Meet the team

This is who we are

Why choose Us.

An advisor is like a personal coach for your money. We bring the right knowledge, expertise and guidance to identify your specific goals and help you achieve them. And a little planning early on, can go a long way....

A Financial Advisor, much as an accountant or lawyer, utilizes their professional training, formal study and experience in understanding your personal financial situation and co-ordinating solutions to meet your needs in every area of your financial life. Accessing this expertise enables you to receive the best possible advice to protect and leverage your family’s income and asset position over the short, medium and long-term.

Paul Huggins

Paul Huggins



  • LLB Comm
  • M Int Tax
  • B Ec
  • Dip FP

Paul has worked in the Financial Services industry as a Financial Adviser since 1986. He is the owner and Director of Lateral Thinking Group, (trading as Momentum Wealth Management Group) with financial planning offices in Bentleigh and Wantirna. Momentum Wealth Management operates under their own boutique AFSL.


  • Melbourne University Comm. Law Degree
  • Latrobe University Bachelor of Economics
  • RMIT Diploma in Financial Planning and Finance

Areas of expertise are:

  • Business acquisition consultant - This entails putting strategies together to enable the purchase of existing companies for associates.

  • Client Services

Danielle Ward joined the Mount Waverley practice after working for a boutique financial planning practice whose clientele are predominantly sophisticated investors. Danielle brings a wealth of experience from this position and her previous management positions in accounting, telecoms, forex & futures trading, wealth creation and software development.

Having lived internationally, she has also gained a valuable understanding and respect for different cultural nuances and an understanding of the subtleties of doing business in a global and ever-changing environment.

John Gould

John Gould

Senior Financial Adviser


Prior to this starting his career in Financial Advice, John completed a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Financial Planning and Finance, and a Master of Commerce with Accounting and Insurance specialisations, to prepare him for his long-term goal of being a Financial Adviser.

John started as a Paraplanner in 2011 with RetireInvest – Mt Waverley office (now located at Bentleigh) and Wantirna. Within six months, John was appointed an Authorised Representative of RI Advice Group Pty Ltd. As a Paraplanner, and subsequently the Senior Paraplanner, John was responsible for the technical, legal and best interest approach to the provision of financial advice to RI’s clients. He was also responsible for ensuring that the technically complex recommendations within a Statement of Advice were clearly explained and easy for clients understand.

In 2014 John was appointed to the role of Financial Adviser. He now provides advice, in the clients’ best interest, in the areas of:

  • Investments
  • Superannuation (including Salary Sacrifice arrangements, Consolidation and Transition-to-Retirement strategies)
  • Personal Insurance
  • Retirement Planning including the commencement of pensions
  • Centrelink & DVA advice
  • Self-Managed Superannuation Funds (SMSF)
  • Estate Planning

John relishes the opportunity to build relationships with clients and to delve into how to best meet their advice needs.


  • Client Services for John Gould

Joanna has over 23 years’ of experience in Financial Services, specifically superannuation and retirement planning.

Joanna is a non-practising Financial Planner and comes with a wealth of knowledge.

Connor Semmens

Connor Semmens

Associate Financial Advisor (Professional Year)


  • BBus(Banking/Fin)
  • Dip(Fin. Plan)

Connor commenced his career as a Paraplanner and Administrative Support Officer for seasoned financial planners, gaining valuable financial knowledge. Simultaneously, he has navigated the academic landscape, driven by his keen ambition to evolve into a proficient Financial Advisor.

Since joining the team in 2024 he is currently immersed in the final stages of his Professional Year and is on the cusp of realizing his aspirations to become a practicing Financial Advisor. His journey has been defined by a blend of hands-on experience and a commitment to academic excellence, offering a unique perspective that sets the stage for impactful financial guidance.


  • Receptionist

Joanna Garma joined the Wantirna practice, with over 22 years of experience in Reception and Administration.

Joanna is committed to providing service excellence to meet our client expectations. She works in collaboration with the team to meet organisation outcomes.

Blake Malcolm

Dawid (DJ) van Dyk

Senior Financial Advisor


Dawid (commonly known as DJ) started in the financial planning industry in 2014 following the completion of his Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Economics and Finance in South Africa.

DJ moved to Melbourne in July 2017 from South Africa. DJ started out as a Paraplanner in 2017. After 2 years in this role and after further completion of his studies (Diploma of Financial Planning) here in Australia, DJ transition from paraplanning into advice to become a Financial Adviser. As a Paraplanner, and subsequently Financial Adviser, DJ places enormous importance on client understanding and breaks down the financial intricacies to help the clients better grasp the financial plan, to help them in reaching their financial goals.

He believes in goals-based advice ensuring financial plans are tailored for the needs and objectives for his clients. This way your best interest as a client is consistently adhered to.

He thoroughly enjoys mapping out advice for clients to show how goals and objectives can be met.


  • Client Services for Dawid (DJ) van Dyk

Amanda James joined the Bentleigh practice after 30 years in Bowls administration. Throughout her career she performed extensive duties from reception to event preparation and advanced administration.

She has a keen eye for detail and provides a welcoming presence when interacting with our clients.

Nathan Diggins

Nathan Diggins

Associate Financial Advisor (Professional Year)


  • Bachelors of Bus (Financial Planning)
  • Diploma (Financial Planning)

Nathan recently joined our team after finishing his degree in Financial Planning. Nathan worked as a Client Services Officer while attending University and is now undertaking his professional year with us, to become a Financial Adviser.

While undertaking his Professional Year, Nathan will assist in providing analysis and strategy recommendations to clients, to help them accomplish their objectives. His perspective on financial strategies and client engagement will be a valuable contribution to our Practice.


  • Receptionist

Randa Saab joined our practice in 2023 and brings with her substantial expertise in administrative roles and banking. She is the first person our clients interact with when visiting our Bentleigh office.

Her weekends are spent enjoying time catching up with family and friends. She enjoys nature and taking pictures of the beach.