Meet The Team

Merryn Collins is a director and one of the founding members of Premier Financial Planning Ltd. He works from Premier Financial Planning Ltd’s Taunton division. Merryn has worked within financial services since 1988.

As Premier’s regulated compliance officer as well as advising, he ensures that client’s best interests are of the utmost importance. 

Merryn is dedicated to ensuring that Premier Financial Planning Ltd is truly independent, so that we are able to provide the very best service and advice to our clients. The company is built on a culture of providing open, honest and transparent advice with the view of forging long term relationships with clients.

Merryn lives near Taunton with his wife Sinead and his four children Eva, Anna, William and Daniel. He is very active and enjoys playing golf, football and table tennis.

Richard Odell is a director and the other founding member of Premier Financial Planning Ltd. He works from Premier Financial Planning Ltd’s Shaftesbury division. He has worked in financial services since 2000.  He commits the bulk of his time to working with both new and existing clients to ensure their finances are structured correctly and help them to spot opportunities to improve their situation. 

Richard is dedicated to ensure that Premier Financial Planning Ltd is truly independent, so that we are able to provide the very best service and advice to our clients. The company is built on a culture of providing open, honest and transparent advice with the view of forging long term relationships with clients.

Richard lives near Shaftesbury. He enjoys cycling and has a keen interest in horse racing and clay shooting

Gavin is an independent financial adviser at Premier Financial Planning Ltd’s Salisbury division.  He has worked in financial services since 1997.

Gavin provides holistic independent advice to clients to ensure that he can deal with their ever changing needs throughout life.  Advising on:

Gavin writes in the financial sector and has written content for the Daily Mail, he also takes time to teach young healthcare professionals about finances at universities.

He uses his knowledge and experience of both financial planning and teaching to help and guide clients in a clear plain English manner.  Helping them understand their options in greater clarity, save money and put the right plans in force for their specific needs and circumstances.

Gavin lives near Salisbury with his partner Emma and his young son Alex. He enjoys keeping fit and regularly does charity bike rides for the British Heart Foundation.

Michael James is an independent financial adviser at Premier Financial Planning Ltd’s Blandford Forum.  He has worked in financial services since 1997, Michael has helped hundreds of individuals and families to invest their money wisely and achieve their ideal retirement. He works personally with clients to help them understand their options and construct strategies and solutions tailor-made for their circumstances. 

Michael’s aim is to build long lasting relationships with each person he takes on as a client, treating each person with equal importance and committing to seeing them on a regular basis to ensure he is providing as much value he can. His open-mindedness and easy personality helps him to relate with people from all walks of life.

Michael lives near Blandford with his wife Kerry and his two children Toby and Lily. Outside of work he loves to play squash and golf as well as the many duties being a dad requires!

Paul Duncalf is an independent financial adviser at Premier Financial Planning Ltd’s Christchurch division. Paul has worked in financial services since 2003 and has specialised in providing investment/wealth planning, retirement advice, inheritance tax planning and mortgage advice. 

Paul believes in fully understanding a client’s needs and objectives first and foremost before deciding on a course of action. Using detailed analysis and deliberate action, he ensures that clients are looked after and the strategies and solutions put in place fit their requirements.

Paul lives in Southbourne with his wife Claire and his two daughters Abbie and Mae. He enjoys spending time with his family down on the beach and keeps fit by cycling and walking.

James Dalgleish is an independent financial adviser at Premier Financial Planning Ltd’s Exeter division.  He has worked in financial services since 1999 and over that time has helped and advised hundreds of individuals and families to invest wisely, save for retirement get mortgages. 

James has built a reputation with clients for being able to explain financial complexity in terms that are simple to understand. He works 1-to-1 with clients and seeks to build longstanding relationships with them.

James lives in Exeter with his partner Emma. He plays football and korfball to keep fit and for the last 5 years has helped the police working as a special constable.

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