We are client-focused, results-driven, and passionate about achieving the outcomes that will help you to attain your goals. We are genuine in our approach and dedicated to giving you advice that will save time, reduce stress and positively impact your life. We are experts in financial strategy, UK Pension Transfers (when possible), Superannuation, insurance, investments, and we have a trusted network of relevant professionals on hand to assist you with all financial aspects of your life. Our clients come to us almost exclusively via referrals and recommendations. We take pride in empowering them with the knowledge, direction, and clarity to take control of their money, and we genuinely enjoy working with them.
In 2010, when Scott Dawkins was named Advisor of the Year in the UK, the trophy he won depicted two Griffins, which were key to inspiring the name Griffin Financial Services.
In Greek mythology, the Griffin is a powerful, legendary creature with the head and wings of an eagle and the body of a lion. It is known as a guardian of treasure and priceless possessions and recognized for its loyalty and far-sightedness.
Who we are
At Griffin Financial Services we listen to our clients
Scott Dawkins - Principle, Director and Financial Advisor
With a career in financial advice spanning more almost two decade and a raft of international experience, there’s a reason Scott Dawkins has numerous accolades to his name. Simply, he is passionate about his work and dedicated to making a difference. Being a financial adviser allows him to combine his considerable technical expertise with his affinity for dealing with people from all walks of life.
Raised in South Australia, Scott finished his tertiary education in Adelaide, including a year in Canada. From there, he moved to London where he worked as a financial planner for Welbeck Wealth Management, rising through the ranks over seven years to become a Senior Partner. He was twice recognised as Financial Planner of the Year within his dealer group of over 3000 advisers.
Since then, he has been named a top 10 finalist in the AFA Rising Star in his first year of operation– a testament to the demand for Scott’s expertise as well as recognition of his genuine commitment to providing outstanding and personalised customer care. He was also awarded Guardian’s Rising Star 2013, Guardian’s Professional Excellence Award 2014, nominated for the AFA Adviser of the Year 2015, and top 3 finalist in Fortnum’s Adviser of the year in 2018, and 2019 (with no award granted in 2020)
While Scott has a vast knowledge of all aspects of financial planning, his long-term involvement in the UK’s Financial Services sector has given him a complex understanding of British financial matters, as well as sought-after specialisation in relation to the transfer of pension funds. Such is his technical expertise in this area that Scott has written articles for the professional development of other advisers.
As director of Griffin Financial Services, Scott takes a hands-on approach, managing his growing business and providing financial advice for clients. His overarching objective is to guide his clients to achieve financial outcomes that directly correlate with their goals. His genuine desire to help others extends beyond the professional realm.
Scott has a genuine empathy for people and understands the profound impact of loss. The sudden passing of his father when Scott was eight years old, and the loss of his brother to cancer five years later, are events that have shaped Scott’s life in ways he could never have imagined. As a result, he has been heavily involved with CanTeen, the Australian organisation for young people living with cancer, and was a valued board member for six years, two of which he provided leadership as Chairman.
Scott remains committed to CanTeen amongst other charities and has raised over $40,000 since founding Griffin through various means including fundraising for The North Face 100 a grueling 100km course in the Blue Mountains and twice in Oxfam Trailwalker. He is a devoted father of four, a coach of his son’s AFL team, a keen snowboarder, scuba diver and trail runner.
Scott’s natural leadership abilities, keen intelligence, compassion and deep personal commitment to his clients are qualities that make him the ideal financial planner. He takes great pleasure in sharing his knowledge so he can enable his clients to reach their goals, and realise their financial potential.
Josh Ellison - Financial Advisor
Josh has a passion for helping clients achieve their goals and protecting their wealth through tailored financial advice.
He has been working in the Financial Services Industry for over 8 years since completing his Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Financial Planning in 2013. Josh initially joined a boutique financial planning firm providing investment advice to high net worth individuals. There he developed a passion for financial planning and an ability to connect with clients to ultimately work together to achieve the financial security they desire. He then joined a large financial services company focusing on holistic financial planning advice where he worked for 3 and a half years before joining Griffin Financial Services in 2019.
Josh lives in Sydney’s Southern Suburbs with his wife and two children. In his spare time he follows the NRL closely as an avid Cronulla Sharks supporter. He is also a keen motorbike rider when he gets a chance between family duties.
Matet Apas – Client Services Manager
Through the creation of creating and reviewing processes, Matet has a keen eye for detail and ensuring things happen accurately and efficiently. She is an incredibly valued member of the team running our back office.
She is a graduate of a Bachelor of Secondary Education with a Major in Mathematics acquired in the Philippines and is currently studying a Diploma of Financial Planning at Monarch Institute.
Before moving to Australia Matet worked in the financial planning industry for an outsourcing business, moving from admin support to Team Leader and eventually Paraplanning Manager through her 7 years. Prior to that, she spent a year as a private school teacher.
Matet worked with us in the Philippines for 6 years prior to her moving and settling in Australia. She’s rejoined our team locally in Australia early in 2020.
Eileen Nunn – Client Services Officer
Eileen has a passion for helping customers and likes to learn the customers’ needs and making that a reality with as little disruption to our clients as possible and getting satisfaction from helping client’s lives now and into the future. She has excellent administration skills and knowledge about legislative requirements, making sure things get done and get done properly.
She has a passion for Egyptology, reading, planning overseas adventures, and eating delicious food cooked at home and abroad. Eileen hates the ocean and sharks and believes they are best viewed from 30,000 feet.