Brett is the founder and CEO of Pride Advice.
Born and bred in the Riverland, he moved to Adelaide after finishing school at 16 to study Naturopathy. Unsure of his career course and feeling guilty about his parents spending their hard-earned income on his tuition, accommodation and allowance, Brett decided to change direction.
Brett joined the South Australian Police Force in 1989, starting as a patrol officer and then working as a detective in the area of Criminal Investigation. Brett moved into SAPOL’s Anti-Corruption branch, and then the Serious Fraud Investigation Branch, where he worked on complex and highly-secretive cases, including serious financial planning fraud.
With a young family, Brett enrolled to study commerce at the University of Adelaide part-time and in 2000 left SAPOL to work as a financial planner. Besides completing his Bachelor of Commerce at Adelaide University Brett also completed a post-graduate Diploma in Global Wealth Management. He has also attended Strategic Management Courses at the HEC in Paris, Cambridge, Columbia and Stanford.
In 2003 Brett established Pride Advice and through his guidance the company has won its licensee National Advice Practice of the Year four times in a row in 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.
Brett brings to Pride a unique resilience to help people dealing with their own issues. He has personally watched, suffered and learnt from the deaths of family, friends and complete strangers – and shared his knowledge to make the lives of others easier.
He has delivered death messages and covered bodies at accidents, suicides and murder scenes. He has helped rape victims, broken up fights and investigated high profile people. He has been assaulted and king-hit, and faced his own mortality.
But his personal trials and tribulations are barely a diversion compared to the deep loss he felt when his son Jordan was killed in an accident, aged just nine. Another of his children has undergone life-saving liver surgery with ongoing complications ahead of an anticipated transplant.
Brett brings those experiences to the workplace at Pride Advice, where he specialises in giving financial advice to people changing careers, preparing for retirement or at other key life stages. As a pro bono offering, Brett is also often called to discuss financial affairs with those entering palliative care or undergoing cancer treatment after being impacted by cancer when his business partner Katie, 30, was diagnosed with breast cancer just as she fell pregnant with her new husband. He delivered her eulogy two years later.
Life hasn’t always been smooth sailing for Brett, but he has been able to share those experiences to help others navigate challenging financial times, manage windfalls and prepare for uncertainty. He has developed an empathy around suffering.