About us

Multi-award-winning Independent Financial Advisers based in Stoke Newington, London

About us

Ruth-whiteheadRuth Whitehead trained as a classical musician and managed to exist in almost complete ignorance of the financial services industry until she was advised by a man in a suit to take out the mortgage
from hell.

She became transformed by adversity into a very angry expert on finance, and in 1993 RWA was born.

RWA is a small company with a national profile.

Ruth is frequently quoted in the national press and trade publications, has broadcast on BBC 4’s “Money Box” programme, BBC News and BBC London radio, and writes for the Guardian and Observer newspapers, amongst others.

We are very proud to have won the Responsible Investment IFA of the Year award in 2012 and 2013 – and been shortlisted four years running.

About us and our community

As part of our business ethic RWA sponsors local arts events. We are passionate about the importance of culture and community.

In 2011, Ruth set up Dissenters N16, celebrating our local nonconformist history. Dissenters arranges and sponsors a stable of local cultural events.

Drawing on her background in music, Ruth also founded and conducts Stoke Newington’s own community choir, Chorus of Dissent, youth choir Young Dissenters and professional orchestra, the Elastic Band. Their concerts have been a sellout since inception.

Listen to Chorus of Dissent (pictured) performing Enter Ariel on the recording of Clara Sanabras’ folk opera A Hum About Mine Ears. 

RWA has moved!

We are now at St Matthias Hall, Wordsworth Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 8DD. Directions –

By bus
141, 21, 73, 476, 341 to Newington Green, then 236 from Newington Green along Matthias Road, walk to Wordsworth Road
149, 243, 76, 67 along A10, to Princess May Road, walk 3 minutes down to Wordsworth Road.
By train
Train to Dalston Kingsland Station, then bus
Train to Dalston Junction Rail Station, 5 minute walk to Dalston Kingsland Station, then bus
By Car
You can only enter Wordsworth Road from the A10, via Princess May or Belgrade Roads. We have parking vouchers.

We are delighted to be managing St Matthias Halls – three delightful but very different spaces which we offer to the community for everyone’s events – weddings, christenings, birthday parties, quiz nights, concerts, funerals. Make yours an event to remember…

RWA in the media on culture

Ruth’s Chorus of Dissent fundraising gala concert for Antigua Barbuda Hackney Gazette

World Première of Clara Sanabras’ A Hum About Mine Ears: clarasanabras.co.uk

Health and freedom: www.ftadviser.com

Church turned Arts Centre celebrates 450 years: www.hackneypost.co.uk

Raising the roof with performance poet John Hegley Hackney Gazette

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