Martin Hood

Job Title: Director & Financial Adviser

After graduating with a degree in quantity surveying and joining a large construction company, Martin admits that at that time in his life he did not realise careers existed in the financial services industry! After serving out 2 years in construction, as a quantity surveyor and then in the marketing department, he took his Financial […]

Jennifer Hood

Job Title: Director

After graduating in 1994 Jennifer secured a position with Standard Life, initially working in the administration team and soon moving to the sales team where she took her Financial Planning exams and was responsible for selling Standard Life financial products and/services to Financial Advisers to sell on to their clients. During this time she and […]

Jon Smart

Job Title: Financial Adviser

Jon has been interested in money, shares, and currencies since his teens, so it is not surprising that he pursued a career in finance. His financial services background spans nearly 37 years, having worked for the Midland Bank and insurance companies such as Standard Life and Friends Provident. Jon was introduced to Martin and joined […]

Eeshan Gupta

Job Title: Financial Adviser

Eeshan always wanted a career in finance, but realised at an early age that he was not suited to sitting behind a desk all day! Having obtained a BSc in Business Management & Finance he moved on to obtain his MSc in International Business Management and during this time he volunteered his services to gain […]

David Webster

Job Title: Financial Adviser

After leaving school Dave joined the Yorkshire bank and worked his way up from the office junior, leaving many years later to join a local company where he became an Independent Financial Adviser, undertaking a range of roles during his 18 years tenure. Dave is very proud of his client base and client retention, having […]

Nick Moynihan

Job Title: Mortgage & Protection Adviser

Nick chose to follow in his father’s footsteps when he started his financial career over 20 years ago in a corporate financial services company, before becoming a mortgage adviser at a local firm of insurance brokers. Nick’s passion lies in helping people to achieve their biggest purchase […]

Catherine Hall

Job Title: Administrator

After leaving school and studying Business & Finance at South Manchester College, Catherine joined Barclays Bank, working in branches in the local area. After starting a family, Catherine joined Platinum in 2005 – which then comprised Martin plus two others – and was working out of a converted garage in Martin’s house! As the business […]

Michelle Dean

Job Title: Administrator

Michelle began her career as a secretary, working in healthcare, construction, and as a personal secretary to the Director of an independent estate agent. Having also worked for a local IFA practice she has expanded her knowledge of financial services, joining Platinum in 2018. Shelley enjoys speaking to clients on the phone and in person, […]

Lisa Jackson

Job Title: Mortgage & Protection Adviser

Lisa spent 30 years of her career working at RBS in various roles from office junior to mortgage and protection adviser, until being made redundant in 2019. After a couple of years as a self-employed mortgage adviser she joined the team at Platinum in March 2021. Lisa prides herself on providing[…]  

Janet Gathercole

Job Title: Administrator

Janet’s started her working life as a secretary and has been employed as a personal assistant/senior administrator within both private and public sectors.   After spending  a very rewarding 28 years working in the further education sector, Janet has decided to embark on a new challenge working in Financial Services.  Janet prides herself on her […]

James McAninly

Job Title: Financial Adviser

James has always enjoyed working with and being around clients, he started his career in financial services working in retail banking and had several roles within the industry, working his way up to being both a branch manager and later an adviser. James takes pride in delivering an excellent service for clients and also working […]

Jack Yarrow

Job Title: Trainee Paraplanner

Jack started his career in financial services as a pension administrator for Defined Benefit schemes before moving to a firm that specialised in providing advice on DB pension transfers. He is Platinum’s newest recruit and has joined the team to learn about the more diverse world of independent financial advice and is studying towards his […]

Sandra McDonagh

Job Title: Administrator

Sandra started her working life in the care industry, however, after several years she fancied a new challenge and moved away from this and started working for a large corporate insurance company, which she thoroughly enjoyed. Unfortunately, she was made redundant 7 years later and found work more recently, with an independent furniture manufacturer until […]

Andrew Skinner

Job Title: Paraplanner

I joined Platinum in early 2024 having worked in financial services for the last 9 years.  When I was younger, I did some travelling and during my time in Australia did some farming work but decided a career in tomato picking wasn’t for me! One of the reasons I joined Platinum was to gain more […]