Andrew is the Managing Director of Announcer and its Founder. It was Andrew’s vision to establish a One-Stop-Shop solution for financial services back in 1996, which has evolved into one of Australia’s largest, privately owned firms.
After a Character building career in Cotton Chipping at Boggabri – and a very good time at Uni at Newcastle, Andrew moved to Sydney and founded the Announcer Group of Companies. Andrew love business and in particular the people that make things happen. He has a passion for teamwork and building confidence and energy in others based around clear shared values.
Andrew grew up in PNG, then Adelaide, then Camden, then Boggabri, attended a great boarding school and University where he was lucky enough to meet AJ, who is now his wife and mother of three great kids, Isaac, Oscar and Ellison. AJ and Andrew started Announcer with a dream and are both involved in Announcer.
Andrew like to spend time with the kids and enjoy coaching them in the soccer, baseball, cricket, and basketball pursuits. He keeps himself fit by playing Basketball and Soccer and has perfected the “if I sponsor the team can I play” tactic .
Bachelor of Economics (Newcastle)
Diploma of Financial Planning (Deakin University)
Favourite movie: Fried Green Tomatoes, Steel Magnolias, Kate & Leopold, Love Actually & Amelie – yes – really!
Favourite restaurant: Jonahs
I received a lifetime ban from Monopoly. Enforced by my wife AJ.
Authorised Representative No. 441069, Justice of the Peace
Ray is the head of Announcer Financial Planning with a team of 12 staff, nearly 5,000 clients and $500m assets under management. Ray’s financial services career commenced in 2000 and as one of the foundation employees of the Announcer Group, he initially began his advising role by managing over 150 of his own clients.
Ray is a certified Financial Planner, holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and is a Justice of the Peace. He has extensive experience with pre-retiree and self employed clients and provides assistance to advisers dealing with comples strategies, tax effective superannuation strategies, transition to retirement planning and other wealth accumulation strategies.
Bachelor of Commerce – University of Wollongong
Diploma of Financial Services – Tribeca
Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning – Tribeca
Certified Financial Planner
Licensed Adviser – Charter Financial Planning
FPA ‘Ask an Expert’ Panel Member
SMSF – Kaplan
Have 2 very energetic boys keeping me active
Originated from Goulburn – Country boy at heart
Doubled my personal best in the “Announcer Gym Competition”
John is the head of Announcer Queensland and one of the shareholders of the Announcer Group of Companies. John provides clients with tailored advice to achieve their personal and financial goals, advising in areas including wealth accumulation strategies, tax effective investment planning, and retirement planning.
John has previously completed a Master of Economics at the University of Sydney, an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, and accreditation in Self Managed Super Funds, Margin Lending and Mortgage Broking. He has extensive experience in superannuation, risk management, investment planning and strategic cash flow management, and engages clients by understanding their individual circumstances and developing tailored solutions.
Margin Lending & SMSF certification – Kaplan
Mortgage Broking certification – Kaplan
Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning – Kaplan
Diploma of Financial Planning – Training Australia
Master of Economics – University of Sydney
Bachelor of Arts and Science – University of Sydney
Favourite sports team – South Sydney Rabbitohs & Aston Villa
Favourite movie – Wall Street
Favourite band – Anything 80’s
Favourite drink – Tooheys New
Favourite Movie – Message in a bottle with Kevin Costner
John is the head of Announcer Perth, our flagship office in the wonderful state of WA. John provides clients with tailored advice to achieve their personal and financial goals, focusing on wealth accumulation strategies.
Raised in the heart of New Zealand’s wine district Marlborough John moved to Western Australia in 2011 with his wife Stephanie. He is a very passionate person in everything he is involved in. John’s family consists of John, Steph and their two fur babies Chuck and Coco. Being very isolated in Perth their friends are a huge part of their life. They love to travel and experience new cultures and different ways of living.
John really wants to educate his clients to take a genuine interest in their finances so he can guide them to make positives changes. Helping clients achieve their goals and seeing the possibilities is one of the most rewarding part of the position.
Diploma of Financial Planning – Mentor Education
Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning – International Institute of Technology
Place – Queenstown New Zealand with Mijet Croatia a very close second
Authorised Representative No. 441066, Justice of the Peace
Tony is a Senior Adviser at Announcer, assisting clients to achieve their financial goals. Tony has been working in the finance industry for over 13 years and is one of the owners of the Announcer Group of Companies.
Prior to joining Announcer, Tony worked at ING for 3 years in the corporate superannuation sector and has extensive knowledge of retirement planning strategies. He has completed a Bachelor of Information Systems at the University of NSW, as well as an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning and is a Justice of the Peace. Tony provides a diverse range of strategic financial planning advice to his portfolio of clients, from the establishment of self management super funds to risk management and debt restructuring. He specialises in tailoring advice to client’s personal wealth and superannuation needs.
Bachelor of Information Systems – University of New South Wales
Anthony is a senior adviser and member of the investment management committee with the Announcer Group with 15 years experience in financial services. Anthony has 5 years experience in investment markets through various roles with Perpetual, Royal Bank of Canada and Insight investments (UK). Anthony joined the Announcer Group in 2005 for which he has assisted clients meeting their financial goals and objectives through specialist strategic advice. He has extensive experience in superannuation, investments (including Real Estate), lending, family planning, taxation and estate planning.
Master of Applied Finance – Kaplan 2015
Diploma Of Financial Services – Kaplan
SMSF – Kaplan
Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning – Kaplan
Diploma Of Financial Services – UTS
Certificate III in Financial Markets – Securities Institute
Regan has worked in the finance industry since 2010, incorporating retail banking through to investment and corporate banking. Regan has been working in Financial Planning for the past 3 years.
He is passionate about excellent financial planning and assisting clients to become more educated about their financial situation & ultimate possibilities for their future. Regan would love to change Australia’s attitude and motivate others to take an interest in their future, one family at a time and to help them achieve the goals that are important to their future.
Diploma of Financial Planning – International Institute of Technology
Teir 2 RG146 – Deakin University
Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning (Currently Studying) – International Institute of Technology
Huge soccer fan … it is officially football folks!
Kristian has been with Announcer since 2010. Having transitioned from the Announcer Tax team after 3 years, to working as a Consultant along side the senior planners, Kristian has now joined the ranks as a Financial Planner. Kristian has an excellent track record with our new and existing clients, with years of unique experience.
Having completed a Bachelor of Business degree – majoring in Accounting – from UTS, Kristian has strived forth to become a dedicated Adviser for his clients.
Year 12 graduate with an ATAR
Bachelor of Business in Accounting and Small Business Accounting – University of Technology Sydney
Favourite destination – The Croatian coastline during the European summer
I love a steak from The Meat & Wine Co.
Fan of playing and following Soccer
Favourite Film: Romy & Michele’s High School Reunion
Chris is the newest member of Announcer’s team in Brisbane joining as a Financial Adviser. He has an extensive background in engineering after serving in the Air Force for 11 years as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, which saw him deploy on two occasions to the Middle East. The relationships Chris formed within the military identified that most people were unaware of the financial opportunities available to them or the financial risks they were exposed to and wanted to bridge that knowledge gap. Chris is a firm believer that everyone deserves to be financially successful as financial stability and freedom has positive spill over effects into other aspects of people’s lives.
Chris has completed his Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning while juggling a Business degree and a family. He provides a personalised educational and coaching experience to his clients to help them achieve their long-term goals and thoroughly enjoys being involved in the client’s life journey. Chris provides specialist advice in superannuation and retirement planning, investment portfolios, risk management, family planning, debt reduction and structuring, and cashflow management.
Diploma of Financial Planning – Monarch Institute
Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning – Monarch Institute
Bachelor of Business (Finance) – Swinburne University of Technology (December 2018 completion)
Born in Melbourne, but spent a few years as a child living in Papua New Guinea
Enjoys the AFL and the NBA
Favourite Movie: The Italian Job and Inception
Family: Fiancée Rebecca, 3-Year old daughter Natalie, and Golden Retriever Louis
Ryan joined Announcer Group as a Financial Planner after being an adviser at a single offering practice where he was awarded the 2017 Infocus Rising Star Award. Ryan provides clients with tailored holistic personal advice to achieve their personal and financial goals to achieve a financial plan that is enjoyable not only once they reach their goals but along the way as well through matching their plan with their personality. Ryan specialises in Cash Flow and Wealth Creation and has extensive knowledge regarding Investments, Budgeting, Debt Reduction, Insurances, Superannuation and Early Retirement Planning.
Ryan is currently completing his Masters of Applied Finance through Charles Sturt University and has previously completed his Diploma of Financial Services, Advanced Diploma of Financial Services, Self-Managed Super Funds Accreditation and Australian Listed Product Adviser Accreditation (Direct Equities). As an ex Defence member (2 RAR) and Infantry Corporal, Ryan enjoys working closely with current and ex-serving Defence Members as well as Professionals, Public Servants, Government Employees, Athletes and other driven and aspirational members of the community.
SMSF certification – International Institute of Technology
Australian Listed Product Adviser – Kaplan
Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning – International Institute of Technology
Diploma of Financial Planning – International Institute of Technology
Master of Applied Finance – Charles Sturt University (Completing)
Favourite NRL Team: Die hard Parramatta Eels Fan (Don’t hold that against me)
Favourite Movie: Will watch any military movie or documentary on repeat
Favourite Activities: Anything Sports related – Gym, Golf, Martial Arts mostly
Home Town: Central Coast Boy
Family: Beautiful Fiancé and 2 x fur babies – one is half horse x half dog the other is a rescue
My top 3 celebrities to meet would be Joe Rogan, The Rock and Ryan Reynolds!
Werner has been in the financial planning industry since 2004 and is a recent import from South Africa. Having initially started his career off as a Certified financial planner assisting clients with achieving their goals, he later on moved into a position where he assisted financial planners with the quality of their advice. Werner has recently decided to further his planning career in Australia, having a strong desire to seeing his clients succeed with their money affairs and being in control of where they are heading.
B.Com Economics degree – University of Johannesburg
Post graduate diploma in financial planning – University of Free State
Diploma in financial planning – Kaplan
From Johannesburg, so knows how to survive!
Loves music, but can’t hold a note (but has a guitar for decoration purposes)
Enjoys spending time on the tennis court, grass please!
Mickey is a Financial Adviser at Announcer, assisting clients to achieve their financial goals. Mickey has been working in the finance industry for over 10 years.
Prior to joining Announcer, Mickey worked at AMP providing superannuation, insurance, retirement and investment advice. Prior to that, Mickey worked at Colonial First State Global Asset Management for 3 years in the wholesale asset management sector, supporting fund managers and business development managers build relationships with institutional investors. She has completed a Bachelor of Business at Griffith University, as well as an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, Diploma in Financial Planning and has recently completed a Margin Lending course.
Mickey is qualified to provide a diverse range of strategic financial planning advice, from cash-flow and budgeting, superannuation, geared advice, risk management and retirement planning. She specialises in tailoring advice to client’s personal wealth and superannuation needs. Mickey is a gun with the planning details for clients, enjoying the aspect of setting and achieving goals. Having a personal interest in all things health and wellness, Mickey believes in educating clients in the financial health and wellness, as well as the physical side of wellness and how that can improve ones financial circumstance.
Bachelor of Business – Griffith University
Diploma of Financial Planning – IIT
Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning – KAPLAN
Favourite activities: running, tennis and obstacle course racing, staying active
Favourite movie: Wizard of Oz
Favourite rainy day activities: museums exploring and painting
From the Gold Coast so naturally a Maroons fan. Queenslander! Queenslander!
Gudrun joined Announcer after working in retail banking. Her focus had been primarily customer care and legal for the past 6 years. As a Relationship Manager within the Announcer team, Gudrun works alongside our Advisers to guide clients through the advice process, acting as a point of contact for any queries.
Bachelor of Applied Finance – Macquarie University (TBC December 2017)
Diploma Commerce – SIBT
Justice of the Peace
Favourite pass-times – the beach and anything girly
My Favourite movies – Shawshank Redemption, The Goonies and Remember the Titans
Favourite books – The Flowers in the Attic series
Favourite songs – Don’t Stop Me Now by Queen and Infinity by Josh Guru Project
Isaiah’s career in the Financial Services sector commenced in 2016. The majority of his duties relate to building and maintaining relationships with new and existing clients, along with offering support to a number of Planners to streamline the advice process.
He is currently undertaking a double Degree of Commerce and Arts – with majors in Finance and Philosophy – as well as his Diploma of Financial Planning. With a keen eye for detail and an abundance of financial knowledge, Isaiah works to ensure every client experience with Announcer is delivered in an exceptional manner.
Having competed in sporting events on a national level, he has developed a high degree of disciple and drive and utilises this to be diligent in all his duties.
With aspirations of progressing to a Financial Planner himself, Isaiah is currently increasing his financial knowledge and relationships to ensure he delivers the level of service Announcer is renowned for.
Joseph is the newest member to the Announcer Financial Planning team in his new role as a Relationship Manager. After completing a Bachelor of Business at UTS in mid-2016 with a major in Accounting and a sub-major in both Finance and Business Law, Joseph was employed at BT Financial Group within the life insurance department. Having gathered experience in this field, he found an interest in the Financial Planning space and has now joined the Announcer team. Josephs role as a Relationship Manager sees him being a point of contact for clients, helping assist through the initial advice processes as well as maintaining close relationships with client’s long term. Joseph has a passion for helping clients reach their future goals.
Being a highly competitive person, Joseph has an interest in most sports, especially football (soccer) and tennis: Federer & Nadal! He was born and raised in Sydney, with a passion for travelling.
Skill to master: Ronaldo’s free kick technique
Favourite Movies: Interstellar & The Dark Knight Triology
Favourite TV Shows: Peaky Blinders & Game of Thrones
Favourite Destination: Can’t decide between Porto, Portugal and Lipari, Italy
Donie is currently the director of Property Prevue and holds a real estate agent’s licence. In his current role, Donie focuses on providing property advice for individuals & self-managed super funds. Donie completed a 4 year Valuations Degree in Bristol, UK before starting his career in property. Following an extensive 6 year career in property & valuations in Ireland and some farm and building work in Australia, he joined the Announcer Group in early 2012. With Property Prevue, Donie assists clients from determining the right wealth creation structure for each client, through to the research, selection and negotiation of investment grade properties tailored for each client’s needs.
Bachelor of Science Degree in Real Estate and Valuations
Licenced Real Estate agent
Favourite team is Cork (Hurling/Football Ireland) and Wests Tigers
I coach the Sydney Hurling team – The Michael Cusacks!
I’ve travelled a lot of Australia doing farm work and building along the way
Half Australian, half Kiwi, Amy moved across the water with her family back when leggings were still cool. Having worked for 10 years in Administration, Amy joined Announcer in early 2018. Previously working in retail and commercial property for Sydney’s most iconic buildings, Amy has a solid background in managing Client and Supplier Relationships. Extremely organised and highly detail focused, Amy uses her impressive skills to ensure that the Property Team is always prepared and primed; ready to go with whatever our clients need. An assistant from way back with a wealth of knowledge for anything admin based, her planning skills are off the charts. Having just purchased her first property in Sydney’s west, she spends her free time at Bunnings or Ikea armed with an allen key or electric screwdriver, constantly updating her home and brings this real life experience to her client service.
Cert II in Business
Cert in Strategic Sourcing & Procurement
Movie Buff! Can quote (often without being asked) Men in Tights, Dogma, and Back to the Future 1,2 and 3
Chris joined the Announcer Group in January 2010. He is the Head of Announcer Mortgages, following an extensive 15 year career in personal and corporate banking. As the Australian Credit License Holder, Chris is responsible for ensuring that Announcer Mortgages has access to the best in consumer and commercial lending products. Chris’ previous Relationship Manager roles include 5 years within Commonwealth Banks Premium Banking and Corporate Banking divisions and St George Bank’s Corporate Banking, specialising in lending to businesses for property and professional services acquisitions. Chris is both a qualified Financial Planner and an Accredited Mortgage Consultant with the MFAA, and he is an integral part of the advice relationship we provide our clients. Chris specialises in residential lending as well as commercial lending and small business lending.
Tristan joined Announcer after spending 4 & a half years in the banking and financial services industry. He started at Macquarie Bank in Mortgage Operations, before focusing on a client facing role and moving across to Aussie Home Loans. Having started recently at Announcer, Tristan has joined the Mortgage team, bringing his mortgage broking skills and is a gun when dealing with the banks.
Bachelor of Business & Commerce – University of Western Sydney
Certificate IV in Mortgage Broking – Institute of Strategic Management
Having recent move to the bright lights of the Sydney from sunny Queensland, Darren began is his joined the team at Announcer Mortgages, putting his previous experience in the broking world into practice and has hit the ground running. Helping clients through the mortgage and lending process, Darren thrives helping clients get their lending needs across the line and getting the best deal possible. He is a gun in the kitchen, so you know an invitation to try his renowned Rum and Coke Smoky Ribs is a special honour!
Ben brings to Announcer his years’ experience in business advisory, superannuation, and taxation. Brought up in a small business family he has been exposed to dealing with accountants from a business owner’s perspective and has used this experience to offer a service tailored to your business’s needs. Ben takes pride in offering a proactive approach, one which is reliable and focuses on regular client communication.
Ben sits on the board of Westlake Funding Ltd, a public company which provides specialist wholesale funding to SME trade finance businesses. Ben is also a Director of a public charity, Spur Projects, which deals with depression in males aged 14-44, and aims to tackle the rate of suicide amongst men in Australia.
Bachelor of Business, Accounting and Business/Management
Justice of the Peace
Grew up on a sugarcane farm in Ingham, Queensland
Kicked off my career packing boxes of fresh produce in the family wholesaling business
Tony Graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Commerce in 2016. He started with Announcer in May of 2017 and is studying towards his CA.
Tony’s key responsibilities are the collation of client documents, reports and correspondences and coordinating client compliance processes with various government bodies, including the ATO, ASIC, and various state OSR’s.
Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) – University of Queensland
As the newest member of the Announcer Business Advisory team, Megan has recently joined as the Executive Assistant to Business Advisory. Using experience from her previous role in Administration, Megan works across the team keeping the well-oiled team moving by assisting with client enquiries, relations and maintaining the high levels of exceptional experiences. Megan is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce with Major in Human Resource Management and a Minor in Psychology, putting her learnings into practice when dealing in the customer service and relationship side of her role.
Big foodie – Loves cooking and experimenting with recipes
Born in Perth, lived in Malaysia and Darwin before moving to Sydney for Uni
Born in Mauritius, and fluent in French, Kevin is a wonderfully colourful member of the Announcer family. Kevin Graduated from University of New South Wales with a double degree in Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Economics, by the end of 2013. (The world love an achiever right!) Kevin started with Announcer in February of 2014, and is currently studying for his CPA.
Annelise completed qualifications in the creative realms of Industrial & Graphic Design, initiating her career with companies such as Uniden, Sunbeam & Artifex as a product and furniture designer. Annelise enjoyed the next 10 years working with Design Studios & Advertising Agencies, working in Project & Design Management. Managing and co-ordinating clients’ product launches, advertising, marketing strategies, branding and design requirements.
AJ contracted out her skills, for the next 5 years, working with Toyota & their Strategic Marketing Team for the Asia Pacific Region. Co-ordinating with a team of agencies and event companies the launch of several of Toyota’s vehicles, and motor show exhibits. Working with the strategic marketing team of this company was an immense privilege, and cemented a firm understanding of marketing and its integral importance and success when communication is open and clear between divisions.
During this period of time with Toyota, AJ trained TV Presenters & Live Presenters in her evenings. Specialising in credibility, body language & assisting with techniques to help conquer those tricky ‘crutch words’ we all fall back on under duress.
Together with her husband Andrew Rocks, they founded Announcer Group, and started to build an organisation that they are immensely proud of.
Integrating nearly 20 years of overall experience, from her journey via Design agencies, Advertising Agencies, Marketing Agencies, Public Relations, Event Management, and her overall love of Design and Branding, she pools it all together for the Announcer Team.
Lucky AJ enjoys a challenge.
Bachelor of Industrial & Graphic Design, Newcastle University.
Post Graduate Marketing & Public Relations, Newcastle University.
Post Graduate Journalism, UTS University.
Post Graduate Certificate of Graphic Design, Shillington College.
More About Me
Total Leo, Documentary Junkie, Horrible History Addict, budding Egyptologist & Archaeologist, colourful & Arty – to say the least!
The purveyor of all the evil & untrue movie choices allotted to our amazing team on this website!! hehehe
After making the move over the Tasman Sea from New Zealand, Anna Smallfield joined the team at Announcer 6 years ago. Harking from the banking and finance industry, Anna’s previous role in client services is being utilised in her marketing role, developing the Announcer experience with a focus on all things digital and using this to improve the client journey. Anna liaises with all parts of the Announcer business and is integral in our communication with active and prospect clients.
Once a Kiwi, always a Kiwi. Go the All Blacks!
Self confessed Shopaholic
A love for Event Planning, resulting in planning 90% of friends and families celebrations over the last 10 or so years
Harking from an amazing array of Administrative experience, Anna is a gun at organising and co ordinating our Brisbane office and seeing to the needs of our wonderful clients and staff. After a long stint in London & Hungary, Anna has worked with engineering organisations, IT organisations and together, with translation services. These roles were heavy administrative, logistics and client service roles requiring high end organisation and communication.
Just what our Brissy team needs! With many skills to her bow, Anna is also fluent in Hungarian. What a gal!
Language Interpretation and Translation at Debreceni Beddoes Inst. 2008
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping at Ideal Schools. 2014
Fluent in Hungarian
Teaches English as a second language
Awesome Mum of Little Miss 6
Fabulous gourmet cook!
Favourite Movie: RAMBO I, II, III,IV, V, First Blood is fav!
After ten years at her previous job in hospitality working my way from shop staff to Supervisor and Staff Trainer, Ashleigh joined the Announcer Group at the beginning of 2018. Having briefly studied Secondary Education at QUT and finding a passion for education and training, but wanted to explore options outside of the classroom, Ashleigh was drawn to her current role in Customer Service and Administration where she could harness her love for training and combine thi with her organisational skill.
Ashleigh loves helping people learn new things and giving them the tools to reach their goals, and learning something new for herself in the process. In her current role Ashleigh works across the Financial Planning business, supporting thse team in an administrative capacity and working with other team members to make the “behind the scenes” section of Announcer run smoothly.
Lover of history! Took Archaeology classes while at university.
Favourite Author: Kathy Reichs – she’s an archaeologist that writes fiction novels
A soft spot for sci-fi and fantasy movies and shows, but favourite movie is actually…Love Actually.
Kathryn is currently the Administrative Assistant and Office Manager at Announcer. In her role, Kathryn focuses on a diverse arrange of jobs within the office to assist her colleagues to achieve their job at the highest calibre. This includes maintaining the cheer and high level of culture that is experienced in the Announcer office and is a great asset to making sure the office runs smoothly! Kathryn is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology and Economics (Honours) with a special interest in Behavioural Economics.