Fiducia announce new company director Susie Laws
Fiducia Wealth Management are delighted to announce the appointment of Susie Laws as a new company director.
Susie joined Fiducia in October 2017 and is a CII Chartered Financial Planner with over 12 years’ experience in the financial services profession.
She said: “I am very privileged and proud to be a new director of Fiducia Wealth Management.
“I have always been very impressed with the work ethic, values and commitment which run through the heart of the company.
“It has a clear direction and structure, an investment specialism within the firm and an impressive depth and knowledge.”
Susie admitted she originally joined the Dedham-based company 18 months ago because of the “refreshing” work-life balance offered by Fiducia.
She revealed: “I had met John Millican and Gordon Kearney at networking events and through LinkedIn and I was always impressed by the values they had installed at Fiducia.
“They understood that I had a young family but they also insisted that it didn’t mean I couldn’t do the job. It was hugely refreshing.
“There have been obstacles in my career – not because I was a woman, but because of my desire to have a family, which meant having a level of flexibility in my working week. For a long time, I wasn’t allowed to progress because of that. It was hugely frustrating.
“I feel truly blessed that I have been given the opportunity at Fiducia to have the career and family balance which I long desired.
“Being a mum means that my working pattern sometimes needs to be more flexible, but I truly believe that my clients never feel that they are getting a lesser service as a result.”
Gordon Kearney, managing director at Fiducia, said: “We are delighted to announce Susie Laws as our new company director.
“Since joining Fiducia, she has brought with her a wealth of experience, dedication and enthusiasm to the business.
“I look forward to working with her to continue to strengthen Fiducia across the profession.”
Susie hopes her promotion – and the changing landscape within the financial services industry – will bring about more senior roles for female advisers.
She explained: “Recent figures have suggested that 15% of the profession are chartered. But it remains a predominantly male profession so only a percentage of that 15% are female.
“The landscape is changing – when you go to conferences you see an increasing number of women. It is becoming more common. But it certainly isn’t common yet.
“In my opinion, the industry still needs to be a lot more flexible, accommodating and understanding of a true work-life balance. It is one of the many reasons why I knew Fiducia was the right place for me.”
Susie achieved the CII Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and became a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society in 2016.
She holds the CII Pensions specialism having completed the AF3, J05 and R04 exams and specialises in pensions and retirement planning, including providing advice regarding defined benefit pension transfers.