Our Team

Milestone's Multi Skilled And Experienced Team Work Together To Guide You Towards Financial Freedom.

Introducing the Milestone Team...

Client Services Team...

Advice and Strategy Team...

Advice Delivery Team...

Milestone Lending Solutions...

Client Services Team...


Sally Sweeney


Sally joined Milestone in April 2014. Sally has over 26 years in the financial service industry with 24 years of that being with Westpac. During her time there she moved from teller to Senior Relationship Manager in Premium Banking where she worked closely with a portfolio of clients advising both their lending and wealth creation needs through close association with financial planners. Sally is passionate about looking after clients and so has a very high focus and commitment to Client relationships and brings a wealth of experience to our team.

Heidi Smith-Saarinen

Head of client services

Heidi has been working in client services in retail and within the financial services industry for 20 years; Heidi joined Milestones team in 2002 after working as a freelance photographer. Heidi works in Milestones Client services assisting Milestones many clients with their varied needs.

Advice and Strategy Team...

Robert Smith-Saarinen

Senior Financial Planner, Company Director and Shareholder
DipFP, Cert IV Financial Services (finance / mortgage broking)
Robert has been in the financial planning industry since 1990. He has significant practical business and investment experience. Robert changed his career path in 2006 to work as a business development manager for a wholesale service company providing legal, finance and insurance services to the financial planning, accounting and legal industry. During this time he also ran a very successful insurance broking business in the ACT and Sydney. More recently Robert has returned to his first passion, being financial planning, with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Learn more about Rob here.

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Andrew Boulds

Senior Financial Planner
CFP©, BSc. (Hons), MAppFin, DFS (FP), Cert IV FS (finance/mortgage broking)
Andrew joined Milestone as a paraplanner in September 2006 and has since transitioned to become a fully licensed financial planner. Andrew moved to Canberra from the United Kingdom where he worked for Zurich and The St James's Place Partnership, a national wealth management firm. Andrew has a variety of financial qualifications from both the UK and Australia including a Masters in Applied Finance, a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning and various mortgage broking qualifications. His dedication and passion to get the job done are highly valued by his clients. Learn more about Andrew here. Andrew Boulds explains the benefits of debt recycling.

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Rebecca Hollis

Associate Advser

Rebecca originally worked in Administration with one of Australia’s leading gardening companies. She has recently completed her Diploma of Financial Planning and is working at Milestone as an Associate Adviser. With four years of experience in Finance and over seven years in administration and client services experiences she is thrilled to be a part of a team with such a depth of experience. 

Ian Hayes

Senior Financial Planner, Company Director and Shareholder
MSc, CFP©, Cert IV Financial Services (finance / mortgage broking), Cert IV Life Coaching

Ian joined Milestone in early 2004, firstly as a paraplanner and, since August 2006, as a financial planner. Prior to joining the team at Milestone, Ian worked in the high net worth private client fund management industry in London for HSBC Investment Management. Ian has a Masters in Finance and Investment and is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER©. Ian has experience with a wide-range of clients including those with self-managed superannuation funds and company and discretionary trust structures. 

He has won awards including the 2012 FPA Best Practice award, AMP Adviser of the Year (ACT) 2016 and is a member of the Most Trusted Adviser Network.

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Tanya Giles

Relationship Manager

Tanya joined Milestone at the start of 2017. Tanya has held many previous customer service roles and it is her passion to provide a high standard of customer service that Milestone Financial is renowned for. Tanya has recently stepped into the role of Relationship Manager for Ian Hayes. Tanya is enjoying the challenges of a busy and exciting role, working as part of a dynamic team helping clients to live their best life. 


Aaron McInnes

Financial Planner
Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)
Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)
Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management

Aaron has been in the financial services industry since 2007 and brings a wealth of experience to the Milestone team. Previously Aaron has worked with running financial services business’ including a legal firm focusing on estate planning and business succession planning, mortgage broking and debt structuring and property investments and advice.
Aaron believes that having a collaborative approach to clients planning needs to be able tailor a financial plan to suit one’s lifestyle goals is the key to clients personal success. A proactive investor himself, Aaron prides himself on bringing his experiences to clients to able to provide information and education, so that clients can feel comfortable in facilitating the right decisions that are best for them. Learn more about Aaron here.

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 Vivienne Todhunter

Relationship Manager

I recently joined Milestone in June 2016 after spending the last 2 years in Cairns as a Financial Planning Support Officer at ANZ Financial Planning. I started my Administration career in my hometown of Newcastle in 2009 with an accounting firm as a receptionist and moved into another role in late 2011 which was the beginning of my career in Financial Planning.  I have stayed in the financial planning world ever since.

I am currently in the middle of studying for my Financial Planning Level 1 formerly known as Diploma of Financial Planning. While I don’t intend on becoming a planner I feel that this qualification will allow me to better understand the industry and will ultimately help me in my role. I have a high attention to detail which I think also helps me in my role day to day and I enjoy interacting with different people. Outside of work I am an avid reader and a massive Disney fan with Mickey Mouse being my absolute favourite character.


Kristine L'Estrange

Paraplanner & Planner
B Bus (Financial Planning)

Kristine joined the milestone team last year as a paraplanner. She has worked in the financial planning industry since 2012 after completing a Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning). She enjoys working in the industry as she finds it dynamic and challenging. She continues to build on her technical skills with the aim of positively impacting our client’s lives.

James Gibb

Paraplanner & Planner
BA, Adv Dip Financial Services (Financial Planning)

James joined Milestone as a paraplanner in July 2012.  He has worked in the financial services industry since 2004 including over four year's experience as a paraplanner with ClearView Wealth and recently as an Associate Adviser with Centric Wealth.  James has returned to his passion for the technical and financial modelling side of financial planning at Milestone.  James also completed his Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning in 2011).

Milestone Lending Solutions...


Melissa Coggan

Head of Milestone Lending

Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning), BSc, MA (Organisational Comms)

Melissa joined Milestone in 2013, working initially as a paraplanner and later using her marketing skills to manage the client acquisition strategies, managing Milestone’s successful educational seminars and our relationships with our business partners. She qualified as a mortgage broker and now manages the Milestone Lending Team. 

She has worked in the financial services industry for more than 20 years, in marketing and sales roles for fund managers including Rothschild Australia Asset Management, Zurich Financial Services and Russell Investments. She has extensive industry knowledge, having worked with financial planners, institutional clients, self managed super fund trustees and investors. Melissa has a Cert IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking, Diploma of Financial Planning, Master of Arts in Organisational Communication and a BSc in Maths.

Jake Frend

Mortgage Broker

Bachelor of Business (Financial Planning), Diploma of Finance and Mortgage Broking Management

Jake has been involved in a diverse range of public and private sector roles ranging from Aircraft Engineering Management for a Canberra based regional airline to border protection with the Federal government. Jake has had a keen interest in the residential property market since he was 19 and enjoys educating and engaging with people regarding their property aspirations. This personal interest is what prompted Jake to undertake formal study in the financial services field and led to the decision to work in the industry in 2017. Jake prides himself on his ability to adapt to changing client needs whilst striving to make purchasing property as seamless as possible.


Rachelle Laudenbach

Mortgage & Finance Support 

Rachelle joined the Milestone team in February 2013, bringing with her many years of experience in book keeping and account management.  Rachelle assists Ashley in the Finance team. She is organised and reliable and will do the extra needed to complete the task.