Diary of adviser: Neil Wortham

Neil Wortham, Head of Partnership Support at Foster Denovo, has given an insight into his working week in an article featured in FT Adviser.


It is early when I hit the M25 on my way into our office in Weybridge. I worry how my body will cope with the G-forces exerted upon it as I accelerate to a frightening 24 MPH. I needn’t have been too concerned though, as it doesn’t take long for the traffic to grind to a crawl again.

I have two important meetings today; one with a service company we work with, and the second with a software provider as part of a project I’m working on to find a reliable solution for analysing clients’ defined benefit pensions.

Both meetings are a great success, and while in Weybridge I also catch up with my line manager and several of our partners (advisers) and paraplanners.

The journey home is slightly better.


I have an 11am meeting with our Head of Recruitment in our London office, to provide him with a detailed overview of the outsourced solutions that we offer partners who join us. Inductions with new partners, and meeting potential new partners is a key part of my role, as we want to ensure both partners and support staff have the best start in our business as possible.

Leaving just after 6pm I commute back home to Hertfordshire. This provides an opportunity to clear emails and make notes from the day’s meetings.

With the evenings now staying light, I quickly change into my cycling gear and head off on my bike for a ride.

Read Neil’s full diary in FT Adviser here.