Firstunity in numbers

Combined years of experience

Number of advisers

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FPA accredited

Funds under advice

External shareholders

Accreditations

Our history

2006

Firstunity was founded

2011

Michael, Tim and Brendan merge their existing client base with Firstunity becoming shareholders

2014

Amy joins Firstunity

2015

Michael, Tim and Brendan take full ownership of Firstunity

2016

10 year anniversary

2018

Rohan merges his existing client base with Firstunity and becomes a shareholder and Director

2019

Firstunity reaches $450M under management

2021

Imke joins Firstunity

2023

Firstunity exceeds $550M under management

Mission
Our belief is that successful relationships and outcomes take time. We have long term relationships with you, our clients, and create a bond of trust that extends across generations.

We are not just financial advisers but support your family can rely on throughout life’s ups and downs. The purpose behind what we do is to help you achieve your financial freedom, giving you the choice to focus on things that really matter to you.

Through astute advice, discipline and planning, we improve lives.
Our process
Many of our long-standing clients come to us when they have a change in their circumstances. Whether it’s potential or immediate, we take the time to understand your requirements and current situation before assessing the best possible solutions for you.
Consultation

To start with, we have an initial consultation where we take the time to understand your financial history, appetite for risk, areas of interest and current financial situation. This helps set context and plan for the future.

Plan

Next, we deep-dive and carefully document your current situation before planning the next steps. Depending on what your financial goals are, we break down the steps required and explain the process by which you can get there. Importantly at this point we can usually identify areas for improvement and also likely hazards on the road ahead that you can avoid.

Implementation

Depending on the complexity of your requirement, this is when we may bring in other specialists who can deal with the different aspects of executing your financial plan and set up structures and work on administration. Firstunity manage this entire process.

Review and optimisation

Since managing your financial plan is an ongoing process we regularly provide you with detailed reports and periodically review your financial situation to ensure your objectives are being met and the plan is still relevant.

It is important to have a plan, but life brings changes. Changes in markets, changes in legislation, changes in your priorities. Since managing your financial plan is an ongoing process, we regularly provide you with detailed reports and periodically review your financial situation to ensure your objectives are being met and the plan remains relevant. We manage all of this so you can focus on what makes your life successful.

Our team
Tim Reppen
Director and Senior Adviser
Tim Reppen
Director and Senior Adviser

Tim has been focused on Wealth Management for over 20 years, providing his private clients with not only integrated services like financial planning, investments, insurance and estate planning but has also guided them through their life journeys and helped them prepare for major milestones. A strategic thinker and problem solver by nature, Tim has enjoyed long term partnerships with his clients by putting their financial success first. Successful outcomes for clients make a successful advisory practice.

Tim’s educational credentials place him at the forefront of professional advice. Tim originally studied at the Australian National University and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce but went on to complete the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) accreditation and has also qualified as a Chartered Accountant (CAANZ).

With a background from country NSW, Tim now lives in Sydney with his wife and 3 school age sons. Weekends are busy keeping fit and cheering on his sons in their endeavours but when time permits he can often be spotted in the MA Noble Stand on game days. Tim’s passion for travel is well known, he is always planning his next big trip and in particular all things outdoors.

Three Big Questions
Dream holiday destination?
Colorado ski trip
Favourite sports team?
Sydney Swans
Favourite album?
(What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Professional Memberships
Certified Financial Planner
Member of the Financial Advice Association of Australia
Chartered Accountant ANZ
Michael Coupe
Director and Senior Adviser
Michael Coupe
Director and Senior Adviser

A Senior Financial Adviser and Director at Firstunity, Michael has over 20 years of experience helping clients to achieve their financial goals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in commerce from the Australian National University, is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) with the Financial Planning Association and is also a SMSF Specialist Advisor (SAA®) with the Self-Managed Super Fund Association, the leading association within the SMSF industry in Australia.

Michael is passionate about helping his clients achieve their financial and lifestyle goals. He goes above and beyond to understand each client’s unique financial situation and develops tailored solutions that are specific to their requirements. Based on his vast experience of managing the financial affairs of diverse high-net-worth families, private clients and retirees, he offers comprehensive wealth management and financial planning advice that is free from conflict, covering areas such as estate planning, insurance, investment strategies, portfolio management, retirement planning, superannuation, SMSF’s and tax planning.

Michael, grew up in country NSW and is a proud father of two, lives in the beautiful northern beaches of Sydney and spends his free time risking his life playing social basketball, keeping fit or holidays with the family.

Three Big Questions
Dream Holiday Destination?
Japan
Favourite Sport Team?
Canberra Raiders
Favourite Album?
Abbey Road
Professional Memberships
Certified Financial Planner
Member of the Financial Advice Association of Australia
SMSF Educator
Brendan Element
Director and Senior Adviser
Brendan Element
Director and Senior Adviser

Brendan is a Director at Firstunity with over 30 years of experience in the field. In this time he’s worked with a broad range of clients from individuals to religious groups and not-for-profit organisations. His ideal client is someone who requires assistance managing or structuring their financial arrangements, and his skill set lies in helping those with significant wealth (>$2,5 million or growing towards that level).

His role is to provide expert advice and solutions to help people manage their capital. Brendan believes that what sets Firstunity apart is their personable nature and the life experience they bring to the table. As a firm, they believe in creating relationships with their clients that go beyond the expected, based on integrity and trust. Brendan was born in Sydney and is a big sports fan, with a particular interest in rugby.

Three Big Questions
Dream Holiday Destination?
Italy
Favourite Sport Team?
NSW Waratahs
Favourite Album?
Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd
Professional Memberships
Certified Financial Planner
Member of the Financial Advice Association of Australia
Rohan McPherson
Director and Senior Adviser
Rohan McPherson
Director and Senior Adviser

Rohan has been in the financial services industry for over 25 years as a trusted financial adviser who has helped numerous families and individuals build portfolios and manage their wealth. He has guided his clients through different economic and investing environments and is committed to transparency, communication and education in his relationship with his clients.

Rohan is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Charter holder, with a strong understanding of investment analysis and interest in investment markets and portfolio management.

Rohan is a father to two teenage boys and a husband to a CEO wife. He is a lover of history, the Canberra Raiders, cricket and amateur Rugby Union.

Three Big Questions
Dream Holiday Destination?
Scandinavia
Favourite Sport Team?
Canberra Raiders
Favourite Album?
Born To Run
Professional Memberships
CFA
Amy Reed
Financial Adviser
Amy Reed
Financial Adviser

Amy is an accomplished financial adviser who helps ambitious individuals achieve their financial goals. By taking the time to understand their needs, she develops customised strategies and provides holistic advice that covers all aspects of personal finance from budgeting and investments to risk management, insurance, superannuation, SMSF’s, retirement planning, estate planning and taxation.

She has a double degree in Psychology and Business Administration from Macquarie University, and holds the highest standards of relevant certification, having completed both the Diploma and Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) certified by the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and has recently completed her Master of Financial Planning.

Amy’s primary focus is to help her clients take control of their future and achieve financial freedom by providing transparent and unbiased advice that always puts their best interests first.

When she’s not helping her clients Amy is an active person who loves running, skiing and living near the beach while maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

Three Big Questions
Dream Holiday Destination?
The Arctic
Favourite Sport Team?
Roger Federer
Favourite Album?
Jagged Little Pill
Professional Memberships
Certified Financial Planner
Member of the Financial Advice Association of Australia
Imke Steyer
Financial Adviser
Imke Steyer
Financial Adviser

Imke brings over two decades of financial expertise and a commitment to exceptional client service to Firstunity. With a solid foundation in finance, Imke spent the first two decades of her career as a Finance Manager and Analyst for various tech companies. Later in life, she transitioned to financial planning, leveraging her diverse professional background to offer clients a unique blend of perspectives and top-notch analytical skills.

Imke holds a Commerce Degree from Munich University and a Post Grad degree in Financial Planning from Kaplan University. She holds the Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA Australia) designation.

Imke’s approach to customer service is simple but profound: provide clients with the very best financial planning advice, always tailored to their unique situations, and with their best interests at the forefront. For her, it’s not just about financial advice; it’s about building lasting relationships based on trust and care.

Imke’s personal interests include a love for hiking, basking in the beauty of beaches and exploring the vast Australian landscapes. Imke is also passionate about yoga, travel and enjoys a wide array of music genres, reflecting her vibrant and multifaceted personality. She embraces challenges as opportunities for growth, both personally and professionally.

Three Big Questions
Dream Holiday Destination?
Explore the Western USA National Parks including Zion, Yosemite and the Grand Canyon.
Favourite Sport Team?
Bayern Muenchen
Favourite Album?
Achtung Baby - U2
Professional Memberships
Member of the Financial Advice Association of Australia
CPA Australia
Tram Chung
Client Relationship Manager
Tram Chung
Client Relationship Manager

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Three Big Questions
Dream holiday destination?
Japan for theme parks, food and scenery
Favourite sports team?
Do I have to pick? Bulldogs (NRL)
Favourite album?
1989
Professional Memberships
Certified Financial Planner
Chartered Accountant ANZ
James Nguyen
Client Service Officer
James Nguyen
Client Service Officer

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Three Big Questions
Dream holiday destination?
Japan
Favourite Sport Team?
Golden State Warriors
Favourite Album?
No specific album but R&B and Pop
Professional Memberships
Member of the Financial
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Three Big Questions
Dream holiday destination?
Switzerland
Favourite sports team?
AC Milan
Favourite album?
Life In Cartoon Motion
Professional Memberships
Certified Financial Planner
Chartered Accountant ANZ
Certified Practising 
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