Meet… the boss, Tony

We believe that to help you, we need to get to know you – and vice versa. So here’s your chance to learn a little more about the people who make up the Paraplanning Hub team.

 

Tony is the founding director and head of paraplanning, who launched Paraplanning Hub in January 2017 – and has been here ever since.

 

He first became involved in the financial world in his 20s, when banks and building societies started offering financial advice and started recruiting trainees. He now spends his days undertaking technical research and report writing for financial planners so they can spend more time in front of client, and his favourite part of the job is… developing new paraplanners!

 

We asked him some of our most probing questions to see what makes him tick…

 

When you’re not at work, we can find you… Cycling around Darlington and Durham.

 

Most important lesson you’ve learned in your working life: Only work with people you like.

 

What was your first job?  Saturdays and evenings in a butchers’ shop.

 

What was your strangest job? Production supervisor at the crisp factory; everyone in management ran around shouting at each other and finding faults – it was an awful, bullying culture.

 

Where is your favourite place to visit? California.

 

Do you have any hobbies? Cycling.

 

If you were an animal what would you be? A dog.

 

If you were an ice cream flavour what would you be? Salted caramel.

 

Do you speak any languages? Very poor German.

 

What is your biggest pet peeve? Bad manners.

 

If you could be anyone for the day who would you be? Richard Branson, to understand how he outsources the running of all the Virgin brands

 

What is your proudest moment? On a personal level, it’s obviously the birth of my children on a personal level. On a professional level, being offered the role of head of financial planning at Coopers and Lybrand (now PwC).

 

What is your guilty pleasure? Wine.

 

Describe yourself in three words:  Passionate, caring and changeable.

 

What did you want to be when you grew up? An officer in the Army

 

What always makes you happy? Cycling.

 

What do you do to relax? Cycling.

 

And finally, what’s your most controversial opinion? Disc brakes should be compulsory on road bikes.