About
Our mission is to help people get more out of life by delivering a remarkable advice experience.

At Verse we

  • Help our clients live out their goals and ambitions, however big or small
  • Pride ourselves on delivering personalised advice with total transparency
  • Lead our clients through a complex financial world
  • Solve financial problems and create time for what’s truly important
  • Operate free from commissions, product providers and conflicts that can impact the quality and value of financial advice

Verse Values

  • Start with Why
  • Total Transparency
  • Deliver Remarkable
  • Be effective
  • Team First, Team Last
  • Make it simple
  • Pursue growth and learning
  • Celebrate Success

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Our Team

Corey Wastle

Co-founder and Financial Adviser

James O’Reilly

Co-founder and Financial Adviser

Monique Baines

Client Experience Manager

Hayley Knight

Paraplanner

The Verse Culture

A commitment to growing and nurturing a strong company culture is at the heart of our rapid rise as one of the country's most respected financial advice firms. Our passion for intentional and meaningful work and a desire to challenge the status quo of the advice industry drives our team everyday.

The Verse Vision

We founded Verse to leave a meaningful mark on the world. Our vision is to lead a movement that helps create a world where more people seek great advice. We believe that the future of financial advice is much brighter than its past in which the profession has failed to deliver the outcomes that matter to advice seekers. An unfortunate focus on selling financial products and a complex web of conflicts and commissions has meant that most people have missed out on the advice they really need. For us, there is no greater calling than using our collective talents to create an organisation that leads an industry and helps people live life with meaning and purpose.

The 8 Verse Values

All our actions are driven by our values, knowing that helping our clients is advancing us in pursuit of our goals. By living and breathing the eight Verse values on a daily basis we have created an environment that is fun, a little quirky and inspires people to do their best work.


Corey Wastle

Co-founder and Financial Adviser

Corey is a Certified Financial Planner and a co-founder of Verse with experience providing advice to people at each stage of life.

Renowned for his authentic and personal approach, he is committed to helping Verse clients get the most out of life.

Background

From learning to save at a young age and borrowing to invest by his teens, Corey was drawn to financial advice to help others achieve the ambitions that are most important to them, without financial constraints. 

Having spent a number of years advising clients at one of Australia’s largest financial institutions and a continuing commitment to profession education, Corey has amassed a diverse range of skills and expertise in financial planning.

During his time in the industry, Corey has developed strong ideals on how advice is best delivered to clients to enable them to recognise and determine its value; these ideals are now foundations of Verse’s unique advice approach.

He now ensures that all Verse clients receive advice in a transparent and genuine manner that is focused on addressing their individual challenges and achieving clearly defined outcomes that are meaningful to them.

Passions and pastimes

Corey is passionate about keeping fit, eating well and a enjoys range of sports. He is a devoted fan of the St Kilda Football club.

His bucket list includes shooting under par in a round of golf, presenting a Ted Talk and skiing the world.

He spends his spare time with his partner Kristy, playing golf, drinking green tea and travelling.

Qualifications

  • Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
  • Bachelor of Business and Commerce, Monash University
  • Bachelor of Communications, Monash University
  • Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning
  • Graduate Certificate of Applied Finance
  • Self-Managed Super Funds Specialist Course
  • Margin Lending Certification 
  • Member of Financial Planning Association (FPA)
  • Member of Association of Financial Advisers (AFA)

‘Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count’

– Albert Einstein

James O’Reilly

Co-founder and Financial Adviser

James is a co-founder of Verse and holds a Master of Applied Finance having previously held a diverse range of advisory roles

He now partners with clients to provide guidance in all aspects of their financial life and help achieve their individual ambitions.

Background

James began in the advice profession at the tender age of 14, working in the family’s independent financial planning practice.

Since venturing out of the family business, James has worked at both small boutique practices and major financial institutions, winning several prominent awards along the way. These experiences have helped him to establish strong principles on the delivery of financial advice and shape Verse as a trusted and industry-leading advisory firm.

James’ strong leadership skills are coupled with a distinct knowledge of both financial planning and investment management to enable him to deliver a very high quality advice experience to any client.

His passion to improve the lives of those around him flows into his professional life and ensures that Verse clients receive the advice and expertise needed to meet their personal goals and achieve financial freedom.

Passions and pastimes

James leads an ultra-active personal life combining cycling, weight training and basketball on a regular basis.

His bucket list includes meeting Paul McCartney, fluently learning another language and hiking the 3,500km Appalachian Trail that meanders through 13 states of the USA.

In the summer you will find James fly-fishing in the Kosciuszko National Park or enjoying time with his wife Louise and their two Dalmatians, Bella and Millie.

Qualifications

  • Master of Applied Finance (double-major in Financial Planning and Investment Management)
  • Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning
  • Advanced Diploma of Financial Services
  • Self-Managed Super Funds Specialist Course
  • Margin Lending Specialist Course
  • Association of Financial Advisers (AFA)
 

‘What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as who you become by achieving your goals’

– Henry David Thoreau

Monique Baines

Client Experience Manager

 

Monique is the Verse Client Experience Manager.

She is committed to ensuring that every Verse client receives a personalised experience and the process remains easy and enjoyable throughout. She holds a Bachelor of Finance with a major in Financial Planning and is in training to become an advisor in the future.  

Background

Monique joined the Verse team in 2015 as the firm’s Client Experience Manager.

A self described ‘saver’ from an early age, Monique has always had a genuine interest in financial strategies and investments. She has previously held roles as a junior analyst in corporate governance and completed a Financial Planning internship with Platinum Asset Management in early 2015. 

Her drive to join the advice profession comes from a willingness to help others, in particular the younger generation. Monique is intent on ensuring young Australian’s get more financial education, not just strategies. Her focus is on providing the teaching, guidance and coaching necessary to help them live out their goals. 

Passions and pastimes

Monqiue has a passion for animal welfrare (dog person) and dedicates her spare time to the RSPCA, helping to re-home animals. She also recently spent three months volunteering at an animal shelter in Heart Tokushima in Japan. She plays competitive netball as well as enjoying DIY craft projects, recently refurbishing a desk as a birthday present for a close friend.

Her bucket list includes travelling to every continent, becoming a board member and building a tiny house in the future. 

Qualifications and achievements

  • Bachelor of Finance (major in Financial Planning)
  • 2015 Platinum Asset Management Financial Planning Scholarship 

Hayley Knight

Paraplanner

Hayley is the Verse team’s Paraplanner.

Her focus is on continually finding simpler and more effective ways of providing advice and passing on knowledge to Verse clients, empowering them to make better financial decisions and achieve more. 

Background

Hayley has always been good with numbers and was drawn to financial services shortly after finishing school. After starting out at the local credit union she learned more about financial planning and has pursued it ever since.  After a number of years Paraplanning, Hayley took over an outsourcing company and restructured it to have less input and more time with her family.

During her time in the industry she learned how money is really just a tool in obtaining the life that we want and strategising the most effective way of achieving our goals.

Passions and pastimes

Hayley loves spending quality time with her young son Bryce and husband Chris. 

Her bucket list includes seeing Silverback Gorillas in the wild, celebrating Bastille Day in Paris and writing a book.

In her down time, you will find Hayley reading personal/business development books and enjoying a glass of wine.

Qualifications

  • Advanced Diploma Financial Services
  • Diploma Financial Services
  • Certificate 2 & 3 in Financial Services

 

‘Many of the things you can count, don’t count. Many of the things you can’t count, really count’

– Albert Einstein