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I am very proud of our Team and the effort they make to provide the best possible advice and service.
My career in the financial services world started in 1978. I have been part of many changes over the years and have gained a lot of experience advising businesses and individuals.
In my spare time I prefer to be outside. I enjoy exploring the countryside with my family, which include many pets and animals. I am a keen horse rider and have competed in dressage at Regional and National level.
Chris was the first Graduate Trainee on the Watson French Graduate Trainee Scheme and gained his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning under the mentorship of Stephen and Nick. He has since achieved Chartered Financial Planner status, is a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society, and became a director in 2017.
As a full member of STEP and a Trust and Estate Practitioner, Chris has highly specialist knowledge in the field of trusts, trustee investments and estate planning. He also provides advice on pensions and retirement planning, investments, protection and mortgages as well as financial planning for business owners and company directors.
Chris’s background is in agriculture – having been brought up on the family farm in west Cornwall he went on to study Agriculture at the University of Reading and graduated with a first-class honours degree in 2011.
Chris enjoys spending time with his young family and is a keen follower of cricket. He also serves as Treasurer and trustee for a local charity.
Gemma joined Watson French in 2011 and became our Administration Manager in 2012. She provides administrative and technical support and guidance to the advisory team and Managing Director, interacting directly with clients and financial institutions, as well as overseeing administrative processes and procedures. Gemma and our Administrator, Charlotte, will often be your first point of contact with Watson French and will deal with all matters professionally and confidentially.
Charlotte joined us in October 2018. She has previously worked in Greece, France and aboard a Superyacht in different hospitality roles gaining varied knowledge and experience. Charlotte is organised and approachable with a keen eye for detail, working with Gemma to provide a professional and friendly service.
In her spare time Charlotte enjoys spending time with loved ones, planning new experiences and skiing.
Aaron is the newest adviser to Watson French having completed his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning in July 2017. Aaron advises clients on mortgages, pensions, protection and investments whilst working towards Chartered Status.
Aaron has a background in science having studied Chemistry at university and spent time working in R&D for an oil and gas company. He also brings a lot of experience of regulated industries from his time working in Regulatory Affairs for Pharmaceutical and Medical Device companies.
In his spare time Aaron is kept busy by his martial arts training. He is a 2nd dan black belt in the Korean martial art Tang Soo Do and runs a weekly class for 10-16 year olds. He also enjoys surfing, climbing, yoga, walking the Cornish coastline and playing strategy games and puzzles.
Colleen was born and raised in South Africa and graduated a qualified educator. A thirst for travel and adventure led her to working on luxury cruise liners across the globe and eventually settling in Cornwall in 2016. She spent time working in alternative provision academies throughout Cornwall before joining the Watson French team in November 2017.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with friends and family, being outdoors travelling and planning future adventures.
Colleen is currently on maternity leave and will be returning in August 2020.
Nick has over 25 years’ experience as an adviser, having worked both with providers and in private practice. He is a Chartered Financial Planner, which he achieved in its first year of introduction. Working with individual and corporate clients he is particularly keen on pre and post retirement planning .
Outside of the office he has a passion for steam railways, large and small, and is much involved with the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. His other passion is for mountains and skiing.
Nick retired in May 2019 although continues to be involved with the business in a consultancy role.
Edward (Ned) Weight is the newest recruit of the Watson French Graduate Trainee Scheme and is currently studying for his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning. He graduated in International Relations and Politics, and has worked for a local MP, as well as in the food and drink industry, before joining the company in September 2019.
Ned was born and raised in Cornwall and his hobbies include mountain biking, snowboarding and surfing, whilst maintaining a keen interest in politics and international affairs.
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