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The team

Meet our team

Find out about our professional and experienced team - who they are, how they can help you and how you can contact them.


Alan JohnstonThe Boss

Alan has had 27 years’ experience having been in Financial Services since 1991, and opened City Gate Aberdeen Ltd in 2002. He is committed to ensuring that he continues to offer the highest service to his clients, gaining the status of Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning (APFS) in early 2016, continuing with his studies to obtain the highest level designation of Fellowship of the Personal Finance Society (FPFS) later that year, he also has the Certificate in Advanced Mortgage Advice and is a member of the Society of Mortgage Professionals (Cert SMP), not forgetting to mention that he is also an Independent Financial Adviser and Chartered Financial Planner.

Alan offers a full financial planning service from mortgage, investments, pension to equity release and has clients from London to Inverness, although his client base is mainly in Aberdeenshire. He also has a large following of Polish clients who have made their homes in the North East.

He has won the following awards through the TenetConnect network:

  • Adviser of the year (North) 2017
  • Winner of TenetConnect Small firm of the Year 2017 (1-3 Advisers)
  • Winner of TenetConnect Small firm of the Year 2016 (1-3 Advisers)
  • Winner of TenetConnect Small firm of the Year 2015 (1-3 Advisers)
  • Top Mortgage Adviser North 2015
  • Top Mortgage Registered Individual North 2014
  • Newcomer of the Year 2013

He is married with two daughters (although he does not see enough of them due to his long working hours). He is a shareholder of Aberdeen Football Club and is still playing amateur football..........just!

Alister LinkIndependent Financial Adviser

Alister joined City Gate Aberdeen at the start of 2020 and brings over 25 years experience in the financial services industry to the team including 14 years running his own practice.

As an Independent Financial Adviser Alister enjoys building long-term client relationships by developing a deep understanding of their circumstances and objectives.

Taking a holistic approach including the use of lifetime cashflow planning Alister strives to help clients achieve the lifestyle they want for themselves and their families both now and in the future without having the fear of running out of money.

As a retired (failed) footballer Alister now enjoys a regular game of tennis but readily admits he is not about to be the next Scot at Wimbledon! Having a love of music, he can often be seen shaking his stuff at concerts locally and further afield.

E: enquiries@citygateaberdeen.co.uk T: 01224 590600
Johnny WinterbottomMortgage Adviser

Johnny joined City Gate Aberdeen in 2017 and brings with him over 10 years of experience in helping clients with their mortgage and insurance requirements.

Outside of work, Johnny enjoys weekends away along the Moray Coast, with his family and pets.

Bill BalfourParaplanner

Bill joined City Gate Aberdeen in June 2019 and has been in the life and pensions industry for around 30 years and thoroughly enjoys the role of Paraplanner. He plays Table Tennis for Brechin in the Dundee & District League; enjoys most sports and follows Brechin City FC.

Bill also enjoys his annual holidays to Brazil.

E: enquiries@citygateaberdeen.co.uk T: 01224 590600
Caroline Sutherland Personal Assistant to Alan Johnston

Caroline started working with Alan Johnston in October 2002, having been in the financial services industry since November 1992. Her roles have been varied over the years but her favourite is her current role as PA to Alan with numerous Managerial Duties.

Caroline is an avid Scotland Rugby supporter and was thrilled to be at BT Murrayfield when Scotland won the Calcutta Cup for the first time in 10 years.  She is also a fully paid up member of the Scotland Supporters Club and is now a Season Ticket Holder, which has allowed her to go to 2 away games (so far) in Paris and Rome

Caroline is also a huge fan of everything Strictly Come Dancing, loves walks along the beach front, whatever the weather. She is married with two children.

Karina WysockaData Administrator

Karina joined the Team in 2014 and as the name suggests is from Poland, although she considers Scotland to be her home. In Poland she worked as a Company Solicitor's Assistant for over 7 years.

She loves her job as Administrator at City Gate and is a great asset as we have a huge number of Polish clients who appreciate hearing their native tongue (and assistance when translation becomes difficult). She considers herself open minded and always ready for new challenges.

Out of hours she is an active person, however values family time at home, surrounded by her 3 cats, watching Crime Investigation films.

E: enquiries@citygateaberdeen.co.uk T: 01224 590600
KAREN WALKERClient Asset Administrator

Karen joined the team in November 2017. She has 16 years banking experience, five of those as a Mortgage Advisor, before having a career change and spending 12 years as an Administrator for a recruitment company. Karen returned to the financial sector in 2015, working for an investment company and is now enjoying her varied role at City Gate Aberdeen.

Shona SangsterBusiness Administrator

Shona joined the team in February 2018. She has many years of experience as an Administrator and is very much enjoying her current role as a Business Administrator to our Mortgage Consultant, Johnny Winterbottom.  
Shona enjoys camping holidays, music, and spending time with her two children.

E: enquiries@citygateaberdeen.co.uk T: 01224 590600
Johanna BarclayReceptionist / Administrator

Johanna joined the team in August 2020 after graduating from University of Aberdeen with a degree in Psychology.  She is thoroughly enjoying her time at City Gate Aberdeen where she loves taking on new challenges and learning new concepts.

Outside of work, Johanna values spending quality time with family and friends, and going on long walks with her partner

Company address: City Gate Aberdeen Ltd, 51 Chapel Street, Aberdeen, Scotland, AB10 1SS

T: 01224 590600 E: enquiries@citygateaberdeen.co.uk

Registered Address: Same as above
Registration in Scotland under reference: SC236583

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