Silvio Marinelli

Partner, Cranbourne

Silvio is one of the City of Casey’s most well-regarded business leaders, who’s heavy involvement in the local community never goes unnoticed.

Silvio has a passion for Highview, sport, the community and for helping individuals and business owners (no matter the size or industry) flourish financially.

A little about his expertise…
Silvio’s a qualified accountant and Registered Tax Agent. He has 25+ years of experience advising clients on solutions to minimise their tax and create wealth. In particular, he has a keen interest towards property investment and Self- Managed Superannuation Fund advice (his area of expertise!).

Being personally passionate about the need to invest to plan for a comfortable retirement, Silvio became a qualified Financial Planner – he enjoys easily ‘switching hats’ between taxation and financial planning strategies – and believes it’s a unique skill that benefits his clients greatly – who better to offer financial advice than your Accountant?!

Silvio’s other passions….

Business Coaching & Mentoring
Coupling his 25-year career as a business owner and adviser, Silvio enjoys sharing his insights and nurturing businesses to become the best they can be.

Sport & Player Management
Silvio’s love for sport took a natural progression, in 2017 he became an authorised Player Manager, with a goal of supporting Sporting Athletes with their holistic taxation and financial plans and building their sporting profiles, so they have the time to focus on what they’re great at – playing sport!

Community & Fundraising
Supporting the local community that’s always supported Silvio is something he’s unwavering on. He supports over 15 grass-roots local sporting clubs each year, and is on various community boards. Importantly, Silvio sets himself personal fundraising goals for charities each year, in the past 2 years he has raised over $19,000 for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation.

Darren Crowther

Partner, Cranbourne

Darren is a highly sought-after business coach & taxation specialist with over 15 years experience working with all
sized businesses, business owners & entrepreneurs.

In early 2019 he was announced as a Fellow of CPA Australia, an FCPA. The FCPA designation is a prestigious honorary title awarded to Certified Practicing Accountants (CPAs) who, through their outstanding achievements including community leadership, bring distinction to the accounting profession & serve as a role model to others.

Partner of Highview Accounting & Financial, Darren’s role has been pivotal in the growth of this multi award-winning firm, building out the network from 1 to 4 locations to date; from a singular accounting business to a large ‘Head Office’ structure incorporating multiple successful businesses with differing service offerings.

His expert opinion has been sought & published in the Australian Financial Review. Darren’s strength is in dissecting businesses & the people behind them to uncover or discover strategies to leverage results.

On top of this, Darren’s zest for taking action & achieving results is motivational. Working with Darren you will experience profound personal growth & motivation to take action like never before. He’ll nurture you to develop your mindset, habits & internal skills that will positively influence your business decisions.

David Sheahan

Partner, Cranbourne

Facilitating businesses to grow & evolve is Dave’s passion. His strength is building great relationships & supporting his client’s journeys to success.

Dave is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), with a Bachelor of Business from Monash University. His experience spans across 15 years in the accounting, taxation, financial analysis and general business practice. Dave brings knowledge and experience to the Highview team, gained from working with a range of firms and mentors.

Interestingly, this is not the first time Dave has been a part of the Highview team; Dave worked for Highview in the early 90’s while still completing his accounting studies. After a few years Dave ventured out to expand his experience – and to Highview’s benefit re-joined the team as a senior manager in 2014, bringing with him a vast bank of knowledge and management experience.
Dave’s experience includes an international stint in the UK. It was during this time that he seized the opportunity to expand his knowledge on the workings of big organisations by taking on roles with multinational corporations.

Dave’s previous role as a Client Manager has enabled him to demonstrate the skills and passion for providing business services; including advice, accounting and taxation services to his clients, and a yearning for continual improvement.

He enjoys playing sport, listening to a range of music, surfing and spending time with his wife and children. Dave spends his weekends socialising with friends and his family, visiting areas and events around Melbourne and working on the wish list of improvements he has around his home.

Dave’s strength is people. His job involves getting the most out of his team, offering support and mentoring. It’s something he enjoys. When asked why he thinks people is his strength Dave says “To lead people, you’ve got to take time to understand them, engage with them, help them. That doesn’t come just by adding up the numbers.”

Today Dave’s passion is in facilitating businesses to grow and evolve. Dave’s focus is on acting in the role of business mentor to help clients develop the full potential of their business. In this role Dave joins clients on their unique journey and provides the tools and knowledge they need along the way to make the right decisions.

Dave’s aim for his clients parallels his own philosophy and personal journey; having a focus on his own career growth and business success while maintaining balance in his life with his wife and children.

In response to changes to legislation, David has completed his training and appointment as a Limited Authorised Representative, able to assist in the setup, administration and wind down of SMSFs.

Nick McPhillips

Associate Partner, Cranbourne

Highview was Nick’s first employer. 15 years on has seen passion, hard-work & an unrivalled focus towards client satisfaction project his career to Associate Partner.

Nick has been with Highview for over 10 years. Joining the team initially to complete his work experience component while in Year 10, and then, simply never left. Nick has gone from strength to strength over the years and is a powerful asset to the Highview team.

When asked ‘What’s your favourite part of the job?’ Nicks response was; “Achieving a desired result for a client – when you work with a client who has a goal and assist them along their way to achieving the goal. You get a great deal of satisfaction when the desired result is achieved and the client is reaping the rewards.

Nick is a true team player, and an excellent leader. His knowledge and ability to provide clarity to clients surrounding technical information and advice comes naturally to Nick. Clients enjoy their interactions with Nick and often say that he’s purely and simply an “all round good bloke who knows his profession”.

Guiding and supporting clients and forming long term relationships built on trust and reliability remain at the core for Nick. He is eager to continually learn and grow as a professional, build on his experience, and broaden his areas of expertise over time.

In response to changes to legislation, Nicholas has completed his training and appointment as a Limited Authorised Representative, able to assist in the setup, administration and wind down of SMSFs.

Peta Iliopoulos

Practice Manager, Cranbourne

Peta began her career as an Accountant, and ran her own successful business before moving into her Practice Manager role at Highview.

Highview welcomed Peta Iliopoulos to the team in late 2016, and oh what a time to join it was – right amid the epic office move of Cranbourne, she took it in her stride and managed the move project seamlessly.

Peta has settled into the Highview family well and we feel like she’s been here since day dot. Therefore, we thought our clients should get to know the person who is often behind the scenes (the glue shall we say) keeping all things Highview together! Peta manages our staffing across all three offices, and works closely with the Partners to deliver effective Accounting and Administration procedures to improve our businesses efficiency and client service.

A little about Peta…
Peta has worked in the Accounting Industry for almost 20 years. She started her Accounting career at Boyce Charted Accountants in Dubbo, NSW.

After 6 years at Boyce, she went onto a Management Accountant role for a Subway franchisee with 14 stores. While doing this, she was also running three businesses with her husband Elias – a gun shop, an aquarium and a boar goat farm. To say that Peta likes multi-tasking is an understatement.

Peta moved to Melbourne just after her first child George was born in 2008, taking on an Accounting role at a Berwick firm. Additionally, to expand on Peta’s experience she then managed the accounts and HR for a bakery business prior to commencing as Highview’s Practice Manager in 2016.

Peta explains the most rewarding part of her role at Highview:
“Hands down – helping people. Coming from an accounting background and from owning my own businesses, I fully understand what our accountant’s needs are and I’m able to help develop the procedures required to make their job as easy and enjoyable as possible. I get the biggest buzz seeing people happy at work. Accounting can be typically seen as a dull/boring career. I’m so pleased that Highview breaks away from this stereotype and has such diverse, energetic team all working towards a common goal – helping our clients succeed.”

Peta is a busy full time working Mum, so every weekend for her is about quality family time. She has two children (George 9 & Sophie 6) who keep her and her husband extremely busy – between sports, music, dancing and birthday parties the weekends are jam packed. Peta enjoys being outdoors, going for walks, to the beach or out on her boat. Her family are all animal mad and she describes her home as ‘a little menagerie’ so there is always something to keep them occupied. During the quieter winter months, Peta loves to spend her time cooking and curling up with a good book.

Bruce Chisholm

Principal Financial Planner, Cranbourne

Previously ranked in the Top 50 Master Class Honour Roll by the Australian Financial Review Smart Investor, Bruce has his clients’ best interests at heart.

Bruce Chisholm is a qualified accountant and financial planner with a Bachelor of Business and a Diploma in Financial Planning.

Bruce is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA), Australia’s leading professional community of financial planners. As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional, Bruce has gone one step further to achieve the highest qualification in financial planning worldwide.

Bruce’s knowledge was recognised in 2013 when he was ranked in the Top 50 Master Class Honour Roll by the Australian Financial Review Smart Investor.

With over 14 years of experience advising clients together with prior accounting and management experience, Bruce has the competence and expertise to develop, implement and manage transformational strategies to give you the security and peace of mind that comes from being prepared for the future.

Bruce is passionate about the positive difference trusted and credible advice can make to clients’ lives, by working with them on an ongoing basis. Bruce has significant experience assisting a broad range of clients including those with self-managed superannuation funds and complex structures and has specialised in retiree and pre retiree clients.

Outside of work Bruce enjoys spending time with his family and enjoying the lifestyle offered by living on the Mornington Peninsula.

D’Avery Pillay

Financial Planner, Cranbourne

D’Avery is a multi-award winning professional who always has his clients’ best interests at heart.

D’Avery Pillay is a qualified Financial Planner and Mortgage Broker with 10+ years’ experience in the financial services sector, including a 5-year stint successfully running his own financial services business. More recently, he saw an opportunity for change, selling up his portion of the business to his partners in 2018. He joined the Highview Accounting & Financial team in 2019 – a relationship which has proved to be a meeting of the minds.

D’Avery’s a driven individual and his knowledge is industry recognised having achieved four high-profile award wins during his career;
• 2016 Association of Financial Advisers Rising Star Award for Financial Planning
• 2017 Australian Broking Awards Diversification Program of the Year Award Finalist
• 2017 Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia State Finalist Excellence Award
• 2018 The Adviser Better Business Award for Best Community Engagement Program

Over the past decade, D’Avery has proven himself to be a passionate advocate for his clients, going above and beyond to ensure they get the best outcomes possible. He believes in providing advice and solutions clearly to his clients – in a way that breaks down any complexities. He’s committed to his clients and always ensures they feel at ease with their financial plans and decisions.

When he isn’t busy with work or home renovating duties, you’ll find D’Avery researching his next overseas travel experience, or booking a weekend scuba diving adventure with friends.

Renato Mastromanno

Principal Finance Broker, Cranbourne

Renato is highly regarded in the local business community & has worked within the Banking Industry for 37 years, operating across branch networks between & in business banking.

Renato is highly regarded in the local business community & has worked within the Banking Industry for 37 years, operating across branch networks between 1984-1993 & in business banking from 1993-2021.

His banking history has provided experience in Personal & Business Financing via engagement with clients across various segments & industries, such as accountancy, agriculture, childcare, construction, design, engineering, extraction & excavation, hospitality, import/export, legal practices, manufacturing, property development & investment, retail, transport & wholesale.

Highview has had a professional relationship working with Renato for 20+ years, so he is not a new face to our team & has built years establishing our trust & the trust of our clients. He’s assisted many of our clients successfully with all forms of loan solutions. His expertise has enabled Highview clients to get well-rounded informed advice, that is tailored to their specific financial needs. Renato assists clients to choose the right loan product from Highview’s range of reputable lenders & strives to get the most competitive choices possible. Renato’s industry experience & knowledge makes what can be an arduous process one that is simple & easy. Renato’s service excellence & skills will give you confidence that the research has been thorough & you’re getting the most suitable loan option for your circumstances.

Of utmost importance to Renato is his key focus on building long-term client relationships. He takes the time to truly & thoroughly understand clients’ personal & business needs to ensure success in achieving milestones & establishing best possible solutions to compliment those varying needs.

To start a discussion about your needs with Renato please email

Zoe Munro

Principal Insurance Broker, Cranbourne

Zoe Munro leads our expert insurance services at Highview & has built & nurtered relationships in the insurance sector for more than 12 years.

Zoe is serious about protecting clients businesses & their futures, whether new or established. Whilst a competitive premium is important & remains a critical aspect when deciding on a policy, our team’s first and foremost goal is to ensure clients are both informed & protected comprehensively. Our team will work meticulously to ensure that all policies prepared work both efficiently & provide the necessary response and compensation when required.

Adam Pasquill

Accountant | Client Services Manager, Cranbourne

A strong commitment to seeing his clients grow & succeed is Adam’s driving passion behind his career.

One of the young guns of Darren Crowther’s team, Adam Pasquill has worked in the Accounting Industry for almost 5 years. He started his career at an Accounting and Advisory Firm in Frankston as a Graduate Accountant and Financial Planning Assistant, before joining the Highview family.

Currently two thirds of the way through his CPA Accreditation, Adam is excelling in his post graduate studies and is striving to have his CPA completed by mid-2019.

Adam has a contagious and ambitious nature about him that drives his desire to face new challenges each day at work. He says that best aspects of working for Highview is not only the amazing supportive and friendly environment, but the fact that he is given the opportunity to utilise his strengths and build upon his skill set every day.

Adam explains the most rewarding part of his role at Highview…
“What I love most is that each client I take on becomes my responsibility. I am passionate about helping, developing and delivering great results to all of my clients”.

Adam’s greatest strengths are in providing up-to-date advice and information about all things tax related for small and medium sized businesses. “Structuring, giving business advice, making sure things are running well, being there every step of the way and seeing my clients prosper is what makes doing this job so rewarding.”

At Highview Adam works within Cranbourne Partner Darren Crowther’s team. Underneath Darren’s expertise and guidance, Adam is empowered to individually manage his own client work. He’s confident in the processing and decision making of his portfolio, and enjoys working collaboratively within his team being closely guided by Darren.

“I love it here at Highview, we can all draw upon each other’s strengths. We face many unique challenges in our industry so it’s beneficial we work together and learn from one another’s experiences”.

Adam is eager to continue to grow a strong client base, and whilst doing his CPA is in a great position to expand his current knowledge in contemporary and internationally relevant material to enable him to provide dynamic solutions for his clients.

Not just a numbers guy…
Perhaps not your typical Accountant, Adam is an extremely outgoing and sporty guy who loves the gym and plays for the local Frankston Bombers Football Club. For those who know Adam well would have definitely witnessed his infectious enthusiasm for travel, with his most recent trip to Cambodia and Vietnam being in June 2018.
Adam is also a proud Uncle, and is a big softie when it comes to spending great amounts of time with his young niece and two little nephews.

Brodie Crowther

Marketing Manager, Cranbourne

Brodie is a strategic marketing specialist whose passion lies in branding & communication. Having worked in large corporations & not-for-profit, she’s got the entire marketing mix covered.

An experienced marketing strategist who’s worked for many large private Businesses, Monash University’s Business & Economics Faculty as well as Holmesglen Institute of Tafe, Brodie has experience managing national marketing teams within the education, government & private sector for 8+ years.

Brodie joined forces with her husband Darren Crowther, CPA & Partner of Highview Accounting & Financial in 2012, and is proud to lead the Highview marketing & communications team in this ever successfully expanding firm.

Branding is in Brodie’s DNA. Her passion lies in solidifying strong long term professional brands which she couples well with her deep experience in strategic planning, event management, positioning and go-to-market strategies.

“Over the past ten years I’ve worked with agencies, businesses, government organizations and nonprofits in healthcare, education, entertainment and retail segments. I thrive when helping businesses improve their marketing and brand management” says Brodie.

Brodie’s specialties include: Lead Generation, Marketing Automation, Sales Operations, Event Management, Product Marketing, Service Marketing, Strategic Planning, Brand Design, Social Media, Digital Marketing, Website Design, Channel Marketing, Market Research, Content Writing & Public Relations.