Who is Sound Life Financial Services?

At Sound Life Financial Services, our team is passionate about making a difference by supporting and empowering  you to find financial freedom through having an effective financial plan.

We believe  that life IS a journey worth planning and we  have the knowledge, tools and resources to inform, support and guide you on this journey.

Our aim at Sound Life is to provide you with  financial advice for each stage of your life. We  will work with you to develop, implement and review personalised, innovative strategies that allow you to take control of your own financial decisions, and allow you to achieve your short, medium and long term goals.

We believe that the financial planning process doesn’t end when we hand you a plan! We are here to support you along the way. We are committed to building strong relationships with you, your family and your other professional advisers to ensure we are all working as a team to achieve your life long goals.

Goals change, life happens and we are here to share the journey with you.


Thelma Jaekel, Adv Dip FS (FP), Adv Dip Acc
Jane Looker, Adv Dip FS (FP), Ass Dip Bus

Thelma Jaekel Adv Dip FS (FP), Adv Dip Acc
Corporate Authorised Representative of Synchron
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I enjoy every moment of co-directing SLFS with my colleague Jane Looker. You might also say that I love initiating ideas for our staff and client social activities as I do believe that social connectedness (away from a screen), is important for building strong communities.

I am a mother of 3 adult children who have recently fled the nest to pursue their various careers. My family are everything and I have loved providing a strong and supportive home foundation to allow my children to take their own journey into their adult lives.

Albany has been home to me for eleven years, during which time I embarked on a career change into the world of financial planning. Prior to moving to Albany, I lived rurally in Ongerup/Borden where I spent my time balancing raising a family, nursing and farming.

Away from work, I love to keep active and enjoy the outdoors. Until recently, I was an avid hockey player, nowadays preferring to let my body age gracefully!

I believe that my past and more recent experiences have enabled me to be understanding of people and compassionate towards their life issues. I aim to help our clients feel comfortable when discussing their financial future and to empower them to help get results.

I am a member of the FPA and provide highly professional and personable advice to my clients in and above the requirements of the FPA.

Jane Looker, Dip FS (FP), Ass Dip Bus
Corporate Authorised Representative of Synchron
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I love being part of the Sound Life team. I think it’s my passion for helping people which has led me down this path, having spent almost 20 years lecturing in Business and Accounting at South Regional TAFE.

I moved to beautiful Albany as a young adult in 1983. My husband Warren and I live on a small semi-rural property in Robinson Estate. Family is really important to me. I love to sew and my mum, sisters, nieces and friends gather regularly to chat and sew. I also love the bush and walking the trails around Albany is something Warren and I look forward to.

Sound Life provides a personalised service. We find that people in general don’t talk about money or their finances. To be able to come in and chat with someone about their situation, their future hopes and dreams and to know what is and isn’t achievable can be a great relief for most of our clients.

For me it’s still about helping people and that’s what we do really well at Sound Life.

Sam Turnbull
Practice Manager
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I have been working in the financial services industry for the better part of 15 years after completing an Advanced Diploma in Accounting and a Diploma of Business. I am a proud mum of 2 children and wife to a local Data/communications business owner.

I joined Sound Life Financial Services in 2014 and quickly recognised I was working for two very professional women who have a strong desire to help people and a determination to provide our clients with comprehensive and personalised advice.

I love being part of the Sound Life team and enjoy supporting Jane and Thelma to help our clients achieve their financial and lifelong goals.

Clare McSevich
Client Services Officer
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I've grown up in Albany and have always loved living here. Having spent my gap year in 2007 working and travelling through Europe, I moved to Perth to begin a science degree at UWA but soon realised that Albany was where I wanted to be. I continued to study part-time at the UWA Albany campus while working at the town library.

I decided to put my studies on hold in 2012 to make the move into the travel industry where I worked for three and a half years as a travel agent. But it was in 2016 that I became part of the Sound Life team and I love working with a group of people who are so passionate about helping others to recognise and achieve their goals.

Ellie Gregory
Client Services Officer
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I grew up on the outskirts of London and aged 19 decided to try my hand at backpacking Australia. After a year travelling the country I found our Amazing Albany and the rest they say is history!

Having always worked in the customer service industry, helping people is a passion of mine. Although I am new to Financial Planning, a previous banking role I was in for 4 years has set me up to slot into the team nicely!

I feel very fortunate to have found colleagues and employers who have the same passions and ethics as I do which makes me excited about sharing this journey at Sound Life.

"My partner and I had super accounts and investment accounts, we were unsure of what they were actually invested in. At Sound Life we had that all explained to us and also what types of investment would be best suited to us and our super funds. We also had the different types of personal insurances explained to us and now we are comfortable with the fact that if anything happened to either of us, the other will be financially secure. We thought that we would never be in a position to do this type of planning, but we have with the help from the team at Sound Life."

~ Graeme, Albany WA

"My husband and I were becoming increasingly worried about how disorganised our financial situation had become. Having had many jobs over the years, we each had at least four or more superannuation accounts and were paying more fees than we needed to. Neither of us had sufficient life insurance, and we were going nowhere fast when it came to securing our financial future. Frustrated with our situation, we contacted Sound Life Financial Services and booked a consultation with Thelma Jaekel. We had never been to a Financial Planner before and didn't know what to expect. Thelma explained every step in developing our Financial Plan and guided us the whole way. She formulated our plan, which involved consolidating all of our Superannuation into single accounts, implementing Super co-contributions, and setting up Life, Trauma and Income Protection Insurance Policies to protect our family should the worst happen. We now have total peace of mind about our future financial security. Thelma's dedication and personalised service has been fantastic and we know that if we ever have a concern or need advice about money matters, we can give her a call. Cheers."

~ Ellie

"I have always appreciated and valued the services of Richard Duffield from Sound Life Financial Services who provided sound advice in setting up my super fund during my working years and then on my recent retirement set up a pension plan which together with my age pension has enabled me to now enjoy my retirement lifestyle. With good planning I have been able to accomplish my retirement lifestyle goals."

~ Doug Hanbury

Sound Life & Superannuation Agencies Pty Ltd trading as Sound Life Financial Services are
Corporate Authorised Representatives of Synchronised Business Services Pty Ltd
ABN: 33 007 207 650 trading as SYNCHRON
Principal address: Level 1, 65 Palmerston Crescent, South Melbourne Vic 3051
Australian Financial Services License Number: 243 313