About Countrywide Advice.

We provide ongoing advice and management of your strategy, including regular performance reporting, communication about investment markets and maintenance of your investment portfolio and insurance coverage.

We look at your entire financial position, your needs and what you want to achieve in life before helping you plan how to get there. Then we guide you through a simple step-by-step process to create a financial plan.

The Countrywide Advice Team.

All of our advisers are fully qualified experts in personal finance and investment, with the necessary experience to ensure the best financial outcome for you. Our quality financial advice puts you in control.

We are committed to ongoing professional development and education to give you the most up to date technical knowledge and advice, specific to your needs. Our experience and specialist knowledge helps you make sense of all your options, so you can choose the best solution.

You can contact us at any time, particularly if any of your circumstances change. Our team is always available to talk with you.

David Coghlan

David Coghlan

Adviser

One of the founders of Countrywide Advice, David has 15+ years in the financial services and wealth management industries.

During his free time, David loves spending time with his young family and cheering on his beloved Essendon Football Club.

David’s strength lies in helping his clients clarify their financial future and implementing strategies to help them achieve their goals. He enjoys researching and implementing effective solutions for his clients, in the areas of personal insurance and superannuation / retirement planning.

David’s commitment to his clients means that he constantly strives to stay informed about market and industry changes. This means that he is continually at the forefront in providing his clients with leading products and strategies.

David’s specialties are in the areas of:

  • Personal Risk Management including providing ongoing advice and services to clients
  • Personal and group Insurance (Life, TPD, Income protection and Trauma);
  • Life investment products including Whole of Life, Endowment and Bonds;
  • Superannuation strategies and retirement planning;
  • Budget and cash flow management;
  • Debt management (including borrowing for personal purposes);
  • Financial Planning;

David gained his Bachelor of Business in Marketing – B.Bus (Marketing) from Australian Catholic University. He also has a Diploma of Financial Planning. David has worked for some of Australia’s leading financial advisory firms, as well as in his own consultancies for many years and currently sits on a number of insurer advisory boards.

Gary Decru

Gary Decru

Adviser

One of the founders of Countrywide Advice, Gary draws on 25 + years of experience in the insurance and financial services industry to help ensure that his clients are well protected and looked after.

Gary’s passion is playing both Tennis & Golf and you can often see him hitting of the tee in various exotic locations around the world

Gary’s focus and specialties are in the areas of:

  • Business Insurance: – to SME’s
    (Partnership Protection; Key- Person; & Loan Protection) –
  • Personal Insurance: to – Professionals and Self-Employed Business Owners
    (Income Protection; Term Life & TPD; Trauma Insurance)
  • Group Insurance – to Large Corporations and Associations
    (Income Protection; Term Life & TPD; Trauma Insurance)

Gary’s main goal is to educate and provide strategy that empowers clients to make informed decisions tailoring insurance protection suitable to their needs.

Gary has been assisting business owners, professionals and their families protect their assets and livelihood for over 25 years.

Gary was formerly a Director of Austbrokers Countrywide Financial Services until branching out on his own and forming Countrywide Advice.

Gary gained his Bachelor of Business in Applied Economics and Marketing – BBus (AppEC&Mgt) from Deakin University in 1988 has a Diploma in Financial Planning. Gary is both a member of the Association of Financial Advisers ( AFA ) and Financial Services Institute of Australasia ( FINSIA )

Duncan Murray

Duncan Murray

Adviser

Duncan is Countrywide’s Senior Financial Planner and has over 7 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Duncan loves to spend time with his family and friends, in particular those of the four pawed variety, namely his dog Lucy!

Duncan is highly committed to helping his clients take the uncertainty out of their future by providing well-researched and highly analysed strategies, for both current financial decisions as well as future retirement planning. This allows his clients to make educated, rational decisions based on fact and not emotion.

Duncan’s specialties lie in the areas of:

  • Financial Planning;
  • Superannuation and retirement planning;
  • Providing insurance advice, including regular portfolio reviews;
  • Personal Insurance (Life, TPD, Income protection and Trauma);
  • Life investment products including Whole of Life, Endowment and Bonds;
  • Budget and cash flow management;
  • Debt management (including borrowing for personal purposes);

Duncan gained his Bachelor of Business in International Trade plus he has also completed his Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning and is a member of the Financial Planning Association.

Robert Switkowski

Robert Switkowski

Adviser

Robert is a qualified and experienced Financial Planner who is committed to helping his clients meet their needs and objectives.

Married with 4 sons, he loves spending time with family and friends and following most sports.

Robert commenced his career within the Financial Services industry with National Mutual in 1985 and became a Financial Planner in 2003. At the beginning of 2020 he became part of the Countrywide Advice team.

Robert’s expertise is in the areas of:

  • Superannuation
  • Retirement planning
  • Risk protection

with a particular passion in assisting clients to enjoy financially fulfilled retirement years.

Robert has completed the Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) and is a member of the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA).