Our Team

Our financial advisers are long term members of a professional advice association and adhere to a Code of Conduct that binds them to act with professionalism and integrity and always in client’s best interest.

Both Michael and Joe have made significant contributions to the financial advice profession in their roles as Past National Presidents of the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA).

Michael Nowak

Director / Principle Financial Advisor

Michael is the owner, Managing Director and Principle Adviser at Nowak Financial Services. He began advising in 2005 and since then has made a successful transition into a Senior Adviser role and succeeded Joe to become the owner of Nowak FS. Michael derives most satisfaction from the engagement with clients and being able to work with them to develop creative solutions. He is married to Amy (a Roma girl) and now has two young children, Olivia and Lachlan, and lives in the local area of Auchenflower. He enjoys the odd weekend trip the beach with the family for a surf, and watching all levels of rugby. Personally Michael believes in his own advice and has a comprehensive life insurance portfolio that will protect him and his family, he has a strategy to pay off his mortgage by the time his eldest daughter Olivia starts high school, and he has a plan to meet his retirement goals by age 60. Michael is a member of the AFA and holds the following qualifications – the AFA’s FChFP designation, a Bachelor of Business from QUT and an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning. Michael is the current Vice President of the AFA and a former National President. Whilst in his role as President in 2013/14 his Board were instrumental in raising education standards and codes of conduct, improving the perception of advice, and championing the role of women in advice. Michael specialises in personal and family life insurance advice, working with business owners for their insurance and retirement strategies, superannuation accumulation and retirement planning. His ideal client is one who genuinely cares about their financial well-being and value having a long term plan to meet their financial goals.

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Melissa Egan

Practice Manager

Melissa is our Practice Manager responsible for managing our advisers, office and most importantly looking after our clients day to day. Following management roles in retail, Melissa took a career change and joined Nowak FS in 2015. In that time she has rapidly grown her knowledge and experience within financial advice and has completed her Diploma of Financial Planning. In mid 2018 she was promoted to the Practice Management role of Nowak Financial Services. Melissa values a high level of customer service and care and she has a drive to continually improve our client experience.

Lisa Bailey

Advisor Support

Lisa is our newest team member having joined Nowak Financial Services in July 2018. Her primary role is to help clients through the advice and new business process, but is always there to assist clients with any queries. Lisa has a vast background in small business and understands the importance of looking after customers and clients. Her previous roles include client services within financial planning and optical dispensing and other small business ventures including cafes and bakeries. Lisa is a country girl and even has a horse!

Joe Nowak

Founder - Client Relations

Joe is the founder of Nowak Financial Services having commenced the business in 1970 as an agent with Legal and General . He retired from financial advising in June 2017, after 47 years’ experience as a financial adviser having helped many clients over many decades. Outside of work Joe has played significant roles within industry and the community being a two time Past National President of the AFA, President of the Wests Rugby Union Club in Toowong, the Marist Brothers Rosalie Old Boys, and North Kirra SLSC. He now lives at North Kirra Beach. If you want to track down Joe in the future, try the balcony at North Kirra Surf Club, or watching a game of rugby union at Wests in Toowong. Joe is a proud grandfather of four and he is looking forward to spending more time with Olivia, Lachie, Peter and Mira.