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Fresh faces: Hilton sets three year goal at London IFA

Kreston Reeves' Guy Hilton has set himself a three year target to qualify as an adviser.

Hilton's happy accident

When I quiz Guy Hilton (pictured) on how he came to land a role at one of New Model Adviser®’s Top 100 advice firms, he starts by describing his journey as a ‘happy accident’.

Having spent several years in Australia after leaving school, Hilton returned to the UK with little idea of how he wanted to carve out a career. ‘When I came back I didn’t really know what I wanted to do,’ he says. ‘I always wanted to work in London and had thought about insurance and foreign exchange companies. Then I chatted to a family friend who is a financial adviser and I thought, “Yeah, I’m sold!”’

Hilton's happy accident

When I quiz Guy Hilton (pictured) on how he came to land a role at one of New Model Adviser®’s Top 100 advice firms, he starts by describing his journey as a ‘happy accident’.

Having spent several years in Australia after leaving school, Hilton returned to the UK with little idea of how he wanted to carve out a career. ‘When I came back I didn’t really know what I wanted to do,’ he says. ‘I always wanted to work in London and had thought about insurance and foreign exchange companies. Then I chatted to a family friend who is a financial adviser and I thought, “Yeah, I’m sold!”’

New experience

Hilton joined Kreston Reeves’ Canterbury office as a trainee financial adviser in August. He is learning the ropes while studying towards his diploma in regulated financial planning through the Chartered Insurance Institute (CII).

‘I’m shadowing one of the advisers, which is a great learning experience,’ he says. He admitted the technical side of the role was a ‘whole new world’ that has taken some getting used to.

Technical knowledge comes with time, but the vital interpersonal skills of a financial adviser can be harder to learn. Luckily for Hilton, these people skills come naturally: ‘I really enjoy going to client meetings and getting out there to meet people.’

Sky is the limit

Once someone who ‘wasn’t aware of what financial planning was’, Hilton is now well on his way to becoming a fully fledged financial adviser. He hopes to get there in three years.

Hilton responded quickly when I asked why this profession was a good place for fresh faces. ‘Even for someone like me, coming into the profession with no previous experience, the opportunity to grow is so big,’ he says. ‘Other professions don’t tend to give you that chance. The sky is the limit in this role it seems.’

Outside the office Hilton can be found on the rugby pitch and, as a fan of most ball sports, including golf, we are sure he will settle into his role just fine.

Charity work

‘When I was in Australia I worked for the Cancer Council,’ says Hilton. ‘I stood with a clipboard in the street, encouraging people to sign up or make one-off donations to the charity.’

First job

‘I worked in a warehouse for Shepherd Neame,’ says Hilton. ‘It was a summer job when I finished school and it was different. The job was good fun but I worked there for six months and that was enough.’

Retirement plans

‘I’d like to go travelling round the world,’ says Hilton. ‘I’ve never been to Asia, and Southeast Asia would probably be my first stop. I’d like to get to single figures in my golf handicap too.’

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