Our Team


Amy Woolcott 
BA(Hons) FPFS Certs CII (FS,MP&ER)


Amy joined the Star House team in 2010 and is now a Director of the firm and a Chartered Financial Planner. She spends the bulk of her time helping our new and long-standing clients of all ages and life stages to secure their financial futures, advising on retirement planning, tax planning and investing for individuals, trusts and business owners.  


Since graduating from the University of Bristol, Amy has gone on to achieve both Fellowship and Chartered status with the Personal Finance Society. As a holder of the Long Term Care Award, Amy has also developed particular expertise in advising some of our more elderly clients, particularly in relation to long term care funding and later life planning.


When not in the office or splashing in muddy puddles with her husband and Labrador, Amy is also a keen musician – although already a harpist, pianist and singer, she has recently started cello lessons too.


Paula Bond 



Paula joined Star House in November 2013, having worked for the UK’s largest bank since 1985. Her last five years at the bank involved helping Premier clients with their wealth requirements. 


Paula holds the Diploma in Regulated Financial Planning and advises clients on investments, pensions, protection and general financial planning.


Paula’s outside interests include keeping fit, travel and short story writing.

Damian Watkins




Damian joined Star House in 2005 and is now a Director of the firm, having previously worked in Retirement Income for one of the largest IFA/Asset Management Companies in the UK and earlier in the Pensions department of one of Australia’s most renowned Wealth Management firms.
A graduate in Economics with Actuarial Studies from Southampton University, Damian has achieved Chartered Financial Planner status and is a Fellow of the Personal Finance Society.

A keen fan of Welsh rugby, Damian spends most of his time advising clients as well as being responsible for researching new investment and tax planning opportunities.

Samuel Blanning

BSc(Hons) APFS CertsCII(MP&ER)


Samuel graduated in Economics at the University of Bath in 2007 and has worked for Star House since 2009, becoming an adviser in 2018.


Sam specialises in more technical cases such as pension transfers and achieved Chartered status in early 2019.


Sam is a keen road and cross-country runner and has completed several marathons and ultramarathons, and is also currently studying Brazilian jiu-jitsu. His other interests include science fiction and chess.


Nicki Walker



Nicki joined the Star House team as a Paraplanner in November 2017, and has 24 years of experience in financial services working for a number of IFAs and Life & Pensions companies.


As well as supporting the advisers with paraplanning duties, Nicki helps with training and developing the skills of our support staff. She holds the Diploma in Financial Planning and is studying towards the Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning.


Most of Nicki’s spare time is devoted to her twins, but she enjoys spending time with family and friends.

Julie Palmer



Julie joined Star House in December 2018 having worked in Financial Services since 2006. Her career has involved a number of paraplanning and senior roles at companies such as Standard Life, HSBC, RBS and most recently Wealth at Work.

Julie is the latest addition to the Paraplanning team at Star House, using her technical knowledge and experience to support the advisers and assist with client administration.


Away from work, Julie enjoys travelling and spending time with family. Her interests include science fiction films and reading suspense thrillers.

Tom Douglas-Jones

BA (Hons) Cert CII (FS)


Tom joined Star House in June 2017 and currently oversees client review work and administration while managing the company website and online strategies.


Tom graduated from Staffs University in 2013 with an honours degree in Sports Journalism before spending a year writing sports content on a freelance basis. He is currently studying towards the Diploma in Financial Planning. 

 When he is not running around after his children, Tom enjoys playing and watching sport, particularly football. His interests include writing, film, gaming and travelling.

Rosie Bentley



Rosie has worked in financial services since 2001 after graduating in English Studies at the University of Gloucestershire, and has completed the Certificate in Financial Planning.


With a keen eye for detail, Rosie oversees all aspects of the company’s administration of our clients’ financial affairs.

Outside of work Rosie is a keen walker and can often be found hiking around Somerset.

Sherry Ho 

BA(Hons) Dip PFS


Sherry started at Star House in June 2019 and has a degree in Accounting

from the University of Glasgow. She earned the Diploma in Financial Planning in 2018.


As part of our support team, Sherry works on client administration and specialises in producing technical reports for client reviews in the form of spreadsheets and forecasts.


Outside of work, Sherry enjoys travelling, spending time with family and friends and is always looking to try out new cooking recipes.

Nikki Lewis


Nikki joined the team in October 2018 and will likely be the first face you see when visiting Star House.


As our front-of-house and office administrator, Nikki is responsible for greeting clients and is always on hand to offer a hot beverage. She also assists with client reviews, general administration and keeps the office running smoothly.


On the weekends, Nikki dabbles in catering and enjoys gardening and spending time with friends.

Rachel Chivers 



Rachel joined the administration team at Star House in January 2020, having performed a similar role at another financial advice firm for the past thirteen years. 

Rachel has a background in Law and has a Law Degree from UWE, is qualified as a Legal Executive and has previously specialised in commercial litigation. 


Rachel's role at Star House involves work with the administration team to support our advisers with client reviews and handles our client's financial affairs. 

Outside of work, Rachel enjoys walking or doing canicross with her dog on the Mendip Hills. She also holds the 2nd Dan black belt in free-style kickboxing and does pilates in her spare time.