Meet our team

Principals and directors

Gene Youl

Gene Youl

Practice Principal - Warrnambool

Gene joined Silvan Ridge in 2003 and is a Partner in the practice. Gene has had many years experience in the financial services industry, having worked in banking for 15 years before becoming a financial adviser. Gene’s passion for his work is second to none, and he enjoys taking the time to get to know his clients on a personal level to understand their individual needs, plans and frustrations. He educates his clients and finds it rewarding to be able to take away their financial concerns. Gene is a keen cyclist, active member of the community and involved in raising money for local charities.

Certified Financial Planner
Diploma of Financial Planning

T: 03 5559 7111
E: geney@silvanridge.com.au

Dallas Ludeman

Dallas Ludeman

Practice Principal - Warrnambool

Dallas joined Silvan Ridge in 2000 and has been a Partner in the practice since 2003. Dallas brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the business and enjoys the challenge of putting together client investment strategies. His biggest reward is the appreciation shown by clients when he makes such a difference to their finances and their overall lives. A devoted family man, Dallas lives in Koroit and loves being involved in sporting and community affairs.

Certified Financial Planner
Diploma of Financial Planning
Bachelor of Business (Accounting)

T: 03 5559 7111
E: dallasl@silvanridge.com.au

Steve Harris

Steve Harris

Practice Principal

Steve joined the practice after merging his business “Regional Wealth Plus” into Silvan Ridge in 2019.
Steve has worked in finance all his life and been a financial adviser since 2001.
Steve builds long-lasting personal relationships with clients and prides himself on placing their interest first.

He has always enjoyed outdoor activities and is actively involved in the local sporting community on an ongoing basis in administrative roles.

Diploma of financial planning

T: 03 5559 7111
E: steveh@silvanridge.com.au

Advisers

Emma Bant

Emma Bant

Financial Planner - Warrnambool

Emma joined Silvan Ridge in 2008 while studying, beginning in a part-time administrative role before becoming a financial adviser in 2012. Emma loves the way she can put a smile on her client’s faces and knowing she has made a positive impact on their lives. As a very people-orientated person, Emma enjoys spending time with family and friends, going to the gym and travelling – her favourite destination (so far) is Ireland.

Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting, Finance & Financial Planning)

Certified Financial Planner

T: 03 5559 7111
E: emmab@silvanridge.com.au

Carina Lane

Carina Lane

Financial Planner - Warrnambool

Carina joined Silvan Ridge Financial Services in 2005 as a Paraplanner. During her time in this role Carina was involved in the preparation of financial strategies and used this valuable experience to transition to a Financial Planner. Carina enjoys seeing her clients achieve their financial goals and takes great pride in knowing she has played such an important role. Carina is married with three children and knows more than ever the value of financial protection and the need for sound strategic advice.

Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)

T: 03 5559 7111
E: carinal@silvanridge.com.au

Brayden Harkness

Brayden Harkness

Financial Planner - Warrnambool

 

Brayden joined Silvan Ridge in August 2016. He studied at Deakin University in Melbourne and worked for 8 years in Melbourne in financial planning before returning to Warrnambool in 2016. Brayden is genuinely interested in finance and financial markets and feels a tremendous amount of satisfaction when he can apply his knowledge to the benefit of clients. Brayden is a self-confessed coffee and red wine enthusiast. In his spare time he enjoys watching and playing sport and likes to research the stock market.

Bachelor of Commerce (Finance & Financial Planning)

T: 03 5559 7111
E: braydenh@silvanridge.com.au

Andrea Collins

Andrea Collins

Financial Planner - Geelong

Andrea joined Silvan Ridge in 2005. She is a part owner of the Geelong office and was first introduced to financial planning as a client, before transitioning into the industry. Her previous experience leading a call-centre team combined with her passion to positively influence her clients lives has seen Andrea blossom in the industry. Having joined Silvan Ridge in an administrative role and worked in all aspects of the business, Andrea has a great understanding of the challenges clients’ face. Outside of her work, Andrea enjoys keeping fit and active with her family and seeing new places in her caravan. She is a skilled pianist and finds this a unique way to relax.

Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)

T: 03 5229 5966
E: andreac@silvanridge.com.au

Simon McDonald

Simon McDonald

Financial Planner - Geelong

Simon started at Silvan Ridge in may 2007. He is a part owner of the Geelong business and has an interesting background having completed a commercial pilot license and originally studied engineering. He then became a financial planner and has gained a vast array of knowledge after many years in the industry. Simon loves providing quality advice and helping clients through life changing moments, such as purchasing a first home or starting a family. Simon is a regular down at the local beach where he enjoys swimming, surfing and ocean kayaking. He also has a young family and likes camping.

Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Planning)

 

T: 03 5229 5966
E: simonm@silvanridge.com.au

Angela Pidd

Angela Pidd

Financial Planner - Geelong

Angela started at Silvan Ridge in November 2011. Her background in hairdressing taught her important skills about the importance of building strong client relationships, which she has brought across to the financial services industry. Angela made the transition into financial planning as she enjoys seeing clients benefit from financial advice and improve their position financially. Angela is married with two children and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning

Fellow Chartered Financial Practitioner

T: 03 5229 5966
E: angelap@silvanridge.com.au

Associates

Ben Rantall

Ben Rantall

Ben joined Silvan Ridge in 2017 and is an Associate Adviser.  His role is an important one, assisting in the preparation of advice documents and offering high quality support and technical assistance to Senior Advisers.  Ben particularly enjoys working in cohesion with all staff to identify opportunities for our clients to be in a better financial position after seeking our advice.  The ever changing environment we work in gives Ben the opportunity to constantly learn and develop his knowledge and with this he thrives.  Ben loves playing and watching footy in his spare time.

 

T: 03 5559 7111
E:benr@silvanridge.com.au

Ryan Youl

Ryan Youl

Ryan has been a member of the team at Silvan Ridge since 2018, at which time he graduated from Deakin University with a bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Financial Planning and Accounting.  Since joining Silvan Ridge, Ryan is enjoying learning about the overall approach we take to providing financial advice and is rapidly is expanding his knowledge of the industry as he is mentored by fellow colleagues.  Ryan has a passion for Financial Planning and aspires to become an outstanding Financial Planner here at Silvan Ridge.  In his free time, Ryan enjoys playing and watching sport and has a real love for Cricket in particular.

T: 03 5559 7111
E:ryany@silvanridge.com.au

Lia Rantall

Lia Rantall

Associate Adviser - Warrnambool

Lia joined Silvan Ridge in 2013 after many years in the financial services industry. Having worked across many roles, Lia has a unique understanding of all aspects of the client experience and brings great strengths in formulating strategy as part of her role as an Associate Adviser. She also enjoys the well organised, client-focused environment that Silvan Ridge provides. Lia understands that the financial services industry is constantly changing, working through this and assisting clients achieve successful financial outcomes is a highly rewarding aspect of Lia’s role in the industry. Away from work Lia lives an active lifestyle, cherishing her two boys who she loves to follow at their dedicated sports. Lia instructs in classical ballet at a local dance studio and enjoys being part of the Silvan Ridge Foundation, established to support better health and education outcomes in our community.

Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
Diploma of Financial Planning

T: 03 5559 7111
E: liar@silvanridge.com.au

Client Service Officers

Angela O'Sullivan

Angela O'Sullivan

Client Service Officer

Angela has many years experience in offering administrative support for our clients and Advisers.  Angela always makes herself readily available for all of her client’s requirements and will often put herself into her client’s shoes to ensure they are feeling happy and comfortable.  Ange is a dedicated team player and a real asset to our team.  When not at work, Ange enjoys getting into the outdoors camping with friends and family, reading and gardening.

Diploma of Financial Planning

T: 03 5559 7111
E:angelao@silvanridge.com.au

Melanie McDonald

Melanie McDonald

Practice Manager - Warrnambool

Mel joined Silvan Ridge in May 2008. Mel oversees many of the operations at Silvan Ridge and is talented in implementing processes and procedures that enable staff to deliver the best possible experience and outcomes for our clients. She has broad range of skills and experience after working in the pharmaceutical industry for many years. Mel’s hobbies include going to the gym, travelling to sunny destinations and spending time with her family.

T: 03 5559 7111
E:melaniem@silvanridge.com.au

Amanda Sherlock

Amanda Sherlock

Client Service Officer - Warrnambool

Amanda joined Silvan Ridge in October 2007. Amanda’s role is to ensure our client review processes run smoothly. Drawing on previous experience in customer service within the lending and real estate industries, Amanda communicates with clients and assists with general enquiries. She thrives in the team environment at Silvan Ridge and enjoys going to extra lengths to assist both clients and colleagues. With young children, Amanda balances her work life by spending time with her children, running, reading and getting creative in the kitchen with cooking and cake decorating.

Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning)

 

T: 03 5559 7111
E:amandas@silvanridge.com.au

Grace Keegan

Grace Keegan

Client Service Officer - Warrnambool

Grace joined Silvan Ridge in January 2017. She has worked in the Financial Services industry since 2013 and enjoys interacting with clients from different walks of life and helping them with their financial needs. Grace enjoys playing and watching sports, especially netball. Travelling and spending time with family in Colac is also something she loves. Grace has enjoyed moving down to Warrnambool, meeting new people and being close to the beach. She also loves reading and is a keen Harry Potter fan.

T: 03 5559 7111

E: gracek@silvanridge.com.au

Evelyn Auchettl

Evelyn Auchettl

Client Service Officer - Warrnambool

Evelyn joined Silvan Ridge in September 2013. Evelyn has a vast knowledge of the financial world, having worked in banking for many years. She joined the financial services industry looking for a change of pace and is now enjoying the variety and challenges. Evelyn is a hard working team member who enjoys getting the best possible results for clients. Away from work, Evelyn is very family orientated and loves spending time with her two girls along with her friends.

T: 03 5559 7111
E: evelyna@silvanridge.com.au

Pam Baker

Pam Baker

Client Services Officer - Warrnambool

Pam joined Silvan Ridge in March 2015. Pam has a large range of business experience, having previously worked in financial services, education and real estate. With a wealth of experience in a client related environment, Pam is a dedicated worker who is always willing to go above and beyond for our clients. Having three children, Pam is motivated to provide them with the best possible opportunities in life. Travelling is one of her passions, as well as being heavily involved in her children’s sporting clubs.

T: 03 5559 7111
E: pamb@silvanridge.com.au

Jaynel Pinkerton

Jaynel Pinkerton

Client Service Officer - Warrnambool

Jaynel joined Silvan Ridge in January 2013. Jaynel is an integral part of the administration team at Silvan Ridge. She has vast skills and experience in the banking industry which she has brought to our Warrnambool office. She loves being a part of a great team helping enhance the lives of others by making sure they are financially happy. After work, Jaynel enjoys her home life living on a farm. She is also a passionate supporter of the Koroit Football Club where she loves watching her boys play.

T: 05 5559 7111
E: jaynelp@silvanridge.com.au

Rachel Barker

Rachel Barker

Client Service Officer - Warrnambool

Rachel joined Silvan Ridge in December 2013. Rachel brings a variety of experience to Silvan Ridge, having spent all of her career within the financial services industry. She enjoys marketing and IT and combines these skills to deliver the best possible outcomes for our clients. She is always willing to take the extra step to ensure clients outcomes are met. Rachel continues to work in this industry to uncover what she is passionate about in life. She loves to travel and to spend time with her family.

 

T: 03 5559 7111
E: rachelb@silvanridge.com.au

Raelene McDonald

Raelene McDonald

Client Service Officer - Geelong

Raelene started at Silvan Ridge in October 2010. She has a background in Metallurgy – the scientific study of metallic elements, having studied it at university then working in this field. After a career change, she focussed on bookkeeping and administration and she now applies these skills at Silvan Ridge. She enjoys coming to work to engage her mind and uses it as way to stay up to date with the real world. Outside of work you might see Raelene walking the fairways of a golf course or barracking for the Geelong Cats. She is also a Thermomix enthusiast and is always looking for new recipes.

T: 03 5229 5966
E:raelenem@silvanridge.com.au

Jessica Davis

Jessica Davis

Associate Advisor - Warrnambool

Jessica joined Silvan Ridge in July 2016. Jessica has had four years experience in the financial industry in various roles. She enjoys preparing and organising plans to help clients achieve their financial goals. Jessica especially likes working at Silvan Ridge as they put their clients goals and needs first and there is a huge amount of support and knowledge from all the advisers and staff. She enjoys playing a wide range of sports and spending time with family and friends.

Diploma of Financial Planning

T: 03 5559 7111
E: jessd@silvanridge.com.au