Laurence O'Connor

Managing Director

Name: Laurence O’Connor

Phone: 01282 452255

What do you do at Financial Affairs?: Managing Director

What was your first job?: Barman

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?:

Becoming MD at just 27

Who would play you in a film about your life?:

Chris Hemsworth ideally, in reality Ricky Gervais

What led you to this career?

My Mum and Dad ran the business and I felt there was a real opportunity to do something greater with an already great business

Gavin O'Connor

Operations Director

Name: Gavin O’Connor

Phone: 01282 686909

What do you do at Financial Affairs?: Operations Director

What was your first job?: Barman

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?:

Working with my brother in the family firm to carry forward the heritage and commitment that our family thrive on.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?:

That I’m the stationery boy

What led you to this career?

Approached the police at a careers day and they suggested a couple of years in another industry or trade before applying

Alan Walsh

Head of Client Advice

Name: Alan Walsh

Phone: 01282 452255

What do you do at Financial Affairs?: Head of Client Advice

What was your first job?: Going to work with my dad at a Horse Racing Stable

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?:

Achieving PFS Fellowship

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Running, DIY, Parenting, Staying up too late watching Netflix

What is your favourite book/podcast?

Book: The Fortunate Pilgrim, Mario Puzo

Podcast: There’s no Such thing as a Fish

Caroline Lo-Giudice

Personal Insurance Adviser

Name: Caroline Lo-Giudice

Phone: 01282 686904

What do you do at Financial Affairs?: Personal Lines Consultant

What was your first job?: Assistant debt collector

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?

Helping people actually understand what they are buying and why

What led you to this career?

Wanted a job where I handled money, paperwork and dealt with the public. I wanted to go into banking when I left school but it was a bad time for the industry and the careers office suggested insurance instead

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Exercise

Leisha Johnston

Entrepreneur Insurance Adviser

Name: Leisha Johnston

Phone: 01282 686905

What do you do at Financial Affairs?: Entrepreneur Insurance Advisor

What was your first job?: Waitress

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?:

Gaining my Cert CII qualification

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?

That like the internet, it is super easy and quick to arrange a policy

What is your favourite book/podcast?

Russell Brand’s autobiography

Dawn Welsh

Insurance & Risk Adviser

Name: Dawn Welsh

Phone: 01282 505233

What do you do at Financial Affairs?: Insurance Risk Advisor

What was your first job?: In a shop which sold and repaired vacuum cleaners

What led you to this career?

My dad suggested it as he had always worked in insurance and that’s how he met my mum

What is your favorite book/podcast?

Book – Anything by David Baldacci or a good Agatha Christie

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

Don’t look back in anger – Oasis

Steven Riley

Insurance & Risk Adviser

Name: Steven Riley

What do you do at Financial Affairs?: Insurance Risk Adviser

What was your first job?: Paper Boy

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?:

Setting up a bespoke scheme which runs at .3% loss ratio

What led you to this career?

Answered an advert in local paper and had a flair for it

What’s your guilty pleasure?

Partying in Vegas

Amie Marshall

Chartered Financial Planner

Name: Amie Marshall

Phone: 01282 686902

What do you do at Financial Affairs?: Financial Planner

What was your first job?: Papergirl

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?:

Getting a Thank You card from our clients to confirm they had booked a holiday with their tax saving. There’s nothing more rewarding than knowing we’ve helped our clients to live a better life.

What led you to this career?

I very much fell into this career through a failed attempt to get into vet school, a science degree that led me to trying scientific research which was a bit lonely and then a graduate job at a pension firm….it’s funny how things pan out!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Wandering around a historical site or having dinner and drinks with friends/family

Tass Hussain

Financial Planner

Name: Tass Hussain

Phone: 01282 678225

What do you do at Financial Affairs? Financial Planner

What was your first job? Sales Assistant

What’s a work-related accomplishment that you’re really proud of?

Managing a client’s retirement allowing her to purchase her dream motorhome.

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?

That we sell products. We don’t, we offer a service

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

Football, football, football

Ashley King

Financial Planner

Name: Ashley King

Phone: 01282 505239

What do you do at Financial Affairs?: Financial Planner

What was your first job?: Washing pots in a cafe

What’s the biggest misconception people have about your position?

That only extremely wealthy people can afford/require financial advice.

What is your favourite book/podcast?

Book: 1984 by George Orwell.
Podcast: TKO with Carl Frampton

Who would play you in a film about your life?

Robson Green

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