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Questa Welcomes Oli and Tom

By Questa Chartered

Questa has expanded its client services team with the addition of two new employees.

23-year-old Oli Billington from Poulton and 22-year-old Tom Reardon from Lytham St Annes have taken on paraplanning and client support roles, respectively. It means Questa has now grown to more than 20 staff.

Oli Billington joins Questa from St. James’s Place. The former Kirkham Grammar School pupil graduated with a degree in Accounting and Finance from Sheffield Hallam University in 2022. He passed his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning last year and is now working towards achieving Chartered Financial Planner status.

Oli said: “Starting at Questa is an exciting new chapter for me. I knew all about Questa before I joined. The paraplanning role gives me a great opportunity to put everything I’ve learned so far into practice. A big part of my decision to join was the company’s support in achieving chartered status. I hope to repay that backing by making my mark on the excellent client service here at the practice.”

Tom Reardon joins Questa from Atos, where he was a complaints officer. The former Lytham High School pupil is currently progressing towards his Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning. He has already successfully completed his Financial Protection exam and now has the Taxation exam in his sights.

Tom said: “Questa is a great move for me. I already have a good level of client service experience in my previous role. But now, I can focus on financial planning. I’m already taking exams. And to study hard whilst learning from colleagues offers a great combination for me. I’m excited for the future.”

The recruitment of Oli and Tom aligns with industry trends, indicating a rising demand for specialised roles in financial planning. Last year, the FPSB (Financial Planning Standards Board) surveyed 15,000 consumers in 15 countries to examine the value of Financial Planning. Three-quarters (72%) of people who have never received financial planning advice said they would consider doing so, with 52% intending to seek advice within the next three years.

Questa managing director Anthony Hoskisson said: “Oli and Tom will make great additions to the Questa family at an exciting time for the industry. There is a level of uncertainty in the world, which means more people are seeking peace of mind about their investments and wealth.

“We have built a team with a broad range of specialities and expertise. Oli and Tom will play a big part in making a real difference for the future of our clients and their families. Not to mention an exciting future of their own with a career in financial planning with Questa.”

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