As a business owner, it's only natural to hope that your business will one day help to fund a comfortable lifestyle and retirement.  It's what we call your 'future perfect'.

I've put together this simple page to let you know a little bit more about us, our driving belief in responsible investing, and how we may be able help you with an exclusive no-obligation consultation.

Tom Donlea

Financial Planner

why work with me

We work with many business owners and have a good idea of the unique set of needs that you have, and so take the following on board in our dialogues:

I will spend time learning about what your 'future perfect' is, and how your business and your eventual exit from it will align with your personal goals.

I can help you attract and retain talent by optimising your employee benefits (including insurances and pensions), and potentially reduce your overheads.

We can formulate strategies to extract cash from your business in a tax-efficient manner, which is increasingly important in an age of rising Corporation Tax.

Ultimately we can help you take control of both your personal and business financial planning, and help you achieve the things that matter most to you.

The value of an investment with St. James's Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds selected and the value may fall as well as rise. You may get back less than you invested.


1. Intro conversation

I am always happy to have a brief introductory phone call to establish how I may be able to help you, and find out if we are right for each other.  Should we agree there are grounds for a potential working relationship, we can then schedule a no-obligation Discovery meeting.

2. Discovery meeting

During this, I'll be looking to understand what your 'future perfect' is for you and your family; including your short, medium, and long term goals, and your values.  We will also establish an understanding of your current financial setup and some of the things that will be required to help you achieve your goals.  After this meeting, I will follow up in writing to provide an overview of our discussions, and confirm what further steps and information is required.

3. Financial Roadmap meeting

In this meeting, I will present to you a personalised financial roadmap that is built around your goals and your income(s), outgoings, and assets.  We will have created this using best-in-class financial modelling software.  It will show you a snapshot of your current financial setup, and will demonstrate if you are on track to achieving your goals.  We will also discuss a proposed strategy for improving and optimising your setup; and upon your acceptance to proceed with the proposal we will discuss the steps required to implement the plan.

4. Becoming a client

Part of being a client of Castell Wealth Management means that we will review with you the progress of your financial roadmap.  We will run periodic review meetings to ensure that I maintain an up-to-date understanding of your evolving needs, and keep the plan on track over time.


Regular review meetings

These are to ensure that I maintain an up-to-date understanding of your evolving needs, and keep the plan on track over time.

Personal Service

My support team and I will manage the administration of your assets, are directly contactable, and we will never pass you to a call centre.


We deal with busy individuals, families, and businesses who do not have the time or inclination to manage their own finances in an effective manner.


You can maintain or as much or as little control as you like, and we will provide with the support to help you make the best decisions.

Legislation changes

We are proactive in this, and it’s important that your planning keeps up with changes in legislation and you are taking advantage of all the reliefs and allowances offered.

High standard of advice & fund management

Any fund manager and provider on SJP’s panel has been carefully selected, will continue to be reviewed in our clients’ best interests.

Access to my trusted network of professionals

 If there’s ever anything that I can’t advise on personally, I will be able to bring in a specialist in that field.

Advice guarantee

The suitability of our advice is backed by the SJP advice guarantee, which is provided on the wealth management solutions that I recommend. Details here: www.sjp.co.uk/about-us.

"I required investment and protection advice for both my personal finances and my business. Tom has been very responsive and has provided a highly knowledgable and clear picture of the options regarding a number of different priorities. He has provided a friendly and efficient service and I feel comfortable in the knowledge he is structuring my finances effectively, and being proactive with them."

Edward M, Founder

"Tom's advice has been consistently sound and trustworthy. Working with him has given me the peace of mind that he is reviewing my finances in the best interests of me, my family, and my company. It's allowed me to focus on running my business. I would not hesitate in recommending him to anyone and actively do so."

Jon S, Managing Director

We are a progressive financial advisory firm that provides lifelong wealth management strategies for our clients. We offer a full range of services across investments, retirement, & protection that are focused on helping you to achieve your life goals whilst also trying to make a positive impact on the world around us.

Towards a better world.

For us, wealth management is part of life management. We know that our financial wellbeing impacts every aspect of our lives & plays a critical role in guiding our behaviour towards each other & the world around us. When you become a Castell client you get much more than just financial advice; you enter an ecosystem of support and opportunity that is fully integrated with & focused on your goals & helping you to achieve them.

Sustainable investing.

We believe that great performance and sustainable investing are not mutually exclusive. But it’s not about making big statements. It’s about being better, taking incremental steps towards it, & helping those around us to do the same. Whether it's ESG investing, educating our children about finances, running financial wellness sessions for employees, or sharing our knowledge & resources; our ultimate goal is to play our part in helping to make the world a better place.


When it comes to managing your finances, it's only natural to have questions and wonder if we're the right adviser for you. So here are some of the most frequent questions we get asked with some answers that we hope will help to reassure you.

I've always thought that financial advice is only for wealthy people. It's not for normal people like me.

We hear this a lot, often from people who have never used a financial planner before. It's true that some do only want to deal with the very wealthy but here at Castell, we believe that everyone should have access to good financial advice and that, in fact, those with less need it even more. Rest assured you will be among like minded people; our clients are from all walks of life and are normal hard working people with careers, families, worries and dreams just like most of us.

The idea of Financial Advice sounds very expensive. Will I be able to afford the fees?

Many people think that financial advice is expensive and although we would say that the cost of no advice could be even more expensive in the long run, fees are always an area of concern for new clients.  We will always be transparent with our fees and will never incur any cost without explaining it to you in advance and getting your approval first. There are never any surprises. It's our job to give you advice that will benefit you and aim to put you in a better financial position even when any fees or costs are considered too. As an experienced and industry recognised adviser I stand by the quality of our advice and of our advisers. It means that we might not be the cheapest financial adviser you can find but we provide value for money. And, of course, the suitability of our advice is backed up by the St. James's Place guarantee*.

I don't like and often don't understand all the jargon and technical language financial advisers always seem to use.

We agree! Many people say looking at their finances can be a bit daunting and even boring too.  So we make a point of straight talking and not using confusing jargon and technical language no more than we have to do legally. In truth, good financial planning should be simple and straightforward to explain.

*St. James’s Place guarantees the suitability of the advice given by members of the St. James’s Place Partnership when recommending any of the wealth management products and services available from companies in the Group, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website at www.sjp.co.uk/products.


Towards a better world.

We are progressive financial advisers who provide lifelong wealth management strategies for our clients.

Castell Wealth Management is an Appointed Representative of and represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the group’s website www.sjp.co.uk/products. Castell Wealth Management is a trading name of Castell Wealth Management Ltd. Castell Wealth Management Ltd is registered in England and Wales, Number 11639376. Registered Office: Accounts Unlocked, Repton Manor, Repton Avenue, Ashford, Kent, TN23 3GP.

© Castell Wealth Management Limited. 2023.


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