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Our team has over 75 years of combined experience in the financial services industry

Team

Angus Woods

Managing Director

Angus Woods

My 20 year working career has been in financial services and consumer businesses. I was previously an executive of Macquarie Bank and CFO of Virgin Money. I’m passionate about helping consumers in spaces they find difficult to navigate. I initially turned my attention to the financial planning industry on the back of the GFC, which brought to light the bad financial advice that had been given in previous years.  We hope this long awaited ratings and review service will not only help consumers find a qualified financial planner, but recognise and reward those in the industry that have been unfairly tarnished by a few rogue, poorly qualified planners.

Christopher Zinn

Campaigns and Communications Director

Christopher Zinn

I’ve been involved in journalism and consumer affairs for all of my career with an increasing focus on financial services because of the enormous scope there is to improve outcomes for ordinary people. I run an initiative called determinedconsumer.com.au aimed at fostering greater consumer empowerment in markets through the application of new technologies and encouraging us all to take a little effort to get better returns. For much of 2014 I also grew a campaign called 'Save Our FOFA' aimed at spreading awareness and support for the Future of Financial Advice legislation. I worked with Angus at One Big Switch where I was campaigns and communications director and helped explain and grow projects such as the Big Electricity Switch. Previously I learned the ropes of the consumer movement as the media spokesman and campaigns chief for CHOICE where I first came to grips with the challenges and conflicts inherent in the structure of financial planning in Australia. I have worked as a television and radio reporter with the ABC in current affairs and documentary series as well as a reporter and producer at Channel Nine for shows such as Today and Sunday. I have worked for several newspapers in Australia and overseas including The Guardian.

David Koch

Advisor

David Koch

With a 27-year career as one of Australia's leading finance journalists and commentators, David's knowledge of money and business is extensive. In fact, in a survey conducted by Money Management, David was voted by his peers as one of the ten most influential people of all time in the Australian financial services industry.

While now best known as the co-host of popular Seven Network breakfast program Sunrise, "Kochie" has several finance-related career highlights including; founding Personal Investment magazine, launching Money magazine in the United Kingdom, founding industry trade mag Money Management and founding Australia's biggest-selling small business magazine "My Business". Prior to Sunrise, he was the Seven Network's Finance Editor, and hosted the daily Sky Business Report on Sky News Australia. 

Duc Tran

Chief Technology Officer

Duc Tran

I am a technology consultant with over 10 years of experience in the IT industry. I've worked in digital agencies in several roles spanning from Developer, Lead Developer, and IT Director - gathering experience from many companies in a wide number of industries. Through Tipping Point Pty Ltd (digital agency), I have worked with BT Financial Group/Westpac and Suncorp within the financial planning area working on several web applications for financial planners/advisers such as adviser tool kits, super rollover applications/online applications and event registration and communications.

I am currently running my own development agency working with other agencies such as Republic Of Everyone who work with many large corporates and some Not for Profits such as Visy, Mobile Muster, Nature Conservation Council, Cancer Council NSW, Lend Lease, Garage Sale Tail, Amnesty International, Horticulture Australia to name a few.

My team and I specialise in Umbraco deployments (large and small), iOS and Android apps, custom web development in .Net and PHP, Email and Project management of any technical project, requirements and project scoping and strategy. We enjoy working with large corporates, through to established small and medium business and also up-and-coming entrepreneurs and pride ourselves in helping our clients find and scope the right solution, doing it cost effectively and bringing excellent outcomes and return on investment.

Jaime Brands

Chief Operating Officer

Jaime Brands

Jaime Brands joins the team as Chief Operating Officer, bringing with her 10 years of experience, six of those at Google Australia & NZ, where she focused on advertising operations as Head of External Telesales Operations AU/NZ, lead Customer Satisfaction & Retention research and change, and managed Digital Research Partnerships & Thought Leadership.  Jaime brings extensive team leadership, operations scaling and launch, digital product innovation, digital marketing, and consumer journey research to Adviser Ratings.

Jaime: "I'm passionate about women's financial literacy and security, and promoting the seeking of financial advice by Australians (at all levels of income). I am also enthusiastic about increasing the participation rate of female financial advisers in the industry itself, and am excited that Adviser Ratings is furthering financial literacy for all, promoting great advisers, and moving the needle on the statistic of 1 in 5 Australians accessing financial advice"

Rodney Lester

Consumer & Adviser Services Director

Rodney Lester

Rodney has 10 years of experience in Small Business Management, with a great deal of experience in team management and client relations. Rodney is a decorated member of our team with two degrees, a Masters in Development Studies (Anthropology/Macro-Economics) and BA in Political Science and Geography, and he brings this interest to a passion for global sustainability in corporate and financial services practice.

Rodney: "Running my own business exposed me to the full gamut of challenges and responsibilities associated with running an SME in a time of great industry change and disruption. Once I learned of the philosophy and vision behind Adviser Ratings, I wanted to be involved in a business that is helping an industry to face the challenges of disruption by providing new opportunities for consumers, advisers and licensees to deal with rapid change." 

Kellie Cowie

National Distribution Manager

Kellie Cowie

Kellie Cowie joined the team as the National Distribution Manager having worked for the last 9 years within financial services. Kellie has a Financial Planning degree through RMIT and has spent several years working to help advisers and licensees in the retail insurance industry. Prior to this she worked for a Fortnum advice practice, specialising in risk strategy and advice. Kellie brings in-depth knowledge of the financial advisers and licensees operations and requirements, to Adviser Ratings.

Kellie: "I truly believe in what Financial Advisers can do for all Australians and believe that Adviser Ratings is helping to promote this wonderful industry. Offering a neutral platform where advisers can be rated and reviewed fairly was definitely needed, because it is difficult to know who to turn to, especially with all the financial jargon and possible options out there. I strongly support consumer financial education, and believe that if we provide access to free resources and encourage people to seek financial advice, which results in them feeling more confident and better educated about their financial position, then we have done our job." 

 

Robert Murray

Chief Designer & UX Specialist

Robert Murray

Rob brings a decade of design and digital creative experience to Adviser Ratings, and was an establishing member of the team. Rob's work is held in high esteem by many businesses across Australia, who have had the fortune to work with him and benefit from his outstanding designs.

Rob's creative services include wire-faming/IA, scope research, production and overseeing of development output, digital design and print design, where applicable. His work also includes art direction and front-end design, UX strategy, creative direction and design strategy, copywriting and brand development.