My first career in the 1990s was as a graduate Engineer in the Oil and Gas industry. What struck me from my time working offshore was that many people told me “I want to quit working away, but feel I can’t afford to.”

Honestly, that scared me! It prompted me to start learning about money, which eventually led to my career change into financial planning.

In applying what I was learning to my own life I quickly realised, it’s not about the money. What mattered more were the life experiences the money helped facilitate. I also realised that it didn’t really matter how much I knew about money, the actions I actually took were what made a difference.

Those realisations reignited the interest in human behaviour and the meaning of life that I’d had since being a typical angsty teenager. I studied life coaching and spent a lot of time reading research and books about how we can live a flourishing life. Philosophical life discussions over coffee is one of my favourite pastimes.

As a financial planner, I love blending social science with personal finance to help you afford a life you love and lights you up!

Matt is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional (CFP®) and has a Bachelor of Engineering, a Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning and a Certificate of Life Coaching.

Matt has been recognised as a member of the “Masterclass for Financial Planning” in 2004, 2007 and 2008 as voted by The Australian Financial Review Smart Investor. Matt is a member of the Financial Advice Association Australia (FAAA).

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