Our Team

Darron Mink

Director
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Darron Mink | Director

Darron is the director of Pinnacle Financial.

What you do outside the office: I love to play golf and will go to great lengths to get a game in every weekend. My favourite football team is the Newcastle Knights and Sydney Swans. Throughout Covid-19 lockdown I have taken up fishing off my jetty with my neighbours and I enjoy spending time at home with my wife and two dogs. My wife and I often like to travel throughout Australia and overseas. My three children have all left home however we always make time to spend with each other, often for dinners or weekends away.

Rebecca Mossman

Financial Adviser
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Rebecca Mossman | Financial Adviser

Qualifications: Adv. Diploma Financial Planning. Accredited Mortgage Broker (AMC) and  B.a. Health Science (OT)

Experience: 15 years working as a Financial Adviser

What you provide advice on: Wealth Creation, Retirement Planning and Structures, Risk advice, Debt Advice/ Home Loans

I enjoy working with clients and developing long term relationships with my clients (does this sound stupid?)

Studying: Masters in Financial Planning

What you do outside the office: Most of the time I’m moonlighting as a taxi driver for my son and two daughters who seem to find activities to do every weekend!

Favourite part of the weekend is going for a run with friends in the early morning and then spending time at the beach with my family. I’m looking forward to exploring more of Australia in our caravan – we are so lucky where we live!

Tom Hesse

Tom Hesse

Financial Adviser
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Tom Hesse | Financial Adviser

Qualifications: Bachelor of Finance, Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Adv Diploma of Financial Planning, Certificate IV in Mortgage Broking

Experience: Financial Planner since 2009 (12 years)

What you provide advice on: Superannuation & Retirement Planning, Self-Managed Super Funds, Personal Insurance, Mortgages & Lending, Investments

What you do outside the office: Massive Rugby League fan, play weekly local Oztag and enjoy the gym and spending time with my wife and 2 young boys.

Howard Rodman

Howard Rodman

Financial Adviser
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Howard Rodman | Financial Adviser

Qualifications: Adv. Diploma Financial Planning

Experience: 10 years in financial services, 5 years as an adviser

What you provide advice on: Superannuation (Including SMSF), Wealth Creation, Retirement Planning, Personal Insurances, Investment Strategies, Budgeting and Cashflow, Estate Planning, Centrelink

Studying: Master of Financial Planning

What you do outside the office: 2 young children keep me busy. Of a weekend we love going to Nelson Bay, Hunter Valley or Nobbys beach.

Darron Mink
Rebecca Mossman
Tom Hesse
Howard Rodman
Darron Mink
Darron Mink | Director

Darron is the director of Pinnacle Financial.

What you do outside the office: I love to play golf and will go to great lengths to get a game in every weekend. My favourite football team is the Newcastle Knights and Sydney Swans. Throughout Covid-19 lockdown I have taken up fishing off my jetty with my neighbours and I enjoy spending time at home with my wife and two dogs. My wife and I often like to travel throughout Australia and overseas. My three children have all left home however we always make time to spend with each other, often for dinners or weekends away.

Rebecca Mossman
Rebecca Mossman | Financial Adviser

Qualifications: Adv. Diploma Financial Planning. Accredited Mortgage Broker (AMC) and  B.a. Health Science (OT)

Experience: 15 years working as a Financial Adviser

What you provide advice on: Wealth Creation, Retirement Planning and Structures, Risk advice, Debt Advice/ Home Loans

I enjoy working with clients and developing long term relationships with my clients.

Studying: Masters in Financial Planning

What you do outside the office: Most of the time I’m moonlighting as a taxi driver for my son and two daughters who seem to find activities to do every weekend!

Favourite part of the weekend is going for a run with friends in the early morning and then spending time at the beach with my family. I’m looking forward to exploring more of Australia in our caravan – we are so lucky where we live!

Tom Hesse
Tom Hesse | Financial Adviser

Qualifications: Bachelor of Finance, Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Adv Diploma of Financial Planning, Certificate IV in Mortgage Broking

Experience: Financial Planner since 2009 (12 years)

What you provide advice on: Superannuation & Retirement Planning, Self-Managed Super Funds, Personal Insurance, Mortgages & Lending, Investments

What you do outside the office: Massive Rugby League fan, play weekly local Oztag and enjoy the gym and spending time with my wife and 2 young boys.

Howard Rodman
Howard Rodman | Financial Adviser

Qualifications: Adv. Diploma Financial Planning

Experience: 10 years in financial services, 5 years as an adviser

What you provide advice on: Superannuation (Including SMSF), Wealth Creation, Retirement Planning, Personal Insurances, Investment Strategies, Budgeting and Cashflow, Estate Planning, Centrelink

Studying: Master of Financial Planning

What you do outside the office: 2 young children keep me busy. Of a weekend we love going to Nelson Bay, Hunter Valley or Nobbys beach.

Ally Chesher

Ally Chesher

Financial Adviser
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Ally Chesher | Financial Adviser

Qualifications: Diploma of Financial Planning, Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking, currently completing a Masters of Financial Planning through Deakin university

Experience: Worked in the financial planning industry for over 8 years

What you provide advice on:

  • Investments strategies (strategic asset allocation)
  • Budget and cash flow management
  • Debt management (including borrowing for personal and investment purposes)
  • Salary packaging
  • Superannuation strategies and retirement planning
  • Personal insurance
  • Estate planning (I am authorised to advise on limited estate planning solutions related to your financial products)
  • Centrelink and other government benefits

I am also an accredited mortgage consultant and as a credit representative of AMP Financial Planning I am authorised to provide credit assistance in relation to loan products.

Subject to meeting lender credit criteria, I can advise on loans relating to:

  • residential mortgages and home loans
  • deposit bonds
  • reverse mortgages

Subject to meeting the lender’s credit criteria, along with any additional lender or AFG accreditations, I can also advise on and/or arrange loans relating to:

  • commercial loans and commercial asset finance
  • SMSF loans
  • rural loans

What you do outside the office: I enjoy an active and social lifestyle, when I am not working or studying most of my free time is spent with my fiancé, two dogs, friends and family. You will usually find me walking the dogs around Lambton park, training at F45 Newcastle or enjoying coffee or a meal with friends in one of the many beautiful cafes we have here in Newcastle. My fiancé and I enjoy to travel and try to get away on small camping trips whenever we can.

Shayley Suwald

Shayley Suwald

Financial Adviser
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Shayley Suwald | Financial Adviser

Qualifications: Diploma of Financial Planning, Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, Certificate iV in Finance & Mortgage Broking

Experience: 8 years in the financial planning industry through various roles

What you provide advice on:

  • Investments strategies (strategic asset allocation)
  • Budget and cash flow management
  • Debt management (including borrowing for personal and investment purposes)
  • residential mortgages and home loans
  • Salary packaging
  • Superannuation strategies and retirement planning
  • Personal insurance
  • Estate planning
  • Centrelink and other government benefits

Studying: Bachelor of Commerce Majoring in Financial Planning

What you do outside the office: I’m a very social person & love catching up with my friends for a coffee or any outdoor activities, such as camping or going to the beach for a swim. My people personality shines through at work as I really enjoy getting to know people, their goals and researching a way to be able to help put them in the best financial situation possible.

Tim Bull

Tim Bull

Associate Adviser
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Tim Bull | Associate Adviser

Qualifications: B Math, DFS-FP

Experience: 10 years experience as paraplanner, client service coordinator and associate adviser

What you do outside the office: Cooking and just spending time with the family.

Emma Craft

Emma Craft

Associate Adviser
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Emma Craft | Associate Adviser

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Financial Planning
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Bachelor of Mathematics

Experience:

  • 2 years as an Associate Adviser
  • 3 years as an Analyst/Paraplanner

What you do outside the office: Anything outside, preferably in the sun and close to the water.

Ally Chesher
Shayley Suwald
Tim Bull
Emma Craft
Ally Chesher
Ally Chesher | Financial Adviser

Qualifications: Diploma of Financial Planning, Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking, currently completing a Masters of Financial Planning through Deakin university

Experience: Worked in the financial planning industry for over 8 years

What you provide advice on:

  • Investments strategies (strategic asset allocation)
  • Budget and cash flow management
  • Debt management (including borrowing for personal and investment purposes)
  • Salary packaging
  • Superannuation strategies and retirement planning
  • Personal insurance
  • Estate planning (I am authorised to advise on limited estate planning solutions related to your financial products)
  • Centrelink and other government benefits

I am also an accredited mortgage consultant and as a credit representative of AMP Financial Planning I am authorised to provide credit assistance in relation to loan products.

Subject to meeting lender credit criteria, I can advise on loans relating to:

  • residential mortgages and home loans
  • deposit bonds
  • reverse mortgages

Subject to meeting the lender’s credit criteria, along with any additional lender or AFG accreditations, I can also advise on and/or arrange loans relating to:

  • commercial loans and commercial asset finance
  • SMSF loans
  • rural loans

What you do outside the office: I enjoy an active and social lifestyle, when I am not working or studying most of my free time is spent with my fiancé, two dogs, friends and family. You will usually find me walking the dogs around Lambton park, training at F45 Newcastle or enjoying coffee or a meal with friends in one of the many beautiful cafes we have here in Newcastle. My fiancé and I enjoy to travel and try to get away on small camping trips whenever we can.

Shayley Suwald
Shayley Suwald | Financial Adviser

Qualifications: Diploma of Financial Planning, Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, Certificate iV in Finance & Mortgage Broking

Experience: 8 years in the financial planning industry through various roles

What you provide advice on:

  • Investments strategies (strategic asset allocation)
  • Budget and cash flow management
  • Debt management (including borrowing for personal and investment purposes)
  • residential mortgages and home loans
  • Salary packaging
  • Superannuation strategies and retirement planning
  • Personal insurance
  • Estate planning
  • Centrelink and other government benefits

Studying: Bachelor of Commerce Majoring in Financial Planning

What you do outside the office: I’m a very social person & love catching up with my friends for a coffee or any outdoor activities, such as camping or going to the beach for a swim. My people personality shines through at work as I really enjoy getting to know people, their goals and researching a way to be able to help put them in the best financial situation possible.

Tim Bull
Tim Bull | Associate Adviser

Qualifications: B Math, DFS-FP

Experience: 10 years experience as paraplanner, client service coordinator and associate adviser

What you do outside the office: Cooking and just spending time with the family.

Emma Craft
Emma Craft | Associate Adviser

Qualifications:

  • Diploma of Financial Planning
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Bachelor of Mathematics

Experience:

  • 2 years as an Associate Adviser
  • 3 years as an Analyst/Paraplanner

What you do outside the office: Anything outside, preferably in the sun and close to the water.

Alesha Vavra

Alesha Vavra

Associate Adviser
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Alesha Vavra | Associate Adviser

Qualifications: Diploma of Financial Planning

Experience:

  • 3 years Paraplanner/Analyst
  • 1 year Advice Implementation
  • 3 years Client Service Coordinator

Studying: Currently studying a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Finance and Financial Planning via distance with Charles Sturt University.

What you do outside the office: Summer; being active doing anything outdoors or near the beach. Winter; snowboarding or hibernating to keep warm. Year-round; Catching the sunrise or enjoying a wine.

Aimee Gleeson

Aimee Gleeson

Banking and Loans Co-Ordinator
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Aimee Gleeson | Banking and Loans Co-Ordinator

Qualifications: Certificate IV Finance and Mortgage Broking

Experience: 17 years’ experience in banking and loans

What you do outside the office: On weekends I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and in summer I enjoy being at the beach.

Rebecca Carmody

Rebecca Carmody

Paraplanner
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Rebecca Carmody | Paraplanner

Qualifications: Diploma of Financial Planning (Kaplan), Justice of the Peace (NSW)

Currently studying Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Financial Planning (Deakin University) and completing Certificate IV in Finance and Broking (AAMC)

Experience: I started working in the Financial Planning industry in 2012. Since then I have gained over 8 years of experience, achieved my Diploma of Financial planning and currently studying to achieve the Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Financial Planning and to achieve the Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking.

What you do outside the office: Outside of work I like to go for walks by the lake or beach, catch up with my friends and family, reading books and traveling within Australia and overseas. My favourite places that I’ve travelled to within Australia are Byron Bay and the Mornington Peninsula and internationally are the Bahamas and New York.  I also enjoy finding new local cafes for good coffee and visiting local wineries.

Melissa Wright

Melissa (Mel) Wright

Paraplanner
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Melissa Wright | Paraplanner

Qualifications: Cert II and III in Business, Diploma of Financial Planning, Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, Justice of the Peace (NSW)

Experience: I have worked in the Financial planning industry since 2006 – During this time I have worked in many areas including Payroll/ Accounts, Client services (New business implementation and client reviews) and Paraplanning (Product research, Compliance and Statement of advice preparation).

What you do outside of the office : I enjoy spending time with Family and catching up with friends! – taking the kids bushwalking and motorbike riding, and heading away camping. I love a good coffee!! I also enjoy the occasional cake decorating for special occasions to test out the creative side

Alesha Vavra
Aimee Gleeson
Rebecca Carmody
Melissa Wright
Alesha Vavra
Alesha Vavra | Associate Adviser

Qualifications: Diploma of Financial Planning

Experience:

  • 3 years Paraplanner/Analyst
  • 1 year Advice Implementation
  • 3 years Client Service Coordinator

Studying: Currently studying a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Finance and Financial Planning via distance with Charles Sturt University.

What you do outside the office: Summer; being active doing anything outdoors or near the beach. Winter; snowboarding or hibernating to keep warm. Year-round; Catching the sunrise or enjoying a wine.

Aimee Gleeson
Aimee Gleeson | Banking and Loans Co-Ordinator

Qualifications: Certificate IV Finance and Mortgage Broking

Experience: 17 years’ experience in banking and loans

What you do outside the office: On weekends I enjoy spending time with my family and friends and in summer I enjoy being at the beach.

Rebecca Carmody
Rebecca Carmody | Paraplanner

Qualifications: Diploma of Financial Planning (Kaplan), Justice of the Peace (NSW)

Currently studying Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Financial Planning (Deakin University) and completing Certificate IV in Finance and Broking (AAMC)

Experience: I started working in the Financial Planning industry in 2012. Since then I have gained over 8 years of experience, achieved my Diploma of Financial planning and currently studying to achieve the Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Financial Planning and to achieve the Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking.

What you do outside the office: Outside of work I like to go for walks by the lake or beach, catch up with my friends and family, reading books and traveling within Australia and overseas. My favourite places that I’ve travelled to within Australia are Byron Bay and the Mornington Peninsula and internationally are the Bahamas and New York.  I also enjoy finding new local cafes for good coffee and visiting local wineries.

Melissa Wright
Melissa Wright | Paraplanner

Qualifications: Cert II and III in Business, Diploma of Financial Planning, Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, Justice of the Peace (NSW)

Experience: I have worked in the Financial planning industry since 2006 – During this time I have worked in many areas including Payroll/ Accounts, Client services (New business implementation and client reviews) and Paraplanning (Product research, Compliance and Statement of advice preparation).

What you do outside of the office : I enjoy spending time with Family and catching up with friends! – taking the kids bushwalking and motorbike riding, and heading away camping. I love a good coffee!! I also enjoy the occasional cake decorating for special occasions to test out the creative side

Bronwyn Sommerville

Bronwyn Cooper

Wrap Products Co-ordinator
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Bronwyn Cooper | Wrap Products Co-ordinator

Experience: Bronwyn joined the financial planning industry in 2010 and has ben part of the Pinnacle team since 2017.

Bronwyn loves working with people and places a high value on client relationships, helping her deliver exceptional client service.

What you do outside the office: Outside of work Bronwyn like to bake, travel and spend time with her family.

Michelle Willis

Michelle Willis

Wrap Products Co-ordinator
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Michelle Willis | Wrap Products Co-ordinator

Qualifications: Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning), Cert IV in Mortgage Broking, Justice of the Peace (JP)

Experience: 33 years in the Financial Industry, 9 years working for Pinnacle Financial & Investment Services

Sarah Mossman

Sarah Mossman

Practice Manager
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Sarah Mossman | Practice Manager

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business Administration (Majoring in Human Resource Management)

Experience: I have been with Pinnacle since 2008

What you do outside the office: I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, my dog, my family and friends, exercising and enjoying a nice wine!

Jade Bendeich

Jade Bendeich

Accounts & Managing Co-ordinator
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Jade Bendeich | Accounts & Managing Co-ordinator

Qualifications: Cert III Business Admin, Cert IV Bookeeping

What you do outside the office: Hang out with friends, family & my Dog, play sport and Cook.

Bronwyn Cooper
Michelle Willis
Sarah Mossman
Jade Bendeich
Bronwyn Cooper
Bronwyn Cooper | Wrap Products Co-ordinator

Experience: Bronwyn joined the financial planning industry in 2010 and has ben part of the Pinnacle team since 2017.

Bronwyn loves working with people and places a high value on client relationships, helping her deliver exceptional client service.

What you do outside the office: Outside of work Bronwyn like to bake, travel and spend time with her family.

Michelle Willis
Michelle Willis | Wrap Products Co-ordinator

Qualifications: Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning), Cert IV in Mortgage Broking, Justice of the Peace (JP)

Experience: 33 years in the Financial Industry, 9 years working for Pinnacle Financial & Investment Services

Sarah Mossman
Sarah Mossman | Practice Manager

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business Administration (Majoring in Human Resource Management)

Experience: I have been with Pinnacle since 2008

What you do outside the office: I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, my dog, my family and friends, exercising and enjoying a nice wine!

Jade Bendeich
Jade Bendeich | Accounts & Managing Co-ordinator

Qualifications: Cert III Business Admin, Cert IV Bookeeping

What you do outside the office: Hang out with friends, family & my Dog, play sport and Cook.

Emma Smith

Emma Smith

Ongoing Services Co-ordinator
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Emma Smith | Ongoing Services Co-ordinator

Experience: Over 10 years’ experience in customer service and client relations working in various industries.

What you do outside the office: I love health and fitness and attend a CrossFit gym regularly. I’m also passionate about supporting charity organizations and am always looking for ways to become involved.

Kelsey Green

Kelsey Green

Review Co-ordinator
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Kelsey Green | Review Co-ordinator

Qualifications: Certificate III in Business

Experience: 3 years’ experience in the financial planning industry

What you do outside the office: I enjoy spending time with friends & family

Amy Warden

Amy Warden

Executive Assistant
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Amy Warden | Executive Assistant

Qualifications: Certificate III Business Administration, Diploma in Business

Experience: 9 years administrative experience, I started my administration career as a receptionist within an accounting firm in Newcastle and after some time within that role I branched out into a Legal Secretary role in Estate litigation in a firm in Charlestown, in 2017 I started my role as a Personal Assistant within Pinnacle Financial Services where I have grown both personally and professionally. My background in accounting, legal and the financial industry ensures I am well equipped to handle all client enquiries and assist clients wherever possible as a first point of contact.

What you do outside the office: Outside of the office you will find me in the gym, exploring somewhere new on a walking trail or wining and dining with friends.

Amanda Best

Amanda Best

Administration Assistant
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Amanda Best | Administration Assistant

Experience: 10 years with AMP Newcastle Office and 16 years with Pinnacle Financial

What you do outside of the office: On my non-work days I enjoy playing tennis, taking my dogs to the beach and catching up with friends

Emma Smith
Kelsey Green
Amy Warden
Amanda Best
Emma Smith
Emma Smith | Ongoing Services Co-ordinator

Experience: Over 10 years’ experience in customer service and client relations working in various industries.

What you do outside the office: I love health and fitness and attend a CrossFit gym regularly. I’m also passionate about supporting charity organizations and am always looking for ways to become involved.

Kelsey Green
Kelsey Green | Review Co-ordinator

Qualifications: Certificate III in Business

Experience: 3 years’ experience in the financial planning industry

What you do outside the office: I enjoy spending time with friends & family

Amy Warden
Amy Warden | Executive Assistant

Qualifications: Certificate III Business Administration, Diploma in Business

Experience: 9 years administrative experience, I started my administration career as a receptionist within an accounting firm in Newcastle and after some time within that role I branched out into a Legal Secretary role in Estate litigation in a firm in Charlestown, in 2017 I started my role as a Personal Assistant within Pinnacle Financial Services where I have grown both personally and professionally. My background in accounting, legal and the financial industry ensures I am well equipped to handle all client enquiries and assist clients wherever possible as a first point of contact.

What you do outside the office: Outside of the office you will find me in the gym, exploring somewhere new on a walking trail or wining and dining with friends.

Amanda Best
Amanda Best | Administration Assistant

Experience: 10 years with AMP Newcastle Office and 16 years with Pinnacle Financial

What you do outside of the office: On my non-work days I enjoy playing tennis, taking my dogs to the beach and catching up with friends

Shania Reid

Shania Reid

Administration Assistant
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Shania Reid | Administration Assistant

Experience: 2 years

What you do outside the office: I enjoy spending my free time with family, friends and my two dogs, Charlie & Rami. I love to travel and visit new and exciting places, though I also love spending quality time at home with family. I have recently begun studying Education at university so I dedicate quite a lot of time to this, though I very much enjoy this as I love learning new things.

Kirra Viall

Kirra Viall

Administration Assistant
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Kirra Viall | Administrative Assistant

Experience: I have 5 years retail experience and have recently starting my administrative career with Pinnacle Financial.

What you do outside the office: In my spare time I enjoy catching up with friends and family, going out to eat, getting out in nature eg. Hikes, going to the beach and overall relaxing.

Jessica Chalker

Jessica Chalker

Receptionist
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Jessica Chalker | Receptionist

Qualifications: HSC

Experience: Previously worked as a junior accounts clerk

Studying: Currently studying a diploma of business

What you do outside the office: Socialise with friends & family, draw & paint, go camping and explore new places.

Shania Reid
Kirra Viall
Jessica Chalker
Shania Reid
Shania Reid | Administration Assistant

Experience: 2 years

What you do outside the office: I enjoy spending my free time with family, friends and my two dogs, Charlie & Rami. I love to travel and visit new and exciting places, though I also love spending quality time at home with family. I have recently begun studying Education at university so I dedicate quite a lot of time to this, though I very much enjoy this as I love learning new things.

Kirra Viall
Kirra Viall | Administrative Assistant

Experience: I have 5 years retail experience and have recently starting my administrative career with Pinnacle Financial.

What you do outside the office: In my spare time I enjoy catching up with friends and family, going out to eat, getting out in nature eg. Hikes, going to the beach and overall relaxing.

Jessica Chalker
Jessica Chalker | Receptionist

Qualifications: HSC

Experience: Previously worked as a junior accounts clerk

Studying: Currently studying a diploma of business

What you do outside the office: Socialise with friends & family, draw & paint, go camping and explore new places.

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