Oli SussatChief Technology & Information Officer
“I’m really enjoying using technology and information to help better what we do for you, our client.”
Most people call me Oli or Ols (which are also my initials), and being called by my full name of Oliver in fact still manages to provoke the automatic response of "I didn’t do it" today, just as it did in childhood. I am the oldest of three boys and home was a little Welsh mining village that had no vowels in its name. Growing up, I played both rugby and the piano. My childhood hero was Jason Donovan and my dream was to write pop songs for him. Although I am sorry to say that I haven’t quite achieved that dream yet, I guess there’s still time, and it’s always good to have a dream, right?
I was a geeky child, for sure, with a love for computers that eventually led me to swapping my paper round for what would turn out to be a rather more lucrative millennium-bug fixing computer business at the age of 15. From that moment on, I’ve enjoyed combining my technology and entrepreneurship skillsets for the benefit of others.
In the 18 years since graduating from my Business Management degree, I’ve applied those skillsets in industries including Music, Live Entertainment, Media, Technology, Retail, Higher Education and latterly Finance. My work has taken me across the world, from live touring with many musicians you’ll know of, through to being invited to speak as a citizen-developer at international conferences including Apple’s DevCon in cities across the USA and Midem in Cannes, France. I’ve enjoyed working as part of very large and very small organisations, alike, and have joined the team here at Harding Financial to focus on all things technology and information related.
What I Love About Harding Financial
Now that I’m here at Harding Financial, I’m really enjoying using technology and information to help better what we do for you, our client. Of course, I love seeing how the advice of my colleagues can positively affect the lives of our clients and their finances, but I more so love the care and concern that those colleagues have for the people they are advising. It feels like a family here at Harding Financial. I love that, and whether you one day become a client or a colleague here with us, I hope that you will come to love it, too.
As I Look Towards The Future
The world we live in is undoubtedly one that is changing more rapidly now than ever before, and as I look to the future amidst all of this change, I feel assured that here at Harding Financial, we’re using every bit of information we have at our disposal to shape the advice we give our clients. We understand that it’s our job to do all we can to keep one step ahead of that pace of change in the world around us.
At The Weekend You'll Find Me
When I’m not working, you’ll find me enjoying live arts, food, languages and travel. My partner and I really love an adventure. Some of our favourite places we have visited include Brazil for its Iguazu Falls, South Africa for Safari and Norway for the Northern Lights. Since we welcomed our little Cavapoochon, Barney, into the family though, we’ve been trying to adventure a little closer to home so that we can include him in the fun, too. We've recently returned from a trip with him, exploring the Amalfi Coast, the Côte d’Azur and the Spanish Pyrenees. Barney loved it, and so did we. Living just a short train ride away from London, it’s great to be able to catch the latest show or try out a new restaurant experience, but when we are having a chilled out weekend, you might find us all (Barney, too!) enjoying some paddle boarding or kayaking on our local river, followed by a good pub lunch. Speaking of which…
Want to Buy Me Lunch?
My Dad, Pierre, is French and a Chef (what a cliché!) so I’m a big lover of Mediterranean food, having grown up eating meals that would have been dreamt up in and around his hometown of Nice. He spent lots of time travelling in Brazil, Thailand, China and beyond for work when me and my brothers were young, and so we quickly got used to many different cuisines. My favourite food, though, whatever the cuisine, is always food to share. It doesn’t matter if you’re preparing it, cooking it or eating it ; food has the power to bring people together. So, whether you want to buy me Spanish tapas, Greek mezze, Thai street food or something else, let’s just be sure to share it.
Alex SimpsonManaging Director / Chartered Independent Financial Planner
"We'll continue increasing our range of services and developing our expertise, to provide exceptional financial advice and management for all our clients."
Gemma WassAssociate Director
"Every day we look at ways of improving our services, and I'd say as a team we are driven and highly motivated."
Matthew EllisHead of Financial Planning
"I really like the culture we have at Harding Financial, we work together to make sure we are doing the best for our clients."
Oliver ChewChartered Independent Financial Planner
"Everyone in the team is friendly, committed to great client service and – most importantly – doing the right thing by each other and our clients. It's a pleasure to come into work every day."
Callum TailfordChartered Independent Financial Planner
"Having a background in Maths and statistics, I love how the company is using technology and data to constantly find new ways to help clients achieve their goals and objectives."
Duarte MauricioIndependent Financial Planner
"Talent flourishes here. I’ve never seen such a likeminded, cohesive, and talented team working together towards the best client outcomes."
Joshua RourkeIndependent Financial Planner
"I love that everything we do always has the client at the centre of it."
Arabella SymonsIndependent Financial Planner
"The team's combined knowledge of financial planning is vast and it is great working with them to help make a positive difference to our clients' lives."
Annie LeeteIndependent Financial Planner
"The care with which everyone looks after their clients and the skills and expertise of the entire team sets Harding apart from other firms."
George LeeIndependent Financial Planner
"It is clear to me that Harding Financial is a team of like-minded people who strive for the best client outcomes on a daily basis.."
Jennie WiseCorporate Adviser
"After so long in the industry it is so refreshing to find people that truly care about the long-term future of their clients."
Tanya BirnieCorporate Benefits Assistant
"Working for a company who value everyone at every level equally, and treat you like a person instead of a number is refreshing, and I’m looking forward to my future with them."
Charlie WalkerHead of Paraplanning
"Harding is a unique and great place to work, as delivering a positive client experience and outcome is the main aim and priority set by every single one of us."
Charlotte McCrossonTechnical Paraplanner & Paraplanning Team Leader
"The team here are all very welcoming and don’t hesitate to help you out when needed, whether it’s a complex investment query or a printer that's refusing to work!"
Anna PenfoldTechnical Paraplanner
"I love the people I work with. We are all an important piece of the jigsaw and we pull on each other’s strengths to build solutions for our clients."
Emma BromwichTechnical Paraplanner
"All of the team strive for the highest standard they can achieve in their work and have very high levels of knowledge which is a great combination for success."
Sue DerbyshireTechnical Paraplanner
"The team here at Harding are dedicated to giving the best service possible to each and every client and their caring and thorough approach is the reason I was so drawn to working here."
"The company is very process driven and each individual works towards the same common goal of providing first class service to our clients"
Stacey KnottHead of Administration
"I believe the road will take you wherever you’re meant to go, and I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds."
Heather McAllisterTechnical Administrator & Administration Team Leader
"My colleagues and I are committed to providing the highest level of service to our clients. There is always a wide range of work to be done, meaning there is never a dull moment!"
Joanna HarwoodTechnical Administrator
"Everyone at Harding is kind, genuine and helpful, everyone has the client’s best interest at heart."
"It has been a pleasure joining a team of such welcoming and supportive people."