Our Team

LFS has a team of 6, consisting of 3 Financial Planners, and 3 support staff.

LFS has a team of 6, consisting of 3 Financial Planners, and 3 support staff. The team is close knit and works together to achieve the highest standards of customer service. LFS personal care for their clients was acknowledged in 1998, 2000 & 2001 by the Australian Achiever Awards with a “Highly Commended” Award for Customer Service in the Finance and Investment Industry

Simone Vanden-Driesen (Senior Financial Planner)

Simone Vanden-Driesen joined the financial planning industry immediately after finishing high school in December 1989. Her role at this time was in client services. While studying for her Bachelor of Business at Deakin University, she worked as a trainee financial planner. Immediately after graduating in June 1993, Simone took out her first proper authority with Securitor Financial Group. Simone commenced the Diploma of Financial Planning in February 1994, completing this in 1997 and gaining her Certified Financial Planner status. Simone was appointed as a Director of Leishman Financial Services Pty Ltd in 1997.

While working with Leishman Financial Services Pty Ltd Simoneworks mainly in Retirement Planning, she has a very special relationship with many of her elderly clients. Her time is spent not only helping them in the area of Financial Planning but also assisting them with Centrelink problems and general household issues that face us as we age. In several cases, Simone now has three or more generations of the one family as her clients.

Now currently Business Owner and Manager and Representative of Leishman Financial Services Pty Ltd, Simone has responsibility for both the Advisory and Administrative teams as well as overseeing day to day operations, delegating administrative responsibilities and motivating and recruiting staff.

Professional Designations:

  • 1998 Certified Financial Planner
  • 1998 Diploma of Financial Planning – Deakin University
  • 1993 Bachelor of Business (Marketing) & (Management)– Deakin University
  • 1989 Victorian Certificate of Education – Fintona Girls School, Balwyn

Industry Involvement:

In 1998 Simone joined the CFP Practioners Forum where she was involved for 2 years in the development of CFP awareness. In April 1999 she joined the FPA Melbourne Chapter, Continuing Professional Development Committee where she convened Professional Development Sessions several times a year. She volunteered to be a member of the sub-committee in Melbourne developing CPD On-line for the FPA. As part of this Simone wrote the Salary Packaging module for CPD On-line during 2000. In 2000 Simone was nominated to become a Practitioner Member of the FPA National Disciplinary Committee.

Awards & Achievements:

  • 2018 Finalist in Money Management’s Women in Financial Services, Adviser of the Year.
  • In 2003 Simone received a “Runner Up” Award in the Money Management Adviser of the Year Competition.
  • In 1999, 2000 & 2001 Simone was a member of Personal Investor Magazine’s Master Class of CFPs.

Simone Vanden-Driesen
(Senior Financial Planner)

Chris Vanden-Driesen (Senior Financial Planner)

Chris Vanden-Driesen joined Leishman Financial Services in 1997. He completed the Diploma of Financial Planning in 2000, gaining the FPA’s highest status of Certified Financial Planner that same year. Chris accepted the role of Director of Leishman Financial Services in 2008.

Chris’s areas of expertise include:

  • Retirement Planning,
  • Superannuation,
  • Retirement Income Streams,
  • Age Pension Advice and
  • Aged Care Planning & Advice.

Chris started the Leishman Financial Services Investment Committee of which he has been the Chairperson since its inception in 2001. Chris is responsible for monitoring the investments recommended by LFS and reviewing and maintaining the in-house model portfolios used by LFS.

Professional Designations:

  • 2000 Certified Financial Planner
  • 2000 Diploma of Financial Planning – Deakin University
  • 1992 Bachelor of Arts from Swinburne University, in international politics
  • 1988 Victorian Certificate of Education –Whitefirars College, Donvale

Chris was endorsed by the Department of Human Services to provide education and information sessions to the public and has conducted seminars in this, providing education to new retirees on financial planning matters. 

Awards & Achievements:

2001 Chris was a member of Personal Investor Magazine’s Master Class of CFPs.

Chris Vanden-Driesen
(Senior Financial Planner)

Chris Harrower (Financial Planner)

Chris harrower, often known as “Harry”, joined LFS in 2006 in a database & client services role. He quickly progressed to Trainee Financial Planner and gained his Financial Planner Authority in 2008.

Harry works across all areas of the advice spectrum including:

  • Retirement Planning
  • Age Pension Advice
  • Self-Managed Super Fund Advice
  • Aged Care Planning & Advice
  • Life Insurance Advice
  • Wealth Accumulation Advice

Harry holds a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance from Swinburne University and the Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning). 

Harry’s interests include movies, reading, cooking, escape rooms and travel.

Chris Harrower
(Financial Planner)

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