About us

We’re Providus, a firm of independent financial advisers based in Highams Park, London and Chippenham, Wiltshire. We work with individuals and businesses to help them build the financial future they want.

When you feel confident about your finances, you’re free – with more time and energy to focus on what really counts.

We’ll help you work out if lower costs in one place could get you better cover somewhere else. And we’ll help you think about the level of risk you’re taking with your investments, to make sure it fits with your objectives.

Our clients range from first time buyers trying to find a mortgage to large companies providing employee benefits to their staff. They come from all over London and the surrounding areas, but most are based close to us in Walthamstow, Highams Park, Chingford, Leyton, Leytonstone, Woodford and Wanstead. Being part of a thriving local community really matters to us. We’re proud to be based here, and to support other local businesses, schools and organisations like the Salvation Army and the Walthamstow Toy Library.

Providus was set up in 2015 by experienced IFA Antony Smith. There are now eight of us in the team, each with different expertise and responsibilities.


Antony Smith

Director and founder

Antony Smith is our Director and founder. He helps clients enhance and protect their wealth, plan their estates and make their businesses stronger and more resilient.

Before becoming an IFA, Antony ran an IFA practice, and spent time helping clients who’d been mis-sold endowments in the past. This experience made him determined to set up a business that did it better. He became an IFA in 2011, first working with a West End firm, and then moving to a practice in South Woodford in 2014. When the owner of that business retired, Antony decided to form Providus.

Antony is regularly recommended by his clients and on local social media sites, and it was on the strength of this track record that he was able to start up his own business.

Antony holds the Diploma in Financial Planning, Certificates in Mortgage and Equity Release Advice as well as advanced qualifications in Tax and Trust planning. He is studying towards his Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and obtaining Chartered Financial Planner Status. Antony also holds an Honours Degree in Economics with French, and spent a year in Paris as part of his Degree Course.

Outside of work, Antony enjoys spending time with his family, taking walks in Epping Forest and going away for long weekends. He regularly plays 5-a-side football and is an avid Southampton fan. Antony loves to travel, exploring new cultures and has a particular love of Scuba Diving. He is hoping to be able to dive with Whale Sharks one day.

To find out more or book an appointment call 0333 456 0468 or email hello@providusfinancial.co.uk