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. I started my career as a graduate with Santander retail banking, working in branch. I have since held many other roles including Mortgage and Protection Adviser. Having worked in financial services for 11 years’ now, I’m excited to be part of the Ovation team.
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 vision.
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 of work I’m a keen supporter of Bristol Bears rugby. Having picked up too many injuries I no longer play rugby myself and instead I am playing more golf.
For a new challenge, and as a massive foodie I needed something for balance, I signed up for a sprint triathlon. Unfortunately this was cancelled due to the pandemic lockdowns, but I look forward to finding a future sporting challenge.
Christiaan in the spotlight
When did you join Ovation?
Where can we find you on an ideal weekend?
At 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?
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