New Personal Finance Society President chairs inaugural Financial Planning Practitioner Panel

Posted On: 
21st September 2017

As part of the Society’s focus on good practice sharing, incoming Personal Finance Society (PFS) president, Sharon Sutton, recently chaired the first meeting of a new Financial Planning Practitioner Panel. 

Working with consultants Steve Gazzard, ex-IFP chief executive and Carrie Bendall, the panel of experienced financial planners will be guiding the PFS as it broadens its CPD programme to incorporate inspirational financial planning good practice.

The Financial Planning Practitioner Panel comprises the following practitioner members:

Chair - Sharon Sutton, PFS President, managing director, Thornton Chartered Financial Planners

Vice Chair - Jane Hodges, managing director, Money Honey Financial Planning

Adrian Quick, director, HarperLees

Anthony Villis, managing partner, First Wealth,

Neil Bailey, director, Fortitude Financial Planning

Damien Rylett, managing director, Brunel Capital Partners

Garry Hale, managing director, HK Wealth

Gemma Siddle, director, Eldon Financial Planning

Julie Lord, chief executive, Magenta Financial Planning

Simon Thomas, head of policy, regulatory and compliance, Tenet Group Limited

Adam Carolan, director, Xentum

Brendan O’Ciobhain, managing director, Phoenix Wealth Management

The PFS has established the experienced practitioner panel to provide relevant financial planning insight and guidance to the wider profession as part of a continued focus on consumer outcomes and business sustainability.

Keith Richards, PFS chief executive, said: "The advice landscape continues to evolve with financial planning becoming central to the government’s desire for consumers to take more responsibility for their own financial futures. Increasing consumer demand for advice and feedback from members reinforces the need for the PFS to play a key role in providing ‘good practice’ guidance on financial planning methodologies which is central to our strategic commitment to evolve our purpose and build public trust.

“The practitioner panel also supports our ‘united profession’ drive to become a more inclusive and professional society."  

Steve Gazzard added: "Our panel is made up of some of the leading practitioners who have grown successful financial planning businesses. I have no doubt that their stories will inspire many more advisers to adopt some of the tools and techniques that contribute to good financial planning practice. Not only will advisers benefit from proposition and process insights, but business owners will get access to those that have often learned the hard way.”

President and Panel Chair, Sharon Sutton commented: "PFS membership gives access to such fantastic resources, but the knowledge and experience within our membership is unique. We are honoured to have such a distinguished and passionate group of individuals who are willing to share what they have learned for the benefit of the wider profession.”

Practical resources being developed by the panel include a good practice guide and specialist CPD events.