Mark has over 22 years of industry experience. His career before he became Hartsfield’s Compliance Officer spanned across both provider and advisory firms; both large and small in various roles including paraplanning, advisory, and as a Training and Competence Supervisor for a large financial advice network. Mark joined Hartsfield in 2015.
As Mark’s main duties are centred around Compliance and Training & Competence, his focus is on the risk and quality side of the entire Hartsfield group. He is also the Group’s MLRO and Data Protection Officer.
Statement of professional standing
All financial planners and advisers must have an up-to-date Statement of Professional Standing (SPS). This shows they are suitably qualified for the position and have carried out the required amount of Continuous Professional Development (CPD).
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Fellowship of the Personal Finance Society
Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning – APFSThe Level 6 Advanced Diploma builds on existing knowledge enabling advisers to demonstrate specialist planning capabilities and offer a sophisticated and comprehensive approach to financial management.
Diploma in Financial Planning – DipPFSThe level 4 Diploma demonstrates core technical understanding across a broad range of key financial planning areas.
Certificate in Financial Services – Cert CII (FS)The Level 3 Certificate demonstrates knowledge and understanding of the financial services industry in general, including regulation, legislation, and key retail investment products.
Certificate in Mortgage Advice – Cert CII (MP)The Level 3 Certificate meets the FCA’s qualification requirements for mortgage advisers. It develops an understanding of the sector and the mortgage process, enabling advisers to meet individual client needs.
European Financial Planner – EFPThe mission of the European Financial Planning Association is to set, promote and implement high quality standards for competence and ethical behaviour for the financial advisory sector throughout Europe, benefiting the profession, financial firms and clients.
Business Financial Planning (AF2)Assesses the candidate’s ability to develop in depth financial planning skills related to business.
Pension Planning (AF3)Assesses the candidate’s ability to develop in depth financial planning skills related to personal and corporate pensions.
Investment Planning (AF4)Assesses in depth financial planning skills related to investments and the management of investment portfolios. Demonstrates specialist planning capabilities and a sophisticated and comprehensive approach to financial management.
Financial Planning Process (AF5)Assesses advisers advanced financial planning capabilities. Tests the practical application of technical knowledge and planning skills already gained, supporting the provision of competent and appropriate advice.
Senior Management and Supervision (AF6)Assesses the ability to apply and evaluate the supervision principles and practices in a retail financial services business.
Financial Services, Regulation and Ethics (R01)Assesses a knowledge and understanding of the financial services industry, including regulation, legislation and the Code of Ethics.
Investment Principles (R02)Assesses a knowledge and understanding of investment products and the application of the investment advice process.
Personal Taxation (R03)Assesses a knowledge and understanding of the UK taxation system, and the ability to analyse the taxation treatment of individuals and trusts during the investment advice process.
Pensions and Retirement Planning (R04)Assesses a knowledge and understanding of an ability to analyse pension and retirement planning issues.
Financial Protection (R05)Assesses a knowledge and understanding of an ability to analyse financial protection planning issues.
Supervision in a Regulated Environment (J07)Develops an understanding of key supervisory concepts and approaches.
Mortgage Advice Qualification (MAQ)Assesses the knowledge and understanding of the UK regulation environment in the financial services industry together with types of mortgage products and repayment options and the giving of mortgage advice.
Investment and Risk (CF2)This examination assesses a knowledge and understanding of investment products and the risks involved.
Financial Services Products and Solutions (LP2)Assesses a knowledge and understanding of customer needs, including an understanding of key retail financial products such as savings, investments and tax wrappers.
Financial Services and their Regulation (FP1)Assessing an understanding of the financial services industry including regulation and legislation.
Protection, Savings and Investment (FP2)Assesses an understanding of protection, savings and investment products.
Identifying and Satisfying Client Needs (FP3)
Accreditations and awards
What matters most
What matters most to Mark about working for Hartsfield?
Working with a firm where the philosophy and values are shared by everyone within the company is really important to me. Striking the right work/life balance is also important and I’m very fortunate to be able to work for a company that can offer me the flexibility to achieve this.
What matters most to Mark about his specific role?
I cover a number of roles within the business which complement each other well and having the autonomy to conduct each role is important to me as it allows me to be forward-thinking in everything I do. Given the ever-changing regulatory landscape and industry in general; to be able to continually develop and learn in an environment that allows me to do so, also matters to me.
What matters most to Mark outside of work?
Life can be busy enough, so, for me; it’s making the time to be able to do the things me and my family want to do, when we want to do it. Whilst I have plans for the future, it’s also important for me to do things now!
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