Simplify Consulting launched our 3-year Academy Programme to develop Junior Consultants into Wealth Consultants of the future. Our programme combines practical experience gained through working on engagements, training and coaching from our experienced consultants along with professional development.

Last week we welcomed our first two Junior Consultants onto the programme and caught up with them to see how they fared in their first week at Simplify.

Tom Shearwood has six years industry experience working in reconciliations and money-in operations having worked at both HSBC and Quilter. Here’s how he found his first week with us.

“The cobwebs of back-office operations have thoroughly blown off after my first week as a Junior Consultant with Simplify Consulting’s Academy Programme.  

The week started off strong with onboarding and a quick tour of the Cadnam office followed by a companywide meeting. I’ve had the pleasure throughout the week to meet with each team member individually to introduce myself, discuss each other’s professional experience, strength, and their roles within Simplify Consulting. The team have been incredibly welcoming, and all have stated to never hesitate to ask if I have a question – a sentiment I’m sure I will make them regret over the coming months!

A sizeable period of my first week was spent familiarising myself with Simplify Consulting’s capability model ‘Simplify DNA’, methodologies, frameworks and reading case studies exemplifying the extensively developed practices of Simplify. I look forward realising the benefit of these principles first-hand in upcoming engagements.”

Tom Cassidy joins us from Quilter with five years industry experience having worked in pensions, data and reporting analysis.

“It feels great to have my first week under my belt at Simplify Consulting. It’s been a fantastic start to the Simplify Academy, meeting the wider team, gaining an understanding of the current engagements, seeing the Academy’s plan, and getting to know what Simplify are all about.

It has been a very enjoyable but also challenging week, supporting an associate on my first engagement. Gaining this exposure has underlined my desire to develop my skills, knowledge and understanding. I’m excited to see my development over the coming years, through gaining experience and qualifications.

I want to thank all the staff at Simplify who have been incredibly welcoming from the moment I arrived. Can’t wait for the next few years!”

Their journey with Simplify has only just started and we look forward to supporting and progressing them through the programme as they take on new challenges and learn from our experts.

Visit our website to learn more about our Academy Programme where you can enquire about our 2022 intake.



Giang Hughes

Academy Co-ordinator