About us

Introduction to Finwell

Money is a game with many facets and a lot of potential outcomes. We know that the key to making it to your financial goals is to start from the inside (yourself) and work outwards from there.

With that, we have a team that is focused wholly on helping others. Our team you see below are professionals, they are investors, their experiences are worth listening to. Each with a unique story just like yours. We, for the most part, come from humble beginnings – a mechanics family, a labourers family, a roofers etc. – and have each made it to investing after trialling many things, before settling on a workable strategy that we know works to grow wealth for those that apply it properly.

There are so many ways that Australians can do better financially and we really know your time is precious, hence we have built systems and brought in technology to assist you to formulate strategy, implement and monitor your success. We hope your journey from here is about to be a whole lot better for meeting us.

Our aim is to help you find your ‘why’, then help you find the right ‘how’, and then work with ‘what’ we know can see you closer to your goals.

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Meet the Finwell Team

Adam Carmody

Executive Director

After a career that began as a mechanic with his father, playing some sports at very high levels, Adam was inspired to become an investor and coach. His career in financial services has spanned over 20 years and includes working with some of Australia’s leading names in the industry. Adam brings to Finwell many qualifications and experience including being a qualified accountant, financial planner, mortgage broker and property agent. As Executive Director of Finwell, Adam has the passion and knowledge to help you do better financially.

Goal: To give Australians clear ways to improve their financial situation, through education, quality service and investments that work.

Damian Espinosa

Senior Consultant

Damian was born in Mexico, raised and educated in Los Angeles. His first career was working with a very successful software developer. In Los Angeles he met a young Australian girl and soon after came to Australia to get married and start a family. For the past 13 years, Damian has worked as a senior financial advisor for successful financial planning companies. Damian has a Diploma in Business Management, Diploma Financial planning, Diploma Mortgage Broking as well as being a Self-Managed Superfund Specialist.

Goal: Helping you improve your financial position now and forever.

Stuart Lavender

Senior Consultant

Stuart has had extensive experience in investments and property sales for over 20 years. As Senior Consultant at Finwell Group, Stuart helps clients to identify their specific needs and personal financial goals, ensuring the tailored solutions provided meet these requirements. With support from the Finwell financial planning and lending teams, Stuart works directly with clients on property projects, managing them through to successful completion. Using his significant experience, Stuart advises clients on many areas he has done himself including SMSF, Tax, Mortgage Reviews and cashflow management.

Goal: Stuart’s goals for his clients are the same as his own goals, to improve their financial position enough to comfortably retire early.

Gavin Derepas

Senior Financial Planner

Gavin has over 20 years as a Financial Planner and uses his knowledge and experience when creating financial strategies for clients – from solving financial difficulties, reducing tax, setting up for retirement or investments. Gavin works with clients to understand their individual financial objectives to help them create a comprehensive and tailored financial strategy to achieve practical solutions, regardless of the size of their investment. Through his experience and expertise, Gavin guides clients through the ever-changing superannuation landscape and helps to clear the confusion of the seemingly endless rules and regulations. He enjoys seeing individuals gain the confidence to make informed decisions so they can get on with enjoying the things that matter most to them.

Goal: To help people be financially free, by achieving their lifestyle goals whilst maintaining peace of mind.

Simone Evans

Senior Financial Planner

After a broad career which includes working as an accountant, a Human Resource Manager and a Policewoman, Simone took the step into Financial Services after investing in property herself. As a qualified accountant and financial planner (with SMSF Specialisation), Simone has helped many clients improve their financial circumstances and set achievable goals for the future. She is known for her passion, enthusiasm, attention to detail and genuine care for her clients which are all huge assets when assisting clients with their wealth creation.

Goal: To help guide and support people to achieve their financial freedom as well as achieving it for my family and myself.

Cal Charge

Financial Planner

Cal has worked in a variety of roles and industries prior to joining the team at Finwell Group, including as a director of a not-for-profit organisation and CEO and Founder of a 3 year old professional basketball training company. Since joining Finwell Group, Cal has built up his experience supporting our consultants and clients with daily management of accounts and is now qualified as a Financial Planner to help our clients meet their financial goals.

Goal: To be financially secure, with no stress upon my income and my lifestyle

Daniel Milne

Operations Manager

Daniel has had a career spanning many diverse roles, from volunteering in a drug rehabilitation facility, slate roofing, Human Resource Management and working for a large not-for-profit organisation. Since moving into Financial Services, Daniel has gained extensive experience working in finance administration, sales and Financial Planning. His wealth of experience means Daniel is a key member of our team, now leading the team ensuring accurate and timely delivery of our services plus new service development.

Goal: Seeing lives improved for the better!

Natalie Conti

Client Relationship Executive

Natalie has been with Finwell Group & Investors Direct for over ten years and is very passionate about her role as Client Relationship Executive. Natalie is responsible for our client experience, helping ensure that our clients meet their personal and financial goals. With many years experience in the client account management space including at one of Australia’s largest Telecommunications companies, Natalie has worked alongside many senior executives, both from an employee and client management perspective. The relationships she has gained are built on a high level of trust and proven ability to always deliver what was promised.  

Goal: Help people succeed in their personal finances, having a positive impact on a client's happiness and lifestyle. Natalie's personal goal is the same as our clients. To confidently manage her wealth and be comfortable in retirement

Tim Rickman

Marketing Manager

Tim has had significant global experience across marketing, business development, financial services and small business management prior to joining Finwell Group. After spending the early part of his career in the UK in business development and project management roles with a leading global financial services corporation, Tim moved to Australia with the same business before branching out into a marketing role with one of the world's largest FMCG brands. After further corporate marketing experience, Tim took the step into running his own franchised business, undertaking all facets of running a successful small business operation. With a focus on customer satisfaction, business insights and continual brand development, Tim is bringing the Finwell team's passion and personality to life with our valued customers while understanding how we can continue to meet and exceed expectations.

Goal: To continually understand the financial services market and client circumstances to ensure that Finwell's solutions meet clients' requirements, assisting them to reach their financial goals.

Callum Taylor

Mortgage Operations

After completing a Bachelor of Business (Innovation) degree at Swinburn in 2017, Callum worked as an Owners Corporation Manager before joining the team at Finwell in December 2018. Utilising his Finance & Mortgage Broking qualifications, Callum oversees property investment administration and mortgage consultation, helping clients with property purchase feasibility and identifying investments that are suitable to the client’s situation. Additionally, Callum assists clients with refinancing and restructuring of loans to improve cashflow and ability to save money.

Goal: To help our clients improve their financial literacy so that money is never a cause of stress in their lives.

Caleb Delarue

Financial Planning Administration

Prior to working at Finwell in 2018, Caleb had extensive experience working in operations, distribution and client service roles. As a valued member of the Finwell administration team, Caleb works closely with clients to ensure accurate organisation of key documentation & information aligned to the strategies recommended by Finwell advisors. With a strong focus on speed of delivery, file accuracy and client communications, Caleb is passionate about ensuring the clients have a successful outcome. His personal focus is to start his own property portfolio by purchasing his first investment property.

Goal: To assist clients to be financially free and well prepared for anything unexpected that happens in life.

Harrison Smyth

Financial Planning Administration

Since completing his VCE two years ago, Harry has already obtained a variety of experience including sports coaching, running his own business and volunteering overseas in disaster relief programs. He is currently completing a Commerce degree at Deakin University which will lead to being qualified as a financial planner. Harry is a key member of the Finwell administration team, ensuring all cycles regarding insurance, superannuation and Self-Managed Super Funds are delivered efficiently and to a very high level of accuracy. He is focused on ensuring that the service provided helps the clients reach their financial goals and is excited about working towards his own goal of buying his first investment property.

Goal: To help clients achieve financial success but also success on other levels of life. Money is far from the most important thing in life. However, having financial security and wealth allows more freedom and control.