Bradley Downes

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I am a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) with over 20 years’ experience advising clients on building financial security, boasting a very successful track record. I help my clients to identify what an “ideal life” looks like for them and then help them set the plans in place to achieve their dreams. Basically I help people make smart choices about money!

I am the Founder and Director of Progressive Financial Planners.

As you would no doubt know the world of finance changes and evolves rapidly which requires a 100% commitment to constant and never-ending education, training and development. My commitment to the Financial Planning profession has seen me for the past 4 years alone being asked to sit on a number of advisory boards such as the AMP Product and Research consultancy group, the Advice consultancy group along with the New South Wales Financial Planners Association.

On a professional level I often work closely with my clients accountants, solicitors, bankers and other advisors to make sure there are open lines of communication, ensuring the best possible results for my client.

I’m proud to say the vast majority of my clients are referred to me through the word-of-mouth recommendations of very happy clients or indeed the recommendations of other professionals such as accountants and solicitors.

My highly professional team and I have successfully grown and developed Progressive Financial Planners to be the customer focused businesses it is today.


  • Diploma of Financial Planning (DipFP)
  • Justice of the Peace (JP)


Financial Planning Association of Australia

Outside the office you’ll find me:

With my wife Kath & 2 young daughters Eva & Ruby or Flying Paragliders, surfing, riding dirt bikes, kite surfing, camping caravanning with family & friends in our spectacular country.

Brad’s dreams are:

To be an outstanding husband to my wife Kath and to raise my girls to be happy, healthy, confident, grateful fun loving adults. To live a life on purpose to live a life by design. To be a positive influence in our local community and also within the Financial Planning Profession. To help as many people as possible achieve their financial freedom!


Andrew Parish

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I am an experienced Financial Planner with 8 years’ experience in the Financial Services industry. Prior to coming on board with Progressive Financial Planners in January 2011, I worked as a Financial Planner at Westpac and at State Super Financial Services.

My focus is on providing high quality financial advice focused on clients individual needs. This is delivered through ongoing advice and support while working with clients towards achieving their financial goals and objectives.

Throughout my career, I have gained exceptional technical knowledge in wealth accumulation, superannuation, tax, estate and retirement planning strategies to assist my clients with the blue print of achieving and protecting their financial goals and objectives.


  • Masters of Financial Planning
  • Masters of Business Administration
  • Graduate Certificate of Applied Finance
  • Justice of the Peace (JP)
  • Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)
  • 10 years in the Financial Planning Industry
  • 5 years working for Progressive


Financial Planning Association of Australia

Outside the office you’ll find me:

Hopefully lost in the great outdoors.

Andrew’s dreams is to:

Own a hobby farm and grow/raise everything from fruit and vegetables to chooks and livestock, and maybe a bee hive or two.


Ross Buttenshaw

For 25 years now I have worked in the finance industry both in Australia and the UK across the Banking, Finance and Insurance sectors. Over the last 9 years I have had the privilege of leading a large Debt Management Charity which has helped tens of thousands of people break free from financial burdens.

At my core I want to see people succeed in all aspects of life and love working individually with people to set a plan for the life they want to live. I’m very excited to be working with a very professional team at Progressive and look forward to helping people achieve their financial goals.


  • Master of Business
  • Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)
  • Certificate 4 in Mortgage Broking
  • Justice of the Peace (JP)
  • 25 Years’ experience in the Financial Industry

Outside the office you’ll find me:

Riding my Vespa, trying to surf, keeping fit on my road bike, travelling, spending time with family and friends and also helping out others when I can.

Ross’ dreams are:

To be financially free to travel, to give and to choose how I spend my time. I also believe in investing in my local community and finding ways to help others that are less fortunate.


Angela Knaus

Practice Manager

  • Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)
  • MYOB Data Entry
  • 17 years working for Progressive

Ang’s dreams are to:

Enjoy family, good friends, and good food. Travel within Australia regularly, and overseas every two years


Trish Horton

Client Liaison Officer / Business Lodgement

  • 29 years in Financial Planning Industry
  • 12 years in AMP Life Ltd
  • 17 years working for Progressive

Trish’s dreams are:

To see my son and daughter be successful and fulfil their dreams.


Vanessa Crompton

Paraplanning Manager

  • Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)
  • Self Managed Superannuation Fund Accredited
  • Diploma of Leadership & Management
  • 12 years in the Financial Planning Industry
  • 3 years working for Progressive

Vanessa’s dreams are:

To build my dream home at Murrays Beach.


Kristie Bolewski


  • 11 years in Financial Planning Industry
  • 6 years working for Progressive

Kristie loves being by the water, camping, fishing and spending quality time with friends and family.

Lachy Knaus

Assistant Paraplanner

  • Undergraduate Bachelor of Business (Leadership & Management)
  • 2 Years at Progressive

Lachy’s dreams are to:

Finish my uni degree and travel the world!

Sally Consadine

Executive Assistant

  • 12 years in Financial Services and Administration
  • MYOB Data Entry
  • Cert IV in Frontline Managemnet
  • Cert IV in Bookkeeping and Accounting

Sally’s Dreams are:

To continue to grow and be the best version of myself and to see the same for my friends and family.
To finish the renovations on my home and enjoy living by the lake.


Kayla Moke


  • Justice of the Peace (JP)
  • 2 years working for Progressive
  • Worked in the accounting industry prior to travelling and living overseas in Europe

Kayla’s dreams are to:

To continue to explore this beautiful world!