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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 Planners

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 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.




HR Manager Janine Palmer, Director Nicola Marker and Operations Manager Gemma Grice

Nikki is a founding Director of Hansford Bell, focusing on compliance and running the business.  Janine is our Human Resources go to, ensuring the right people are in the right place.  Gemma is our Operations Manager who works closely with the Directors and provides compliance support




David Pimlott with his Paraplanner Karen and his Personal Assistant Nikki

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.





Ross Biddiss with his Paraplanner Kate and his Personal Assistant Debbie

Ross is a strong believer in utilising Financial Life Planning to identify what is important to his clients and putting together a plan to ensure their goals are achieved. His client focused attitude is a result of working in a number of different roles with Hansford Bell since joining in 2012. He has since progressed to a holistic Financial Planning role and takes great satisfaction from helping his clients to secure a better financial future.

Kate is currently working towards her diploma and is hoping to one day be a planner in her own right. She is currently training for the London marathon, her 1st full marathon.  She loves exploring the world and is currently planning a trip to Venice. Debbie has over 20 years’ Administrative experience and has worked for Hansford Bell for 4 years.  In her spare time Debbie loves to travel and spends lots of fun times with her two grandchildren.





Emma Jones with her Personal Assistants Petra and Kate     

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



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