Karen Gorbutt


01474 709605 karen@blueoceanfp.co.uk

At work

I have been with Blue Ocean Financial Planning since 2016, having previously worked at Morgan Stanley in Canary Wharf for nine years in an administrative position.

I started here as a Financial Administrator and my role included preparing files for client meetings, processing business applications, and assisting with general client enquiries.

In January 2021 I qualified as a Level 4 Paraplanner, and now provide comprehensive support for the advisers by reviewing client portfolios, financial objectives, and attitude to risk before researching suitable investment strategies and recommendations. I also assist with compiling cash flow analysis, preparing applications and drafting suitability letters for the clients.

Later this year I intend to progress my career and improve my knowledge by completing the Level 4 Diploma for Financial Advisers.

At play

I have been married for 11 years and have two sons aged 10 and 11. We also have a small scruffy dog called Snoopi who has become my third child and has the easiest life of all of us!

In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, amateur dramatics, pole fitness and socialising with my friends. I also love food and enjoy cooking and trying out new recipes. As I’m vegetarian, I also like to challenge myself to make something the whole family will eat!

Karen in the spotlight

On an ideal weekend, you can find me

Spending time outdoor with my kids followed by an evening out with friends for dinner and drinks.

My favourite holiday destination is

Greek islands with the family.

My favourite song to play in the car is

At the moment it’s ‘Juice’ by Lizzo

The first album I bought was

Duran Duran, ‘Seven and the Ragged Tiger’.

If I could be any fictional character, I would be

I once played Ruth Ellis (last British woman to be hanged) on stage in a play called ‘The Thrill of Love’ which was my favourite role ever.

If I could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, I would win a medal in

Pole dancing!

When the dessert menu arrives, I’m looking for


The three qualities that draw me to new people are

Sense of humour, Things we have in common / similar experiences, Fun, positive – ‘glass half full’ people

My pet peeve is

Getting up early

The best gift I’ve ever received is

A surprise weekend in Paris for my birthday arranged by my husband just after we met.

The three people at my dream dinner party would be

Michael McIntyre, Sullivan Stapleton, Mark Zuckerberg

The three small things that make my day better are

Coffee, Chocolate, Laughter

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Working with Blue Ocean has enabled myself and my wife to invest our pension savings with the confidence that they are being managed by a professional team of qualified financial advisers. They have been very supportive and responsive when we've requested a detailed analysis of our investment performance and the outcome has been positive in terms of the expected returns. I have recommended family and friends to Blue Ocean and they have been equally very satisfied with the service.

Glen Ridout


A client since 2011

We would have no problem whatsoever in recommending the services of Blue Ocean for sound financial appreciation and advice, all handled in a friendly, convivial and concerned manner. Blue Ocean are always looking at how they can go that extra mile for their clients. This is a rare positive commodity in any business environment in today's world. The financial advice is always considered and simply explained in terms of what if and if you invested here etc. There is no pressure put on me to invest in high-risk return possibilities and at all stages the advice given is tailored to the perceived situation of their clients.

Barry William Ednie

Tonbridge, Kent

A client since 2013

Over the past 18 years, I have received very reassuring advice on my investments and always been treated in a friendly but professional manner.

Jacqueline Prosser


A client since 2001

I have known John for over 20 years and have always been satisfied with his integrity, knowledge and reliability. I recommend him to business and family contacts without reserve.

Paul Richardson


A client since 2002

Bespoke service... friendly, helpful staff.

Jane Stevens

Dartford, Kent

A client since 2017

Blue Ocean resolved a difficult situation in a very satisfactory way. The whole staff are extremely friendly and helpful and it was very cost-effective.

Richard Mersh


A client since 2017

Since we have used John and the team over the years our investments have gone from strength to strength. We’re very happy with the work they have done for us. I am now in a position to retire with no money worries.

Keith Yeates


A client since 2008

Honest, well versed, ‘personal touch’ business out to make sure everyone has satisfaction.

John Townsend

Hearn Bay, Kent

A client since 2017

I have received honest advice in a relaxed, friendly environment with my personal circumstances paramount.

Janice Hill


A client since 2009

I love Blue Ocean Hartley! So very helpful and fantastic staff.

Christine Bryant

Dartford, Kent

A client since 2009

Blue Ocean has always given me the help and advice that I feel protects my family’s investments. Not only have we used Blue Ocean for more than 20 years, but the team have always made us feel welcome. Always at the end of the phone for any advice we may need. Many thanks!

Russell Paul David

Rochester, Kent

A client since 2001

I have been advised by Blue Ocean for the past 21 years, and have always found their service sound, helpful and supportive.

Louise Bober


A client since 1999

Having the benefits of sound financial advice from Blue Ocean for over 20 years, I would recommend them without hesitation.

Andrew Martin

Medway, Kent

A client since 1999

We have used John Doyle and Blue Ocean for over 20 years as our financial adviser for everything from mortgages, pensions, income protection, trusts and investments. His advice has always been realistic, reliable and no-nonsense. He has always understood our requirements and has advised accordingly.

Michaela Franklin


A client since 1999

I find them very easy to deal with. Extremely knowledgeable and with no pressure.

George Howell


A client since 2016

I moved my investments to Blue Ocean in 2014. The advice I have received has been more professional and my investments have performed better. The staff are polite and always quick to respond to queries.

Lee Menzies

East Sussex

A client since 2014

Having been a client of Blue Ocean for the past 3-4 years, I can honestly say there is nobody I trust more with regards to my financial future than John and the team. Too good to be true? Not with Blue Ocean!

Liam Ryan


A client since 2016

Very good, friendly advice from a good team.

Stephen Williams


A client since 2010

Knowledgeable, approachable and always happy to discuss my issues.

Michael Southall


A client since 2018

Professional and reactive to any questions regarding your investment.

Michael Gould


A client since 2011