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Trustee services

Trustee services

Estate planning and administration

Trust set up, estate planning and administration and charitable trusts: for the people and causes you care for most.

Protecting and providing for those we care about is something we all want to do. Expressing your love by helping your children or grandchildren. Giving money to causes that make the lives of complete strangers better. What could be better?

That’s why people are often surprised about their estate planning conversations with Perpetual. Sure the conversation might cover trusts, wills, tax and charitable foundations. But what it’s really about is people. Who can you help? How can you help? What can you leave behind that makes someone else’s life a little bit better?

Your Perpetual adviser can connect you to an appropriate legal firm to draft your will and our internal team of experts can manage the administration, legal, taxation and investment issues involved in helping the people and causes you care for.

So you can do good – even after you’re gone.


    • Strategic financial advice
    • Investment advice & management
    • Income, savings & debt management
    • Personal Insurance
    • Tax & accounting
    • Health & personal injury support
    • Family office
    • Property management

    Exceptional financial advice to protect and grow your wealth. That’s our enduring commitment to you backed by an investment philosophy that has stood the test of time.

  • Planning For Retirement

    • Retirement and succession planning
    • Superannuation & pension management
    • Power of attorney & Lifestyle assistance

    A post-work paradise takes careful planning. We can help you to structure your finances effectively and create an investment portfolio that protects your wealth without jeopardising your lifestyle.

  • Giving & Passing On Wealth

    • Charitable giving & philanthropy
    • Trust setup & management
    • Wills, estate planning & executorial services

    From the creation of your estate plan through to tax-effective giving structures, our team can help you to create a legacy for the people and causes closest to your heart.

Protect what you treasure most in life

Our financial advisers - in their own words


“In estate planning discussions with a client, we discussed various philanthropic options and decided that an Endowment would allow them to give in a more structured way. Their nominated charities would receive funding in perpetuity through the contributions to the Endowment from their estate.” – Rachelle Arranz, Senior Financial Adviser, Perpetual Private, ACT
“Intergenerational wealth transfer is an area which is becoming increasingly important. I work with clients to make sure their estate has the right legal and financial structures in place and, when the time comes, the next generation are set up for financial success. With over 30 years’ experience in investments, retirement and estate planning, I understand that no two families are the same. I love getting to know my clients and creating solutions for their own unique circumstances.” – Lucy Salaris Senior Financial Adviser, Perpetual Private, VIC

Meet the team

Rachelle Arranz
Senior Financial Adviser
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Andrew Parker
Partner, Private Clients SA
Richard Van Der Merwe
Lead Partner
Melbourne BBus FCA FBA Specialist Accredited Adviser.
Sharon Parker
Lead Partner
Melbourne B Bus (Acc), CA
Rachelle Arranz

Rachelle Arranz

Senior Financial Adviser

Rachelle is a Specialist Medical Senior Adviser at Perpetual’s Canberra office and joined the financial services industry in 1999.

Prior to joining Perpetual in 2009, Rachelle was a Senior Financial Adviser with Civic Financial Planning.

Rachelle has extensive experience in the Commonwealth Public Sector superannuation schemes.

Rachelle can provide sophisticated strategic advice in relation to retirement planning, superannuation, wealth creation and investment management.

Andrew Parker
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Andrew Parker

Partner, Private Clients SA

Andrew is the Partner of SA’s Not For Profit division.

With over 32 years experience, Andrew specialises in advice to large complex organisations, family offices, not-for-profit clients and philanthropic trusts. He has a deep understanding of the unique needs and strategic objectives of not-for-profit organisations and helps his clients implement best practice investment policies. Andrew also connects clients to other parts of the Perpetual business, including Philanthropic services.

Prior to joining Perpetual, Andrew held senior adviser roles within commercial and private banking based in Adelaide for the last 9 years. Andrew has also held senior manager roles in institutional banking at JPMorgan Chase, Deutsche Bank and Royal Bank of Scotland in Tokyo, Singapore, London, New York and Sydney over a period of 20 years.

Andrew has a Bachelor of Business (Finance), Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, is an accredited Self- Managed Super Fund adviser (SMSFA) and speaks several languages.

Richard Van Der Merwe

Richard Van Der Merwe

Lead Partner Melbourne BBus FCA FBA Specialist Accredited Adviser.

Commenced with Fordham in 1984 as a graduate and progressed to partner level in 1997

Richard’s diverse background equips him to manage the varied needs of his large portfolio of private business clients; from valuations and sales, to taxation and superannuation planning. He has had significant exposure to capital markets, including purchase and acquisition, mergers, valuations, capital raisings, finance and sale of business. He has also been heavily involved in helping clients with succession planning, including exiting via the sale of their business.

Richard has a depth of experience in helping clients manage the transition of their wealth from the business to life beyond the business, including the setup of a family office and is a trusted adviser to families over multiple generations.

Responsible, insightful and understanding, Richard is an important asset to Fordham and his clients.

Industry specialisation: Private businesses, their owners and wealthy family’s.

Sharon Parker

Sharon Parker

Lead Partner Melbourne B Bus (Acc), CA

Sharon assists business owner clients across a broad range of industries, helping them to navigate their personal and business wealth journey and weigh up important decisions along the way. She has broad experience in taxation and business with particular expertise in complex tax advice and structuring, planning for succession and retirement and dealing with complex family and community issues.

In addition to working with business owners, Sharon is passionate about leading Fordham’s Indigenous Consulting Team, which is part of Perpetual’s broader service offering to Aboriginal communities. This team provides Executive Office and consulting services to communities across Australia.

Clients enjoy Sharon’s attentiveness, responsiveness, her ability to listen, and to provide targeted and practical advice. She is exceptionally talented at developing strong, long-term relationships, and is known for her ability to communicate complex issues in a way that is easy to understand.

Industry specialisation: Property & Construction, Retail, Native Title

Your best interests at heart

Your estate planning will often involve putting money to work for other people and you’re going to need expert investment management to ensure that money achieves your goals.

Let’s have a look at what that means:

  • When you set up a trust to benefit your partner, children or extended family, you need to ensure the money is invested so it achieves your goals. You might want the money to generate income straight away. Or you might want it to grow over time so that when your child/grandchild reaches a certain age they have substantial capital in the trust. That will influence your investment strategy and choices.
  • You might set up a charitable trust and need to make sure the investment strategy is aligned. Do you want it to throw off regular cash for the charity? Or grow over time until it’s reached the size where distributions have a real impact?
  • When investing the proceeds of a business sale you might need an investment approach that replaces the income the business used to generate. Or want to grow that capital and pass it on to your family or charity.

Whatever your objective, expert, strategic investment management will give you the best chance of achieving your goals. Our advisers, trust managers and investment specialists will ensure the trusts, foundations and portfolios you set up are structured to meet your specific needs and that all the assets we invest in on your behalf pass Perpetual’s stringent quality investment filters.

Find out more about our investment philosophy.

Perpetual is an ASX-listed, diversified financial services company which has been serving Australians since 1886 when it was established as a trustee company by a group of businessmen including Sir Edmund Barton, later to be Australia’s first Prime Minister. That trustee heritage – and the culture it created around putting clients first – is what makes Perpetual unique.

We have been earning the trust of our clients for more than 130 years and pride ourselves on our long-standing client relationships – some of which span five generations.

Trust is earned, every day.

Our approach to estate planning starts with a deep dive into your aims. It’s very rarely a sad or difficult conversation and more often a discussion of what really matters to you. When it comes to family that can involve immediate family, extended families or blended families. It could involve discussions about your business and succession planning. And it often involves expert insight into how you can put your wealth to work for charities.

It is at this point that our trustee heritage and the breadth of the Perpetual service becomes important.

We can offer you inhouse access to specialists in investing (across all asset classes), superannuation, estate administration, philanthropy, business advisory services and tax and accounting. We can also connect you with one of our partner law firms who can assist in drafting your will. Everything you need to execute an estate plan that balances your needs and wants and those of your family.

Those ambitions may change over time - so your adviser will conduct regular reviews with you to make sure your plan continues to reflect your wishes – and adapts to changes in the investment markets and legislation.

Take your first step - contact us on 1800 631 381

Or please submit the form below and a specialist adviser will contact you. 97%* of Perpetual Private clients are happy with the quality of their financial advice. *Perpetual Net Promoter Score Survey (research conducted by Woolcott Research).


Protect what you treasure most in life.

That’s why we never lose sight of the trust you place in us and the role we play in your family.

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