Brendan Sheehan is the latest professional to join the growing team of award-winning national advisory firm, Continuum. As a Chartered Financial Planner, with a qualification gained with the prestigious London Institute of Banking & Finance, Brendan brings a wealth of knowledge as well as practical experience to the role.
He has a firm grounding in finance, having worked in the sector since he left school. “Originally, I worked for Lloyds Bank, staying for 23 years and did every job from back office and cashiering to bank manager.
However, I found my real focus when I became a financial adviser supporting private, business and corporate clients. I worked in a similar role with Barclays before deciding to become a self-employed IFA. I’ve worked in partnership with a number of firms, but now I am particularly keen to be joining Continuum.”
The move will see Brendan developing his already extensive financial services experience still further with the support and facilities of the award-winning Continuum team. He will continue to work in the London/Kent border – and build on his specialised areas of client focus in the SME sector.
Says Brendan of the move; “I knew Continuum head Martin Brown from when we both worked together some years ago – and I knew him to be very straightforward and honest, which are big qualities for me. If he said he was going to do something he would.
When I started looking around towards the end of my time in my previous role, I saw what Continuum were doing, and contacted him. I liked what he told me about the Continuum vision and way of working.
When I started looking I saw many familiar names – people who I have worked with in the past and liked as well as respected. It was easy for me to make the decision to join.”
Brendan explains that there were also some sound professional reasons behind his career step.
“I want to grow my client bank particularly in the areas of investment and pensions, and especially investment. I would like to do this with strategic partnerships with accountants and solicitors, utilising my Chartered and SOLLA status. I enjoy working with directors of SME businesses which are aligned to these areas.
Continuum already has the connections and facilities that will help me to do this. I am keen on ensuring clients receive value not just through sound professional advice, but also through harnessing technology, which is moving on fast. That’s a direction that Continuum are taking, and which I believe clients can only benefit from. The simple truth is that I believe that working with Continuum will help me to make the service I provide even better. Continuum is independent, which means that I really can find the very best solutions for clients and their objectives.”
The move to Continuum, and the chance to work with many new clients as well as call on Continuum’s network and facilities will build on old relationships and will keep Brendan busy, but he is keen to continue to develop his skills. “From a personal point of view I would like to move on in my study to become a fellow and will start to review what I need to do for this once the transition period has calmed down.”
Martin Brown, Continuum’s Managing Partner welcomed Brendan. “Client needs are at the core of the Continuum way of working, not for short-term gains, and this is a focus that Brendan shares. Being able to answer clients needs and to provide the highest standards of support and advice is key to our approach, and with his experience and his qualifications, we are very pleased to welcome him to the team – and both Continuum and our clients will benefit from the skills and qualifications that he brings.”
Brendan sums up his thinking about Continuum, and on his career move. “Continuum is a very friendly team. But it is also an award-winning business, recently winning the Professional Adviser Award for Adviser Firm of the Year, with the highest standard of professionalism, that measures its success based on the results it obtains for the people it works with. I’m very fortunate to be joining a team which will help me do more for my clients.”
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