Independent financial advisers supporting individual and corporate clients across Bristol, the South West and further afield

Bristol Office: 0117 923 2320

Yate Office: 01454 314 970

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Your Advisers

Below are brief profiles on each of our financial advisers...

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David Birkett BSc DipFA

David has worked in financial services since 1988, becoming Independent 10 years later. Specialising in protection, pensions and investments, David works closely with his clients, helping them to gain and retain financial peace of mind and to maximise their options. His ongoing pensions advice enables clients to have more informed choices for their retirement.


Meanwhile, he likes to offer a holistic approach to financial planning advice through his close associations with accountancy and legal professionals.


When not advising clients David maintains a keen interest in aviation and sports cars (he is a graduate in Aeronautical Engineering). He also takes rather more sedate pleasure in his touring caravan, which he, his wife and their dog use to explore the English countryside.

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Haydn Vaulters DipPFS

Haydn is steeped in financial services and has acquired a broad knowledge base. His career has progressed from bank assistant with NatWest, on through branch manager for a finance house and on to financial adviser – firstly as a tied agent and, since 1991, as an independent adviser. He co-founded Crystal Wealth in 2003.


He advises across the range of financial planning and investments, with a particular specialism in pensions. He attained the ‘G60’ higher qualification in pensions which additionally gives him a deep understanding of historic pension arrangements. He enjoys working closely with individuals, families and businesses, helping them to stay financially well organised and to achieve their financial and lifestyle objectives.


Haydn lives in Yate, north Bristol, where he established a second office for Crystal Wealth. His wife, Siân, manages the day-to-day accounting within the firm and they have one son, Liam.

Darren McGee DipPFS

Darren became interested in banking and finance in his late teens, at first deciding to run his own agency within the Co-Operative Insurance, which he grew for 13 years. Seeking to broaden his horizons, he became an IFA in 2000, later graduating with the full suite of Financial Planning diplomas.


He says he “gets a buzz” from helping people to achieve their financial goals, specialising in maximising their pensions and investments, and their life assurance as a security. He primarily advises private individuals and company directors, offering regular reviews to ensure his clients stay financially healthy and on track.


A family man with traditional values, Darren is a hands-on dad and grandad. Not quite so traditionally, he took up learning to play the electric guitar … at age 50.

Peter Godsell DipFA

You can trace Peter’s financial services experience back to 1980. During his early career he worked for, and absorbed the trustworthy knowledge and values of, National Westminster Insurance Services, MGM Assurance (Britain's longest-registered company) and Jelf IFM Financial Planning. Starting off advising individual policy-holders, he progressed to managing and mentoring financial advisers.


Peter is a co-founder of Crystal Wealth Management LLP (2003). He specialises in investments, with a particular interest in pension funds. He also takes pride in his life assurance and inheritance tax planning advice, and works with a trusted network of solicitors and accountants to offer his clients a holistic financial approach.


“Every individual’s financial planning is a journey, with very personal goals,” he says. “I like to take the necessary time and care to fully understand you, your family and your personal and business objectives. That way I can formulate a comprehensive, bespoke roadmap to ensure your financial wellbeing.”


Peter and his team regularly review his clients’ portfolios to ensure they’re on target in line with their aspirations and goals.

John Morrison DipFA

Following a short teaching career, in 1987 John followed his interests in financial services, turning his tutoring and mentoring skills to people in need of financial advice. Initially representing Sun Life of Canada, John rose to lead a team of professionals.


Striking out as an independent financial adviser in 2001, John became a co-founder of Crystal Wealth, in 2003. He advises corporate clients but specialises in helping private individuals with their medium- and long-term planning, continually assessing their unique financial portfolios and tolerance to risk, to ensure each one reaps the maximum benefits.

Drew Brimblecombe DipFA

Drew has spent his entire career in the financial sector. Joining HSBC in 1988 he later progressed to Bristol & West where he became a financial adviser in 1997. After a few years as a tied agent he wanted to expand his knowledge of the financial market by becoming an independent adviser.  Following experience with several Clifton-based financial consultancies Drew co-founded Crystal Wealth Management in 2003.


Drew advises private and corporate clients on the full spectrum of financial planning. He specialises in advising business owners and directors on business protection, group pensions and self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs), employee benefits packages and succession/retirement planning.

Christopher Hughes DipPFS

Christopher moved into Financial Services after 12 years specialising in personal and corporate taxation matters.


He joined HMRC in 1977 and later switched to major accountancy firms specialising in the personal taxation arena. He worked for accountants Ernst and Whinney (now Ernst and Young). He then switched to financial services in 1988, joining the multi-national independent advice firm, Noble Lowndes part of the Hill Samuel Group.


Since the creation of Crystal Wealth Management in 2003, of which Christopher was a co-founder, he has specialised in Investment, Pensions and Taxation matters for Private clients. He holds specialist qualifications in the pension and investment arena. He sees Inheritance tax planning combined with pension legislation changes as the most important tools for the private client.


He continues to advocate Independent private client services and this is supported by a high level of professional qualifications and over 35 years industry experience.

Mike Darby

Having spent 22 years with the Prudential in various roles Advisor, Customer Service Manager, Sales Manager and Assistant Branch Manager Mike decided to move into the Independent sector. An IFA for 11 years, Mike joined Crystal Wealth Management in July 2012 he specialises in Music Industry clients and Teachers.


Outside of work Mike has been Chairman of Chipping Sodbury Golf Club for nine years. He is also a past President and past Captain of the Gloucestershire Golf Union.


Mike also owns three record labels and a music publishing company.


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