Cat: CFM News
31 May

Rhino at large

Painting a rhino is a big challenge. For some, it’s just too big. Artist Stephen Dooley was approached to paint a full-size rhino for Paignton Zoo’s Great Big Rhino Project by Ronnie Halden of Bigwave Media, the marketing agency for Cathedral Financial Management, who are sponsoring this rhino called ‘Cath’.

The Great Big Rhino Project is putting a dazzling free public art trail of 40 life-size painted rhinos around the streets, parks and open spaces of Exeter and the English Riviera this summer. The spectacle is raising awareness and funds to help Critically Endangered wild rhinos.

Painting large is definitely Chagford-based Stephen’s forte. He’s painted room-sized murals and trompe l’oeil walls for pop stars, big businesses and millionaires including entrepreneur Peter de Savery, businessman and politician Lord Ashcroft and singer Jay Kay of Jamiroquai.

After an initial meeting with Ronnie who explained his concept and a subsequent visit to the cathedral left Steve’s imagination filled with sculptures, books and manuscripts; to him, the ancient stone suited the animal’s skin and weight. “I’ve painted in a trompe l’oeil method usually reserved for walls with one viewing point. It’s tricky making it work on a multi-faceted sculpture of an animal, but I have always enjoyed a challenge. I did not want to do a brightly coloured one as that has been done so well on so many others!”

The thing that marks Stephen out as an artist is his versatility. “Design, illustration, large oils, murals, sculpture and computer generated images - I couldn’t do the same thing every day, my imagination is too active. I have always made a very good living from my work, for which I am very thankful!”

Remarkably, Stephen has never been involved in a public art project before, spending his time mostly on private commissions. “It’s great that the public will be able to pat it!”

His ability to paint and draw comes directly from studying wildlife as a boy. “I drew to explore the world, not to create art. I never had art lessons at school, I simply drew anything natural out of a fascination with the natural world.

“On my website there’s a large painting of the head of a rhino - this was done after visiting Paignton Zoo twenty years ago with my then four-year-old daughter. Animals and their misfortune in sharing a small planet with the species known as man has always been at the forefront of my thoughts.”

He attended Chester Art College, gained a top honours Degree from Liverpool Art College in 1976 in Graphic Design then added a post graduate qualification in the Psychology of Perception from Liverpool University the following year.

Stephen’s paintings have been commissioned by London galleries, interior designers and private clients. His work can be found in collections around the world. His murals adorn the walls of castles, chateaux and stately homes.

The Great Big Rhinos will come alive on Saturday 30th July 2016. Money raised will be channeled through Save the Rhino International. Rhinos have been around for 40 million years. There are five species: black, white, greater one-horned, Javan and Sumatran. All of these are threatened with extinction – three are Critically Endangered as defined by the IUCN (World Conservation Union). This means that they will not survive without massive and urgent action.

Cat: CFM News
08 Apr

Hoax Emails

Cathedral Financial Management Ltd has recently been targeted by criminals misrepresenting themselves as employees of our firm. We have recently been contacted by French citizens who have been the victim of a scam linking CFM Ltd with a company known as Success Bank. This company is listed on the AMF website as being part of a scam and any contact involving them should be ignored.

If you have been the victim of such a scam you need to contact the regulatory authority in your own country. CFM Ltd have no knowledge of Success Bank and any individual claiming to be an employee of CFM Ltd is fraudulently doing so. The hoax emails are using the CFM Ltd address with a different telephone number to our own.

CFM Ltd will never "cold call" or send you an unsolicited email. If you receive such an unsolicited email from anyone claiming to be an employee of CFM Ltd, please bring this to our attention by forwarding it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

It is with much regret that the public has been targeted in this manner by criminals cloning our company details from our website.

Cat: CFM News
14 Mar

CFM say “Bring on the Rhinos”

Following the success of Paignton Zoo's Great Gorillas Project, Cathedral Financial Management had no hesitation in signing up for a gold sponsorship of the 2016 Great Big Rhino Project.

Tim Ames, Director of CFM, commented: "We immediately saw 'the bigger picture' when we were first approached about the Gorilla project. The benefits to conservation, local community groups and schools plus the marketing exposure we as a company would receive made it a win-win situation for everyone. In fact the media exposure and feedback from clients and the business community far exceeded our expectations."

The CFM Rhino will once again be sited in Southernhay and the gold sponsorship means that a bespoke design will be created, which at this moment in time is being kept firmly under wraps.

Cathedral Financial Management is a privately owned independent company offering unbiased and professional financial advice.

CFM was established in 1993 with the first office being located in Cathedral Yard. The strong growth in business has necessitated several moves, the last one being in 2010 to the current head office at No 1 Cathedral Court, Southernhay, located in the heart of Exeter's professional community.

Cat: CFM News
08 Jan

Congratulations Claire for achieving Chartered Status!

Congratulations to Claire Hannaford who achieved Chartered status in December 2015. The Directors were particularly impressed that Claire found the time during her 12 months' maternity leave to take and pass her final exam to achieve Chartered status. Claire will be returning to CFM Ltd on 19th April working 2 days a week to support the Directors in her paraplanning role.