Our Story


"I founded the company in Torquay with my wife, Sam in 1999. Since then, the company has obtained a national profile due to frequent and high quality referrals of new customers by existing clients. In addition, the company’s priority of maintaining a strong internet presence in line with the growth of the ecommerce industry has proved beneficial to business. Over the years, the business has expanded and now consists of a team of highly qualified and experienced chartered financial planners and administrators serving a growing and valued client base.

Originally, the office was set up in a garage at our house, followed by a converted stable annex. In 2014, following continual expansion, the business relocated to our current premises at the splendid Rockwood House in Parkhill Road, Torquay. A key strength we take pride in, is that we are still small enough to provide a bespoke service but large enough to have developed strategic alliances with some of the key providers in the industry. These include Fidelity, Old Mutual, Royal London and Aegon.

I am pleased to be able to say that my ambition to create a dynamic, exciting and sociable ‘business hub’ in Rockwood House has become a reality over the last few years. Sharing our premises are some fantastic companies offering equally diverse and quality services such as a web designer, a general insurance broker, a marketing company and IT support service. We are delighted to be working alongside these specialist firms.

In summary, the future is bright, Sam and I hope that you will be happy to entrust us with your financial affairs and we look forward to developing a long-term relationship with you."



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in 1999


The Company was founded in Torquay,
The original office was in the garage
at Jonathan and Sam Walker's house


Jonathan & Sam Walker
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The Pension Drawdown Company becomes Pension Transfer Specialists
The Pension Drawdown Company is pleased to provide advice on Final Salary Transfers. Bob Diamond, the firm's longest standing member of staff achieves the coveted Pension Transfer accreditation (Then known as G60, Today known as AF3/ AF7/ The Certificate in Pension Transfer Advice).


Bob Diamond - Pension Specialist

in 2003


The office moved into a converted stable block
The Pension Drawdown Company took on some new staff to help look after client needs and needed more space as it continued to expand



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in 2007


The Pension Drawdown Company team grows
3 Advisers
8 Employees

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The team continues their professional development and achieves further success in their CII financial planning exams


in 2010


Funds Under Management (FUM) increase
Change in legislation results in a sudden drawdown surge adding £8m to FUM in 3 months

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65m





in 2012


The Pension Drawdown Company is delighted as another Adviser achieves the Pension Transfer Specialist accreditation
Roger Easterbrook APFS passes his AF3 exam and becomes The Pension Drawdown Company's 2nd Pension Transfer Specialist. The team celebrates in Roger's success and further strengthens its Final Salary Transfer expertise



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Roger Easterbrook - Pension Transfer Specialist
Chartered Financial Planner

in 2013


2013 The Pension Drawdown Company achieves Chartered Status
The Team Celebrates as Roger Easterbrook APFS achieves success in his final exam and is awarded Chartered Status.

The Pension Drawdown Company also achieves the coveted Chartered Firm accreditation which is widely regarded as the pinnacle of the profession and recognised by the public as a mark they can trust.

In becoming Chartered Financial Planners The Pension Drawdown Company strengthens its reputation with a kitemark for quality.



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80m

in 2014


The Pension Drawdown Company moves into new premises at Rockwood House.



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90m

in 2015


The Pension Drawdown Company celebrates Pension Drawdown becoming a main stream retirement option
The Pension Drawdown Company celebrates as the industry recognises Pension Drawdown (also known as Income Drawdown and/or Flexi-Access Drawdown) as a main stream retirement option after years having already championing it.



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100m

Rockwood became a local business hub with supporting businesses
The Pension Drawdown Company’s head office becomes a centre of local business excellence, companies at Rockwood included Chartered Accountants as well as Insurance and Marketing specialists.


in 2016


The Pension Drawdown Company grows and takes on new staff



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110m

Suzanne Walker - Pension Transfer Specialist
Fellowed Financial Planner


For she's a jolly good "Fellow"
The Pension Drawdown Company congratulate Suzanne Walker as she becomes a Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute. Suzanne Walker FPFS achieves further exam success and the team congratulate her in recognition of her commitment to taking being chartered one step further. Acquiring FPFS accreditation is a further demonstration of her knowledge, experience and professionalism.


in 2017


The Pension Drawdown Company nurtures a new Adviser through qualifications and professional development
The team give back and support budding talent, sharing their wealth of experience with the next generation of advisers to further enhance the team. Ben Smith BA (Hons) DipPFS Cert (CII) achieves CAS status and is officially signed off as an authorised adviser.



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140m

Benjamin Smith - Analyst
Financial Planner

in 2018




Intelligent Office

Our state of the art back office system is fully up and running and is helping both our admin team and the advice team. In streamlining back office processes, this will be a great framework upon which to take the company forwards.



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185m

Business Growth of the Year Award

We are delighted to have won the Gold Award in the business growth of the year 1-25 employee category of this year's Heral Express 2018 South Devon Business Awards. The firm goes from strength to strength and this is a fantastic team effort.


in 2019



Steve Stobie - Pension Transfer Specialist
Financial Planner

The advice team has been further strengthened with the appointment of Steve Stobie. A fully qualified Pension Transfer Specialist, Steve brings over 12 years’ experience in the pensions, investment and savings market to the firm.


Pension Drawdown Company is 20 years old and achieves £230m funds under management!

Incorporated in November 1999, the firm is proud to have reached these important milestones in its development and growth. Managing Director, Jonathan Walker commented, “Our reputation as a strong and consistent player in the pension drawdown market has steadily grown over the years. This has been achieved by putting customer service at the forefront of everything we do – from having robust back office processes to negotiating discounted terms from providers. In addition, our high quality Centralised Investment Process underpins our fund selection for the benefit of our clients. Over the 20 years, I am delighted that we have achieved a 97% client retention rate”.




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230m

Suzanne Walker - Pension Transfer Specialist
Fellowed Financial Planner

Suzanne Walker is approved by the Later Life Accreditation (SOLLA – Society of Later Life Advisers) panel, and therefore has achieved the accreditation. Clients can be assured of her knowledge of their needs and issues they face in later life financial matters.

Pension Transfer Gold Standard

Recognising good practice and strong ethical and professional standards, two of our Pension Transfer Specialists, Suzanne Walker and Roger Easterbrook have been granted this prestigious award by the Personal Finance Society