Meet the Team

We’d like you to meet the team here at Johnston Grocke — our experts in financial, business, mortgage and investment property services.

Our firm is only as good as the team that represents it. At Johnston Grocke, we have a team full of people who are not only good at what they do, but are good at working together to provide multiple services to clients, while at the same time making sure the left hand knows what the right hand is doing. We continue to aspire to be a thriving, innovative and enjoyable workplace — which results in quality service to clients as well as happy and motivated staff.


The Johnston Grocke team is exactly that — a team.  Every member of the team has a critical role in ensuring the client experience is first class, and we recognise that we need diverse yet complementary skill sets (and characters) to function best. We therefore don’t want 25 ‘John Grocke clones’ in the office. One is definitely enough! 

We asked our team to work together and come up with a phrase that describes their approach to their work. This is it — ‘Our united team enjoys pursuing excellence in all our interactions, through genuine care and with professional expertise, so that clients can meet or exceed their goals.’ And we didn’t even prompt them!

Financial Services Team

Our financial advisers, para planners and client service staff all work together to ensure that not only do you get the right advice, but that all the i’s are dotted and all the t’s are crossed.

Business Services Team

We prefer to call ourselves the Business Services Team as accounting is just part of what we do.

From business valuations to succession planning to risk management to marketing strategies, is there anything we can’t do?

But most importantly we try to make sure that the person who works with you is on the same page as you to help you achieve your goals – after all systems are one thing but people is really where its at.



Mortgage and Finance Team

The fastest-growing team at Johnston Grocke takes the pain of dealing directly with banks away from you, the client, and excels at keeping complicated things simple.


Investment Property Services Team 

Think of this team as a conduit for all things associated with investing in property – whether investing off the plan, through a house and land package, developing your own land or managing an existing investment property.  They have the all-round knowledge, and the contacts, to make the process easy.


Adam Grocke – Investment Property Consultant

Cert IV Mortgage Services, AMC

Finance and Gearing lecturer at Tafe SA

Winner of the prestigious SA/NT Rookie of the Year Award 2008/09

As leader of the Mortgage and Finance Services division, investment property consultant and business development manager for the firm, Adam excels at juggling his time, especially when one considers his significant football commitment with Woodville West Torrens where he has won 2 premierships and played in excess of 200 SANFL games.

His passion for helping clients find the best finance solutions, and buy their next home or investment property is only matched by his passion for surfing and living out of his campervan by the beach.

Adam sets a great example with his approach to both physical and financial health and fitness. He is also the only male in the office who keeps a make-up kit on hand — supposedly for his occasional modelling assignments, but we’re not convinced that’s the whole story…


Simon Rodger – Investment Property Consultant

B. Economics (Commerce), CA

Commissioner, SANFL

Chairman, Lutheran Community Care

Vice Chairman, Adelaide Lutheran Sports Club


With a diverse range of professional experiences both in and outside of the finance and property industry, Simon brings a strategic and commercial focus to the business, together with a passion for outstanding client service. Simon is a firm believer in the value of having a professionally run firm that can help clients save time and money by providing multiple services from the one place. 

With additional responsibilities outside of the firm, especially with South Australian football and the community services sector, Simon is often accused of taking on too much. He knows he is guilty of this, refuses to admit it, but acknowledges that even though a day off doing nothing sounds magnificent, in reality, he would get bored.

Although Adam Grocke’s feminine side is well noted, Simon’s experience living with a wife, 3 daughters, a female dog, and 2 chickens (obviously female) has given him significant insight into the female psyche, fashions and behaviour. He also knows when to express these insights, and definitely knows when not to. 

Management and Administration Team

The ‘back office’ of Johnston Grocke is more than a typical back office.  The strategic direction, business development, marketing, commercial partnerships, human resources and systems/technology are all generated from here. It’s a small team but a good team!  


Meet Simon Rodger our Chief Executive Officer

B. Economics (Commerce)/CA

Commissioner,SANFL/ Chairman, Lutheran Community Care/ Vice Chairman, Adelaide Lutheran Sports Club/



His dream …

Simon's dream is to to find a way to live more in the moment. He wishes to be busy without being too busy; and most importantly, he wishes to survive the teenage years of his three daughters..

Passion & something fun

Simon loves sports. His favourites consist of Australian Rules Football, Cricket, Horse Racing and Soccer.

Simon also has an interest in family genealogy as well as more recent history (including the family holidays that always seem more fun when looking back at the videos).

What our clients value in him

Clients appreciate Simon’s breadth of knowledge across the whole spectrum of JG Services, and his ability to relate to each client’s unique needs 














Meet Sue Raw our GM Corporate Services

BA/B.Comm/ Financial Accounting/

Management Accounting/Auditing/Project Management/ Process Improvement/Human Resource Management/Time Management/Multi-Taking/


Her dream …

Sue's dream is to be able totravel more. She would like to live in the South of France for a few months and then travel from there to other locations in France. She would also love to travel to America with her husband and three boys before the boys leave home. New Zealand is also on the list.

Passion & something fun

Her family, getting out and about, fitness, music, shopping, reading and various television shows.

What our clients value in her

Sue works with her team behind the scenes to ensure that everything runs smoothly for our clients and our staff. Her aim is to ensure we are the best we can possibly be internally so that our team are happy and our clients have a great experience when dealing with us.












Meet Adam Grocke our GM Business Development & Advice

Dip. FS/ Cert IV Mortgage Services/

Finance and Gearing lecturer at Tafe SA/Winner of the prestigious SA/NT Rookie of the Year Award 2008-09/Going out for coffee & lunches/Certified Prankster/

His dream …

Adam wishes to be able to look back iwhen he is older and think ‘what a life!’ He aims to achieve this through big bold challenges (personal & business) and creating the perfect balance of living life to the fullest without compromising his family’s security, happiness and future.


Passion & something fun

Adam loves anything to do with the outdoors. If he isn’t down Middleton with his family, you can find him hitting up the surf around the south and mid coasts of SA with the occasional trip to York Peninsular- "There’s no better way to refresh the mind, body and soul." Health and fitness have played a massive part in Adam’s life having been drafted to Port Power and playing almost 200 SANFL games with the Eagles. Now rocking the Dad bod, he still manages to run the occasional ultra-marathon (that is, when he isn’t taking clients out to coffee or lunch).


His first child (a 1971 Datsun 1600 SR20DET) arrived in late 2014 and he is now a father to two beautiful girls Marlow & Paris.


What our clients value in him

His honest and energetic approach to problem solving, forward planning and achieving goals is what brings the best out of the clients.

















Meet Luke White our GM Client Engagement 





Meet Chris Giameos our Finance Administrator

B.A. Acc/

Treasurer of local sports club/ Language Skills: English & Greek/


Her dream …

Chris wishes to travel widely and explore the many wonderful countries and cultures our world has to offer. Having recently returned from a family holiday to Europe, where connections were made with her parents’ birthplace that they left over 60 years ago, Chris has now caught the travelling bug..badly!

Passion & something fun

When Chris isn't running her 3 daughters around to various musicals/concerts/rhythmic gymnastics competitions her children participate in, she loves lazy afternoons where she can catch up with friends and spend time with her family. Spending a few days by the beach is one of her favourite ways to rest and recharge. 

Secretly, would love to be able to sing!

What our clients value in her

Chris works in the financial administration of the firm and even though part of her role is asking for overdue bills to be paid, she tries to do this as nicely as possible.













Meet Robyn Cother our Finance Officer


Robyn is yet another JG team member who spends her time helping behind the scenes in our Office Admin Team dealing with the mountain of electronic and physical paperwork for clients. It’s just as well she enjoys being busy and being accurate.  Robyn’s diverse background in regional financial institutions and other industries certainly helps as well.  When she gets home the term ‘busy’ takes on a whole new dimension though – with two young boys who grew up on their South East farm and love their sport, Robyn is forever feeding them and ferrying them around.


Meet Stephanie Palombi our Marketing & Communications Coordinator/COA

B.Laws/ Cert III Hospitality (Croupier)/

Professional Netflix Binger/Burger Enthusiast/ Can change a lightbulb, cannot change a tire/


Her dream …

Is to continue to travel. Stephanie has recently come back from spending some time overseas and fell in love with the different cultures (especially the food). She wishes to continue to travel and experience many more different cultures and see what else is out there.

Passion & something fun

Food. Stephanie loves her food, especially burgers. She has been to (basically) every burger joint you can find within Adelaide. She also has a strong passion for coffee (that must be the Italian in her) and her puppy that she definitely treats like her own child. Stephanie also loves to socialise, so you will always see her spending her weekends out of the house with friends, most likely at a bar or down the river learning a new water sport.

What our clients value in her

Stephanie aims to provide our clients with a top-quality service, whilst also making them feel right at home- which she masters.

She is always on her feet usually chasing after people with a coffee in her hand and the phone to her ear.



Meet Alexandria Earl our Corporate Office Administrator

B.Bus (Hotel Management)/Dip. Hospitality management/

Worked in the UK for 6 years



Her dream …

Alex wishes what every parent wishes... to get more than 5 hours sleep a night and experience a sleep in!

She also wishes to travel and to enjoy all life has to offer with her husband and her young boy.

Passion & something fun

Alex's passion is her family and she adore spending time with my son and nephews. She love making children’s birthday cakes and to date has made a snake, train, moon, ghost, bat cave, digger, pirate ship, unicorn and a giraffe!

When she isn't busy cake-making, she loves to binge  a crime drama with a glass of wine in hand.  She strives to never waste a day and make every day count!


What our clients value in her

Alex is the first person you see when you walk into Johnston Grocke. She aims to make our clients feel welcome and provides them with top-quality service. No matter if you speak to Alex on the phone or at reception, she is always happy and has a smile on her face.




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