Prior to joining St. James's Place, I enjoyed a career in professional rugby playing for Cardiff Blues, Llanelli Scarlets and Wales. I was forced to retire at the age of 23 after sustaining a career ending neck injury.
These unforeseen circumstances illustrate the fundamental importance of all individuals recognising and making informed investment planning decisions to ensure their future long term financial interests are planned for and protected.
Up until this time the only focus in my life had been rugby, it was my job - morning, noon and night. Following my injury I was devastated and I could not think how I work ever find joy in my work again, but I have. Each day brings a new challenge, a new motivation, a new opportunity and thirst for learning. My previous career has prepared me for my new role in many unforeseen ways.
My career as a professional athlete gave me a range of skills and personal values which are now equally relevant to my role as a financial planner. These include the critical value and importance of trusted relationships, honesty and integrity. An absolute commitment and work ethic to do the best in all I do. It is these qualities that now influence and underpin everything I do.
My emphasis is on building and maintaining long-term relationships with my clients, and to provide them with a source of trusted advice as their financial needs evolve over the years. I offer a bespoke and high-level personal service, taking time to understand people's needs and future aspirations before offering advice. It is about understanding your needs and concerns and working together to over the lifetime of our partnership to find solutions.
Away from work I still have a thirst for sport. My great love for rugby and those who play it remains. I have returned to the golf course after many years - remain a bit rusty but it gets a bit better each time!