Our Technical Team


Our technical team includes our advisers’ Paraplanners, who assist in technical research and report writing, alongside our Portfolio Review Team.

Personal Assistant to Darren
Senior Paraplanner

In her own words:


“I have been PA/Technical administrator assisting clients looked after by Darren since 2010. My role is to provide support in all aspects of client servicing, including writing financial reports/advice letters, preparation of client portfolio reviews, processing changes to client's portfolios, research and analysis and other general administrative duties (and, of course, being a point of contact for our clients).

I have Financial Planning Certificates to level 3, and also a Certificate of Mortgage Advice & Practice”

Garry Joined Atkins Bland January 2020 as Senior Paraplanner, to provide technical and paraplanning support to Kevin.


“My role in a nutshell is to support Kevin by conducting research & analysis, to ensure we meet our clients’ needs and objectives.”


“Having worked in the financial services industry for over 30 years, initially as a Financial Adviser and latterly as a Paraplanner, I still find

there is nothing more rewarding than helping clients meet their financial goals and aspirations.”


Garry has taken and passed numerous Charted Insurance Institute examinations including personal tax, investment risk and financial planning practice,

culminating in the CII Level 4 Diploma in Financial Planning qualification.  


Outside of work


I’m a keen chef so entertaining family and friends, then working off the excess pounds in the garden with the occasional round of golf thrown in.

Personal Assistant to John

Heather combines the roles of P.A. and wife of director John Knott and joined the firm shortly after John did.

In her own words: 

"I enjoy the challenges of working in a changing industry, for a firm which holds knowing its clients, honesty and integrity as its main objectives. 

Outside work, I enjoy renovating and showing classic vehicles, and canal boating."