Meet The Team
Adam Pollard – Managing Director
Having left the Royal Marines in 1990 Adam read Geography at Exeter University before entering the Financial Services industry and establishing Sound Financial Management in 1997 with the desire to help clients achieve their financial goals.
He brings energy and enthusiasm to a sometimes complex topic whilst his resilience and optimism helps to keep his clients and their businesses ahead of the game.
Adam is happily married to Rachael and is an enthusiastic mountain biker and skier and is always looking for new and exciting challenges.
Paul Meatyard – Director
Paul grew up in Plymouth where he attended St Boniface College. After entering the financial services industry in 1988 he joined Sound Financial Management in 2004 as a director.
Paul works with clients throughout the UK and specialises in pension, investment and inheritance tax planning. He recognises the value of establishing close personal relationships with clients when it comes to managing their money ensuring the all important element of trust is maintained at all times.
He has made appearances on local radio in his capacity as a financial planner and has also written numerous financial articles for the press.
Aside from attending the gym regularly, Paul has a passion for winter sports, particularly snowboarding.
Stephen Murphy – Director
Stephen is well versed in all aspects of financial planning, his specialist knowledge lies in Pensions, having studied and passed Advanced Papers in ‘Trust & Taxation’ and ‘Pensions’. He works with a wide variety of clients including company directors, business owners, high net worth individuals and professionals, helping each of them to make the best of their finances.
Stephen has three grown-up children and enjoys an active lifestyle. He particularly enjoys skiing, scuba diving, cycling and running.
Emma Hibbard-Leach – Financial Controller
With her degree in European Business Studies, Emma gained a wide-range of experience with several organisations, large and small, throughout the UK and overseas before joining us in 2001 as our Financial Controller. She is responsible for the accounting and operations of the company helping to ensure we deliver the highest quality service for clients using efficient, effective and compliant processes.
Away from the office Emma enjoys walking with her dog along the Devon and Cornwall coastline, Pilates, board games, and eating out.
Graham Coates – Financial Adviser
Graham is an Independent Financial Adviser who offers financial planning for both corporate and private clients. He has worked within the financial services industry since 1998 and has been with us since 2001.
Graham has a wealth of experience and aims to offer a bespoke service, developing long term relationships with clients so as circumstances, needs and priorities change, he can manage things positively to deliver meaningful outcomes.
Graham enjoys spending time with his two children, loves a good game of football as well as skiing in the winter months.
David Moore Bsc (Econ) – Financial Adviser
David joined Sound in 2001. He has a wealth of experience and helps clients with all aspects of their financial planning.
A keen canoeist, when not in the office David enjoys exploring the coastline of Devon and Cornwall and beyond.
Benjamin Phillips-Jones – Financial Adviser
Having studied Financial Services at UWE, Bristol, Ben joined SFM in 2008. He has qualified under the new RDR rules as Dip FA.
Ben is a family man with three children and has been living in Plymouth for the past five years. He loves cricket, eating out and visiting National Trust properties.
Derek Hall – Financial Adviser - Trusts and Inheritance Tax Planning
After having served for ten years in the Royal Navy Derek left in 1987 to embark on a career in financial services working firstly as an Independent Financial Adviser and then, five years later, joining Scottish Widows to present specialist Inheritance Tax and Trust seminars at IFA events throughout the south west.
He left in 2001 to form his own company, Westward Asset Management, and merged with us in 2014. Qualified to the Advanced Level with the Chartered Insurance Institute in Taxation, Trusts and Investment Principles his technical expertise has proved invaluable.
Derek lives with his wife Tania and their two kittens, rescued on a Remembrance Sunday and aptly named ‘Monty and Rommel.’
Charlie Hill – Financial Adviser
Charlie joined Sound Financial Management in 2014 having recently completed a degree in Business Management. Since joining he has been studying for his Financial Services exams and qualified as a Financial Adviser in 2016.
He is now seeking to continue his professional development by undertaking his Chartered Qualifications.
Jon Marshall – Employee Benefits Consultant
Jon began his career in financial services in 1988 and worked for Royal London as an adviser and Standard Life as an underwriter before making the decision to join us in 2006.
These days Jon is responsible for the smooth running of the portfolio of company pension and staff benefits schemes we administer for our corporate clients.
Whenever he gets the chance, Jon enjoys getting out to the countryside for long walks with his wife, Lorna and their Cavapoo, Elsie.
Steven Wood – Consultant
Steve has been working in the Financial Services profession for over 30 years. Before joining us he worked for Godwins Group where he gained a thorough understanding of financial planning and wealth management. At Sound Steve advises clients on the many aspects of life assurance.
As a lover of the outdoors, Steve enjoys walking and hiking on the weekends as well as keeping fit around the squash court. He is also the best chef in the office.
Ryan May – Trainee Financial Adviser / Researcher
After graduating from the University of Plymouth with a degree in History, Ryan worked in the legal sector for seven years before joining us in 2017.
Currently, Ryan supports our advisers as a researcher whilst working towards his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning. Having passed several exams already, Ryan is well on the way to realising his ambition of becoming an adviser himself in the near future.
In the rare moments when Ryan’s not studying or spending time with his young family, he enjoys socialising and is an avid golfer.
Bianca Richards – Marketing Coordinator
Born in Plymouth, Bianca attended Plymouth College before going on to graduate from the University of Plymouth, where she studied Business. After university she spent some time travelling Australia on her own and working in hospitality.
Bianca joined our team in 2017 with the aim of growing our client experience via social media marketing, PR and events.
In her free time Bianca enjoys keeping fit and active by surfing, paddle boarding, running and yoga, she also enjoys socialising and watching sport, attending Wimbledon every year.
Diane Lewis – Administrator
Diane grew up in Plymouth where she attended Public High School for Girls. After leaving school she worked as an administration manager for Legal & General in Plymouth for over 20 years.
Since leaving L&G she worked for Friends Provident and several IFAs before becoming a qualified Financial Adviser working in both bancassurance and as an IFA.
Diane joined Sound Financial Management in October 2013 and enjoys providing administration support to the Directors and Advisers.
Diane and her husband Dave have recently celebrated their Ruby Wedding Anniversary. They have 2 sons. Diane is a cat lover and in her spare time enjoys music, especially music from the 1970s and likes to go to live music gigs when she can.
Natalie Irving – Administrator
Natalie grew up in Saltash where she attended Saltash Comprehensive School. After leaving school she worked as a trainee general insurance administrator.
In 1986 Natalie joined Cramb & Symons Insurance as their office manager. Cramb & Symons became Westward Asset Management in 2001 and merged with Sound in 2014, bringing Natalie with them to join our team.
Natalie and her husband Mark are celebrating their 30th Wedding anniversary this year. They have 2 daughters and enjoy foreign holidays, eating out and socialising with friends and family.
Caroline Rockett – Administrator
Originally from Edinburgh, Caroline worked in the investment management industry for ten years before moving to Plymouth in 2005 with her husband, Mark. She then proceeded to work within the financial services industry before joining our team in 2017, helping to support our advisers as an administrator.
Caroline and her husband have 2 daughters and in their free time they enjoy exploring Devon and Cornwall’s costal paths and moorlands. When time permits, she loves to unwind with a relaxing yoga session.
Beth Parsons – Apprentice
After completing her A Levels in History, Sociology and Physical Education at Saltash Community School Beth worked as a lifeguard for a year before joining us in August 2017 on an apprenticeship.
She is currently working towards her Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration.
In her spare time Beth maintains her fitness by regular visits to her local Gym.
Jody Ivey – Apprentice
After leaving Lipson Community College Jody worked as a community care assistant for a year before deciding to pursue a career in financial services.
She is now working with us an apprentice to complete her Level 2 Diploma in Business Administration.
In her spare time Jody enjoys socialising with friends and listening to Music.
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