Focused On Clients

An excellent reputation in Financial Planning from hard work, client advocacy and innovative thinking.

Ben Woolvett

Managing Director and Senior Financial Adviser, Ben has garnered an excellent reputation within the Financial Planning Industry through hard work, client advocacy and innovative thinking. Ben sets his expectations high. His friendly demeanour and unwavering dedication to clients is one of the keys to his success.

Ben has over 20 years’ experience in the finance industry and holds a Bachelor of Economics and Advanced Diploma of Financial Services, and is also a member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia.

His focus centres on effective client relationships and ensuring his clients succeed in reaching ‘financial freedom’. Bring dreams to reality is the core underlying objective and is one of Ben’s key drivers.

Away from work, Ben enjoys keeping fit and spending time with friends and family.

Claudio Di Giovanni

Claudio is a Senior Financial Adviser in our practice. He has been providing financial advice to clients for 22 years, commencing in the industry in 1993. His core areas of expertise are redundancy and retirement planning, superannuation / wealth creation strategies, Centrelink maximization and risk management.

As an Astute Wealth Planning adviser, Claudio’s commitment is to understand a client’s financial affairs and provide valuable advice on strategies that will assist a client in accumulating wealth, protecting wealth and planning for and during retirement.

Outside of his role with Astute Wealth Planning, Claudio is married and a devoted father of 3 boys and very much enjoys spending quality time with family and friends.

  • Certified Financial Planner
  • Diploma of Financial Planning
  • Bachelor of Economics

Robert Tainsh

Robert has worked in the finance industry since 1987.  Over the past 8 years he has successfully worked one-on-one with financial advisers as their key driver of compliance within their businesses.  He enjoys his work, has a strong eye to detail, but most importantly enjoys connecting with clients.

Due to Robert’s past success he will be Astute’s key driver of compliance for both advisers as well as meeting our client administration needs.

Outside of work, Robert is married with two teenage children, who are great kids!  Both he and his wife get heavily involved in their sports and activities.

In addition, he loves fishing, boating and really all sports.  Robert is a self-confessed footy nut.  He has also previously goal umpired SANFL League football for 17 years, and is now a top Amateur League goal umpire.

Cathy Bampton

Practice Manager

Bringing over 15 years of experience, working directly with Financial Advisers as well as in Leadership and Management in both the private and corporate financial sector, Cathy’s key focus is on working alongside our advisers and assisting in the growth of the business.

Cathy enjoys exploring the many beautiful locations throughout South Australia and spending time with her two adult children.

Blake Halligan

Senior Financial Adviser

Blake is a Senior Financial Adviser in our practice. He is a Certified Financial Planner® practitioner and has been a part of the financial planning industry since 2005.

He truly enjoys helping his clients improve their financial lives but especially enjoys helping those close to retirement and those wanting to build and grow an investment portfolio.

Blake is married with two daughters.  Outside of work you may find him either at one of his daughters various sporting activities or umpiring a game of baseball.

Andrew Barrett

Financial Adviser

Andrew’s career began with 10 years’ service in the Royal Australian Navy. Following this, he developed a fondness for financial services while working in IT for large international financial institutions in London in 2011. With a passion for finance and a desire to help people, Andrew’s driven to help clients grow their wealth, protect their assets, and achieve their financial goals.

Andrew commenced in the financial services sector in 2017 and holds a Bachelor of Business (Economics, Finance and Trade) from the University of South Australia and a Diploma of Financial Planning. He’s also currently completing the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning.

Andrew’s a keen sports enthusiast with a particular interest in AFL and has three young children with his wife Kate.

Rachael Ousley

Client Service Officer

Rachael has worked in the financial industry for over 8 years with strong dedication to ensuring implementation of clients personalised plans run seamlessly. Rachael relishes the diversity of what is involved in the role of Client Service Officer and looks forward to building strong long term relationships with clients.

Outside of work Rachael enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the gym, gardening, spending lazy days at the beach and eating delicious food.

Deanna Filosi


One of the first faces seen when attending our office, Deanna is a welcome addition to the Astute team. She comes with experience in client service and is keen utilise these skills in her receptionist role while helping to maintain and develop client relations.

When she’s not at work, you can find her hard at work studying, at any bookstore, watching the latest Marvel movie or attending Adelaide United matches.