Stephen Collier’s first career began in the UK with the British Police Force, where he honed his skills in investigation and clear communication, both essential skills in his future career in the investment sector.
English by birth, Stephen spent 13 years as a Senior Sergeant, working with both city and rural communities and dealing with every aspect of life; from lost children to murder. After postings to corruption investigations and surveillance units, Stephen ran the Force’s communication centre, responsible for the command and control of all major incidents, with a resource of 3,000 officers. Seven years as a single parent to two young boys, and the need to keep more regular hours, encouraged Stephen to seek a change and in his second career he took up retail management with a prestigious supermarket company in the south of England.
Here the rigid disciplines of running a police command centre transferred to the systems of a growing supermarket enterprise, with its massive inventory needs and do-or-die reasons for delivering good service. After marrying Sian, the family moved to New Zealand in 1999 and settled in Wanganui. Shortly after arriving in New Zealand, Stephen retrained and entered the financial services industry as a financial planner . Stephen joined, and soon became a shareholder in Wanganui Investment Brokers Ltd, the company which has now evolved into Milestone. Stephen has completed a graduate Diploma in Business Studies endorsed Personal Financial Planning.
When not working, Stephen enjoys a 40 acre farmlet, breeding pedigree cattle, and getting to know his clients. Sian works in the community as a midwife. He takes an active role in national investment planning strategies and is involved in a number of investment committees which oversee hundreds of millions of dollars of investment funds. Stephen is an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA).
Sarah Koubaridis was head-hunted back to Milestone Financial Services (Central) Ltd as the ideal person to fill the role of Risk (Insurance) Adviser after a two year OE in Ireland. She quickly established herself as one of the most competent insurance advisers in the region.
Sarah is absolutely passionate about her career and the well being of her clients' is paramount. It’s a theme that runs through her entire lifestyle. Sarah has rolled up her sleeves and is doing more than her fair share to ensure her career path continues to be a success. In 2003, Sarah completed a bachelor of Business Studies and began working for Milestone Financial Services (Central) Ltd as an Office Administrator and moved up to the role of Personal Assistant.
In 2005 the travel bug was calling and Sarah and her husband Mark travelled to Galway, Ireland, where Mark was contracted to play rugby. After 18 months and two rugby seasons, Sarah decided her career in risk insurance was calling her back to New Zealand. She and Mark decided to leave the amazing people they had become close friends with along with thousands of good memories and return home. In January 2010 Sarah’s role developed into managing the Risk Department at Milestone Financial Services (Central) Ltd as well as providing risk protection to her own clients.
Sarah is proactive in ensuring she is compliant, honest and follows best practice standards at all times. Sarah has completed her graduate diploma in Business Studies endorsed in Personal Risk Management, plus also studied to become a Chartered Life Underwriter(CLU) (the highest qualification in the insurance industry). As a born and bred Patea/Waverley girl, Sarah is keen to continue providing professional service to the locals she really feels at home with. She thrives on pressure, loves a good challenge and has a natural empathy adding enormous value to her clients’ relationships.
Sarah is an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA).