Mr Riches joined CBWM in October 2017 as a qualified financial adviser with 10 years' industry experience and holding the diploma in Financial Planning.
Shortly after joining, he received an award from the Sussex Personal Finance Society for the best completed diploma in regulated Financial Planning for the 2016-17 academic year.
He then completed a further six exams in 2017-18, including four at degree equivalent level.
He became a Chartered Financial Planner in December 2018, but continued to study, gaining four additional qualifications to become a Fellow in October of this year – one of around only 5,000 practitioners in the UK to hold this qualification.
Mr Riches said: “I have always taken professional development seriously and I consider the journey that I have pursued over the last two years to be my personal Everest.
“It’s a great feeling to reach the summit after around 2,500 hours of study.”
Roy Thompson, partner and head of CBWM, added: “Congratulations to Kelvin on his Fellowship appointment, which is very well deserved after the hard work and effort he has put in.
“We are pleased to have such a dedicated individual on board and are confident that if you approach us for financial advice, our team, including Kelvin, has the technical expertise to ensure a quality outcome is delivered.”