Born in Liverpool in 1966, Andy Bell was educated at Rainford High School and then went onto study at Nottingham University. He graduated with a first-class degree in Mathematics in 1987 and subsequently joined a large insurance company as a trainee actuary.
Somewhat disillusioned with the financial services industry, Andy took a sabbatical in 1990, which lasted for three years on and off, to coach football and tennis (of a fashion) in America, followed by an extended period of travel and growing up.
When Andy returned to the UK, he resurrected his actuarial career and qualified as Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries in 1993, while working at a small actuarial consultancy.
AJ Bell was established in 1995 by Andy Bell and Nicholas Littlefair in a 149 square-foot office, funded by £10,000 of personal loans. It has since grown into one of the largest investment platforms in the UK, with over £36bn of assets under administration. AJ Bell has offices in Manchester, Tunbridge Wells and London, employing approximately 650 staff. It looks after a wide variety of retail clients, many of them DIY investors.
AJ Bell (www.ajbell.co.uk) offers investment solutions to DIY investors as well as clients of financial advisers and other financial services companies. Its award-winning DIY investment platform is called AJ Bell Youinvest (www.youinvest.co.uk), formerly known as Sippdeal.
AJ Bell also publishes the popular Shares magazine (www.sharesmagazine.co.uk) and runs a number of other specialist investment websites.
Andy was ninth in Management Today’s 2010 Britain’s top 100 entreprenuers and AJ Bell is one of only a handful of companies ever to appear in the Sunday Times Profit Track and Fast Track (top 100 private companies with the fastest-growing profits and revenues respectively) in the same year – 2010. Both Andy and the company have won numerous other business and industry awards.
Andy lives in Lancashire with his wife Tracey, their four children, a dog and an ever-growing menagerie of farmyard animals. His interests are skiing, playing 5-a-side football, flying helicopters, boxing (training, not fighting) and watching Everton, Sale RUFC and St Helens RLFC. Andy has recently opened a restaurant in Lancashire called Moor Hall (www.moorhall.com) in conjunction with Mark Birchall, former head chef of two Michelin star L'Enclume.
Andy set up his own charitable trust in 2011 and has a number of other charitable and business interests.