A dynamic team

We are a young, energetic team, driven by a shared vision of making a genuine difference in the lives of our clients.

We understand that everyone’s financial situation is different – and so are their goals. That’s why we work with you to find financial solutions that are personalised for you.

We make sure you get the dedicated support you need, with a lead adviser as your point of contact. But you’ll also get to meet the whole team – so here are some things about us that we’d like you know.

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Ben Cranage
Director | Private Wealth Adviser
Cranage Private Wealth Pty Ltd
Certified Financial Planner

Ben was the first of Paul’s children to join the business more than 18 years ago. Over this time, Ben has cultivated long-term, trusted relationships with his clients, helping them achieve financial success through the delivery of quality advice and strategic support.

A natural leader, Ben enjoys training and motivating our young team in their own professional development. Ben appreciates great food and wine, and is a skilled (weekend) cook. He and his wife also enjoy frequent visits to her hometown in Brazil.

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Sam Cranage
Director | Private Wealth Adviser
Cranage Private Wealth Pty Ltd
Certified Financial Planner

Sam joined the business over 15 years ago after a career as an AFL footballer with St Kilda and Carlton. As a company director, he is forward thinking - always looking to for ways improve and streamline the business. He is most passionate about developing innovative ways to enhance the client experience.

Sam enjoys guiding his clients through all stages of their lives to make smart financial choices that are aligned to their goals.

Sam is a proud father to Ethan and Sadie, who he credits as his two greatest achievements. Along with spending time with his young family, Sam enjoys a weekend surf or a round of golf in his free time. 

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Laura Cranage
Partner | Private Wealth Adviser
Cranage Private Wealth Pty Ltd
Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning

Laura joined the business over 11 years ago, initially working as a Senior Paraplanner and Operations Manager before joining the advisory team in 2012. Laura’s attention to detail and technical knowledge make her an excellent specialist in complex strategies, including aged care. She looks forward to a rewarding career in the financial services industry as both a business owner and Private Wealth Adviser.

Laura balances work commitments with an active lifestyle, weekend getaways to Port Fairy, and bi-annual holidays to her beloved Bali. She also loves a cheeky martini.

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Hannah Cranage
Operations Manager
Cranage Financial Group

Hannah is the Operations Manager at Cranage Financial Group. Leveraging her experience in arts and community development and local government, Hannah first joined the team as Business Development Manager almost four years ago.

Hannah is driven by a passion for building a strong business culture, both internally and externally, and collaborating with team members on big picture projects. She recently gained a qualification as a yoga teacher and works in this field in her free time.

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Jerome Mendis
Senior Lending Consultant
Cranage Lending Solutions Pty Ltd
Advanced Diploma in Finance and Accounting
Certificate IV in Finance and Mortgage Broking

Jerome is the newest member of the Cranage Financial Group team.

In his spare time, Jerome can be found watching his favourite sporting team - Arsenal, or taking day trips with his young family. During the Melbourne winter, he likes to plan a brief escape to a tropical location. He recently wed his long-term partner, and the mother to his two beautiful boys.

Jerome is also a keen property investor as well as a homeowner.

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Taylor Duncan
Senior Paraplanner
Cranage Private Wealth Pty Ltd
Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning

Outside the family, Taylor is the longest-running member of our team, having been with us for over six years. Taylor started in an administrative role and now manages the paraplanning arm of the business.

Summer is Taylor’s favourite season and she loves spending time at the beach. She is also a keen netball player who is always planning her next overseas adventure.

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Jeremy Beaumont
Private Wealth Adviser
Cranage Private Wealth Pty Ltd
Diploma in Financial Planning
Bachelor of Commerce at Deakin, majoring in Finance and Marketing

Before joining Cranage Financial Group in early 2016, Jeremy gained extensive experience as a sales analyst for an electrical engineering company.

A keen sports enthusiast, over the years Jeremy has played football, cricket, basketball, tennis – as well as the odd round of golf. He also enjoys the occasional camping and fishing trip. 

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Jane Skjellerup
Office Manager
Cranage Financial Group

Originally from New Zealand, Jane joined the team in 2016 and keeps our office running smoothly.

Jane has spent many years living and traveling overseas and loves everything Melbourne has to offer. She is also a passionate cook and Thermomix consultant in her free time.

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Rex Jelbart
Senior Associate
Cranage Private Wealth Pty Ltd
Bachelor of Business at RMIT, majoring in Economics and Finance

Rex joined the team almost three years ago as part of RMIT University’s Work Placement Program, and went on to accept a permanent position in 2016 after completing his degree.

Rex enjoys travelling to far-flung locations such as Burma and can’t wait to travel to Central and South America. He spends his weekends enjoying great music, food, wine and company.

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Fraser Steggall
Cranage Private Wealth Pty Ltd
Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Finance and Financial Planning

With a background in financial planning, Fraser Steggall joined the team in September 2016.

A newcomer to Melbourne and Cranage Financial Group, Fraser is enjoying getting to know his adopted city and the financial services industry. He loves exploring local music scenes, food and sports – as well as planning the occasional skiing trip to New Zealand.

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