Raymond is the founder and Managing Director of Empire Financial Group.
Since his entry into the industry in late 1997, Raymond’s time in financial services has seen him engage in a diverse range of roles and ventures, dealing with large corporations, small to medium businesses and individual and family clients.
In the early 2000’s he was instrumental in the establishment and roll out of the LJ Hooker Superannuation Fund, at the time Australia’s largest real estate network with over 500 offices and 5000 staff. During this time he also played a major part in rolling out Australia’s first ever community based superannuation fund in the Mallee region of Victoria, with the aim of providing benefits for local community development.
After the sale of these funds to a Melbourne based listed company, Raymond refocused his business on dealing with individual, family and small business clients, and specialises in assisting clients with building wealth through strategic and goal driven investment plans, superannuation planning, tax planning, UK Pension transfers, business succession, estate planning and comprehensive risk insurance advice.
Complimenting his work at Empire, Raymond is the Western Australian representative to the Securitor National Advisory Council, the body responsible for the ongoing development and communication between the advisor network and licensee management.
Outside of the office, he is also the ongoing Campaign Chairman to a State Government Cabinet Minister.
He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University in WA and a Diploma of Financial Services. Raymond is often called upon as a speaker on financial planning strategies, to accounting, finance and real estate groups, and the membership of associations such as the Institute of Public Accountants.
Nick holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wales in Cardiff, an Advanced Certificate in Financial Planning (UK Insurance Institute), as well as attaining an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) in Australia.
Nick is currently in the process of completing his Masters degree in Financial Planning.
Arriving in Australia in 2006 after working in the UK pensions and investment industry, Nick spent the following 8 years as the General Manager of the world's largest provider of advice and transfers of UK Pensions to the Australian superannuation system.
In that capacity he has assisted literally hundreds of UK expats with the tax, investment and transfer advice for hundreds of millions in pensions arriving to Australia.
At Empire, Nick continues to deliver specialist advice to UK expats, as well as assisting all clients with a wide range of strategic advice, superannuation including Self Managed Superannuation advice. GESB related strategies to current and former Government Employees, investment and insurance solutions, drawing on almost a decade and a half of financial service experience.
Nick has been called upon by a number of the major banks to provide services to their clients and adviser networks and has travelled the country delivering presentations and training.
Katie holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance from Swinbourne University and an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning), in addition to Certificates in Life Coaching and Accounting Financial Services, giving her a strong educational foundation in all matters relating to personal finances and understanding and coaching clients towards financial stability.
Katie brings to Empire over a decade of advising business people and individual and family clients on matters relating to financial literacy, investments and small business management. As a young mother, she took up share and property investing as a hobby she could fit in around her busy family schedule, until she decided it was time to share her knowledge, and establishing a Newcastle based business focused specifically on advising women, especially those newly divorced or widowed, on financial matters.
With a husband previously in the mining sector, her travels brought her to Kalgoorlie where she was a business advisor in the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce, before moving to Perth and joining Empire.
Katie has a strong focus on strategic advice, with a comprehensive grasp of all investment fundamentals. An excellent communicator, empathetic to the needs of families, the mining sector, women's financial considerations and the small business sector, Katie is a well-rounded and adaptive financial professional.
Nicole holds a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance from Flinders University in South Australia and a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning).
Nicole came to Empire Financial Group after launching her career with a leading Adelaide based Securitor wealth management practice, where she gained her grounding in the financial services industry.
Nicole's role is primarily focussed in managing review and ongoing advice services to our client's existing investment, insurance and superannuation portfolios including Self Managed Superannuation and GESB West State and Gold State related strategies, ensuring that our strategic advice stays relevant to the ever changing needs and circumstances of our clients.
Anna holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Curtin University with a major in Financial Planning. These formal qualifications underpin a solid and in depth understanding of the entire end to end financial advice process and delivery of strategic advice.
Commencing her financial advice career in 2008, Anna developed rapidly to become a licensed advisor and shareholder in a Perth based financial services business.
After some time spent overseas, Anna joined Empire and is charged with the delivery of research and financial outcomes modelling for new clients introduced to our company, and guiding them through the implementation of strategic advice, as well as superannuation, self-managed superannuation, GESB West State and Gold State, UK Pension, estate planning and insurance recommendations.
Laura holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Financial Planning from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology and a Diploma of Management.
After graduating from RMIT where she gained her formal qualifications to kick start her career in the financial industry, she spent some time in the strategic/financial departments of a utility provider before settling on her true calling of entering the financial planning profession.
Laura's role is focussed on the end to end management of our new business advice services, spanning from research of insurance and superannuation portfolios, preparation of strategy and advice documents and implementation of strategies on behalf of our clients.