Welcome to Wise Monkey.

This is our Financial Coach Training Hub.

Wise Monkey Financial Coaching was founded by Simonne Gnessen in 2002 after working as a fee-based independent financial adviser for 10 years. Stepping away from the traditional industry to pioneer a new holistic approach to helping people with the money side of their lives, she formed the first Financial Coaching company in the UK.

Financial coaching empowers clients to develop their practical and emotional relationship with money without advising them on products.

Simonne and her team offer popular courses, training over 150 people so far to become financial coaches to meet a real, growing need.

For more about Simonne and Wise Monkey, check out Simonne's website.

Find out more about our Trainings

Train with us

We currently offer two core trainings, run live online in small groups multiple times per year:

Financial Coach Practitioner Certificate Training

An opportunity for people who are interested in establishing their own financial coaching practice, or add financial coaching skills to their existing practice.

This live online training is the UK's market leading course in financial coaching.

Small group sizes are guaranteed, which means you get extensive hands-on learning and focused feedback as you grow your skills. On completion, you're invited to join the supportive, inspiring network of Wise Monkey financial coaches.

Personal Finance Seminar Series

A series of three 90-minute seminars, designed for delegates who do not have formal training in personal finance - or those who simply wish to broaden their personal finance knowledge.

Our live and interactive seminar series takes place online in small groups.

You'll receive content-rich presentations on topics such as taxation, pensions, savings and investments, as well as a learning log and signposts to further information, to raise your confidence and skill level across personal finance.

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Our team

Welcome to Wise Monkey! Read about us below or view our profiles:
Meet the training team

Simonne Gnessen

Trainer and Practising Financial Coach

Founder of Wise Monkey Financial Coaching and a pioneer of the financial coaching industry in the UK.

Simonne leads the Financial Coach Practitioner Certificate Training.

Dr George Callaghan

Trainer and Practising Financial Coach

Expert in the area of Economics and Personal Finance and a Senior Lecturer at The Open University teaching Economics and Personal Finance. 

George leads the Personal Finance Seminar Series and is one of the instructors on the Financial Coach Practitioner Certificate Training.

Graham Wells

Trainer and Practising Financial Coach

Chartered Financial Planner, training consultant and supervisor, as well as a member of the International Coaching Federation. 

Graham is one of the instructors on the Financial Coach Practitioner Certificate Training.

Jo MacNaughten

Client Relationship Manager

Qualified psychotherapist and recruitment consultant, and your first port of call when you enquire about training as a financial coach.

Jo provides trainee support across all our trainings and also plays 'client' for role-plays during the Financial Coach Practitioner Certificate Training and during the integration weeks.