Working collaboratively to create financial freedom for Adrian and Diana Gamble
6th May 2020
Paula Hodge See profile
Mark Neath See profile
‘Paula Hodge, Mark Neath and their teams provide a myriad of helping hands whatever our financial need. We have great peace of mind and solace knowing that they are fully aware of all our financial commitments and provide the sound advice we truly value’.
We initially developed a strong working relationship with Adrian as accountants for his business, Atlas Packaging. Together with Atlas Packaging, Adrian and his wife, Diana have also built up an investment company with its own pension fund and property portfolio which forms a considerable part of their asset wealth base.
In 2006 when Adrian started to think about offering a Management Buy-Out as part of planning his longer-term exit strategy from the business, Mark Neath introduced him to Paula Hodge, who heads up our Wealth Management team and the relationship with Old Mill continued to flourish.
Paula is passionate about her client relationships and working with people who she’s inspired and excited by. Spending time with Adrian and Diana they created a robust financial plan which has helped them achieve their financial freedom. This took into consideration their business interest in Atlas Packaging, the investment company and the pension fund property portfolio managed by Diana.
Paula has been working with the couple ever since as their personal financial planner and Mark, as their accountant, continues to provide regular input at Atlas Packaging’s board meetings. Diana has worked closely with our teams in Exeter, and our Pensions Team in Yeovil, and, over time, we have taken on more responsibility for managing both the investment company and the pension fund property portfolio to allow her time to pursue her personal interests.
Paula and her team used detailed cashflow modelling to demonstrate the different financial options available to Adrian and Diana. This allowed the couple to make informed financial decisions, that were then built into an effective, tax-efficient, financial plan that sits at the core of the ongoing service and advice that we provide.
Paula, Adrian and Diana meet regularly to discuss any aspects of their financial situation and to review and update their plan and make any changes as needed. The clarity the couple get from their meeting with Paula gives them real peace of mind about their finances.
Diana loves gardening and the couple recently wanted to build a new greenhouse at their home. Paula was able to suggest the best way to fund the building work, fulfilling her passion without impacting their longer-term financial plan.
And for Adrian, since first meeting Paula, he has now transitioned from being a full-time Director to providing ongoing consultancy to Atlas Packaging on a part-time basis; allowing more free time to pursue his hobbies and enjoy time with Diana.
"Old Mill is a complete bolt on to our lives. Paula, Mark and their teams provide a myriad of helping hands whatever our financial need. We have great peace of mind and solace knowing that they are fully aware of all our financial commitments and provide sound advice."