Colleen and Patrick met on a blind date more than two decades ago. It wasn’t love at first sight, but Patrick called back two weeks after their first date, and the rest is history. On their wedding day in 1995, a friend stated that “they deserve each other,” which they have taken as a compliment as they near 25 years together.
Sawston Wealth Management, LLC was founded on the principles of faith, family and legacy. Named after Sawston Hall, an English tudor manor, near Cambridge, England, was held by the Huddleston family for nearly 500 years. The Sawston estate became a part of history in 1553 when Mary Tudor (soon to be Mary I of England), fleeing imprisonment by the Duke of Northumberland, spent the night at Sawston Hall. Northumberland’s soldiers followed Mary to Sawston, forcing her to flee the next morning disguised as a dairymaid. As she fled, the soldiers lit the medieval manor on fire, destroying a large portion of the hall.
The Hall was re-built by Sir John and Edmund Huddleston between 1557-1584 with the help of a license granted by Queen Mary to use stone from Cambridge Castle. A number of priest holes were included in the building, allowing the Huddleston family to continue their practice of the Catholic faith.
In appreciation of our family’s legacy, Sawston Wealth Management assists our clients in reaching their financial goals and creating their own legacies.
Colleen Gillespie, CTFA, AIF
Managing Partner/Financial Advisor
Colleen started Sawston Wealth Management, LLC in October 2015, drawing upon her nearly 13 years of experience in the financial service industry, and her 18 years of executive positions in the non-profit sector. Colleen focuses her practice on meeting the financial planning and investment management needs of individuals and families, and specializes in working with institutional clients, such as foundations, endowments, trusts, 401(k) plans, and charitable organizations. Many of her clients are in the helping professions like social services, nursing, education, or government employees and retirees.
In 2011, Colleen received her Accredited Investment Fiduciary® designation, and through this coursework acquired a thorough knowledge of fiduciary responsibility and the Global Fiduciary Standard of Excellence, and applies these standards in her practice with institutions and individuals. In 2013, she completed her Certified Trust and Financial Advisor designation (CTFA). Annually, she seeks continued education credits to further her knowledge base. Colleen carries the Series 63 and 65 licenses, and has both the Washington State Life, Health and Disability, and Long Term Care insurance licenses.
Colleen is a native Washingtonian, born in Spokane. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Eastern Washington University and a dual Master’s degree in Public Administration/Health Administration from Portland State University. She believes giving back to our community is imperative, and currently serves as Chair on the Board of Trustees for Capital Medical Center, Olympia, WA. She is Past President of the South Puget Sound Estate Planning Council and is the President-Elect Elect (2019-2020) for the Rotary Club of Olympia. She was also a former officer for Pope John Paul II High School in Lacey, WA. Colleen served as adjunct faculty at The Evergreen State College, teaching a graduate-level class on mission-based nonprofit management. Since 1993, she has served as a consultant to nonprofit organizations and has a broad range of experience in organizational development, fundraising, leadership training, and financial management.
Colleen and her husband Patrick live in Olympia with their dogs, Molly and Rudy. In her spare time, she loves to play golf, cook, and garden.
In accordance with Washington regulations, Sawston Wealth Management LLC (“SWMLLC”) has adopted a code of ethics to:
- Set forth standards of conduct expected of advisory personnel (including compliance with federal securities laws);
- Safeguard material non-public information about client transactions; and
- Require “access persons” to report their personal securities transactions. In addition, the activities of an investment adviser and its personnel must comply with the broad antifraud provisions of Section 206 of the Advisers Act.
As an investment adviser firm, we have an overarching fiduciary duty to our clients. They deserve our undivided loyalty and effort, and their interests come first. We have an obligation to uphold that fiduciary duty and see that our personnel do not take inappropriate advantage of their positions and the access to information that comes with their positions.
SWMLLC holds their directors, officers, and employees accountable for adhering to and advocating the following general standards to the best of their knowledge and ability:
- Always place the interest of the clients first and never benefit at the expense of advisory clients;
- Always act in an honest and ethical manner, including in connection with, and the handling and avoidance of, actual or potential conflicts of interest between personal and professional relationships;
- Always maintain the confidentiality of information concerning the identity of security holdings and financial circumstances of clients;
- Fully comply with all applicable laws, rules and regulations of federal, state and local governments and other applicable regulatory agencies; and
- Proactively promote ethical and honest behavior with SWMLLC including, without limitation, the prompt reporting of violations of, and being accountable for adherence to, this Code of Ethics.
Colleen Gillespie maintains the AIF® (Accredited Investment Fiduciary®) designation. To qualify as an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF) one must successfully pass Fiduciary course work as created by fi360® and pass an exam demonstrating the focus on all the components of a comprehensive investment process, related fiduciary standards of care and commitment to excellence. AIF designees undergo an initial training program, annual continuing education, and pledge to abide by the designation’s code of ethics.
AIF Designee Code of Ethics
We recognize that this Code of Ethics, and its principles and obligations, are in addition to those set forth by any other Code that governs my professional and ethical conduct.
To my clients, I will:
- Employ and provide the client information on the Prudent Practices when serving as an investment fiduciary and/or advising other investment fiduciaries.
- Act with honesty and integrity and avoid conflicts of interest, real or perceived.
- Ensure the timely and understandable disclosure of relevant information that is accurate, complete, and objective.
- Be responsible when determining the value of my services and my form of compensation; taking into consideration the time, skill, experience, and special circumstances involved in providing my services.
- Know the limits of my expertise, and refer my clients to colleagues and/or other professionals in connection with issues beyond my knowledge and skills.
- Respect the confidentiality of information acquired in the course of my work, and not disclose such information to others, except when authorized or otherwise legally obligated to do so. I will not use confidential information acquired in the course of my work for my personal advantage.
- Not exploit any relationship or responsibility that has been entrusted to me.
To my community (whether defined by work, family, and/or friends), I will:
- Proactively promote and be a steward of ethical behavior as a responsible partner among my peers in the work environment and in my community.
- Ensure that the overall promotion of my practice is implemented in the best interests of my profession.
- Seek, accept, and offer honest criticism of technical work; acknowledge and correct errors; and properly credit the contributions of others.
- Use corporate assets and resources employed or entrusted to me in a responsible manner.
- Continue to improve my knowledge and skills, share ideas and information with colleagues, and assist them in their professional development.
SAWSTON WEALTH MANAGEMENT, LLC
2010 Caton Way SW, Suite 204, Olympia, WA 98502 United States
(360) 464-2025 – email@example.com
Investment advisers are required by law to inform their clients of their policies regarding privacy of client information. We are bound by professional standards of confidentiality that are even more stringent than those required by law. Federal law gives the customer the right to limit some but not all sharing of personal information. It also requires us to tell you how we collect, share, and protect your personal information.
TYPES OF NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION (NPI) WE COLLECT
We collect nonpublic personal information about you that is either provided to us by you or obtained by us with your authorization. This can include but is not limited to your Social Security Number, Date of Birth, Banking Information, Financial Account Numbers and/or Balances, Sources of Income, and Credit Card Numbers or Information. When you are no longer our customer, we may continue to share your information only as described in this notice.
PARTIES TO WHOM WE DISCLOSE INFORMATION
All Investment Advisers may need to share personal information to run their everyday business. In the section below, we list the reasons that we may share your personal information:
¬ For everyday business purposes – such as to process your transactions, maintain your account(s), respond to court orders and legal investigations, or report to credit bureaus;
¬ For our marketing – to offer our products and services to you;
¬ For joint marketing with other financial companies;
¬ For our affiliates’ everyday business purposes – information about your transactions and experiences; or
¬ For non-affiliates to market to you.
Clients may opt out of sharing information for joint marketing to other financial companies, to our affiliates and to non-affiliates. If you are a new customer we may begin sharing your information on the day you sign our agreement. When you are no longer our customer, we may continue to share your information as described in this notice. However, you can contact us at any time to limit our sharing.
PROTECTING THE CONFIDENTIALITY OF CURRENT AND FORMER CLIENT’S INFORMATION
To protect your personal information from unauthorized access and use, we use security measures that comply with federal law, including computer safeguards and secured files and building.
FEDERAL LAW GIVES YOU THE RIGHT TO LIMIT SHARING – OPTING OUT
Federal law allows you the right to limit the sharing of your NPI by “opting-out” of the following: sharing for non-affiliates’ everyday business purposes – information about your creditworthiness; sharing with affiliates who use your information to market to you; or sharing with non-affiliates to market to you. State laws and individual companies may give you additional rights to limit sharing. Please notify us immediately if you choose to opt out of these types of sharing.
DEFINITIONS: Affiliates – companies related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and non-financial companies; Non-affiliates – companies not related by common ownership or control. They can be financial and non-financial companies; Joint marketing – a formal agreement between non-affiliated financial companies that together market financial products or services to you.
Please call if you have any questions. Your privacy, our professional ethics, and the ability to provide you with quality financial services are very important to us.