Simon Byers

Partner, Prahran

CPA recognised, Simon has 15+ years of lucrative business intelligence that can help you make smart business decisions.

Dealing with hundreds of businesses has given Simon key insights into the exact results produced when a strategy is implemented. He has seen firsthand how a strategy performs or how decisions affect bottom line profits.

Partner of Highview Accounting & Financial, Simon’s role has been paramount in the growth of this multi award-winning firm. Specifically, he’s lead the success & impressive growth of the Prahran office – from 1 employee in 2011 to 16 in 2021. Simon has also played an integral part in the expansion of Highview from a singular accounting business structure to a large ‘Head Office’ structure with multiple successful businesses with differing service offerings.

Simon is a passionate entrepreneur with technical accounting knowledge that surpasses the norm. He’s a leader that knows all too well what it means to get trapped in the day-to-day running of a business & he’s passionate about sharing his multiple business breakthroughs that deliver increases in profits, income & asset value.

Trust & integrity lie at the core of Simon’s coaching approach. He’ll get involved in your business at a meaningful level to uncover or discover strategies to leverage results & plan for the future.

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.

Renato Mastromanno

Principal Finance Broker, Prahran

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 & 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 renato@highview.com.au

Zoe Munro

Principal Insurance Broker, Prahran

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

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.