Darren is our Assistant Financial Planner, working on tasks for all Financial Planning clients, alongside Charlie, Paul and Tom.
He is one of our newest members to have joined the Orchard family, having started with us back in Febuary 2021. Having served 18 years in the Royal Air Force, Darren has the relevant skills and experience which enable him to provide a unique service to clients and the team.
Darren’s interests range from barn conversions to learning Cantonese. His spare time activities include paddle boarding, sailing, yoga, gardening and reading – whilst also trying to encourage his toddlers to take part!
My proudest moment working at Annetts & Orchard was:
Having only recently joined A&O in 2021, I would say passing the relevant Diploma to become a Financial Adviser. It was no easy feat.
The three things I love most about my job are:
Being welcomed and supported by such a wonderful team at A&O; meeting new people and learning something new about financial planning each and every day.
On an ideal weekend, you can find me:
Snow permitting – skiing or at a Christmas Market in Germany.
Sun permitting – sailing or paddle boarding on the Italian Riviera or Croatian coastline.
My favourite holiday is:
Exploring any unseen parts of the world with my wife and kids, preferably in luxury transport!
I turn the radio up when they play:
Almost any kind of dance music, or any classic 70/80s music that I was subjected to as a child.
The first album I bought was:
Now That’s What I call Music! 34 – from Woolworths on my 13th birthday.
If I could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, I would win a medal in:
Washing a car, or lawnmowing.
When the dessert menu arrives, I’m looking for:
My spoon and a napkin, to eat whatever arrives!
My pet peeve is:
Any kind of car trouble, which I’ll probably attempt to fix.
The best gift I’ve ever received is:
A Ceremonial Sword.
The three people at my dream dinner party would be:
Gino D’Acampo, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the late Prince Phillip – that would be interesting!
“As a freelance photographer, finances in life can be precarious. Never able or inclined to delve into the world of stock markets or areas other than the standard offer from banks and building societies. I was recommended to Annetts and Orchard, who around 2004 started to advise me and handle any monies that I had available. We are not talking about vast sums, so don't be put off. Their professional but friendly way of doing business has kept me on a very happy footing since and never once have I felt badly advised - not the case with some friends of mine. Always with their client in mind my portfolio of funds has grown at a rate far higher than any individual could hope for. Retirement with a solid financial background is an area I could only have dreamt of. I would have no hesitation in recommending Annetts & Orchard, the sooner you start the better life will be.”
A client since 2004
“I would like to thank Annets & Orchard for helping me review my pension policies and for your honest advice of how I should reinvest my ISA when it reaches maturity. I thank you especially for helping to rearrange my Critical Illness and Life Assurance policy. You made a very sensitive subject a lot less painless with your professionalism, friendliness and understanding of my changed circumstances. You also have a good sense of humour, which helps as most of the things we had to sort through were quite heavy going for me.”
A client since 2013
“I have used Annetts & Orchard for the last five years. During this time, they have assisted me with a first-time mortgage and more recently a mortgage for my new house, as well as home insurance for both. House buying is extremely stressful, but I felt that this was one less thing I needed to worry about. Annetts & Orchard found the best product for me and the whole process from start to finish was as seamless as possible. I would not hesitate in engaging their services again in the future.”
A client since 2010
“I have been with Annetts & Orchard since 2008: I needed mortgage advice, and they were recommended to me by a trusted colleague. As my personal circumstances developed and my financial needs have changed over the years, the team have advised me on a range of pension and investment issues, and I feel I now have a solid financial plan in place. What I value is how Annetts & Orchard take the time to understand my needs and explore different solutions with me - I feel in control of my financial future but with the support and guidance of experts.”
Dr P Hornsby, Wokingham
A client since 2008
“I wanted to send a private message to say that, for what it is worth, I have worked for hundreds of companies over the last seven years whilst here - the biggest compliment I can give you and your company is that if someone came to me to ask for a recommended company for advice, you would be top of the list by a long, long way.”
A professional connection
“I was recommended Annetts & Orchard by a colleague who found their helpful and professional approach both useful and reassuring. I have certainly also found this to be the case. Looking to invest savings while ensuring a safe future for my family, I find that the team make uncomplicated and appropriate suggestions. They are never pushy and most importantly listen. I am very comfortable leaving them to handle my investment portfolio.”
A client since 1998
“My husband had just died aged 50 and I required a sympathetic and professional approach. I couldn't have asked for a better team. They were knowledgeable, efficient and kind. Without a doubt they helped reassure me and reduced my stress. Since 2011, the team have been attentive and willing to discuss any concerns I may have. The investment choices have done well for me. I would highly recommend them to anyone requiring financial advice.”
A client since 2011
"Annetts & Orchard have provided excellent financial advice and support to my 97-year-old aunt for some time. By providing sound financial help and making the investments on our behalf, we were freed from the worry and burden of decision making. I can therefore thoroughly recommend Annetts & Orchard, as I have seen for myself the excellent service they have provided to my aunt over a number of years."
A client since 2008
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