Clarion started when Michael Nemeth, a successful financial advisor, was trying to build up a referral relationship with an accountant in Subiaco.

“I just kept hitting road-blocks

  • - vague commitments to helping his clients outside of accounting;
  • - a JV so that he could earn money;
  • - fending off fears about his clients being on-referred to other accountants;
  • - making decisions about what his clients did or did not need – without even asking them”

"I would explain my services and how they helped but “Peter” never bothered to understand. Ironic because as a qualified accountant I knew how easy it would be to look at the bigger picture and ask the question that really mattered……seeing what help the client might want and would value.”

And so it began

Clarion was established by successful business people, each with deep experience in the financial services professions. And each had seen the many pitfalls that plague financial services businesses from successfully working together. All the while their clients were under-served; exposed; confused; annoyed.’

Clarion is a simple idea in 2 parts:

  • A local Hub of financial services businesses focussed on helping each other’s clients and invested in the success of each other’s business.
  • Each Hub being part of the larger Clarion Group, providing access to enhanced services from Clarion and leading to significantly increased value at the wider Clarion level and therefore also at the local Hub & Spoke level

Our Values

Our Team

Alan Rich


A highly experienced strategist, executive motivator and business manager, Alan commenced his career as a lawyer, becoming a Managing Partner at one of Australia’s pre-eminent law firms. Alan was involved closely in the management, strategic direction and growth of his law firm.

He then joined Australia’s largest independently-owned funds management business as CEO, building the business in six years from $900 million to $3.5 billion in funds and expanding through joint ventures in Australia and into the UK and South Africa.
Since 2003, Alan has operated his own business strategy and mentoring business, with a great number of clients in financial services. 

Matthew Denehy


Matthew has been working in the general insurance industry for over 25 years. During that time he has successfully grown 3 separate insurance broking businesses into multi-million dollar ventures. One of these he took from $4 million revenue to $16 million - during the GFC. He also sits on the board of 4 national companies advising on how to deliver their strategic objectives..

In his spare time he is an investor in a number of other businesses providing advice and expertise to enable them to grow and achieve their owner’s goals.

“I love helping people succeed in business – it makes a big difference to the rest of their lives”

Michael Nemeth


Michael Nemeth is a Certified Practising Accountant, Certified Financial Planner and member of the National Tax Accountants Association. He is also a strategic financial advisor and developer of innovative and highly successful investment strategies. With over 25 years’ experience in financial services he has seen businesses succeed and stagnate depending upon how well they take care of their clients and co-operate with other like-minded businesses. It was this insight (& frustration) that is the genesis of Clarion.

$187,000 increase in book value in just 13 months

Before I joined Clarion I had a small financial planning business – just me and two support staff. Getting new clients would often be haphazard – random referrals from clients and a spasmodic one from a local mortgage broker. Getting other professionals to refer clients to me was just hard.

Within weeks of Forrest Accounting Partners joining our Hub, there was a steady flow of referrals back and forth between the Hub’s Spokes. By month 13 the value of my book had grown by $187,000, an increase of more than 20%

More than that, my clients were happier and giving me more referrals as well.”

Ben Bryant C.F.P.

Forrest Wealth

I thought he was mad – but it works

“Michael Nemeth and I have been firm friends and brothers in arms with our visionary approach to wealth creation for years. However I must admit that when he first mentioned the Hub & Spokes idea I thought (a) he was mad, and (b) here we go again.

After all, financial planners and accountants can often conduct ideological warfare against each other; and aren’t brokers just glorified salesman chasing commissions rather than offering service ?

Then on top of that, mutual referrals is not a new idea. Melbourne is littered with referral JV’s going nowhere.

Still I humoured him and listened. I knew that getting the right people is important but Michael made it work and the proof was in the numbers and in the happy clients. So, with support from Clarion and its systems and business practices, I became a convert and started my own Hub here in Richmond, Melbourne…..and it has exceeded my most optimistic expectations.

Stuart Hillier

HWC Group
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