Our Team

  • In 1984 our founders started Innate Wealth with the goal of creating the perfect financial advisory firm – the kind of place they wanted to entrust their own money and future.
    In 2014, Innate Wealth acquired Axton Jones Chartered Accountants and Innate Financial Services Group was born.
    The four directors at Innate Financial Service Group continue to work in the business and are extremely proud of the business that they have built over the years, and the direction that it is moving to in the future.
    Key to our success is the excellent team who have chosen to work at Innate Financial Services Group. We all share the same philosophy about financial advice and client relationships – that is ‘Creating a better world for our clients and the community in which we live.’

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    Luke Eres

    Director and Chief Executive Officer

    Luke has over 20 years experience in the Australian financial planning industry. In 1997, he acquired a fifty percent share of Innate Financial Services Group, and his energy, enthusiasm and drive has seen the business grow into one of Australia’s leading boutique financial planning organisations today. Luke holds the accolade of being the ‘Youngest person to achieve financial planning qualifications in Australia,’ and is a regular contributor to national publications including Smart Investor and Asset Magazine. One of Luke’s key strengths is his ability to understand and articulate his clients goals and set out an agenda to achieve them. In 2012, Luke was recognised as a thought leader in Australian investment markets, and was invited to attend a two-week portfolio construction tour of the USA.

    “Not only do I get to work with amazing people but I also get to participate in identifying their goals and putting in place strategies that can be achieved.”

  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Arts (La Trobe University)
    • Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning
    • SMSF Specialist Advisor™

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    Mirko Cugura

    Director and Chief Investment Officer

    Mirko commenced his career in the world of academia and professional sports management, before he started the journey in the investment industry over 15 years ago. He joined Innate Financial Services Group in 2000, and acquired a share of the company in 2004.
    In his current role as a Principal Wealth Consultant, Mirko’s ultimate objective is to make the complex simple. Mirko was twice recognised as one of Australias Top 50 financial planners in AFR Smart Investor Magazine and regularly lectures on financial planning at FINSIA.

    “My job is to make the complex world of investments simple to my clients. I am passionate about finding what is really important to them and then lead them on the journey to achieve an end goal in mind.”

  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Economics (La Trobe University)
    • Graduate Diploma of Econometrics (La Trobe University)
    • Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning (SIA)
    • SMSF Specialist Advisor™
    • Certified Investment Management Analyst®
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    Shane Nicholas

    Director and Principal Wealth consultant

    In 2009, after three years as an employee, Shane acquired a share of Innate Financial Services Group and became its third director. The youngest of the directors, Shane is driven by change and the implementation and integration of new systems and processes which ensures Innate Wealth is ahead of its competitors. Shane’s role as a Principal Wealth Consultant allows him to bring his financial knowledge and love for technology into his role.
    In 2016 Shane was recognised by the financial planning industry and was one of three national finalists for Money Managements – Young Advisor of the year.
    Shane is also a member of the Financial Planning Associations education committee, which incorporates reviewing and developing education programs and training modules for future certified financial planners.

    “The choice to become a financial planner came to me with relative ease, what a wonderful privilege to be able to work with amazing people and watch them live their dreams.”

  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Business (RMIT)
    • SMSF Specialist Advisor™
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    Alan Jones

    Director and Chartered Accountant

    Alan has over thirty eight years of experience as an accountant, commencing his career at Touche, Ross and Company where he gained experience in accounting and auditing in Australia and overseas.

    In 1989 he joined into a partnership with Dale Axton and established Axton Jones Charted Accountants which was acquired by Innate Financial Services group in 2014 and changed its name to Innate Accounting in September 2015.

    Alan is passionate about solving complex problems and his ability to add value to his clients, has seen their businesses as well as his own grow successfully in their own rights.

    “I love dealing with people, and that was what drew me to accounting – I am passionate about ensuring my clients have the right structures in place and that I can add value to their businesses.”

  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Business (Footscray Institute of Technology)
    • FCA


  • Elizabeth Poselli – General Manager
    Ben Nguyen – Advisor
    Tim Dawe – Advisor
    Chloe Cerchiara – Advisor
  • Luke Axton – Advisor
    Hanna Bonk – Advisor
    Theo Karoumbalis – Advisor
    Stanley Yen – Advisor
  • Anna Huynh – Advisor
    Mirella Venturato – Office Administration
    Jude Anstee – Administration