Spiro began his career in the Financial Services industry working as an Adviser with Legal and General UK Financial Services Firm. After graduating with a Bachelor of Jurisprudence from Monash University, Spiro also obtained a Diploma from the Australian Insurance Institute to further compliment his qualifications.
In 1984, Spiro interrupted his advisory career to pursue three years of corporate management experience with Aetna. He performed a number of state and regional management roles, preparing him for what would become a future managing people and businesses.
By 1987, Spiro had decided to resume his advisory career, going into business with brother Terry Paule. With a desire to provide their clients with an ‘˜Index of financial services under the one roof’, the Findex business was born. This vision would, in time, see all financial services procured in the one place to more efficiently help clients achieve their financial and lifestyle goals.
Tony began his financial services journey in the early nineties, joining Findex in a business traineeship role. To further develop his skills and build upon a Bachelor of Science from Monash University, Tony also obtained his Diploma of Financial Planning.
His passion for professional development has seen him take on roles in senior lecturing (for The Securities Institute, FPA), Committee Heads (FPA, Education Task Force) and Chairman (DFP 3 and 7).
As Tony progressed through the Findex business, he went on to complete a Masters in Business Administration (MBA), making him an important asset in the group’s growth by acquisition strategy.
Matt joined Findex in January 2008 as Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the financial management of the business. He also heavily involved in Findex’s merger and acquisition practices.
Prior to joining Findex, Matt worked with Macquarie Private Wealth as a specialist project manager, focusing on acquisition and new business opportunities. Preceding that, Matt spent 7 years with ING Australia, initially in its group finance area before moving on to specialise in the financial advisory field as Finance Manager for ING Advice, working with the RetireInvest, Tandem and Millennium 3 financial planning groups.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Macquarie University in Sydney and is also a Chartered Accountant. He is also a qualified ‘Black Belt’ in Six Sigma, a process improvement and quality management methodology used by many leading companies worldwide.
Thomas has a long-standing history with Findex, having served for almost 10 years. After graduating with a Bachelor of Business, Banking & Finance and a Bachelor of Visual Arts, Print Media, Thomas made the decision to pursue a career in the Financial Services industry.
With a bold vision to transform the traditional delivery of financial service offerings, Thomas believes that the better harnessing of technology can significantly enhance a business’ relationship with the market and prospective clients. As such, Thomas has been behind the creation of the Findex Digital division of the business, and its focus on producing products to improve both organisational efficiency and client experience.
Thomas was also pivotal in leading the development of the MOVO project — the first (and only) comprehensive, fully tailored and compliant Financial Advice delivered entirely online. Importantly, the MOVO project landed Findex a place on the BRW’s Top 50 Most Innovative Companies list at number twelve overall, and second in the Financial Services category.
Today, as Chief Marketing & Digital Officer, Thomas plays an integral role in building and expanding Findex’s Marketing and Digital capabilities, and integrating these functions into all facets of the business’ operations.
Kieran began working in the financial services industry in 1992 as a Financial Adviser for premier clients of The Standard Bank. By 1997 he was heading up special projects within Standard Bank, specifically focused on mortgage securities.
In 1997 Kieran immigrated to Australia after been ‘head- hunted’ by a major international manufacturing, import and redistribution company based in Sweden; Poseidon AB. Kieran was tasked with starting up the new venture in Australia, Kieran took this company from start up through to eventual successful sale in 2002.
In late 2002 Kieran moved back into the Financial Services industry in the field of mortgage origination and setup and managed a boutique mortgage company, this company was acquired by Centric Wealth in late 2003.
Kieran joined Centric Wealth in 2003 in the role of Head of Lending, in 2009 Kieran become Head of Treasury Services and subsequently Head of Products and Services.
Kieran joined the Findex Group Management Team as a result of its 2014 acquisition. Kieran is now Chief Investment Officer for the Findex Group.
Starting his career in Production Planning and Logistics for a national glass supplier, Nick was quick to demonstrate a unique ability for re-engineering processes. He also began designing solutions for production inefficiencies resulting in significant improvements to quality control and turnaround times. This positioned Nick well to join Findex in 1994 as a consultant to map and re-engineer the existing processes and build some efficiencies in the operational model of the organisation.
Nick was integral to the development of the current YGM system, which has enabled Findex to achieve the highest international quality service standard, ISO 9001. Nick attributes much of the YGM system’s success to the vision and commitment that the Findex management team continues to have for innovation and also to the culture of the staff throughout the organisation.
Beginning his Financial Services career as a Principal of the Associated Planners Group, Michael developed a passion for building enduring client and business relationships. Placing a value on education, Michael holds a Diploma of Financial Planning and has a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).
As one of Findex’s early acquisitions, Michael has been responsible for building a strong and dynamic adviser force for the business.
With over 25 years industry experience, Michael specialises in all aspects of financial planning for individual and business clients and holds an Executive Director role on Findex’s Board.
Specialising in taxation and business advisory, Anthony a registered tax agent, provides strategy and business planning for your businesses and uncompromised interpretation of the financial results for each segment. As Executive Managing Partner, he is renowned for having an uncompromising standard of excellence and absolute passion to deliver the best outcomes for his clients.
Anthony has a diverse range of industry expertise. His knowledge is up to date and accurate and he has access to networks that can support business growth to unlimited levels, including international transactions, finance and taxation.
Anthony is more than just a business adviser. He becomes your financial guru per se, someone who is there throughout the decision making process, attending regular meetings to ensure an uninterrupted flow of information. Anthony’s clients respect his systematic and thorough approach to all aspects of their relationship. From business and succession planning to business development and problem solving, Anthony works with his clients at all stages of their planning.
Mark joined Crowe Horwath in 1998, became a partner in 2006 and took on the role of Managing Partner in 2014. Now as Executive Managing Partner for Crowe Horwath’s South region, Mark leads a team of about 430 staff across offices in Melbourne, East and Western Victoria.
As an adviser, he has extensive experience advising SME’s and family owned businesses, high net worth individuals and not-for-profit groups. Mark’s management and leadership has seen him responsible for a number of key national projects.
He works closely with clients on taxation and compliance issues, budgets, cash flow management, structuring, superannuation and succession planning. Mark is always focused on providing quality advice to his clients, from start-ups through to sale of businesses or farms. He carefully addresses his clients’ personal and business needs to ensure they achieve the best possible financial outcomes.
Working closely with specialist experts in the firm, Mark deals in industry sectors including primary production, retail, wholesale, professional services and construction. Mark always uses a positive and dedicated approach to working with his staff and clients. His loyalty and support is greatly appreciated amongst his clients, and is paramount to the local Crowe Horwath offices.
After working for Westpac Bank for 20 years as a Senior Commercial Lending Manager, he gained considerable experience across all areas of Lending and Finance.
On joining the firm in 2002, Terry introduced Lending Broking Services to the National firm and continues to head up this service line throughout Australia and New Zealand.
Terry assumed control of the WHK Western Victoria Financial Services Division in 2008 where he managed Financial Planning, Specialist Risk Insurance, Lending and Finance and Self Managed Superannuation. Two years later, he developed the General Insurance division in Western Victoria, which has now extended to be a National service line experiencing strong growth throughout the Crowe Horwath network. Throughout this period, Terry worked closely with local and National management and sat on the Advisory Boards of Self Managed Superannuation, Financial Planning and Risk Insurance, whilst also continuing to directly managing Lending and General Insurance.
With Terry’s diverse management experience and dedication to his clients, he is now an Executive Managing Partner responsible for the performance of the Southern Region in all services lines encompassing Melbourne, East and Western Victoria. As EMP, Terry provides value add in all facets of sales management, production analysis and risk management, along with technical expertise in Financial Services. Combine this with his love of his AFL football team, the Melbourne Demons, Harness Racing and his family, Terry remains committed to providing the highest level of service and support to his staff and clients.
With over 23 years commercial experience in the finance and manufacturing industries, Dan’s commercial acumen, thorough understanding of business dynamics, strategic focus and adaptable style make him a confident leader. As Executive Managing Partner for Crowe Horwath’s North region, Dan provides leadership to a team of 630 Staff in 25 offices across northern New South Wales and Queensland.
Originally from the UK, Dan began his career in manufacturing and moved to a role as Senior Management Accountant of a global pharmaceuticals company. Dan was integral in the merger of three independent organisations to form a $400 million enterprise before he became Finance Director and equity holder in a private manufacturing business playing a vital role in improving profitability and cash flow. Since relocating to Australia in 2006, Dan has led the Northern NSW firm of Crowe Horwath building a strong culture of collaboration and communication through his professional, honest and transparent approach to business.
As a leader in the financial planning division, Julian has an exceptional management and leadership style which is reflected in a young, enthusiastic and talented team, dedicated to achieving results.
Julian has achieved his success through building trust in the relationships he has with his clients. He works in an ethical manner and takes into account their individual needs and objectives to make sure he delivers real value. As Executive Managing Partner, this ethos is instilled within his team to ensure all clientele receive the same unrivalled service.
Julian’s diverse background and experience within various accounting sectors provide him with the knowledge and expertise to deliver exceptional benefits to his clients with an ultimate drive to achieving successful outcomes.
Julian is actively involved in the community, sitting on various community and sporting boards. He is a keen sportsperson, and an asset to the Crowe Horwath team.
After graduating as an accountant and attaining a Bachelor of Commerce from Otago University, Phil began his accountancy career in Dunedin, New Zealand. He then moved to London working for a major accounting firm for a few years, returning to New Zealand in 1987.
Phil’s experience includes both business advice and governance, particularly as a board member and adviser to a wide range of public companies and Local Authorities. He is an accredited member of the Institute of Directors of New Zealand and holds a Public Practice Certificate CAANZ.
Today, Phil is New Zealand’s Executive Managing Partner (EMP).
As EMP, Phil is responsible for shaping and delivering the strategic direction of the Region which spans multiple geographic locations across New Zealand. He does this through:
- Leadership of the Managing Partners in the growth strategy for the business.
- Providing leadership to staff in order to achieve the established business and operational goals.
- Supporting succession and development of those on the Advisor Pathway.
Phil places high importance on building and maintaining strong relationships with his managers, teams and clients.
As the Executive Managing Partner for the Central region General Families team, Chris has the overall responsibility of ensuring the General Family Office members are focused on driving and delivering exceptional client outcomes.
Chris is focussed on clients needs and provides support and advice in relation to understanding the key drivers of business issues and planning. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his role and his experience ensures he provides guidance and support to his team to make sure they are providing expert and practical advice.
He participates in the broader Crowe Horwath leadership community and has a number of community connections with various involvements across the school community and sporting groups.
Chris’ background includes a long involvement in the region, servicing a cross section of Small and Medium Enterprise’ (SME) clients and high wealth individuals.
His clients are across a range of industries including medical Practices & Specialists, Manufacturing, Day Surgeries & Pharmacies, Primary Producers and Not-For-Profits.
Chris is also experienced in providing virtual Chief Financial Officer solutions for clients in transition, and supported outsourced administration.
As Executive Managing Partner – Specialist Services at Findex, Peter is focused on bringing together the deep, boutique-style expertise of the group’s specialist service lines. Peter further represents the brand across the Crowe Horwath internal network as International Liaison Partner, tapping into global market leads and methodologies.
Peter guides the Audit, Tax Advisory, Corporate Finance, Performance Consulting, Lending and Finance, General Insurance, Risk Insurance and Corporate Benefits departments through maximising use of the group’s industry-leading Family Office model. He does this with his goal to streamline internal process and improve client outcomes in mind.
Peter boasts over 30 years’ leadership experience across the financial planning, accounting and banking sectors. During this time, Peter has worked in Europe, Australia and Asia, from his own business to the ‘Big 4’.
Peter first joined Findex as Global Head of Business, his role to ensure that the group continued to modernise the way that the sector operated, too promoting transparency and creating value for its clients.
Peter holds that building relationships of trust, and the consistent delivery of value, are the key to building an extensive professional network of global business leaders and enjoying a fruitful career. When combined with his interest in the adoption of technology to deliver innovation, Peter is positioned to provide reliable, efficient and strategic business direction.
Outside Findex, Peter’s hobbies include scuba diving and rally car driving.
In his role as Executive Managing Partner – Specialist Services at Findex, Owen is charged with driving collaboration within the group’s industry-leading Family Office model.
Specialist Services encompasses Audit, Tax Advisory, Corporate Finance, Performance Consulting, Lending and Finance, General Insurance, Risk Insurance and Corporate Benefits. Cumulatively, these services lines represent 25% of the group’s revenue.
Beginning his financial services journey in 2008, Owen joined Credit Suisse and then KKR in its private equity investment team. In his six years at KKR, Owen focused on a range of investments in both Australia and New Zealand, one of which included Findex.
Owen joined Findex in 2015, serving as its Head of Strategic Projects, focussing on operational improvements and business growth initiatives, group wide. Among many successes, notably was the introduction and management of the Family Office model and an employee equity offering, both transformative to the business’ operations.
Owen holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from University of New South Wales, completing this with first class honours and the University Medal in Finance.
Outside Findex, his passions include most endurance sports, particularly running.
Peter is a respected leader with 25 years of international business experience, a proven reputation for innovation, increasing stakeholder value, and delivering major initiatives and projects to exacting standards.
He has successfully held high profile CEO and senior Executive roles, with an enviable track record for producing outstanding results for prominent Companies and Government entities. Peter comfortably traverses Australian and international business circles with a breadth of experience, acumen and strong interpersonal skills. He has a passion for building a vision and driving actionable strategies.
For 10 years, Peter was based in Abu Dhabi as Executive Director of the Royal Group. He led the strategic development of many of the Group’s international business, property, tourism, technology and private equity investments, and served as a Board Director for many of its 100 plus companies. Royal Group is one of the UAE’s most powerful conglomerates, employing more than 22,000 people in over 40 countries.
Prior to leaving Australia, Peter was CEO of the Victorian Major Events Company, widely recognised as the world’s pre-eminent event procurement agency. He built an enviable reputation for bidding and winning major sporting and cultural events that delivered $1.8 Billion in economic benefit to the State annually.
From 1995, he developed the Event Planning and Operations portfolios for the award-winning Melbourne FORMULA 1™ Grand Prix and MotoGP, and was sought to provide strategic advice throughout the highly acclaimed Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.