Simon has experience in all elements of financial planning, although pension planning is his main area of expertise, specifically Defined Benefit transfers. Simon also has a keen interest in markets and investments which often means discussing and implementing investment decisions with the Hartsfield portfolio manager.
Before moving into a planning role, he accrued wider industry experience with both SIPP and platform providers. Simon particularly appreciates being part of a very experienced team and the ability to bounce ideas off each other to make sure suitable planning is put in place for even the most complex of client circumstances.
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).
You can see the qualifications Simon holds by clicking the button below.
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 Regulated Financial Planning – DipPFSThe Level 4 Diploma meets the FCA’s qualification requirements for retail investment advisers, demonstrating core technical knowledge and financial planning capabilities across six core areas.
Certificate in Discretionary Investment Management – CertPFS (DM)The Level 4 Certificate develops the wealth strategy and portfolio management skills required for effective discretionary investment management.
Certificate in Pension Transfer Advice – PTSPension Transfer Specialist. The Level 4 Certificate demonstrates the in-depth knowledge and practical skills needed by anyone seeking to advise on the transfer of safeguarded benefits.
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.
Personal Tax and Trust Planning (AF1)Assesses the candidate’s ability to develop in depth financial planning skills related to personal tax and trusts.
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.
Pensions Transfers (AF7)Assesses the specialist knowledge and skills needed for advising on the transfer of safeguarded benefits.
Trusts (J02)The objective of this unit is to develop an understanding of various types of trust.
Discretionary Investment Management (J10)Assessing knowledge and understanding of the role of the Discretionary Investment Manager, and the ability to analyse and apply financial information and portfolio management skills.
Long Term Care Insurance (CF8)Assessing an understanding of long term care contracts.
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.
Financial Planning Practice (R06)Assesses advisers financial planning capabilities. Tests the practical application of technical knowledge and planning skills already gained, supporting the provision of competent and appropriate advice.
Accreditations and awards
What matters most
What matters most to Simon about working for Hartsfield?
I value Hartsfield’s emphasis on good client outcomes, with the team willing to go above and beyond for our clients. We have a wealth of knowledge and experience within the team, which enables us to bounce numerous ideas off of each other, as after all, financial planning can be considered an art rather than an exact science. Hartsfield also acknowledges that certain personality types are more suited for specific job roles, allowing staff to flourish in roles that are naturally skewed towards their specific personality traits.
What matters most to Simon about his specific role?
I enjoy using my knowledge and experience to ensure we are delivering the best outcome for our clients. Every client is unique in terms of circumstances, needs and objectives, which provides variety and challenge on a day-to-day basis. My role is more of a ‘hands-off’ approach in terms of client contact as my strengths lie in the more technical aspects of financial planning and the majority of my role is centred around research and report writing.
Whilst I have been in the financial services industry for nearly 10 years, a large proportion of this was working for life offices, platforms and SIPP providers. I have been a paraplanner for nearly three years and my proudest achievement to date is obtaining my Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and Chartered Financial Planner status, which was a very busy and challenging period with 14 exams completed in the space of just under three years.
What matters most to Simon outside of work?
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my wife and daughter. We are also due to have our second child soon. I enjoy following investment markets and trying to develop my skills further. I am currently learning to code in Python, which is heavily used across the financial services industry. If I really want to ‘relax’ then it would be some computer games on the PC/PS4 or a good series on Netflix!
I am a keen cyclist and commute to and from our office in Bristol four to five days a week. I aim to complete some form of cycling challenge at some point in the near future for the benefit of the Hartsfield Charity Trust.
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