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Shan Zavahir CFP® Dip FP, SSA™
Shan Zavahir formed Platinum Strategies in 1993. He holds a Diploma of Financial Planning and is a practicing Certified Financial Planner®, which is the highest professional certification that can be awarded to a financial planner.
With a background in accounting, Shan has an Associate Diploma of Accounting, and a Certificate in Business Advisory Services, through the Society of Certified Practising Accountants.
Shan specialises in Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF) and is a SMSF Specialist Advisor™ awarded by the SMSF Association. His additional areas of expertise include estate planning, advanced tax and gearing strategies, risk management for individuals, corporate and succession planning.
In addition to running Platinum Strategies, he manages three other businesses via joint venture partnerships with accounting firms. He regularly travels interstate to work with clients in Darwin, Alice Springs, Sydney and Brisbane.
Shan is an active member of the Financial Planning Association and SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia Ltd.
Shan is an Authorised Representative of Millennium3 Financial Services Pty Ltd.
James Thomas Adv. Dip FS (FP)
Senior Financial Planner
James has an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) and a Cert IV of Business Administration.
With a Business Analyst background, James joined Platinum Strategies in 2015 with 5 years in the Financial Services industry. James specialises in superannuation, retirement planning, managed investments and risk protection. James holds close relationships with his clients, helping them make informed and educated decisions through this ever changing financial environment.
In addition to advising, James has an extensive network of professional services he works with closely to provide his clients ease of business. Having clients in SA, VIC, NSW, QLD and WA, he provides advice to clients throughout Australia in both rural and city areas.
James is an Authorised Representative of Millennium3 Financial Services Pty Ltd.
Ewa Drew Dip FP
Client Relationship Manager
Ewa joined Platinum Strategies in 2014 and has been in the industry since 2006.
Ewa has completed the Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning).
As Client Relationship Manager, she plays a key role in the delivery of efficient client service and providing administration support to the Advisors.
Ewa’s friendly and approachable nature, have allowed her to advance her communication and customer relation skills to a high level.
Pamela has 23 years’ experience working in the accounting industry, having served in areas of practice management, finance and administration with firms including Mann Judd, PKF Business Advisors and BDO. She joined Platinum Strategies in 2014.
As Practice Manager, she provides operational management and leadership. Pamela’s knowledge, administration and support skills allow her to provide key support to the Managing Director and the firm and play a lead role in relationship events involving clients, the firm and its accounting partners.
Pamela was the 2017 State Winner of the Millennium3 Practice Manager of the Year award.
Lisa Smith Adv. Dip FS (FP), Dip BA
Client Relationship Coordinator
Lisa has an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) and a Diploma of Business Administration.
Lisa joined Platinum Strategies in 2009, having been involved in the financial services industry since 2002. She specialised in superannuation and personal risk insurance. Lisa’s extensive technical knowledge allows the firm to draw on this resource to better serve our clients.
In 2012, Lisa won Millennium3’s Professionalism Award for South Australia.
In 2014 Lisa was the State Finalist for the Millennium3 Risk Advisor of the Year award.
Benjamin van de Weyer M.FinPlan, B.AppFin, AdvDip.FP, Dip.Mgmt, AFP®
Compliance and Advice Manager
Having completed his Masters in Financial Planning, Bachelors in Applied Finance, Diploma of Financial Planning, Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, and Diploma of Management, Benjamin is now completing his CFP and SSA.
After working in small business consultation and organisational management Benjamin started in the financial planning industry in 2013 and joined Platinum Strategies in 2016. His passion in financial advice lies in helping clients achieve things they wouldn’t be able to on their own and communicating advice and the process so that it’s easily understandable.
Greg Pipicella Dip FP
Having completed his Diploma in Computer Information Science, Greg is currently completing the first leg of his new career education working on his Diploma in Financial Planning while working as a valued Associate for Platinum Strategies.
After working extensively in real estate and retail services and management Greg decided to join Platinum Strategies in 2016 to pursue his passion for building long term relationships and helping people achieve their goals.
Greg has completed the Diploma of Financial Planning.
Anna De Silva Adv. Dip FS (FP)
Relationship Team Manager
Anna joined Platinum Strategies in 2000.
Anna has completed the Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) and an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning).
Anna plays a key role in the delivery of effective client service and her knowledge and extensive specialist administration skills, make her an integral part of the Platinum Strategies team.
Platinum Strategies Board of Management
Chief Operating Officer – Millennium3
Darryl began his career in the general insurance industry in 1968. In 1982, he set up his own general insurance brokerage, Citycover Group. The group entered into the Life & Finance Services industry in 1985, building an agency with 90 advisors.
In 1999, the agency was merged into a new venture (with Protection and Superannuation) comprising 120 advisors to form Millennium3.
Head of Network – ANZ
Cos Rullo has been involved in the financial services industry for over 30 years. He has held various positions, ranging from management of small boutique operations to large corporate entities.
In his previous role as National Practice Development Manager for Millennium3 Financial Services, Cos managed a team of development managers and support staff. He was also a director of Millennium3 Mortgage Platform and was instrumental in the development of Millennium3 Financial Services in its infancy.
Strategic Alliance Partner
CFP, CPA, B. Econ, Dip. FP, Dip. Mgmt
As a financial services professional running his own consultancy business Andrew has over 20 years’ experience specialising in helping financial advice businesses develop, grow, and stay at the forefront of the profession.
Andrew holds a Bachelor of Economics majoring in Accounting from Finders University, a Diploma in Financial Planning from Deakin University, and a Diploma of Management from Proteus Leadership. He is also a CFP (Certified Financial Planner) and CPA (Certified Practicing Accountant).