A mix of expertise from across the financial services profession, all with a desire to see things done a little differently.
Realising that compliance is far more negative than it needs to be, I came up with the idea to revolutionise the entire industry and create a friendly, helpful service for advisers!
New Zealand is on my ‘must visit soon’ list
Spiders. Ick ick ick.
What spare time?!
You dont have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
A part of my job that really fascinates me is being able to get audiences to engage in a product and service. Given the typically negative relationship between advisers and their compliance providers, I feel like it’s a personal challenge to help change perceptions of this industry and really get people engaged with us and what we are doing.
Anything by Disney to remind me of my childhood
Anything, as long as it’s a feast surrounded by those I love! Tapas, Antipasti, Meze…
I’d love to do Australia
A pigeon getting caught in my hair.
I have a young family so spare time is precious and it’s generally spent outdoors in our walking boots!
She believed she could, so she did.
I was really excited about a brand new firm to launch within the industry, having spent the past three years with Para-Sols I love working for a brand that is passionate about innovation. I think it’s a great opportunity and challenge to help grow and build a new company, especially being in Client Relations I’m looking forward to spreading the word!
I would love to do an African Safari
I’m a huge dog lover and love nothing more than a peaceful walk in the countryside, just me and the dog!
Nothing will work unless you do
Prior to joining the regulator Rory worked in the advisory sector for 20 years mainly in compliance and training roles. He has Chartered Financial Planner status. In November 2016 he launched his own firm – Rory Percival Training and Consultancy Ltd – to help support professionalism in the advisory sector. He is also a member of the Personal Finance Society Board.
Karen has been a compliance consultant to retail mediation firms in the insurance and financial services sector since 2006, providing support, monitoring and audit services. She has served in the retail advice sector for 18 years in roles ranging from financial product sales, commercial insurance, compliance directorship and supervision. Prior to that she spent nine years working for a large composite insurer. Karen’s experience includes dealing with firms undergoing FSA / FCA supervision.
Just before RDR hit Helen decided to return to University where she completed within a year a Business with Financial Services degree, and specialised her dissertation in regulatory issues and the effect on the IFA. Due to the huge changes brought with RDR, this spurred her on to help firms work with compliance more positively. She believes that it is possible to integrate regulatory requirements into a firms operations and corporate strategy to help companies run more efficiently and well into the future.
In 2011, Helen joined ‘the dark side’ became a compliance professional. She has worked for a large network and numerous prestigious IFA firms as their Compliance Manager before finally setting up her own consultancy in 2015, advising firms on how to most effectively embed the regulatory requirements in a way that compliments their business model.
From my past experience I have seen how this area can impact on the role of an Adviser, I was attracted to see how Apricity are taking a fresh look at making the whole process simpler and much more user friendly. I hope to bring my skills and experience to the team and use my view as an Adviser to simplify and support the parts of compliance that frustrates most Advisers.
The Shawshank Redemption
A nice authentic Indian (not too hot!)
Singapore and visit Gardens by the Bay
Missing a flight for a well deserved holiday.
I enjoy Snowboarding in the winter and mountain biking at the weekends when I am not doing DIY!
‘Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.’ Oscar Wilde
The working environment. I’m a strong believer that the atmosphere of the office is the most important thing to help you suceed in your job. If you are happy and comfortable where you work, you will thrive. Everyone here is so lovely and friendly and it makes me enjoy my job even more!
Alice in Wonderland (the original of course)
Spiders or any insect really (I’d be terrible in the jungle)
Stick my nose in a good book or go for a walk with my dogs.
Go for it. No matter how it ends, it was an experience.
I admire how Apricity are changing the face of compliance. To me, they really stand out in the industry and generally looked like a fantastic place to work. I like being part of something different.
Full trip around Europe
Travelling as much as possible
Everything in life happens for a reason.
The environment that has been created within Apricity is fantastic. Being happy at work enables you to enjoy what you do so much more. I have a massive passion for Client Relations and being able to work with a company so early in its journey excites me for what’s to come!
Any of the Harry Potter movies
Italian or Greek
I would love to explore South America at length
Standing in a puddle with new shoes on…
I read an awful lot and try to get out of the UK as much as I can!
‘Always’ – Severus Snape
I think the innovative nature of Apricity was definitely what attracted me to come and work here. The team are dynamic and not afraid to take risks in creating the best service for their customers. I’m really excited to help Apricity bust myths and change the face of compliance!
Travelling around South America
Spending time with friends and family – which usually revolves around food and drink!
Dare to be different
If so, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for a wide range of team members, initially based in our Darlington office. Having compliance experience would be great – as long as you know how to take your knowledge and apply it in a whole new way. No traditional, box ticking, suit wearing, android needed here. Pop your cv to us and let us know why you think you could help us change the compliance world.View our current vacancies
We know how hard it can be to get into a new role without experience – and without the role, how can you get the experience?! Which is why we developed our trainee programme ‘The Grad Scheme’. If you can demonstrate you have what it takes, we’ll train you up from ‘newbie’ to ‘superstar’, supporting you and paying for your qualifications along the way!
Take a look at some success stories, the vacancies and the application process now. We love hearing from the new and enthused!Learn more