Philosophy


Every client is on their own investment journey.
We believe it is a shared journey with our clients, our role being to provide guidance and support across all areas of their financial life.

Our unique education process enables our clients to understand investing. With this understanding comes empowerment and the ability for our clients to provide informed consent to the advice we provide.

We respect your money and where that money has come from.

Speaking


As a financial adviser, researcher, mentor, educator, business owner and mother; Eleanor experience allows her to bring a unique perspective to every presentation she does. Her focus is to pay it forward within the financial advice sector with a range of presentations and master classes to help advisers embrace her methodology and knowledge built from years of research and development and practical application.  By engaging Eleanor for your next event you not only invest and empower the participants for your event but you invest in the future of financial advice. For more information on presentations and masterclass topics as well as availability and fees please contact eleanor@focuswealthadvisers.com

Team

Steven Scarano, Director | Accountant


Steven is an experienced, qualified accountant and, having recently completed his degree in financial planning, has commenced his Professional Year as a Financial Planner. His role provides assistance with the delivery of financial advice and day to day management of the business, while also offering accounting and taxation services.

Steven’s career in accounting came later in life after having run his own successful local business for over 10 years. This has given him the knowledge and understanding to work with individuals and business clients: he knows “what it takes” to help them achieve their financial goals.

Steven loves spending as much time as possible with his family and travelling to warmer climates.

Steven holds a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Financial Planning, and is a Registered Tax Agent and Member of the Institute of Public Accountants, with a Professional Practice Certificate.

Catriona Sgouros, Director | Financial Planner


Catriona’s first career was as a language teacher, teaching French Language and Literature and English as a Foreign Language whilst living abroad. On returning to Australia, and with small children, Catriona decided to find work that enabled her to work from home and became a bookkeeper. It was then a natural progression into a career as a financial planner, which she commenced in 2014.

Catriona has always found the most rewarding part of her job to be speaking with clients, in particular those approaching or already in retirement: learning about their lives, how they got to where they are, and where they want, or need, to get too next. She is a strong believer in the power of a great financial strategy, reviewed regularly, to assist clients in achieving their goals while gaining peace of mind along the way.

In her free time Catriona loves to catch up with friends and family, read, travel, and go for walks while listening to true crime podcasts. She is also a dedicated supporter of various streaming services.

Catriona holds an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). She is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and the SMSF Association.

Saul Illesca, Financial Planner


Saul is a financial planning specialist whose mission is to assist and educate his clients by demystifying the ever-changing taxation, superannuation, Centrelink and investment landscapes.

Saul’s philosophy is to keep things simple by relying on prudent and strategic processes to ensure high standards of advice are met for all his clients within reasonable timeframes and legislative requirements.

Saul started his higher education as an Applied Science Major, then completed a Bachelor of Business in accounting and applied economics. He has often been asked ‘Why the change?’. To him it was about the intriguing world of finance and accounting, and he wanted to crack the mystery.

Saul is married with three adult children. His pastimes and hobbies include surfing, playing music and reading about ancient and modern history.

Linda Ford, Office Administrator


Linda has been an integral part of our team since 2017. As one of our two Office Administrators, she assists with, among other things, general client queries, the implementation of advice recommendations and the administration of corporate actions. She works with both advisers and clients to achieve the best outcome for our clients and is an adept problem-solver.

Linda has extensive experience in administration roles in various professional areas, including accounting and law.

Melinda Humphrey, Office Administrator


Melinda has a scientific background in natural resource management (B.Nat.Res(Hons)) and has extensive experience in administrative management roles in both government (National Parks & Wildlife Service) and private business.

Melinda assists with the onboarding of new client accounts, the implementation of advice recommendations and with everyday client enquiries.