Our Philosophy

Being financially independent is not some new concept. Individuals and families have struggled to gain financial independence for decades in Australia, and with the cost of living rising rapidly its more important than ever to make the right decisions with your money.

Everyone in today's world is just “too busy” with life to sort out their finances, and as a result they don’t.

“Those who are wise will not be busy, and those who are too busy can not be wise.”
Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living

We take pride in our client-relationships and the challenge of guiding people out of inaction into constructive motion towards their personal goals.


Baydr Strik

Principle Tax Strategist

Both a Director and co-founder of Bayswater Financial. Baydr has 17 Years experience working as an accountant and running tax advisory firms both domestically and internationally. Having specialised with clients working in creative industries, Baydr recognised the need to help his client get their finances in order. Most of his clients where talented, but they lacked financial knowledge and confidence.

Baydr wants to help his client reach their financial goals and educate them as they grow into there career.  As the principle co-founder of Bayswater Financial, Baydr decided to start Bayswater Financial in order to provide his clients with additional Financial services outside of traditionally tax & accounting services.

He has put together a team of industry specialists in order to meet the growing needs of his his clients, that give them a truly holistic approach to financial planning.

Baydr has 2 children and loves spending time with his family down the beach. He is also plans on making a comeback into the world of surfing sometime soon.

Ben Howarth

Financial Advisor

Ben has spent over a decade in working in financial services. An experienced adviser with considerable experience across all areas of financial advisory including financial planning strategies, investment advice (direct and indirect), superannuation, and retirement planning and wealth accumulation.

Ben has a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics (Sydney University) degree, a Diploma of Financial Planning, Advanced Diploma in Financial planning, and a self-managed superannuation accredited specialist. Ben is also a member of the Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) and also the SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia (SPAA).

He enjoy’s fishing with soft plastics and try and get out for a wave from time to time.

Christopher Hall

Equities & Securities Specialist

Christopher is a both a Director and co-founder of Bayswaters financial. Christopher has over a decade of investment and financial market experience and knowledge. His previous and current roles encompass a broad range of financial services areas and include:

  • Founding Responsible Manager on numerous Australian Financial Services Licences (AFSL) granted and governed by ASIC, including ASX-listed financial services company;
  • Director, Owner, Head of Equities and Chairman of Investment and Compliance boards;
  • Corporate Adviser and Project Manager of mergers and acquisitions;
  • Managing equities desks staffing dozens of Client Advisers advising 2,500+ concurrent clients;
  • Author and educator of staff and client training programs, client education resources as well as eBooks and trading guides.

As well as these executive and management roles, Christopher Heads the equities and securities department for Bayswater.

Christopher enjoys spending time with his children, surfing, triathlon and cycling Australia's biggest hills.