Simon has 30 years’ experience in financial services and provides independent financial planning advice to business owners and professionals. You’re more than your job, and Simon helps you make plans to live life to the full! Using cash flow tools and his insight into the world of pensions, investments, savings and inheritance, he helps clients see what they can achieve.
Simon works with a range of clients, some of whom are interested in investing for social, environmental and ethical concerns. He welcomes enquiries from anyone interested in exploring this approach.
Financial services career timeline
After leaving sixth form, Simon took a gap year to work for Royal Insurance in their motor claims team before studying Economics at Nottingham. After university, Simon joined the Inland Revenue Pension Schemes Office. The early years of Simon’s academic and working career set him up with a solid understanding of all aspects of finance and cemented his interest in using that knowledge to benefit others.
A move to KPMG widened Simon’s commercial experience. Whilst a trainee pension consultant, he studied with the Pensions Management Institute and the Chartered Insurance Institute. His studies gave Simon a well-rounded approach to personal finance, not just from a planning perspective, but it also underlined the importance of financial protection. In time, Simon was headhunted for a financial adviser role at Grant Thornton in Northampton. This expanded his capabilities beyond pensions and after a couple of years he left to join a smaller firm, Moore Stephens. Whilst there he sat more exams to obtain a diploma in Financial Planning. Having a young family at this time reinforced Simon’s belief in the power of financial planning and meant he was able to understand the concerns of his clients more fully.
2006 saw Simon make the leap from employment to self-employment, setting up as The Lost Coin. Simon’s achievements in recent years include obtaining a diploma from the Pensions Management Institute in 2012 and forming a limited company in 2014 to grow The Lost Coin further. Both of these elements have rounded out the service and understanding that Simon offers to clients.
Outside of work
Simon is committed to making a difference in his local community; he’s a founding member of the Sodbury and Yate Business Association and has been active since it began in 2009.
Simon and his wife Heidi have lived in Frampton Cotterell for eleven years, seeing all three children through the same senior school. Their two daughters are away, both studying for a degree in Children’s Nursing, and their son is at home studying for a diploma in Sound Engineering.
Qualifications at a glance
3 A levels in Economics, Latin and Maths
BA degree in Economics
Diploma in Financial Planning, member of Personal Finance Society since 2001
Diploma from Pensions Management Institute
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