Independent financial advisory company continues to bolster team
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Independent financial advisory firm Phil Anderson Financial Services has recently doubled its headcount with its latest two appointments.
Andrew Scouller has joined the Ellon-based company as a financial adviser, while Emma Reid is working as a trainee financial adviser, bringing the team up to a total of 15 members of staff, more than double the seven they numbered last year.
Cruden Bay-based Mr Scouller has a strong background in financial services, having worked in the sector for the past 16 years.
Most recently he was employed as an independent financial adviser with EIS Financial Services, where he specialised in providing advice to teachers and their families.
In his new role he will be advising clients on retirement planning, savings and investments, and protection.
He said: “I really enjoy retirement planning as this is where independent advice is really important – it allows us to tailor plans to fit clients’ needs, rather than a generic, off-the-shelf option.
"I’m looking forward to supporting a wider range of clients with Phil Anderson Financial Services, and building strong and meaningful relationships with those clients.”
Aberdeen-born Emma Reid has recently completed an LLB Scots Law with English Law degree at the University of Aberdeen.
Alongside her studies she worked in various roles within the NHS, which saw her most recently managing a clinical administration team which facilitated the roll-out of the vaccine project.
She will continue studying in her new role. Initially she will be supporting the team to meet the needs of clients, while also studying for a diploma through the London Institute of Banking and Finance to become a fully qualified financial adviser.
She said: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Phil Anderson Financial Services, and working with such a committed and successful team as we continue to grow from strength to strength.
"I look forward to gaining more experience in this dynamic industry, and applying the knowledge I will gain through the professional qualification to better serve our clients.”
Company founder and managing director Phil Anderson said: “I’m certain that Andrew and Emma will be great assets to our growing team – both bring with them a wealth of different skillsets, knowledge and expertise.
"Andrew is a very highly regarded figure within the industry, having built up a sound reputation for delivering independent financial advice over the past 16 years.
"Emma’s background in law, combined with her strong work ethic will undoubtedly serve her well as she progresses in her career as part of our team.
“Despite the challenges of lockdown, our client base has continued to grow across the north-east and beyond, prompting this continued expansion of our team.
"As well as ensuring we have the capacity to support our growing number of clients, we’re also committed to supporting our staff to acquire the professional knowledge and qualifications they need to offer the best possible financial advice, and to further their own career development.”
The firm experienced its busiest month ever for new applications in March. In addition to the increase in their mortgage business, it has continued to support an ever-widening number of customers with their financial affairs across a range of service areas including investments, pensions, savings, mortgages and insurance, despite the restrictions and challenges of the past year.
The company currently has offices across the north-east, with a new office in the pipeline for Caithness, as well as a prospective move to larger premises for its headquarters in Ellon.