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About Us

The Wellington Lifetime office is centrally located with a prime spot on The Terrace and are proud of our long-standing history in the Capital.  Our professional and experienced team can advise you in all aspects of financial planning including;

  • Investments
  • First home and new home lending
  • Life and health insurance
  • Trauma cover
  • Income protection
  • Retirement planning

We are as dedicated as you are to achieve your goals.

Contact Details


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04 473 7818
Physical Address:

164 The Terrace, Wellington, 6011

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Postal Address:

PO Box 5147, Wellington

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Contact us on 0800 656 466 or clientcare@lifetime.co.nz or alternatively send us an online enquiry below.

Brenden Van Schooten

Financial Advisor / Regional Team Leader

Authorised Financial Adviser, Level 5 National Certificate in Financial Services

I’m an Authorised Financial Advisor with 16 years experience helping individuals and business owners plan to achieve their financial goals. Starting out my working career as a draftsman for 10 years I then moved to self employment as a courier in the Wellington CBD. After 4 successful years I was offered a managerial role to run 65 couriers which I did for 3 years before joining financial advice industry. This experience has given me the back ground to help others through the day to day complexities of dealing with key people in the business, co-shareholders, ACC and making plans for when things go wrong. I see myself as a client relationship manager, partnering up with my clients to help resolve issues to keep on track.

  • Office: Wellington

Mark Thomas

Mortgage Adviser

I emigrated to New Zealand when I was only 14 years old with my parents. My father was an officer in the Royal Air Force, so with that said, I also have a passion for military history. I have been in the Financial industry since 2002. I have worked for two of New Zealand's major banks in the lending space which is one of my other passions - lending. I love helping Kiwi's get into their first home, building their dream home or entering the investment rental market.

  • Office: Wellington

Mike O’Donnell

Financial Adviser

AFA, ANZIIF (Snr Assoc), CIP

I have been in the insurance and superannuation industry since 1970.I am a qualified Associate member of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, as well as an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA). The area that I specialise in is employee benefits, where I assist corporate clients with their insurance and superannuation requirements.

  • Office: Wellington

Tony Palamidas

Financial Adviser


I am an Authorised Financial Adviser having worked in the financial services industry since 1989. I strive to add value to all my client relationships by taking the time to really understand what is most important to them. Since joining Lifetime in April 2016 I have enjoyed meeting and helping many clients and their families protect the things in their lives that are most important to them.

  • Office: Wellington

Joe Byrne

Financial Adviser

BA, AFA, Grad Dip Bis.

Early in my career I discovered I loved investments. I spent the next 30+ years working my way across the global financial markets first in the US, then the UK and now in NZ. During my career I gained valuable experience as a security analyst, risk manager, fixed income trader, fund manager and for the last 15 years, providing financial advice in New Zealand. I specialise in helping my clients prepare for retirement whether that be building a custom plan from scratch or just fine-tuning an existing plan.

  • Office: Wellington

Hans van der Wilt

Financial Adviser


I am fiercely dedicated to ensuring my clients are protected against the things in life you don't see coming. I am an optimist who see the good in life, but I know somethings happen that can make you feel like you are falling into quicksand. In my experience I have heard all too often "I didn't think this would happen to someone like me".

  • Office: Wellington

Michael Heriot

Financial Adviser


I love my job. Working with people to help them make smart decisions with their money is very rewarding. I look to help with financial planning as well as investment advice so that clients can achieve the goals that are important to them. A particular focus for me is socially responsible investing – investing in ethical and sustainable ways. Not only does this help clients feel good about they way they invest, it tends to line up with their values.

  • Office: Wellington

Michelle Blacktop

Group and Employee Benefits Specialist

For the past 10 years I have worked with Mike O'Donnell of Central Brokers Insurance Limited specialising in the group market of the Financial Services industry. We merged with Lifetime Group Limited in 2018. I am now the Employee Benefit Adviser for the Wellington region, working in the team of the group insurance market of Lifetime helping our clients get the best benefits for their employees and set up employee benefit programmes.

  • Office: Wellington

Our Team

Christine King

Quality & Assurance Co-ordinator

I've been working in financial services for the last 15 years, with 12 of those specialising in insurance. Over the years my skill set has grown to the point that I'm happy taking on anything that's thrown at me, and can't resist a new challenge.

I like to make sure that the right money ends up in the right hands, at the right time. I work closely with my clients to navigate through the claim process, liaising with providers and clients to negotiate a quick and (hopefully) positive outcome for everyone "when things go wrong". That leaves you to focus on the important things like rest, recovery and readjusting.

I'm also passionate about learning and development and am always willing to help our advisers upskill themselves, working through their client strategies with them, and making sure that they have the support they need to give our clients a great experience.

Outside of Lifetime I enjoy spending time with my family, trying out new recipes in the kitchen, getting stuck into a good book and travelling. If I'm not at home you can find me down at the Stadium cheering on the Hurricanes, or at one of Wellington's great little cafes or bars catching up with friends.

Elle Namana

Client Services

Elle is our new team member at Camelot and is part of our friendly Client Care Centre. Eager to put her outstanding people skills to task, Elle previously worked in the world of retail where she has 4 years experience dealing with customers. Outside of work, Elle enjoys exploring her city and spending time with family and friends.

Keanan Beyers

Client Services

Keanan joined Camelot in June 2017. He has been involved in household, car and medical insurance and has over 18 years experience in working in call centres and customer service. While at Camelot he is studying to be an AFA and is working in the Client Care Centre, where he is passionate in helping our clients. Keanan has lived and worked in the UK and is a keen traveler. In his spare time he loves to listen to music, surround himself with people and play sport, tennis is his favourite.

Frances Cummings

Client Services

Frances has been with Camelot through its numerous guises since the beginning. She is the most experienced (age wise) in the branch office. She helps to look after the Wellington advisers and their clients.

Melody Fry

National Manager - Group and Employee Benefits
CLU, Grad Dip in Business Studies

Melody leads and manages the area of employee benefits – helping business and corporate clients to set up their employee benefits programme. A programne that is valued by employers and employees, through group risk, group health, group superannuation and financial education programmes. She believes that everyone benefits from having a trusted person to help them on their financial journey.

Toni Dodds

Quality & Compliance

Toni is our Quality and Compliance Manager and joined Camelot in October 2015. Toni has been in the financial services industry for 8 years and has previously been with TOWER and then Fidelity where she held the position of National Compliance Manager for their aligned adviser channel. She is an active member of the Institute of Financial Services having held the title of Secretary for the past 5 years, and recently taken on the role of Chairperson in the Wellington region.

Jason Vuppula

Client Services

Jason is our new team member at Camelot and is part of our friendly Client Care Centre. Jason completed his study in Marketing and International business at Victoria University in Wellington and has over 10 years experience working in Client Services, Marketing and Sales. He is passionate about helping and providing quality customer service and solutions. Jason also loves to run, lift weights and watch movies in his spare time.

Sharika Sharan

Group and Employee Benefits Support

After growing up in Fiji, I moved to New Zealand in 2007 and have worked within the financial services industry ever since. My husband and I enjoy Wellington for all it has to offer and when I'm not at work, I'm baking my infamous carrot cake. I welcome a challenge and enjoy helping clients navigate through what we do here at Lifetime. That often involves, advocating on their behalf during difficult circumstances and managing their relationship with our advisers. The most rewarding part for me is pushing for great outcomes and being able to share that good news.