• When did you join Ovation? 9th November 2009
  • What makes you cry? Bad TV like Eastenders and Big Brother

Adrian Kidd

Managing Director & Financial Planner

With a great degree in mathematics and three fantastic years in Bristol behind me, I was reluctant to return to my native Surrey after my Bristol Uni days came, all too soon, to an end. So I did what any resourceful Bristol student would do; found a job in a bar to pay the rent so I could stay in Bristol, quite simply because I enjoyed the city.

At that (looking back) young age, I wasn’t quite so sure what I wanted to do, but an offer from Bass Taverns to run one of their pubs seemed as good as anything, so I rolled up my sleeves and got stuck in, two pubs and many late nights later I realised that this was probably not a long term option. Once again fate stepped in as one evening a regular customer mentioned a trainee position at Sedgwick Noble Lowndes; that was 1998, several years, five company takeovers and a clutch of qualifications later I was poached and spent 18 months at Barclays Private Bank.

From there, I took a highly energised and much wanted step across to Ovation and the world of truly independent financial planning, where I finally felt I had ‘come home’. Meeting Chris crystallised the thoughts of what advice should be about and this was emphasised in our similar approach to financial planning: understanding what a client would like to be able to do with their money, advising and helping them plan their finances to fulfil these aims.

Working here is such a pleasure. The team is an eclectic mix of delightful, funny and unconventional people – which is probably why I feel at home.  I think we do provide and will continue to improve our exceptional service. Out of work I play golf and ….( pause to think about what else I do) no, that’s it – I play golf come rain or shine, although you wouldn’t think it looking at my handicap which has just (deservedly) gone up to 5 and I’m gutted. I grudgingly accept I can’t be on the golf course all the time outside of working hours, so I also spend time renovating my newly acquired but not so new 160 year old cottage and that has become a bit of a passion too.

Blog: Reasons to be cheerful!

It might seem a bit of a paradox to some that investment markets have largely recovered since the unprecedented falls caused by the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic, in the face of a constant flow of negative news e.g. contracting economies, predictions of mass unemployment. A big question, why is the market appearing to be … Continued

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August 30, 2020

Episode 65 – Amy Florian on Grief, Loss & Transitions

We all struggle with grief, loss and moments of transition in our lives. Grief can come from many areas, whether that be from the death of a loved one or a change in life that leads to something being left behind. Chris talks to a grief specialist Amy Florian about how we can deal with … Continued

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