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Our Team

Ian Walmsley Dip Pfs : Director

Ian Walmsley Dip Pfs


Ian has worked in finance for over 30 years and has extensive experience in management managing and advising clients.

A large proportion of Ian’s time is spent talking to clients, reviewing their investments and pensions. He says “I believe our clients value the regular contact because it shows we care about them and we are committed to looking after them on a long term basis.”

Ian’s outside interests include walking, gardening and learning the Argentine Tango. He also supports charities such as WaterAid and Reading Matters.

Darren W Guy Dip Pfs : Managing Director

Darren W Guy Dip Pfs

Managing Director

Darren has been a financial adviser since 1987 and enjoys helping his clients, particularly in relation to investments and pensions. He aims to make dealing with a financial adviser a pleasant experience!

His hobbies include spending time playing and watching sport with his sons, travelling with his wife Karen, working as a volunteer speaker for WaterAid, but much of his time is spent driven by his faith. He feels it is important to help and encourage people in this aspect of their lives and so gives talks across the UK and abroad with this aim in mind.

Chris Walmsley Dip Pfs : Director

Chris Walmsley Dip Pfs


Chris has been in financial services since 1988 and he’s always enjoyed helping people with their finances. Many clients have been with Chris for a considerable number of years.

He is fully qualified to give financial advice in areas such as investments, pensions and long term care. He specialises particularly, in pensions and retirement planning whilst also enjoying further enhancing his knowledge in all areas, as he believes this helps him to help others.

Chris has many hobbies including photography, golf and on occasion he can be seen out and about in his leathers riding his motorbike!

Mark Payne : Financial Adviser

Mark Payne

Financial Adviser

I have been in financial services since 1987 and have been a fully qualified adviser since 1992 and always thoroughly enjoy helping clients make a positive impact on their finances.

I am fully qualified in all areas of financial planning including pensions, investments, financial protection and mortgages and always aim to ensure that clients receive the best possible advice during relaxed and friendly meetings.

Away from work, I enjoy spending time with my family, including taking my Son to Taekwondo training and numerous competitions throughout the length and breadth of the UK and we are also season ticket holders at our local football team.

Sharon Harrop : Financial Adviser

Sharon Harrop

Financial Adviser

Sharon joined Symphony Financial Advisers in April 2018 and has 35 years of experience in the financial services industry.

She is fully qualified to give advice on investments, pensions and financial protection. Sharon’s greatest pleasure is helping her clients in any way that she can and making a complicated financial world as clear to understand as possible. Her ultimate objective is to give her clients ‘peace of mind’.

Away from work she enjoys travelling, keeping fit and supporting her local football team. Sharon supports a number of charities and recently did a skydive for Alzheimer’s Research UK.

James Guy : Trainee Financial Adviser

James Guy

Trainee Financial Adviser

James joined Symphony in April 2017 as a trainee financial adviser. He is currently progressing with a Diploma in Financial Services to become fully qualified, and will often be found shadowing Chris on client visits.

His hobbies include 5-aside football, squash, visiting the cinema and supporting the mighty reds!

Karen Guy : Office Manager

Karen Guy

Office Manager

Karen joined Symphony Financial Advisers in 2009 and is our Office Manager and Senior Paraplanner. As Office Manager she is in charge of training and monitoring all staff and ensuring that all service providers have the information they require. As Senior Paraplanner Karen oversees our other Paraplanners and assists the work of our advisers in preparing appropriate product and fund research, suitability letters and generally assisting advisers and satisfying client needs.

Her hobbies include walking two dogs, playing the piano, cooking, gardening, travelling with Darren and learning to dance the Salsa.

Philippa Glen Cert PFA : Paraplanner

Philippa Glen Cert PFA


Philippa joined Symphony Financial Advisers in April 2013 as an administrator. Philippa has recently been promoted to Paraplanner and she provides assistance to our advisers in the production of client reports together with appropriate product and fund research..

In addition, Philippa provides training to new members of staff on all the tasks behind the scenes to ensure the smooth running of the office.

Philippa’s hobbies include travel and looking after her young son, Jensen.

Joe Mirza : Paraplanner

Joe Mirza


I have been working in Financial Services since 2013 when I joined on as a glorified brew maker on an apprentice scheme and still can’t quite get them right for everybody…. I have since worked in a variety of roles and now find myself in paraplanning. I am currently studying towards the level 4 diploma and have aspirations to become a financial adviser. Outside of work, I have recently bought a house with my girlfriend Hollie and we live in Todmorden with our daughter, Lily. I like to play football and to go watch my favourite football team, socialising with friends, usually in the pub, going on holiday and a good Netflix binge, when Lily hasn’t got control of the remote.

Sacha Harrison : Supervisor

Sacha Harrison


Sacha joined Symphony Financial Advisers in March 2016 as an administrator and we're delighted to have recently promoted her to supervisor providing assistance to Karen in the training of other staff in the production of client valuations, research, risk profiling and client facing information. She performs many tasks behind the scenes to ensure that we report all the appropriate information required to regulatory bodies, swiftly and clearly as possible.

Sacha’s main hobby is to look after her young son Tyler who we love to see in the office every so often.

Julie Walmsley : Administrator

Julie Walmsley


Julie joined Symphony Financial Advisers in October 2016 as an Administrator.  Her main role is providing admin support to all the team, as well as welcoming our visitors to the office.

Julie loves travelling, socialising and is the ‘life and soul’ of the party!

Matt Guy : Administrator

Matt Guy


Matt joined Symphony Financial Advisers in September 2018 as a Client Service Administrator, and is now a Trainee Paraplanner.

He currently works with both Advisers and Administrators providing research of funds and products in order to create reports for clients.

Matt is a keen football fan and is also a Self-Employed Football Commentator covering both Premier League and European football. He does this on weekday evenings and weekends

Alison Connor : Administrator

Alison Connor


Alison joined Symphony Financial Advisers in April 2019 as an Administrator.

Alison loves watching sport and is a keen Huddersfield Town fan. She also likes walking and going our for meals with her husband.

Mark Freely : Administrator

Mark Freely


I recently joined the business in April 2019 as a Client Servicing Administrator.

I enjoy traveling, watching movies, walking and during the summer I enjoy going to car shows as I love cars!

Our Services

Pensions & Retirement

Savings & Investments

Financial Planning

Insurance & Protection