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Meet the team

Watson French rely on a young, capable team to act as first point of contact for clients.

The goal in 2011 was to recruit five trainees over a period of seven years and mentor each of them to Chartered Financial Adviser qualification. This has reduced the average age of our advisers and enabled us to achieve a strong succession for the continued success of the business.

Robert Dougherty Independent Financial Adviser

Robert joined the Watson French team in 2021 as a Graduate Trainee IFA, completing his CII Level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning in August 2022. He is now working towards achieving Chartered status.

Robert advises both private individuals and businesses on all aspects of financial planning, including investment planning, retirement planning and protection.

Having previously completed a degree in Finance and Investment Banking, Robert uses his knowledge and passion for investments in assisting with the development of the firm’s investment strategy.

Ryan Carmedy Graduate Trainee IFA

Ryan is one of our graduate IFA’s, having joined Watson French in January 2023.

Ryan graduated with a degree in Economics from Durham University in July 2022 and has previously gained real-world experience at a discretionary asset management firm. He enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking and paddleboarding and hopes to preserve the environment though sustainable investment choices.

Ryan is currently studying towards a diploma in Regulated Financial Planning alongside his day-to-day tasks, such as conducting investment research and producing annual valuation reports for our clients.

Charlotte Pearson Office Manager

Charlotte joined Watson French in 2018 as an administrator, working alongside Anna to provide a professional and friendly service to clients. Charlotte’s working background is diverse and brings a variety of experience to the team.

As Office Manager, she ensures the smooth running of the office on a day-to-day basis, providing administrative support and guidance to our advice team as well as managing company policies and procedures. Charlotte and our administrator Anna will often be your first point of contact at Watson French.

Charlotte is working towards her CertFS qualification from the Chartered Insurance Institute.

Anna Roberts Executive Assistant

Anna joined the Watson French team in 2021. As an Executive Assistant, her day-to-day duties include organising the business calendar and providing administrative support to new and existing clients. She is often a first point of contact for clients and is able to assist with any enquiries.

Anna holds a BA (Hons) degree in English from Royal Holloway, University of London. 

Harry Downing Associate IFA

Harry joined Watson French in April 2023 as a Graduate Trainee IFA.

Having completed the CII Level 4 Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning, he will now be working towards achieving chartered status alongside his day-to-day tasks, such as conducting investment research and supporting in the advice process.

Harry graduated with a degree in Business and Economics in May 2023 from California State University, Bakersfield. He enjoys sports such as football and is passionate about how technology can be utilised to improve society.

Lucy Maloney Administrator

Lucy joined Watson French in May 2023 as an administrator to support both Charlotte and Anna in the day to day duties, servicing new and existing clients and to be the first point of contact for client enquiries.