We would like you to get to know some of our team a little better, as we believe good relationships with our clients build a strong foundation for years to come.
Meet our new board member: Karen Ely, Committee Member
Karen is an avid foodie who loves cooking for her sons (7 and 9 years-old). Exercise is an important part of her weekly regime, and she is currently training for the City to Bay fun run in September this year. To engage the other side of her brain, Karen likes to paint, focusing on still-life and landscapes in an abstract style. As a financial adviser, Karen is extremely passionate about educating women on financial literacy, helping them to understand and adjust their financial habits so they can effectively manage their money.
Skills and Experience: With more than 20 years as a Financial Adviser, Karen Eley has considerable experience with investments, portfolio construction and managing money for individuals and not-for-profits. Prior to financial advising she worked as a Risk Management and Compliance Officer for a large Australian Financial Services Licensee.
Formal Qualifications and Memberships:
Current Directorships not including UC Invest: Morialta Nominees Pty Ltd
What do you like best about your role with UC Invest? Working with a dedicated, purpose-driven team and being able to use my skills to contribute to the work of the church.
What is the best advice you have received about life? A good life is when you assume nothing, do more, need less, smile often, dream big and realise how blessed you are.
New faces at UC Invest
Beverly Ong, Investor Relations Officer
Beverly migrated to Australia in 2016 from Singapore with her family—she is a proud mother of fraternal twins. She is very process-oriented and continuously thinks of ways to help those around her work more efficiently and effectively. Beverly loves what she does for UC Invest, but when she’s not working, she spends her time with family taking road trips, camping and hiking, as well as serving church ministries.
Something to share about my family: My husband, Satur, works for DXC Technology as an IT Consultant. Our weekend mornings are packed with the twins’ sports training. My son, Sam, loves playing soccer while my daughter, Samantha, is into swimming.
A quote I live by: Start each day with a grateful heart.
Christine Lam, Senior Investment Accountant
Christine is passionate about her career: she dreamed of being an accountant when she was only 15. Christine is analytical, logical and objective. She loves travelling with her family and visiting Japan is always a top priority. When she wants to de-stress and reduce tension, Christine turns to Karaoke—she can easily sing for four hours by herself. She enjoys working with UC Invest / Uniting Church due to its caring and diverse community.
Something to share about my family: My husband Albert is a civil and structural engineer, and our son, Sheldon is 8 years old. We started learning karate since last year and we practise it every Saturday.
A quote I live by: Count your blessings, not your problems.