Christiaan Coolen

Financial Planner

Growing up I lived all around the world, from the US to Egypt and Israel. I came to Bristol for University and haven’t left. Having worked in financial services for 11 years now, I’m excited to be part of the Ovation team. I started my career as a graduate with Santander retail banking. I have since held many other roles including Mortgage and Protection Adviser.

As a financial planner I aim to help clients achieve their goals in every way I can. I love customer service and have an innate desire to help – which is why I was drawn to Ovation. Their focus on individuals, and wellbeing being a priority fits perfectly with my values.

I am a member of “Next Gen Planners”, a community for financial planning professionals which aims to continue to develop the profession ensuring that it is client focused. I’m also co-chair of a committee within the Bristol Chartered Insurance Institute focusing on new entrants into the profession.

Outside work

Outside of work I enjoy going to the gym and I’m a keen supporter of Bristol Bears rugby. I no longer play rugby myself and instead play golf when the sun is out. If I can’t be on the golf course, I enjoy a rid out on my motorcycle or as a foodie at a restaurant with friends.

Last year I signed up for a sprint triathlon which was unfortunately cancelled. I did so for a new challenge and look forward to completing one in the future.

Christiaan in the spotlight

When did you join Ovation?

March 2021

Where can we find you on an ideal weekend?

At the gym, eating with friends, a long walk, Ashton Gate watching Bristol Bears, or on the golf course with friends

What makes you laugh?

A League of Their Own

What makes you cry?

Sad and/or heart-warming films

Who would you most like to have round for dinner?

Dwayne Johnson and/or Malcolm Gladwell

What’s your favourite song to sing along to in the car?

Tribute by Tenacious D

What was the first album you ever bought?

Country Grammar by Nelly

What was the best gig/concert you’ve ever been to?

Dilated Peoples

What’s your pet peeve?

Lack of consideration and thought for others

If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you win gold for?

Cooking food that is too spicy for others to eat - oops

When the dessert menu arrives, what are you looking for?

Chocolate fudge cake

What’s the one thing you’d like to do before you die?

Walk the Milford Track in New Zealand, from Lake Te Anau to Milford Sound

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