Simon Byers

Partner, Prahran

Simon heads up the Prahran team with over 14 years experience.

Simon Byers is a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA), with a degree from Monash University; Bachelor of Business and Commerce (Accounting & Finance). Over 15 years in the Accounting and Finance sector, including an international stint, has well equipped Simon to offer excellent advice and knowledge to a range of clients in multiple industries. Simon’s strengths are his ability to build excellent relationships with clients and associates, as well as his technical knowledge in the accounting sector.

Director of Highview Accounting Prahran since 2011, Simon can offer his clients a complete financial solution. Simon’s passionate about understanding his clients’ situations and finding them the best possible solution when it comes to ‘all things accounting’. Simon is looking forward to building his relationships in Prahran over the next few years, and particularly looking forward to spending quality time with his wife and two young boys in between the busy life of running a business.

Simon is a natural people-person. His strengths surround his ability to build long term relationships built on trust and integrity.

Beau Appleby

Associate Partner, Prahran

Beau has over 6 years’ of tax & accounting experience in a variety of different industries & sectors.

Highview welcomed Beau to the Prahran team in July 2014, starting as a Graduate Accountant after completing his degree in Accounting and Econometrics at Monash University. Since then, Beau has been highly career motivated and advanced from an Assistant Accountant to Senior Accountant & Client Services Manager in 4 swift years. Continuing to prove his dedication to Highview and commitment to his career, more recently Beau was proud to be named Associate Partner at Highview Accounting & Financial Prahran. Having finished his CPA in 2017, Beau is now completing his CPA Practice Management certification, enhancing and refining his skills in strategic business planning.

Beau has a warm but determined and contagious drive about him that assists him in every aspect of his work. Working closely under the guidance of Partner Simon Byers, Beau is an incredible asset to the Prahran team. He works closely and collaboratively with his team to provide the best service and outcomes for their clients because he truly cares.

Beau explains the most rewarding part of his role at Highview…
“Highview is such a great environment to work in. It has an awesome culture that I really enjoy being a part of. It’s also a place where you can genuinely grow and develop as a person as well as a professional.”

With a passion for business start-ups, Beau’s expertise in this area is strong. Working with new young businesses, supporting them and seeing them evolve and prosper has been a highlight for Beau over the past few years.

“I am really fortunate at Highview, I’m able to leverage my strengths and we have the advantage to collaborate closely and draw from a wealth of knowledge and experience to continuously learn and better the results for our clients.”

“Hardworking, honest and friendly” are the words used by his co-workers and friends to best describe Beau’s personality. Truly easy going, Beau has a natural assurance about him that makes him great to work with and be around. Ever reliable, Beau is passionate about helping those around him and always goes above and beyond for each service he delivers.

“I’m very driven at work, I can see what a huge difference I can make to my clients and I love the challenge and opportunities that arise when I’m at Highview.”

Beau is also a sport fanatic, in particular he enjoys soccer and football. He has a strong love of travel, and has been fortunate enough to have travelled all around Asia and is in the process of learning to speak Vietnamese. Lastly, we must say a big “congratulations” to Beau, who tied the knot to his lovely partner Nancy, in the Yarra Valley in early 2019.

Bruce Chisholm

Principal & Financial Planner, Prahran

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.

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, Prahran

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

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.