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We are a team of logical thinkers

The Logical team brings together extensive experience, knowledge and skills, and are committed to the highest ethical standards and value continuing education and professional development

  • James Cotis
    James Cotis Director
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    CFP ®, DipFP, DipLaw, SSA, JP

    James has been involved in the financial services industry for over 35 years and a financial planner for over 22 years.

    James provides you with holistic, honest, forthright and highly personalised recommendations that meet your unique needs. James is dedicated to learning about your personal goals, and recommending a strategy which will stay in line with your personal values.

    James is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) – the highest certification available to financial planners worldwide. James holds a Diploma in Law (Sydney University), Diploma in Financial Planning (Deakin University and RMIT). James is also one of Australia’s first accredited Self-Managed Superannuation Fund specialist adviser (SSA). He is also a Justice of the Peace.

    James is a member of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) and currently sits on the Professional Standards & Conduct Committee and the Conduct Review Commission of the FPA. He is a founding member of SMSF Association.

    James is a frequently requested speaker and workshop convener for accounting conferences and tax discussion groups, such as the Institute of Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia, who seek his expertise and guidance navigating the complexities of SMSFs. He has also been a guest lecturer at the UNSW ATAX program.

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  • Steve Blaker
    Steve Blaker Director
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    CFP ®, DipFP, SSA

    Steve has been licensed to provide financial advice since 1990 and established his own advice practice in 1993 – Bonner Blaker Pty Ltd. In 2003, James and Steve merged their practices to form Logical Financial Management (Australia) Pty Ltd.

    Steve specialises in providing strategic financial planning advice to clients from accumulators to pre-retirees through to retirees in areas such as superannuation and retirement planning, estate planning and aged care. In addition, he brings over two decades of experience in investment management, research, portfolio construction and on-going management services. Steve is also highly focused on providing financial planning and investment education to our clients in a straight forward and common sense approach.

    He has worked directly with clients for over 25 years and counts a good majority of these as personal friends.

    Steve is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) – the highest certification available to financial planners worldwide, He holds a Diploma of Financial Planning (Deakin University and RMIT) and an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services, with a specialist SMSF accreditation. Steve was also one of Australia’s first accredited Self-Managed Superannuation Fund specialists adviser (SSA). He is authorised to provide advice on listed securities on the ASX. He is a member of the SMSF Professionals Association of Australia (SMSF Association) and the Financial Planning Association (FPA).

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  • Nadia Ravanello
      Nadia Ravanello General Manager
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      CFP ®, DipFP, BBus

      Nadia has an extensive career in the financial planning industry spanning 25 years, including as a life insurance underwriter for a major insurer. When she completed her Bachelor of Business majoring in Finance and Economics, Nadia decided to establish a financial planning firm with James Cotis and remains an owner in Logical post the merge in 2003. Nadia has assisted many clients with their life insurance needs and although she recently decided to take a step back from providing client advice, she maintains a keen interest in and continues to participate in the life insurance aspects of the practice. Her role now is predominantly the overall management of Logical.

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    • Gavin Shepherd
        Gavin Shepherd Portfolio Construction and Investment Research Manager
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        BAgEco, GDipAppFin, MAppFin, FFinsia

        Gavin has been an investment specialist for more than 16 years. He has managed substantial superannuation monies for NRMA Superannuation fund, IAG Technical Reserves and ING Investments. This included developing the broad investment strategy, reviewing funds across all asset classes, establishing portfolios, managing all major asset classes and specialist/alternative asset classes and undertaking strategic and tactical asset allocation reviews.

        He is the Author of the Certified Financial Planning Program, Investment Strategies, subject (CFP 4 Investment Strategies). This is a required core subject for financial advisers to be credited as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP).

        His previous roles include, Head of Multi Manager Strategies – IAG Asset Manager, Head of Australian Equities – ING Investment Management, Research Manager – ING Australia and Senior Investment Strategist – Strategy Steps. His qualifications include a Masters of Applied Finance (Macquarie University), Bachelor of Agricultural Economic (Sydney University) and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and Investment (Finsia).

        Gavin is currently studying a Master of Financial Planning at the University of New South Wales.

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      • Kate Cramsie
          Kate Cramsie Financial Adviser
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          CFP ®, DipFP, BBus

          Kate has been in the industry for over 20 years.  At Logical Financial Management she specialises in formulating comprehensive strategy advice by demystifying the complex areas of superannuation, tax, social security and risk mitigation and developing tailored advice for our clients.

          She started in the industry as a Paraplanner and whilst at Mercer became part of a steering group to develop advice templates used at a national level.  She was also involved in training and mentoring other Paraplanners.  In 2005 Kate was named the Australian Paraplanner of the Year.

          Kate first became licensed to provide clients with advice in 2004.  Her strong technical knowledge and genuine desire to share that with clients for their betterment has seen Kate’s career progress into a financial adviser providing holistic strategic and investment advice to clients in a practical, easy to understand approach.

          Kate holds a Bachelor of Business (University of Technology, Sydney), Diploma of Financial Planning (Deakin University) and is a Certified Financial Planner®.

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        • Meera Rayarel
            Meera Rayarel Client Service Officer
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            Meera joined the team in March 2017, and has 5 years’ experience in the financial planning Industry. Originally from the U.K she started out as client relationship manager  for a wealth management company.  After obtaining the certificate in paraplanning she then moved on to a larger firm working as a paraplanner before her move to Australia.  She plans on studying for the Diploma of Financial Planning to build a career in  the industry whilst making a new life in Australia.

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          • Bronny Speed
              Bronny Speed Consultant
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              CFP ®, BEd, GradDipAcc, CA

              Bronny is the Founding Director of AccountantsIQ Pty Ltd, is a Chartered Accountant, Certified Financial Planner and a qualified maths teacher. She has over 25 years’ experience in the accountancy and advice professions, and now splits her time between the two, working closely with Logical for the advice component. Bronny was a Director and Responsible Manager for our boutique AFSL, and gained corporate experience as the Chief Financial Adviser at Mercer (Aust) Pty Ltd. With an excellent understanding of the advice industry, Bronny’s passion for education, financial advice and accounting are showcased through her active industry contribution and her work assisting CAs and CPAs integrate financial planning into their accountancy businesses.

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            • "As a first time investor, I found Logical Financial Management very well informed, helpful, and pleasant to deal with, making me feel confident that my financial future is in good hands."

              Deborah Berry
            • "Many years ago when we looked for quality financial planning and advice we looked for independence, first class advice, adaptability, ability to explain and simplify options, close and responsive attention when it becomes necessary - as well as likeable people whose future would be intertwined with ours. Our experience has been all that and more with Logical Financial Management."

              Brian and Peta Champion

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