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Our board and management team.

Our passionate leadership team is located right across Australia, so you know you will also have support close by.

Synchron board

Keith Cullen

Executive Director

Keith Cullen is the founder and managing director of Synchron’s parent company, WT Financial Group Limited and is its largest (non-institutional) shareholder. He has 37 years of experience as a corporate executive and entrepreneur across the broadcast media, technology, and financial services sectors.

Chris Kelesis

Non-Executive Director

Chris Kelesis is a foundation director and significant shareholder of Synchron’s parent company, WT Financial Group. He has 15 years of financial services experience as an equities trader and technical analyst and has held private and wholesale client adviser roles with Spring Equities, Ark Equities, and the Rivkin Group. Chris has helped steer WTL with its transformation to a B2B focussed enterprise.

Synchron management team

Frank Paul

Joint-Chief Operating Officer

Frank Paul is an accomplished financial services professional with 25 years in financial advice, as a practice principal and senior executive including 7 years with Synchron’s parent company n the Head of Advice and COO roles. Frank’s focus is on general management of the group’s East Coast operations and he holds primary responsibility for group risk management processes.

David Newman

Joint-Chief Operating Officer

David Newman has 35 years of financial services experience, specialising in strategic planning and execution. David is joint-COO of Synchron (and WT Financial Group) group focussing on business development operations and management of west-coast operations. He is also managing director of Synchron’s sister-company Sentry Group.

Sarah Congdon

Sarah Congdon

Regional Manager, Victoria and Tasmania

Sarah Congdon has more than 20 years of experience in financial services in roles including insurance adviser for MLC Insurance before joining Synchron as a regional manager. Sarah has built a career on initiating, managing, strengthening and maintaining strong client relationships, and a drive for new challenges.

Ben Donohue

Ben Donohue

Regional Manager, Queensland/NSW

Ben Donohue commenced in financial services in 2005. He has experience across retail life insurance, retirement income, and aged care, with the majority of his professional life spent at Asteron Life and Challenger. Ben was appointed to the position of regional manager with Synchron in 2021.

Emma Crothers

Emma Crothers

Regional Manager, South Australia/NT and WA

Emma Crothers has an extensive background in financial services having held a variety of project management, sales, and support roles. A graduate of Synchron’s coveted Next Gen professional development program and Money Management BDM of the Year finalist. Emma was appointed as a regional manager with Synchron in early 2022.

Julian Summers

Regional Manager, Western Australia

With over four decades of dedicated service as a financial adviser and successful business owner, Julian Summers brings a wealth of experience to the industry. In his current role as Regional Manager for Western Australia, Julian is instrumental in guiding advisers to effectively navigate the complexities of their practices. From providing sales coaching to optimising processes, managing staffing needs, and implementing regulatory frameworks, Julian ensures that advisers can operate efficiently. This strategic support allows them to dedicate more time to delivering high-quality, professional advice to their valued clients.

Tony Pelosi

Regional Manager, New South Wales

With over two decades of experience in the financial services sector, Tony Pelosi has garnered extensive expertise, spending a significant portion of his career as a Senior Financial Adviser in his own right. Throughout his professional journey, Tony has distinguished himself by consistently initiating, managing, and fortifying robust client relationships, demonstrating a relentless drive for embracing new challenges.

Tony’s commitment to professional development is reflected in his educational achievements, holding both a Diploma of Financial Services (DipFS) and an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning (AdvDipFP). Beyond his regional management role, Tony also serves as a Responsible Manager on the Australian Financial Services Licence for the group, showcasing his dedication to regulatory compliance and governance within the industry.