Andrew is the Managing Director of Announcer and its Founder. It’s 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.
Andrew has a Bachelor of Economics, Diploma of Financial Services and was awarded a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation in 2001 (one of the youngest in Australia). Andrew has extensive experience in Accounting, Legal and Lending and is the Responsible Officer of the Financial Services Licence. He is full member of the MFAA, the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) and Industry Educator through Kaplan which educates 10,000 practitioners.
Andrew is a permanent member of the Investment Management Committee and is a regular commentator in the media, whilst attempting to balance a busy family life with three young boys.
Bachelor of Economics (Newcastle)
Diploma of Financial Planning (Deakin University)
Investment Management Committee
Full Member MFAA
FPA ‘Ask an Expert’ panel member 2010
Three fabulous sons: Isaac, Oscar and Ellison
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”
Your Controller of Corporate Finance (CFO)Andrew joined Announcer at the beginning of 2016 with the mandate to prepare the business for the growth trajectory it is planning. This includes Andrew bringing a level of rigour to the financial and operational side of the business, freeing up the management team to be more strategic in their day to day activities and assisting the drivers of growth in the business.
Andrew has 25 years of financial experience having worked in investment banks, fund managers and corporate advisory businesses in South Africa and Australia. He completed his Honours in Accounting at the University of South Africa and qualified as a Chartered Accountant.
B. Compt (Hons) (Bachelor of Accounting Science (Hons) ? University of South Africa
Mad Tottenham Hotspur supporter
Enjoys cycling, playing and reffing soccer and is a well practiced armchair sports critic
Has a stunning (his words) wife and 2 awesome boys, Cameron and Aidan
Loves great red wine and single malt whisky (and isn?t averse to the odd cold beer)
Favourite movie: Zoolander 2; has a mad ‘Blue Steel’ look that rivals Andrew Rocks!
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
Alex joined Announcer in 2011 and is a Licensed Adviser, and Aged Care specialist. He offers a broad range of strategic financial planning advice to help clients become financially well organised and grow their wealth.
Prior to Announcer, Alex was a top tier Personal Trainer working with a variety of clients, including time poor professionals. With this experience, Alex uses his passion for helping people accomplish their goals to assist his clients in achieving their economic targets and becoming financially fit. He has an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning and specialises in personalised financial planning including cash flow management, debt restructuring, asset allocation, superannuation and risk management.
Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning – Kaplan
Diploma in Financial Planning – Kaplan
Sport and Exercise Science/Personal Training – University of Western Sydney/Australian Institute of Fitness
Master Trainer Advanced Programming – Australian Institute of Fitness
Accredited Community Coach – NSW Institute of Sport
Senior First Aid Qualified
I enjoy playing Rugby in my spare time
Favourite city – Florence
Future goal is to get my Pilots Licence
Favourite Show: Beauty & the Beast – Disney on Ice
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
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 FP – Near completion – Kaplan
Teir 2 RG146 – Deakin University
Huge soccer fan … it is officially football folks!
Kristian has been with Announcer since 2010, transitioning from the Announcer Tax team after 3 years, and now joining the ranks of our Financial Planning team at Announcer as a consultant. Kristian has an excellent track record with our new and existing clients, with years of unique experience.
Having just completed a Bachelor of Business degree – majoring in Accounting – from UTS, Kristian is striving forth to become an Adviser.
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
Marcus has a Diploma in Financial Planning and an Advanced Diploma accreditation. Marcus is keen to bring his experience to the Announcer team and loves being able to help clients work towards achieving their personal and financial goals.
Diploma of Financial Planning
Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning
Hails from the Parramatta region of Western Sydney.
Was a Chef for over 7 years working in some of Sydney’s best restaurants.
Starting with Announcer in 2016, Stanley has quickly become an asset to the team. With an eye for detail and a warm and friendly personality, Stanley supports our team of Advisers providing quality advice to clients, as a point of contact throughout the advice process for any questions or queries.
Having completed studies in Finance and Mortgage Broking, Stanley is keen to further his education and work towards becoming a Financial Adviser, with interests in helping clients organise their financial future and achieve their future goals
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
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!
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
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.
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. Harking from the banking and finance industry, Anna’s administration experience is being utilised in her new marketing role. Anna liaises with all parts of the Announcer business and is integral in our communication with active and prospect clients. She’s also a gun at pivot tables!
Con has been an active member of the Announcer Tax team since 2008. Con completed his Advanced Diploma in Accounting together with a degree in Business and Commerce majoring in Accounting at The University of Western Sydney. He has also completed his CPAAccreditation. Working as Announcers’ dynamic company accountant, Con has the fun task of dealing with the Announcerites and their financial requests on a daily basis, (we are a testing crowd!). Con is preparing for his upcoming nuptials in August 2016 … we wish him well balancing those cheque-books!
Bachelor Commerce & Business in Accounting – University of Western Sydney
Advanced Diploma in Accounting – TAFE
Favourite sports team – Liverpool FC
Favourite movies – Miss Congeniality & Speed 1 & 2
(anything with Sandra Bullock, she Rocks my world!)
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.
Additionally Kevin is an active Lifesaver, and Resident Fellow at UNSW
Kev has been with Announcer for over a year now & comes from over 15 years Sales, BDM, AM roles in IT & Telecommunication sectors, specifically Services.
Originally from Greater London but grew up (debatably) on a farm in Essex.
Accredited Mortgage Consultant (AMC) with Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia (MFAA).
Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking (FNS40815) Certification
Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Course Certification
Certificate In Business Enterprise Certification
RSA Concepts Of Information Technology Distinction & Credit
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
Mickey is a Relationship Manager at Announcer, assisting clients to achieve their financial goals. Mickey has been working in the finance industry for over 8 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 a Diploma in Financial Planning and is currently undertaking an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, estimating to complete in 2017.
Mickey is qualified to provide a diverse range of strategic financial planning advice, from cash-flow and budgeting, superannuation, risk management and retirement planning. She specialises in tailoring advice to client’s personal wealth and superannuation needs.
Bachelor of Business – Griffith University
Diploma of Financial Planning – IIT
Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning – KAPLAN (est completion 2017)
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!
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
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