Our Team


Introducing our Christchurch Team

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Nigel William Hickey
Director - Adviser

P 03 366 4220
M 021 278 7156
E nigel@swainwoodham.co.nz

Experience and Qualifications

I joined the SwainWoodham Group in 1996 after attending university and travelling the world. My qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, a Bachelor of Commerce and more recently Registered Financial Adviser.

I have a passion and commitment to helping people and this helped my valued clients by allowing them to claim hundreds of thousands of dollars when things went wrong in their lives.

My aim is to continue doing this for my clients well into the future. 


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Corey John Williams
Director - Adviser

P 03 366 4220
M 021 288 0600
E corey@swainwoodham.co.nz

Experience and Qualifications

I joined SwainWoodham Group in early 2009, bringing broad experience in business to my role as an adviser. An early career in banking was followed by a series of roles in sales and marketing, management and business development both in New Zealand and in the UK.  Joining SwainWoodham Group has provided a unique opportunity to apply this experience to helping other New Zealander’s achieve their financial goals, personally and in business while ensuring that they will have peace of mind along the way.

My commitment to high performance and continuous improvement in everything that I do is grounded in my involvement in competitive cycling at a national level and sport management internationally.

Since joining SwainWoodham Group I have undertaken extensive advisor training and will continue to do so to ensure that my industry and product knowledge is always at the highest level. In 2011 I became a Partner, and can now say I am proud to be a major shareholder in our Company. 

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Registered Financial Adviser

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Brian William Burgess
Director - Adviser

P 03 366 4220
M 027 201 2763 

Experience and Qualifications

I first entered the Life Insurance Industry in 1996 and have enjoyed working with and learning from a number of Senior Insurance Advisers within their respective Firms over that period of time.

Apart from many years of experience within the Insurance Industry I have kept up to date with the knowledge required by attending ongoing training and seminars offered both within the industry and outside of it.

In 2007 I formed Insurance Plus and enjoyed rapid growth through outstanding client focused service and advice.

In September 2010 Insurance Plus incorporated its client base into SwainWoodham Group where I am now a Senior Adviser and Director.

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Registered Financial Adviser

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James Kara 
Financial Adviser

P 03 366 4220
M 027 699 0210 
E james@swainwoodham.co.nz

Experience and Qualifications

I am an experienced and highly qualified investment adviser with a passion for all aspects of investing. I have been working as an investment advisor since 2006 with a variety of New Zealand investment firms. I am experienced in providing advice in Portfolio Construction, Funds Management, Construction of Individual Share Portfolios and analysis, KiwiSaver and Investment Property. 

Outside of work I spend time with my wife Kelly, our three children and two adopted/Whangai children. I am usually busy being a sideline supporter at my children's sport, tinkering on my cars or getting out of the city and going camping, tramping or biking. Kelly and I are both originally Southlanders, which you might be able to hear when we catch up but have made Christchurch our home since moving here in 2005. 

I have a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Finance and Accounting and have achieved level 5 of the financial services certificate to be an Authorised Financial Adviser. I believe that continuing to build my knowledge and skills is a career long goal and I continue to study and grow my expertise. I have achieved level 1 of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) qualification. Once I have achieved level 3 of the CFA qualification and become a Chartered Financial Analyst this will make me one of the highest qualified client-facing Investment Advisers in New Zealand.

My approach to clients and investing is to support clients to make well-informed decisions and achieve their long term goals or requirements. These long term goals then determine suitable investment strategies or investment assets that should be included in your overall portfolio. I demonstrate this via financial modelling and graphing of a clients specific situation. These can be assets like KiwiSaver, share and bond portfolios or investment property. 

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Lynette Anderson
PA to Brian Burgess

P 03 366 4220

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Emily Neill
PA to Corey Williams

P 03 366 4220


Julia Harry
PA to Nigel Hickey & James Kara

P 03 366 4220 
E julia@swainwoodham.co.nz