 rated equity research analyst in the UK.

Guy Myles

Guy Myles CEO and Chief Investment Officer

Guy is the CEO and founder of Flying Colours. As well as leading the business, Guy is the Chief Investment Officer, with responsibility for the research and design of our investment portfolios. In 2000, Guy co-founded Octopus Investments, growing the company from a start-up to the market leader with over 500 staff and £6bn of assets under management for more than 50,000 customers. Prior to that, he worked as a fund manager for Mercury Asset Management where he was responsible for over $1bn in US Equities.


Flying Colours Life Investment Management aims to make investment management more accessible and transparent for clients. Our roots in investing money on behalf of our clients, and our motivation lies in a genuine desire to make a difference to people’s futures and maximising the potential for solid long-term returns.

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