Simonne Gnessen

With over 30 years’ experience working in the field of personal finance, Simonne Gnessen is the pioneer of financial coaching in the UK. She’s founder of Wise Monkey Financial Coaching and co author of ‘Sheconomics‘, a book designed to help women unravel the mysteries of the money world and change their money habits.


Originally practising as an Independent Financial Adviser for 10 years, Simonne broke away from the profession because she saw a need that wasn’t being satisfied by traditional financial services. Recognising that there was far more to working with people and their money than focusing on maximising assets, she started her own Financial Coaching practice over 20 years ago to help clients build a better relationship with money and feel calmer, more in control and confident about their finances.

Offering a blend of guidance and coaching, Simonne helps clients fully navigate the financial side of their lives, challenge dysfunctional behaviours and transform their emotional relationship with money. She’s been described as a ‘holistic financial coach who can crunch numbers, while also getting under the hood and doing deep work’. As well as her client work, Simonne also developed a training arm to Wise Monkey to train others to create their own Financial Coaching practice.

Simonne is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute, a certified coach, ILM Level 7 Coaching and Mentoring trained and a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF). She’s also a Master Practitioner in Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) and a Registered Life Planner®.

Her work has been featured on BBC radio and TV, and in a wide variety of national newspapers and magazines.

For more information, visit:

Wise Monkey’s website

Financial Coach Training

Wise Monkey Audio

Wise Monkey in the press


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