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Click on this text t  Red Circle Independent Financial Planning. Experience. Trust. Integrity. With over 20 years’ experience in finance, Red Circle Financial Planning is a name you can trust when it comes to both careful and dynamic management of your money 

Darren Cooke B Com, APFS, Cert PFS (DM) 
 
Darren is the Director here at Red Circle and has a large breadth of experience in the financial sector. 
 
He’s worked with a great variety of different businesses and individuals spanning a wide variety of industry sectors and personal circumstances over the last 20 years, delivering highly informed and pertinent advice while helping them to understand and assess their financial planning needs. Darren’s experienced and pragmatic approach enables him to deliver the highest quality of holistic advice and financial planning while recommending the best plans and solutions appropriate to your needs. 
 
Darren proudly holds Chartered Financial Planner status. In order to achieve Chartered status you must illustrate that you have attained and maintain the highest and most prestigious level of academic attainment and professional achievement. It remains the "gold standard" of excellence and integrity. The Chartered status provides comfort and security for clients, serving as a benchmark for quality and ethical practice. Darren also holds a degree in business and economics. 
 
As a family man and a keen golfer, Darren appreciates the importance of robust and informed financial advice to help plan for a better quality of life both now and for the long-term. His experience gained as a successful business networker means that he is also fully aware of the current business climate, enabling him to speak with genuine authority about the best way forward to help companies and individuals achieve their financial goals. 
Melanie – Practice Manager 
 
Melanie formally joined the team from September 2015 but as she is married to Darren she has always been involved in the business. 
 
Originally Melanie qualified as a Chartered Management Accountant and worked for a large multi-national manufacturing business overseeing the financial operation in the UK and at factories abroad. 
 
She has been a full time mother for the last 8 years but still found time to be a school governor, PTA member and run a successful home based cake business for the last 2 years. 
 
Now all the children are in full time education she will oversee the operations side of the business including internal finances, client communication and ensuring the systems and processes of the business are efficient. 
 
One of her main tasks will be to keep Darren working hard which she has had plenty of practice at after 13 years together. 
Valerie – Administrator 
 
Valerie started with Red Circle in October 2014 although she has known Darren for some years as they both worked together at HSBC. 
 
Originally Valerie part qualified to be an adviser but realised she was better suited to a back office role and became Darren’s PA in 2006. Following redundancy from the bank she was silly enough to accept an offer to come back to working with Darren as his administrator. 
 
Valerie handles all the paperwork for the business dealing with providers for details on plans for existing and new clients as well as processing all applications amongst a myriad of other tasks. Her main job though is completing all documentation in legible handwriting. 
 
Outside the office Valerie lives with her partner Mick and is mother to two grown-up children and proud grandmother to Louis. 
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