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Darren Pike

Financial Planner


Clear Cut Financial Planning

Ledsham, Cheshire

I was Clear Cut’s first Graduate in 2014, initially qualifying as a Mortgage & Protection Adviser in my first year and going on to win the prestigious PFS Mortgage & Protection Advice Specialist of the year in 2019

I am an authorised Financial Planner holding a Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and now only 1 exam from being Chartered. I hit the ground running as a Financial Planner, being a key part to the succession planning of my firm and was recently shortlisted in New Model Advisers list of Top 35 Next Generation Advisers under 35 in the UK.

I am passionate about mental health and the role this plays in making financial decisions. I am fervent about intergenerational planning and getting clients thinking about including family in their financial discussions and planning for their future as well as their own.

Outside the office you will find me cheering on Liverpool FC, Cooking or Camping with my Fiancé Jemma and Pug Barry.

Accreditations & Awards

  • New Model Adviser: Top 35 Next Generation Advisers under 35 2020
  • Professional Adviser’s New Talent Awards 2020; Team of the Year Finalist
  • PFS Mortgage & Protection Adviser of the Year 2019
  • Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning (DipPFS) with AF7 – Pension Transfer Accreditation
  • Mortgage, Protection & Equity Release Qualified (Cert CII, MP & ER)
  • Degree in Business Management (BSc Hons)
  • Dementia Friend with the Alzheimer’s Society.

Content by Darren Pike

I Used To Dream About Being a Farmer, How Did I Discover Financial Planning?

For me, school was tough! If you told me then that I would be dedicating to a life-long career of learning and pursuit of qualifications, I would have run a mile. But this is the thing about the profession, you do exams because you want to.

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