Freedom Finance Australia

Level 8, 574 St. Kilda Rd
1800 662 891

info@ffau.com.au

Our Teams & Locations

The dedicated Team at Freedom Finance Australia and are currently based in Melbourne, Wodonga, Ballarat, Canberra and Queensland. We are committed to providing our clients with excellent service and financial planning advice, Australia-wide. Get to know our Team and contact us if you would like more information.

Our Team

Chris MacEachern

Managing Director

Chris MacEachern holds a Bachelor of Finance and a Diploma of Financial Planning. He was the Rookie of the Year for Westpac and the Planner of the Year for CBA before starting up his own business, Freedom Finance Australia.
He now enjoys building ongoing relationships with his clients to help them truly understand what their goals are and put them in the best place to achieve those goals.

When Chris is not working he enjoys an active lifestyle like playing Ice hockey and running marathons.

Daniel Rake

General Manager

With over 15 years’ experience in financial services and corporate and financial regulation Dan specialises in delivering outstanding returns for clients and employees alike. Dan has held Head of Wealth and General Management roles with major banks and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). As well as holding a Diploma in Financial Services, Dan has completed post graduate studies at Mt Eliza Business School.

Outside of the office Dan enjoys spending time with and cooking for his wife and four daughters, travelling, and competing in Ironman triathlons.

Wendy Plant

Advice Operations Manager

Wendy is a Certified Financial Planner and holds a Diploma of Financial Planning. Wendy’s career highlight has spanned the past 18 years when she worked in partnership with Brenda Symons to build a successful financial planning practice, and which has now led to an exciting merger with Freedom Finance.
She loves to spend her free time developing her interior design skills and hopes to attend the Milan Furniture Fair in the near future.

Enayte Samadi

Senior Financial Adviser

I am a financial adviser with a huge passion for sports. Having over a decades experience in the Financial Services Industry and earning various awards, including the Freedom Finance Financial Planner of the Year Award 4 years straight for 2012-2013, 2013-2014, 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Along with this most recently awarded Runner-up Nationally in the Financial Planner of the Year awards for the Financial Services Partners ANZ.

As a Senior Financial Planner, and I believe that my knowledge, skills and passion are the key factors towards achieving this success. My passion and drive extends to football and cricket, and I am actively involved in several teams and community forums.

As a planner, I have seen a range of clients in varying financial situations. I most enjoy helping my clients improve their financial bottom line by truly understanding what their goals are, and putting them in the best place to achieve those goals. Whether at the beginning of a long career or approaching retirement, the skills and experience that I bring to the table can have a significant impact on my clients lives.

Anka Stojanovic

Senior Financial Adviser

Anka holds a Bachelor of Business(Financial Planning), Diploma of Business Banking and Finance and Diploma of Law.

With over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry, Anka is highly qualified to assist you reach your personal and financial objectives. Her extensive knowledge and experience allows her to be familiar with the numerous ranges of financial products available to clients over those years.

Anka understands the importance of long term client relationships and she always displays a genuine, caring and professional approach with her clients. Her honest, positive and friendly nature makes clients from all walks of life feel immediately at ease. These traits mixed with a diverse financial background make for excellent tools for managing her clients’ financial affairs.

Outside work Anka’s passions include music, reading, bushwalking, aerobics and making embroideries.

Chris Markopoulos

Senior Financial Adviser

Chris has a deep-seated understanding of clients' needs. Throughout his career he has won awards for client satisfaction and customer service, which reflect his personal philosophy of putting his clients’ needs first.
Chris now leads a team of financial planners, with a core focus on providing clients' commercially savvy and easy to understand strategies and advice. He has built a strong reputation for his focus on outcomes, advising clients on risk insurance, social security, accumulation and superannuation strategies.
Chris enjoys the great outdoors through camping, fishing, and off-roading, and would love to learn how to surf. He has a Bachelor of Business and a Diploma of Financial Services.

John Payne

Senior Financial Adviser

John retired at the end of 2014 after over 20 years as a Senior Financial Planner with NAB Financial Planning. He recently set aside his retirement to re-ignite his passion for helping everyday people achieve their financial goals and objectives. In addition to years of experience helping clients with wealth accumulation, wealth protection, and SMSF advice, John also has expertise in Aged Care entry and Centrelink matters. John is widowed with 4 adult daughters and a grandson, and has a fine appreciation for wine and live music. He is also widely recognised as the best golfer in the office.

Fiona Carley

Operations Manager

Fiona has been with Freedom Finance Australia since 2013 working as an Insurance Specialist before moving into an Operations Manager role in June 2017. Fiona is passionate about Freedom Finance Australia and helping our team and in turn our clients to live their best lives.
Fiona enjoys running and keeping fit, eating good food, and most of all having fun with her two children. She would love to visit Macchu Picchu in Peru.

Brenda Symmons

Senior Financial Adviser

Brenda has been a financial planner for 25 years and holds an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning. Over the years, Brenda and her business partner Wendy Plant built a successful financial planning practice by providing sound advice with personalised service. In 2014, Brenda and Wendy joined forces with Freedom Finance Australia so that they can offer clients additional services and expertise as part of a young and enthusiastic team.
Outside work Brenda enjoys theatre, concerts, music festivals and travel.

Michael Eikelis

Financial Adviser

Michael has over 10 years experience of working in the Financial Services industry. He enjoys helping his clients achieve their ideal personal lifestyle through wealth accumulation and protection with a focus on maintaining long term relationships to keep his clients on track. Mike’s experience involves working for the big 4 banks as well as private firms across all areas of Financial Planning advice. He is also well qualified with a completed Bachelor of Business, Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, and is finalising his Certified Financial Planner studies. In his spare time, Mike enjoys training for Triathlons and road trips out of Melbourne with his wife.

Zafar Karim

Paraplanning Manager

Zafar holds a Bachelor of Commerce along with a Diploma of Financial Planning. He brings superior technical knowledge and expertise to the preparation of superannuation, retirement, and insurance strategies for Freedom Finance Australia clients.
Zafar is an avid follower of cricket and enjoys playing it at his local club.

Jessica Welsh

Office Manager

Jess has a Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science and a Graduate Diploma in Education (Secondary). Her experience teaching at secondary schools throughout Melbourne and regional Victoria has provided her with unique skills that have proved invaluable in helping her to find her ‘niche’ at Freedom Finance.
Outside of work Jess considers any time spent with family, friends, and chocolate as time well spent.

Melanie Keomany

Client Services Manager

Melanie holds a Master of Arts (English Language) along with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in English Literature and a Diploma of Modern Languages (Spanish). She is proud to have worked closely with Wendy Plant and Brenda Symons over the past eight years to deliver the highest standard of personal service to their clients.

Outside the office she enjoys reading, knitting, and improving her gardening skills.

Tao Hsu

Client Services Manager

Tao has a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and has completed the Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning. As an experienced researcher and strategist for multi-national companies, she brings her expertise to the Review Team creating appropriate solutions for her clients. She has pursued this new career in order to help clients achieve their financial goals. Tao has lived in the US, France, China, Indonesia and Australia and enjoys exploring these countries on foot – preferably running or walking through natural areas.

Anthony Del Vecchio

Servicing Adviser

Anthony holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Planning, Finance and Economics. He previously worked as a client service manager and enjoys working closely with the advisers to achieve the best outcomes for our clients. Outside of the office Anthony loves playing tennis, watching his footy team Richmond and spending time with his family and friends.

Toby Wilson

Associate Financial Adviser

Toby holds a Bachelor of Business, Majoring in Finance and Business Management, as well as a Diploma of Financial Planning. Before recently starting at Freedom Finance Toby worked as a financial planner after completing his university degree in Tasmania. Outside of the office Toby likes to run and keep fit, going to the ‘G to watch Richmond play and spending time with friends.

Bikram Gautam

Data Analyst

Bikram is a Data Analyst and has an expertise knowledge from over 3 years of experience. Having an experience in different data analytical tools, Bikram focus on collecting, manipulating and analysing the data in order to help Freedom Finance Australia to make better business decisions. With his ongoing study of a Masters in Information Systems, Bikram holds a Bachelor degree of Information Technology.
Outside of work, he loves to spend time with his family and friends. He has a huge passion for sports and plays soccer during his leisure time.

Jamie Julian

Insurance Officer

Jamie has recently completed a double Bachelor of Arts/Commerce majoring in Japanese and Finance. With a very keen interest in insurance, Jamie works as our Insurance Officer, ensuring our clients’ insurances are successfully implemented and up to date at all times. Jamie has spent time living abroad in Japan where he attended a Japanese school for two years. Outside of work he enjoys surfing, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

Zein Mohamad

Financial Advisor

Zein is a Financial Planner with a Bachelors in Business and a Diploma in Financial Planning. Zein takes the time to understand client needs and works tirelessly to ensure that his advice is always in the best interest of his clients. While not at work, Zein enjoys spending time with his family, getting into the backyard and visiting Bunnings as often as possible

Sam Colman

Financial Adviser

Sam has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Diploma of Financial Planning. He also recently completed his Certified Financial Planner® professional designation with the Financial Planning Association of Australia.

Sam started his career in the Financial Services industry in 2013 and was first authorised to provide advice in 2014 at a firm in Canberra. He is passionate about forging relationships with clients built on trust to help them achieve their goals and objectives. Sam is positioned to help clients from all walks of life, whether it be young wealth accumulators through to retirees.

Sam loves travelling and exploring new places having spent several years living and working in different countries around the world. On weekends he enjoys getting into the outdoors and looking for new surf spots along the coast, he is also a passionate Canberra Raiders fan and loves going to cricket games in the summer.

Nicole Niu

Financial Adviser

Nicole holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics, Master's degree in Business (Banking and Finance), Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning. She is passionate about working with people and numbers, helping her clients find best solutions and handling cases with care, dedication and proactive planning. Nicole joined Freedom Finance late 2017 and has been practising financial advice for four years. Outside of work, she enjoys playing tennis and spending time with family.

Angie Moutafis

Client Service Manager

Angie brings over 10 years of banking experience to her current role at Freedom Finance Australia, where she manages our internal systems to ensure all clients receive optimum service. Angie is a talented cook and enjoys creating her own unique dishes to share with lucky friends and family.

Belle Downs

Receptionist/ Office Co-ordinator

Belle joined the Freedom Finance team in 2017. She brings with her a wealth of customer service and administration experience and is a much need organiser in the office. Belle has an infectious bubbly personality and in her free time likes to go to the beach, hang out with friends and keep fit.

Lewis Orr

Servicing Adviser

Lewis is currently completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree majoring in Finance and Financial Planning. He is currently working as a Servicing Adviser, assisting in the construction and implementation of client’s advice.

When he isn’t at work, Lewis enjoys AFL football, cricket, good food and spending time with friends and family.

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