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Colin read psychology at Aberdeen University. He trained as a chartered accountant, becoming a senior manager with PwC. During his early career, he enjoyed a secondment to manage a leprosy rehabilitation project for TEAR Fund in Kathmandu. In 1994, he became Finance Director at Frizzell Group. In 1999, Colin joined Farley & Thompson, becoming the Managing Partner shortly afterwards. Whilst underscoring the traditional values Farley & Thompson has always espoused, Colin has led on a number of modernising initiatives over the last 10 years. These include computerisation and working with Bournemouth University for Farley & Thompson to become one of only a handful of stockbroking organisations with paperless record keeping.
Colin is passionate about reducing social exclusion, and was for ten years Honorary Treasurer of Bournemouth Churches Housing Association (BCHA). He is married with 3 children, is involved with his local church, enjoys sailing and skiing.
Philip joined JP Morgan as a graduate in 1987 and spent the next ten years in both London and New York as a securities trader, specialising in fixed interest bonds. Subsequently, he worked as a private client advisor for both Prudential Bache and Barclays Stockbrokers before joining Farley & Thompson as a partner in 2003. Philip also has responsibility for the firm’s compliance monitoring and reporting.
He lives in Poole with his wife and 3 children. Philip is a trained educator for Evaluate, a Christian charity providing relationship education programmes in local secondary schools. A keen cyclist, his photo (right) was seen in The Times newspaper’s ‘City’ pages!
Martin joined Nat West bank from school, moving to the Middlesex financial services team at Black Horse (part of Lloyds TSB Group). There he widened his experience before moving to the City. Martin advised on equities for a further ten years, before he moved to the South Coast to join Farley & Thompson as a partner in 2008. Like each of our stockbroking team, Martin has a number of private clients, but he also oversees Farley & Thompson’s growing number of relationships with professionals – for example solicitors and accountants managing private trusts.
Together with his wife and two young sons, the Poole family live in Christchurch. Martin plays football regularly and also enthusiastically supports AFC Bournemouth.
Caroline Mills joined the firm as a stockbroker in 2012. She is an experienced investment manager and has recently completed five years with Thesis Asset Management in Lymington. Previously, she worked for Pritchards in Bournemouth, Stock Beech and Tyndall Unit Trust Managers.
Caroline qualified with distinction in the industry standard PCIAM (Private Client Investment Advice and Management) examination and runs Farley & Thompson’s Discretionary Management service. Her interest in quality research and careful, knowledge-based approach precisely matches that of Farley & Thompson. The Firm's many private clients will benefit from the level of experience that Caroline brings.
When away from her desk, Caroline enjoys sport, having previously played lacrosse at a competitive level. She also enjoys motor racing and has a fascination with sci-fi and wanting to travel the universe. Cultural interests include a love of art nouveau personified in the deco-style work of jewellery and glass designer, Rene Lalique.
Nicholas joined Farley & Thompson as a stockbroker in 2015 and became a partner in early 2016. He has completed the Chartered Securities Institute Investment Advice Diploma and brings to the firm a wealth of experience across financial services having spent fifteen years in a variety of leadership roles at Lloyds Banking Group.
Nicholas studied at Kings College London, captained the Rugby 1st XV and was named University Sportsman of the year during his graduation year. He is on the board of ‘The New Leaf Company’, the social enterprise arm of the Bournemouth Churches Housing Association, where he has been instrumental in developing the strategy to support enterprise within the local area.
On a personal level Nicholas is a family man and enjoys spending time on the beach, playing sport and doing DIY. He was brought up in Lancashire but now lives in Poole with his wife and three young children.
Tom joined the Farley & Thompson team at the end of 2013 after studying at Canford and Poole Grammar Schools. He worked closely with all the Partners during his first year whilst qualifying for the Chartered Securities Institute Investment Advice Diploma. Tom is an assured private client adviser whilst also supporting Caroline on the Discretionary Management Service and representing the firm amongst other young professionals in the region.
In his free time he enjoys sailing and is often found on a race night down at Poole Yacht Club. He is also a self-confessed fair-weather cyclist getting out on his bike when weather permits.