Star House Financial Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.

Nick Bell BSc(Hons) ACII FPFS

After graduating in Economics and Economic History at Bristol University, Nick entered financial services in 1983. He worked for many years with Old Mill, one of the largest and most respected firms of independent financial advisers in the South West, in due course becoming Managing Director. In 2003, and after Old Mill had become part of a national group, the time had come for him to set up Star House.

When not at work, Nick plays squash as often as he can and most of his holidays involve disappearing up mountains.

Damian Watkins BSc FPFS Certs CII(MP&ER)

Damian joined Star House in 2005 and is now a Director of the firm, having previously worked in Retirement Income for one of the largest IFA/Asset Management Companies in the UK and earlier in the Pensions department of one of Australia’s most renowned Wealth Management firms. A graduate in Economics with Actuarial Studies from Southampton University, Damian has achieved Chartered Financial Planner status and is a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society.

A keen fan of Welsh rugby, Damian spends most of his time advising clients as well as being responsible for researching new investment and tax planning opportunities.

Amy Woolcott BA(Hons) APFS Certs CII(FS,MP&ER)

Having joined Star House in 2010, Amy has attained Chartered Financial Planner status and advises both new and existing clients on all matters relating to investments, pensions, protection and general financial planning. Although she deals with clients of all ages, she has developed particular expertise in advising some of our more elderly clients, particularly in relation to long term care funding.

Amy graduated from Bristol University with a joint honours degree in French & Music and outside of the office, is a keen harpist and chorister.

Samuel Blanning BSc(Hons) DipPFS

Samuel graduated in Economics at the University of Bath. Before joining Star House he worked for two years in corporate finance for two of the UK’s leading professional services firms.

Samuel’s work at Star House includes researching investment opportunities and assisting in the drafting of reports for clients. Sam holds the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and he is currently working towards the Advanced Diploma. He is a keen road and cross country runner and his interests also include science fiction and Japanese animation.

Paula Bond DipPFS

Paula joined Star House in November 2013, having worked for the UK’s largest bank since 1985. Her last five years at the bank involved helping Premier clients with their wealth requirements. With over 25 years' experience in financial services, Paula is responsible for the administration of our clients’ financial affairs and holds the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning.

Paula’s outside interests include keeping fit, cycling and short story writing.

Amber Crook BA(Hons)

Amber graduated in History and German from Aberystwyth University and Heinrich Heine University, Duesseldorf in 2012. Before joining Star House in March 2017, Amber worked in the International Offices of Cardiff University and the University of Bath. Amber now assists with client review work and liaison with providers.

Amber enjoys swimming, cooking and loves travelling to different European cities.

Tom Douglas-Jones BA(Hons)

Tom graduated from Staffordshire University in 2013 with an honours degree in Sports Journalism before spending a year writing sports content on a freelance basis. He then spent three years at an upholstery company as a digital administrator, managing the company’s websites and social media.

Tom joined Star House in June 2017 and currently assists with client review work and administration of our client’s financial affairs. Outside of work, Tom enjoys playing and watching football and spending time with his family. His interests include writing, film, television and travelling

Rosie Bentley BA(Hons)

Rosie has worked in financial services since 2001 after graduating in English Studies at the University of Gloucestershire, and has recently completed the Certificate in Financial Planning. With a keen eye for detail, Rosie oversees all aspects of the company’s administration of our clients’ financial affairs.

Outside of work Rosie is a keen walker and can often be found hiking around Somerset.

Star House Financial Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA registration number 737736). Tax advice which contains no investment element is not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Company registered in England and Wales No. 05351519. Registered Office: 8 Kingfisher Road, Portishead BS20 7NF.

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