Financial Planning

The Financial Planning sector has gone through a significant period of evolution and organisations have asked themselves some very difficult questions around their overall service proposition as well as how they can develop a charging structure that is commercially viable, whilst meeting client needs. This has led to a great deal of opportunity and has created an entrepreneurial atmosphere where acquisition, consolidation and merger are seen as a way of future proofing businesses and gaining market share. Organisations are looking to grow through organic means and by recruiting externally as they look to exploit the current sector opportunity.

The change in landscape and an increased confidence in the economy has exposed an extreme skills shortage amongst financial planning professionals meaning it is essential for businesses to use the right approach when seeking and targeting the best individuals in the market place.

Employee Benefits

Globally Employee benefits are a core part of today’s corporate strategy, more so than ever personnel are looking to join businesses whose benefits reflect their interests and personal circumstances, improving market conditions across all sectors means companies are looking to develop their suite of benefits to aid in employee retention and attraction, whilst taking into account the governments introduction of auto enrolment aimed at addressing the national pensions short fall. As a result consultancies are seeing an increased demand for their services and this has in turn created opportunities for expansion. Hanover has a breadth of experience in building out and developing employee benefits consultancies and as such have completed mandates for head of sales, employee benefits consultants, account managers as well as senior support and back office mandates.




Stephen is UK CEO for Hanover Search Group. His role is to oversee a number of the group’s divisions and liaise with senior management to help drive business strategy. Stephen also acts as the main point of contact for major client development and he also executes senior level assignments. Within wider Financial Services, Stephen has expertise across the Sales, Marketing, Operations and Technology disciplines.

Paul Merlin

Paul has successfully worked on a large number of search assignments in the Wealth Management arena for over 14 years. He has an exceptional track record of delivery with his main expertise being in distribution. After running his own search firm for 6 years, Paul recently joined the business to add strength & depth to the established team and help drive forward the company’s growth strategy.


Richard is a Senior Consultant working within the Wealth Management division. Having been in the Financial Services recruitment industry since 1994 he brings to the company a wealth of experience primarily within Life and Pensions staffing sector. He has placed a wide variety of mid-senior level candidates into a number of market leading financial services organisations. He has also written a number of articles in the Financial press and is an expert in providing advice to clients in a number of innovative recruitment approaches.

Thomas Meade-Hunt

Tom has joined HSG as a Consultant within the Wealth Management – Financial Planning Division. He started in FS at Goldman Sachs before building a career in search where, for the last 4 years, he has focussed on Investment Banking, Asset Management and Insurance. Having executed a number of Senior level mandates across these sectors he has proven to consistently deliver client solutions in acquiring highly sought after talent. His candidate engagement and qualification ensures both unique and appropriate opportunities for both active and passive professionals within the IFA market.

Chris Cave

Chris joined in 2017 as a Consultant working within the Wealth Management division. He has now been involved in Financial Services’ recruitment for over two years, before this he spent six years in Wealth Management (Bancassurance) and Mortgages. Chris’s approach to recruitment is geared to providing a high quality, efficient and transparent service for his clients. The candidates Chris works with regularly comment on his attentive nature and personal touch particularly in understanding their goals when it comes to their job search.

Recently completed mandates

Head of Financial Planning
Global Wealth Management Group
X4 Sales Managers
Large National Advisory Firm
Chartered Financial Planner
Accountancy Practice
Senior Private Client Adviser
Boutique Regional IFA
Senior Paraplanner
Top 20 Accountancy Practice
Head of Financial Planning Research
FTSE 250 Wealth Manager
Head of Auto Enrolment
Major Advisory Network
Client Relationship Manager
Employee Benefits Consultancy
EB Accountant Manager
Employee Benefits Consultancy