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Our Office Team

“During the time that I have worked in Financial Services thus far, my passion for this industry has grown immensely. I am a highly motivated individual and thrive at the opportunity to further develop my knowledge and skills. I am currently undertaking my CII exams in order to achieve the Level 4 Diploma and become qualified as an Independent Financial Planner. My ambition is to have a successful career within Financial Services and help people realise their financial goals. In order to achieve our lifetime objectives effective planning is required and I want to ensure that, even from a young age, people understand the importance and value of such proficient advice.”

Ellie Summers (Head of Paraplanning)

“I have worked in financial services for as long as I can remember, including some big organisations which were household names at the time. SFP is different in that it can really concentrate on delivering outstanding client outcomes.”

Vicky Burdon (Head of Administration)

“I work primarily with the Cheltenham based advisers, helping to prepare reports and recommendations for our clients. I am fully qualified to offer financial advice, but prefer to be office based, and like to ensure that all our research has been conducted to a very thorough standard. I have worked for major institutions as well as smaller operations, and always enjoy interacting with contented clients. I have lived in Cheltenham for many years after moving down from Liverpool with my then employer, Eagle Star.”

Karen Gardner (Senior Paraplanner)

“My role is to conduct all the necessary research to enable our advisers to prepare lifetime cashflow plans for our clients. This is an important facet of what we offer at Shore Financial Planning as it puts our clients in a position where they can more clearly foresee a number of financial scenarios which may affect their plans and objective. I have worked and supported Mark Helmke and Andy Thatcher for many years and we enjoy working together.”

Helen Bridger (Research Technician)

“I have worked in Financial Services in a variety of roles, from retail banking to mortgage arrears, this has given me the opportunity to see Financial Services from different perspectives. I decided to start studying the Level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning, then the opportunity to work at Shore Financial Planning arose, an opportunity that would allow me to use the knowledge gained from my studying to put this into practice as a Paraplanner. Since I first arrived here it is clear to see that the client always comes first in everything we do, which is really refreshing to see, having previously worked in mortgage arrears departments where there has been clear irresponsible lending/advice in the past.

Outside of work I am an avid football fan, supporting Liverpool. I have also taken up running, completing the Plymouth Half Marathon and am now considering which other challenges to take on.”

Nick Heathcote (Paraplanner)

“Whilst growing up I never knew what I wanted to do and by luck I found myself with a burgeoning passion for the financial services industry. After gaining some valuable experience elsewhere, I am now extremely proud to be working for SFP, who offer excellent customer and personal service which I find very refreshing after coming from a larger organisation. I have just started my CII Financial Diploma exams and hope to progress my career further with the support of the company. I have lived in Plymouth all my life and in my spare time I am a keen supporter of Plymouth Albion Rugby club.”

Sophie Berkley (Technical Support Administrator)

“I always try to get the door when the buzzer sounds, but it is never for me. My duties are to bark loudly at delivery guys and root around everyone’s bins. Oh, and sleeping.

I love working with my colleagues here because I regard all of them as my pals and chums, and when we play games together I win a lot. I don’t add much value to the business to be honest but don’t think anyone has noticed yet.

Out of work most of my interests are the same as in work, a bit like the top dogs here really.”

Splash (Office Dogsbody)

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