Important members of your Flying Colours financial planning team and what they do

The winner of a Formula One race is the driver who crosses the line first. They’re the one that stands up on the podium and enjoys the adoration of the crowds.

Yet, they are only one part of the puzzle. There could be anywhere from 300 to 1,200 people involved in designing and building the car, preparing and setting up, and maintaining the car before, during, and after the race.

While the driver themselves has a crucial role, their success is only made possible by the support of the experienced team behind them.

Financial planning is much the same.

You may meet with your financial adviser to discuss your goals, adjust your plan, and find solutions to challenges. However, the service they provide is backed up by a whole team of accomplished professionals who each have a distinct role.

Read on to learn more about the different members of your financial planning team and what they do.

Stephen Murphy – Customer Relationship Manager

Stephen Murphy, our Customer Relationship Manager, is likely to be the first person that you will deal with on your financial planning journey.

He talks to prospective clients about what they are hoping to get out of their work with us. This allows him to connect them with the most suitable adviser, so we can effectively meet their needs.

After Stephen refers you to the most suitable financial adviser, you will have your initial meeting to discuss your goals.

While you will primarily interact with your adviser, they receive support from several other members of the team.

Freddie Barton – Protection Consultant and Paraplanner

Freddie is one of our experienced paraplanners, providing vital support to financial advisers in the business.

The role of a paraplanner is varied and typically covers much of the behind-the-scenes work involved in creating your financial plan. For instance, Freddie might help with scheduling meetings between you and your adviser, drawing up cashflow forecasts, and updating your plan as your circumstances change.

Paraplanners typically gather and organise information about your finances, and your financial adviser can then give you “big picture” insights based on this information. During your meetings, your financial adviser will discuss these observations and their recommended actions with you.

Some paraplanners, like Freddie, are training to be a financial adviser. However, it is a distinct and important role in itself and many people have a long and accomplished career as a paraplanner.

Emily McCrory – Senior Administrator

Emily McCrory is a highly experienced Senior Administrator and she has all kinds of important duties. Administrators provide crucial operational support by maintaining contact between clients and advisers, retrieving and storing client documents, and preparing files ahead of client meetings.

Emily’s essential role and the brilliant work that she does for us has recently been recognised by the industry and she is on the shortlist for the “Administrator of the Year” in the Professional Adviser Awards 2024.

This is a huge achievement that demonstrates the quality of service we offer our clients at every level.

Siobhan Kearns – Compliance Monitoring Officer

 Siobhan Kearns is one of our Compliance Monitoring Officers. It is her job to help ensure that we adhere to important industry regulations.

All our interactions with clients must be conducted in accordance with certain regulations set out by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). These regulations protect our clients by ensuring that we provide a fair service, and always act in their best interests.

Siobhan does the vital job of monitoring adherence with the regulatory framework within the business, as well as completing file reviews and triaging client cases to ensure that we remain compliant. The role may also involve collecting and maintaining essential records in accordance with FCA guidelines.

Marisa Luttrell – Investment Analyst

Ensuring that our investment solutions are appropriate for our clients is a valuable part of our service. With our guidance, you may be able to grow your wealth and increase your chances of meeting your financial goals.

Marisa Luttrell conducts vital research and analysis and creates reports on performance, so we can make informed decisions about investing your wealth and potentially increase your chances of generating meaningful growth.

“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”

Famous philosopher Aristotle once said, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts” and that is true of financial planning.

Each of the team members listed above plays an equally vital role in the business. When they all come together, they deliver value that exceeds what a single financial adviser could provide on their own.

Ultimately, our clients benefit from the collective work of our team as it allows them to create and implement a financial plan that helps them to achieve a brighter financial future.

Get in touch

You could benefit from the combined expertise of our team if you trust us to manage your financial plan.

Email or call 0333 241 9900 for more information.

Please note

This article is for general information only and does not constitute advice. The information is aimed at retail clients only.

The Financial Conduct Authority does not regulate cashflow planning.

The value of your investments (and any income from them) can go down as well as up and you may not get back the full amount you invested. Past performance is not a reliable indicator of future performance. Investments should be considered over the longer term (minimum of 5 years) and should fit in with your overall risk profile and financial circumstances.