View from the Tower – Charlene Edwards

Charlene CFAs part of a regular feature we will be taking a sneaky look into the lives of the people that make Brunel Capital Partners tick. This month, we get to know Charlene Edwards…

1. What first attracted you to Brunel Capital Partners?

The ability to help set up and continually shape a business where clients really are at the centre of everything we do.

2. What is the most enjoyable part of your job?
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We’re hiring: Paraplanner

As Brunel continue to grow, we’re on the lookout for someone to join our fantastic team!

We currently have a vacancy for a Paraplanner, based at our Bristol offices. This is a brilliant opportunity for someone willing to go the extra mile for clients to join a firm dedicated to making a difference to people’s lives. You’ll be outgoing, good at developing relationships and dedicated to the business values we hold dear when dealing with our clients.

If you think you can live up to those standards and have ambitions to meet our own, then get in touch: we’d love to hear from you!

Full details of the position, its responsibilities and its requirements, are available on our LinkedIn page, where you can also submit your application. Alternatively, contact Damien on 0117 214 0870, send him a tweet @damienrylett, or email

We’re social!

We’re sure you already know that we’re a social bunch here at Brunel, but we’ve now made that fact a little more official and finished creating our corporate social media accounts!

You can now follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook or follow the firm on LinkedIn! Each network will have a range of updates, including formal business news and lighter-hearted content and they’ll all provide an easy way to keep up with our blog.

Don’t worry if you’re not a social media person: we’ll continue to keep you updated right here on the website, over the phone and via email and regular post!

If you’re social, though, then please do link up with us at our pages, as below:

FB-f-Logo__blue_114Brunel’s Facebook page




The BrunelCP account on Twitter




Brunel’s Company Page on LinkedIn


Looking back on 2013

brunel-event-alec-and-peter-smallAs the year comes to a close for us at Brunel and we look back on a fantastic 2013, it will clearly be very hard to pick a more vivid part of the year to focus on than our recent ‘birthday’ celebration, marking 2 years of the business. As a relatively young enterprise, we were delighted to celebrate the occasion with so many of our connections and colleagues and we really are delighted you’ve been happy to come along with us on this journey so far.

Firstly then, as we look back at 2013, here’s to another great year with all of you in 2014, as we take Brunel on to further our goal of providing genuinely personal wealth management services.

This, for us, is our key aim in 2014: making sure that we continue to learn and grow as a business, in order to provide a service to clients that matters. As we mentioned during our Vertigo event, we’ve all seen the connection between firm and client damaged in larger firms and Brunel was established not just with a highly personal service in mind, but with that dedication to service as a guiding principle of the whole company.

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Vertigo birthday event a great success!

Many thanks to all of our friends, local colleagues and former England Cricket Captain, Alec Stewart, who all took the time to join us on 28th November for a celebration of our first two years in business and the first year at our Vertigo offices in Bristol.

We were delighted to welcome those of you who could make it to our offices for an evening of informal drinks and canapes, as we reflected on the past couple of years.

Brunel-event-group-smallIt was Mr. Stewart though who took centre stage for very obvious reasons! With the latest Ashes series currently taking place in Australia, Alec talked about his time in the England camp and shared with us some of his experiences and anecdotes. As England’s most capped cricketer there were plenty of them and it was great to have Alec’s input on the night.

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Autumn Statement 2013 Overview


David Cameron – freshly back from his trade mission to China – looked on encouragingly as Chancellor George Osborne delivered his Autumn Statement. But how his mind must have drifted back to the delights of Shanghai… No inconvenient elections; no opinion polls; no awkward questions from Jeremy Paxman. Read more …

Charity link-up: pooling our fundraising to benefit a worthy cause

children's hospice south west logoWe each like to do our bit for charity here at the Brunel offices, but having started talking a few months ago about the various activities we had planned, we thought it might be a good idea to pool our collective charity resources together and try to make a real difference to a worthy local cause.

Children’s Hospital South West (CHSW) are the only hospice care in the region for children with life-limiting conditions. They were suggested to us as a cause worth supporting by a friend of our Managing Director, Damien, and having looked into the work they do, we couldn’t agree more.

For that reason, we’ve named CHSW as our nominated charity, and all of the charity work we do at Brunel from this point forward will involve raising funds for a cause that really does do some amazing work.

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Brunel Welcome Beccy as Business Manager

Image of BeccyBrunel are delighted to announce the appointment of Beccy Kedward as our Business Manager, as we continue to build our fantastic team to enable us to provide excellent support and advice to our clients.

Beccy joins Brunel having spent some time overseas, travelling and working in New Zealand, where she provided support for a College in Mumbai, India as part of her role at an Early Learning Teaching College. Before moving out to New Zealand, Beccy worked for Hargreaves Lansdown for ten years, having involvement in all aspects of running the advisory department.

Having returned to the UK a little earlier this year, Beccy has continued running as one of her main pastimes and regular visitors to our website may well have seen the feature on the Amsterdam marathon, back in October, when Beccy had just been appointed to her position. We’re delighted to report that Beccy successfully completed the marathon and is now planning for a Lands End to John O’Groats cycle ride in September 2014, with all sponsorship proceeds going to our nominated charity, Children’s Hospice South West.

When she’s in the Brunel office, Beccy will have broad responsibility for making sure that the business keeps running smoothly, with input in several areas; both internal and client facing.

We hope you’ll join us in welcoming Beccy to Brunel, where we’re certain she’ll enjoy every success!

Brunel’s Charity Project: our elephant well goes live in Zimbabwe!

Brunel-capital-partners-elephant-wellWe’re delighted to announce that a charity we’ve been involved with for a while now has just completed it’s latest installation, and this time we were honoured to be involved a little more than usual.

Our office water coolers are provided by AquAid, a company who donate to Christian Aid and The African Trust for every installation of a water cooler they complete and every bottle of water their clients buy.

Some time ago they approached us with an additional project: to sponsor the installation of an Elephant Pump Well in Zimbabwe!

Elephant Pump Wells are a design of The African Trust and they have been so successful that they now supply around 10% of the entire population of Zimbabwe with clean water. The economic design was commended with the St Andrews Medal for the Environment in 2005 and last year some 432 pumps were installed.

AquAid were kind enough to send across to us a picture of our completed well in use, after it became operational last month! Great news, and we hope to continue to support AquAid in whatever way we can in the future!

If you are interested in the work that AquAid do or how your own office can become involved, then please do have a look at their website at

Beccy supporting our chosen charity… by running a marathon in Amsterdam!


Beccy (left) and friends on one of their preparation runs.

Beccy Kedward, our Business Manager, is off across to Europe this weekend, but not for a relaxing break or a spot of Autumn sun!

Beccy is heading over to Amsterdam, in the company of her sister and one of her friends, to take part in the Amsterdam marathon! Along with thousands of other runners, Beccy will be pounding the pavements of the Dutch capital to raise money for our chosen charity for this year: Children’s Hospice South West.

In preparation for the 26 mile ‘experience’, Beccy and her compatriots have already completed the Bristol and Glasgow half marathons, but this will be her first ever full marathon run, along a course that skirts the city’s famous canals and finishes at the Olympic Stadium.

The money she raises will go to the hospice, who Brunel will also be supporting in other ways over the next 12 months or so. With several hospices throughout the South West, Children’s Hospice has the stated aim to ‘build precious memories for families whose children are living with life-limiting or life threatening conditions’, which we’re sure you’ll all agree makes them a very worthy cause.

If you feel able to donate to Beccy’s fundraising efforts then the easiest way to do so is at her Just Giving page, or you can contact her at or on the office number: 0117 214 0870.

Everyone at Brunel wishes Beccy the best of luck for Sunday’s run!

Brunel Capital Partners is a sister company of Pilgrim Financial Planning