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Armidale

131 Faulkner St, Armidale,
New South Wales 2350

PO Box 677

phone: 1300 346 837

fax: 1300 546 837

the Armidale office

Invest Blue provides Financial Advice in Armidale, NSW, located conveniently on the corner of Faulkner & Rusden Street. We are equipped with a strong team of Certified Financial Planners, as well as a dedicated Lending team who support advice and strategy development for those looking for home or investment mortgages. Our Financial Planners are backed by a knowledgeable Advice team who support the development of individual strategies as well as dedicated Client Support Managers who work hard everyday keeping in touch with our clients. If you are interested in having a chat, get in touch and we will work out the best way to get you started.

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the Armidale team

Steve Sewell
Director / Financial Planner

LI logoOnly 8% of people reach financial independence. If I can have a much larger percentage of my clients reach financial independence and choose to live the lifestyles they want due to a plan that we have put in place for them, then the clients and I will be happy.

Steve's approach to providing advice to his clients is by first helping them to identify their goals and then put a plan into place to make this happen. With a background in the real estate industry as a property consultant Steve’s dream was to grow his own business.  An opportunity to pursue this dream presented itself in 1998 and he has not looked back.

Steve is incredibly proud of the New England region and is passionate about giving back to the region that his given him so much over the years. He has played an active role in local events since establishing Invest Blue, raising over $1 million for various charities and organisations. He was the founding member of the Armidale branch of Can Assist and is now Patron and Life Member. He also works with the Cancer Council. A focus of his contribution with this organization was to provide financial advice to patients diagnosed with terminal illness without cost, leading to recognition from AMP for being a leader in pro bono work in this field.

Steve loves spending time with his beautiful wife Jenni and four sons Tom, Sam, Joe & Jack. He loves supporting their sporting activities and keeping fit by cycling and surfing.

Areas of specialisation

  • Wealth creation strategies
  • Transition to retirement strategies
  • Risk management strategies
  • DIY and Self Managed Super Funds (SMSF Advice)

Qualifications and Professional Accreditations

  • Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)
  • Justice of the Peace Commissioned for Declarations Department of Justice NSW
  • Most Trusted Adviser designation; Beddoes Institute

Memberships

  • Member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia

LI logoOnly 8% of people reach financial independence. If I can have a much larger percentage of my clients reach financial independence and choose to live the lifestyles they want due to a plan that we have put in place for them, then the clients and I will be happy.

Steve's approach to providing advice to his clients is by first helping them to identify their goals and then put a plan into place to make this happen. With a background in the real estate industry as a property consultant Steve’s dream was to grow his own business.  An opportunity to pursue this dream presented itself in 1998 and he has not looked back.

Steve is incredibly proud of the New England region and is passionate about giving back to the region that his given him so much over the years. He has played an active role in local events since establishing Invest Blue, raising over $1 million for various charities and organisations. He was the founding member of the Armidale branch of Can Assist and is now Patron and Life Member. He also works with the Cancer Council. A focus of his contribution with this organization was to provide financial advice to patients diagnosed with terminal illness without cost, leading to recognition from AMP for being a leader in pro bono work in this field.

Steve loves spending time with his beautiful wife Jenni and four sons Tom, Sam, Joe & Jack. He loves supporting their sporting activities and keeping fit by cycling and surfing.

Areas of specialisation

  • Wealth creation strategies
  • Transition to retirement strategies
  • Risk management strategies
  • DIY and Self Managed Super Funds (SMSF Advice)

Qualifications and Professional Accreditations

  • Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)
  • Justice of the Peace Commissioned for Declarations Department of Justice NSW
  • Most Trusted Adviser designation; Beddoes Institute

Memberships

  • Member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia
Rob Pollard
Financial Planner

LI logoI want to make a difference by developing lasting relationships with clients as they transition through life and helping them achieve their dreams and realise their aspirations and goals.

Rob joined Invest Blue in August 2012 bringing with him 14 years’ experience in accounting and the financial services industry. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Queensland and completed a Graduate of Financial Management at the University of New England. He became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia in 2005.

Outside of work Rob loves spending time with his family, friends and is a staunch supporter of the bulldogs. He takes great delight in watching his boy’s achievements in a variety of sports including rugby, basketball, athletics and cricket.

Rob is an avid traveller and recent destinations have included Tasmania and Hawaii. He enjoys keeping fit and healthy by cycling, going to the gym and playing golf.

Areas of specialisation

  • Wealth creation strategies
  • Debt and cashflow management
  • Risk Insurance strategies
  • Retirement planning

Qualifications

  • Chartered Accountant Qualification with ICAA
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Graduate Diploma in Financial Management
  • Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)

Memberships and Associations

  • Member of the Institute of Charted Accountants in Australia (CA)

LI logoI want to make a difference by developing lasting relationships with clients as they transition through life and helping them achieve their dreams and realise their aspirations and goals.

Rob joined Invest Blue in August 2012 bringing with him 14 years’ experience in accounting and the financial services industry. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business degree from the University of Queensland and completed a Graduate of Financial Management at the University of New England. He became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia in 2005.

Outside of work Rob loves spending time with his family, friends and is a staunch supporter of the bulldogs. He takes great delight in watching his boy’s achievements in a variety of sports including rugby, basketball, athletics and cricket.

Rob is an avid traveller and recent destinations have included Tasmania and Hawaii. He enjoys keeping fit and healthy by cycling, going to the gym and playing golf.

Areas of specialisation

  • Wealth creation strategies
  • Debt and cashflow management
  • Risk Insurance strategies
  • Retirement planning

Qualifications

  • Chartered Accountant Qualification with ICAA
  • Bachelor of Business
  • Graduate Diploma in Financial Management
  • Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)

Memberships and Associations

  • Member of the Institute of Charted Accountants in Australia (CA)
Adam Penman
Financial Planner

LI logo "I’m passionate about building relationships with people so that I can assist in simplifying their situation and supporting them on their financial journey over the long term."

Adam was born and raised in Tamworth, attending high school in Armidale at TAS. He spent a year in the UK as a PE assistant prior to studying externally through UNE completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and History. In 2012 Adam starting working as a Client Service Manager within the family financial planning business, which had been operating in Tamworth for over 25 years. “I quickly learnt the importance of financial planning and the benefits of building strong client relationships based on trust.” Adam has formed his own relationship with his clients and has continued to study and develop his skills. He completed his Diploma of Financial Planning in 2015 and subsequently attended the AMP Horizons Academy in Sydney, and has continued his education, recently completing the Advanced Diploma in Financial Services.

Adam loves the outdoors, especially in the warmer months. He enjoys all types of sports and spends much of his spare time playing Golf, Rugby, OzTag and Tennis. He also enjoys the odd bushwalk, working on the house or getting out to the family farm, and of course catching up with friends and family.

Adam is passionate about the wider Tamworth community and likes to support different charity and sports event around the area. He has a love for animals that is a passion he shares with his partner.

Areas of Specialisation:

  • Transition to Retirement Strategies
  • Debt and Cashflow Management
  • Risk Insurance Strategies
  • Tax minimisation strategies

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts (English and History)
  • Diploma Financial Services (Financial Planning)
  • Advanced Diploma Financial Services (Financial Planning)

LI logo "I’m passionate about building relationships with people so that I can assist in simplifying their situation and supporting them on their financial journey over the long term."

Adam was born and raised in Tamworth, attending high school in Armidale at TAS. He spent a year in the UK as a PE assistant prior to studying externally through UNE completing a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English and History. In 2012 Adam starting working as a Client Service Manager within the family financial planning business, which had been operating in Tamworth for over 25 years. “I quickly learnt the importance of financial planning and the benefits of building strong client relationships based on trust.” Adam has formed his own relationship with his clients and has continued to study and develop his skills. He completed his Diploma of Financial Planning in 2015 and subsequently attended the AMP Horizons Academy in Sydney, and has continued his education, recently completing the Advanced Diploma in Financial Services.

Adam loves the outdoors, especially in the warmer months. He enjoys all types of sports and spends much of his spare time playing Golf, Rugby, OzTag and Tennis. He also enjoys the odd bushwalk, working on the house or getting out to the family farm, and of course catching up with friends and family.

Adam is passionate about the wider Tamworth community and likes to support different charity and sports event around the area. He has a love for animals that is a passion he shares with his partner.

Areas of Specialisation:

  • Transition to Retirement Strategies
  • Debt and Cashflow Management
  • Risk Insurance Strategies
  • Tax minimisation strategies

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts (English and History)
  • Diploma Financial Services (Financial Planning)
  • Advanced Diploma Financial Services (Financial Planning)
Nicole Tombs
Client Support Manager

"I have a lot of experience in administration and I bring with me great customer service. I have a passion for helping people."

Nicole joined the Invest Blue team in 2013, coming on board as a Client Support Manager in our Armidale office. Originally from Western Australia, Nicole has been living in Armidale for the past 12 years.  Over the last 8 years Nicole has helped manage the family business, A1 Self Storage.

Nicole is married and the mum of two children and whenever she gets some spare time, loves to play netball and spend time with family and friends.

"I have a lot of experience in administration and I bring with me great customer service. I have a passion for helping people."

Nicole joined the Invest Blue team in 2013, coming on board as a Client Support Manager in our Armidale office. Originally from Western Australia, Nicole has been living in Armidale for the past 12 years.  Over the last 8 years Nicole has helped manage the family business, A1 Self Storage.

Nicole is married and the mum of two children and whenever she gets some spare time, loves to play netball and spend time with family and friends.

Deborah Walls
Client Support Manager

LI logo"Working together as part of a team to achieve a common goal is true success."

Deb joined the Invest Blue team in September 2015 after needing a career change after 9 years as a public sector accountant. Deb completed school in 2004 and attended UNE to complete her Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Management Accounting & Business Law, and Accounting & Finance for Managers. In 2013 Deb became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Outside of work, Deb loves to play a variety of sports including Hockey and Touch Football. She also volunteers her time to a number of organisations in the wider community.

Deb loves to travel, recently returning from her second trip to the UK and Europe. She hopes to one day travel through Africa and catch a glimpse of some elephants and giraffes.

Areas of specialisation

  • Self Managed Super Funds

Qualifications

  • Chartered Accountant Qualification with ICAA
  • Bachelor of Commerce

Memberships and Associations

  • Member of the Institute of Charted Accountants in Australia (CA)
  • Member of the International Golden Key Society

LI logo"Working together as part of a team to achieve a common goal is true success."

Deb joined the Invest Blue team in September 2015 after needing a career change after 9 years as a public sector accountant. Deb completed school in 2004 and attended UNE to complete her Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Management Accounting & Business Law, and Accounting & Finance for Managers. In 2013 Deb became a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Outside of work, Deb loves to play a variety of sports including Hockey and Touch Football. She also volunteers her time to a number of organisations in the wider community.

Deb loves to travel, recently returning from her second trip to the UK and Europe. She hopes to one day travel through Africa and catch a glimpse of some elephants and giraffes.

Areas of specialisation

  • Self Managed Super Funds

Qualifications

  • Chartered Accountant Qualification with ICAA
  • Bachelor of Commerce

Memberships and Associations

  • Member of the Institute of Charted Accountants in Australia (CA)
  • Member of the International Golden Key Society