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About Us

Hansford Bell Financial Planning Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). We are full members of the Personal Finance Society (PFS) and the Institute of Financial Planning (IFP).

Hansford Bell offer effective financial planning for private clients, sole traders, partnerships and limited companies.
We have a client base covering London and the South West of England. We provide a clear and consistent service from the start, to give you peace of mind.


Our Advisors

Stephen Marker APFS, CFP
Chartered Financial Planner

I get huge satisfaction from seeing my clients achieve things in their lives as a direct result of the work we do together. If we want to lose weight or get fit, a personal coach with a structured plan and lots of hard work is proven to be the best way of achieving great results. Financial security works the same way. Thankfully, with much less effort.


Nicola Marker APFS
Chartered Financial Planner

After working in the foreign and domestic banking sector for many years, Nicola moved to holistic financial planning in 1991 following a “year out” travelling around the world. She has a degree in banking and finance and also holds the revered Chartered Financial Planner accreditation.

Christopher Palmer, DipFA, Certs PFS
Financial Planner

Christopher began his career in the banking sector of Financial Services in 2008 after serving 11 years in the Royal Navy. He quickly progressed and was promoted to various roles covering all forms of financial planning. He moved to Hansford Bell in January 2013.

He is a member of the Personal Finance Society, Institute of Financial Services and the Chartered Insurance Institute. He holds the Certificate in Mortgage Advice and Practice, with the Certificate and Diploma in Financial Advice. He is currently working towards the Advanced Diploma in Financial Advice and Chartered Status.


Emma Jones
Head of Commercial and Domestic Finance

Emma is Hansford Bell’s Head of Commercial and Domestic Finance after recently joining from a local bank. Emma loves knowing she has helped her clients get the keys to their new home.

Office Teams and Support Staff



Steve with his Personal Assistant Gracie and Deputy Financial Planning Manager Becky         

Steve is one of the founders and MD of Hansford Bell.  He has longstanding clients throughout London, Oxford and the South West.  He is a strong advocate of financial life planning and spent many years studying and developing the skills to make a difference to his clients lives.  Steve is a keen sailor and enjoys the occasional evening working on one of his beloved classic vehicles.  Becky supports Steve with his clients, alongside her own clients, covering all areas of financial life planning.  She is a keen volunteer for a local hospice and enjoys maintaining an active lifestyle.  Gracie is the central coordinator in the team making sure everything is completed professionally and efficiently.  Gracie enjoys spending time with her family and also enjoys a fitness lifestyle.





Christopher Palmer with his Paraplanner Paula and his Personal Assistant Tori

Chris is a Director and has an established client base throughout the Southwest and beyond. He has focused on developing his skills as a Financial life Planner so that he can help his clients live the life they want and never say “if only”. Outside of work Chris enjoys spending time travelling around Devon and Cornwall in his VW camper and if the sun is out, going for a ride on his motorbike! Paula works closely with Chris and over the years, she has also built great relationships with his clients. She now provides him with his technical support. Paula enjoys spending time with her family outdoors and is a keen photographer. Tori has recently joined Chris’ team and provides support to both him and his clients. She has recently graduated from Exeter University after being awarded a commendation from the business school and is now looking forward to a career in the financial planning profession. When not at work, Tori enjoys music and attends concerts whenever she can.



Kate Nash with Nicola Marker

Nikki is responsible for the Compliance systems in Hansford Bell, ensuring everything is as clear as possible for clients before, during and after the advice process. She also liaises directly with the Financial Conduct Authority so that all of our technical and research process are up to date and robust. Incredibly she also finds time to look after her own longstanding clients and here she relies on Kate with her outstanding abilities to keep her organised



David Pimlott

David is a Financial Planner, focusing on the Cornwall area.  David began his career in the banking sector of Financial Services in 1985.  David has a passion for working with his clients and helping them to achieve their future financial goals.



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Ross Biddiss

Ross joined Hansford Bell in 2012 and has covered numerous roles within the firm before progressing to a holistic Financial Planning role. He has a number of clients in the South East Cornwall and West Devon area and takes satisfaction from being able to assist them in securing a better financial future.


Emma Jones

Buying a home can be an extremely stressful time, not least of all because purchasers are often left in the dark on the progression of the whole process. Emma will not only help her clients find the ideal mortgage, but will liaise with solicitors and estate agents to move things along as quickly as possible.  Busy entrepreneurs can save time using Emma to help raise capital or refinancing capital for their business


Gemma Grice

Gemma is our Operations and Compliance Manager.  Her role is to manage the compliance and the day-to-day running of the office, ensuring everything is done the way it should be, when it should be.  She is the first point of contact for new clients, making the decision of which Financial Planner is best to suited to help each individual when they make an enquiry



Lynda Braddon

As our Head Receptionist, Lynda manages the team ensuring someone is always available to help clients, whether they come in to the office or call by telephone, a lovely lady who always seems to stay calm in any situation



Debbie Wrangham

Debbie has a wide range of administration duties and is Chris’s Personal Assistant.  She take huge pride in making sure that Chris and his clients are well looked after