Our Story

Behind every good business there is a personal story - so we invite you to make us part of your story too. Behind every good business there is a personal story - so we invite you to make us part of your story too.

Growing Sapience —and the story behind our story

Behind every great business, there's a personal story, and we're no different.

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Hello, my name is Drew Browne and I'm the Founder of Sapience Financial and Investment Services. In 2019 we'll celebrate 20 years of providing financial service to the community.

Where life first started and where we find ourselves today, is very different.

We've learned the hard way that life never quite works out the way you plan.

Our origin story

I began life in the legal arena and for many years I enjoyed a growing and successful career, providing specialised legal training to very clever people. As I climbed the professional ladder my skills become more in demand and finally saw me working an average of 65 hours a week.

This was to become an unsustainable part of my life that soon cost me more than it paid.

Unusual headaches, eye strain, and a growingly persistent sore throat seemed to become a normal part of my life. When I finally got time to drop into the casualty department and see a doctor one afternoon, he called me back for urgent surgery the following morning to remove a growth from my larynx.

To cut a long story short, this event cost me my job, my career and very nearly everything else.

Over time, I had to find a way to start life again.

I wondered how this could happen to me?

No one had ever taken the time to explain to me the value of financial advice, how to protect myself and my future, insure my income earning capacity and how to make the most of my financial position.

I had fallen fowl of the simple statistical realities of life; my numbers came up you could say and ultimately my ignorance cost me and my family significantly.

My response

I've always been a person who wanted to decide who I was rather than just let external circumstances dictate my responses to life and people. Admittedly, this is easier said than done.

Admittedly, this is easier said than done.

Throughout the time of my sickness, I was reminded of the quote in Viktor E Frankl's book Man's Search for Meaning;

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."Viktor Frankl 1946

Early days

After two lost years of ill health, I began to look for ways to make sure this disaster could never happen to me or my friends and family again. As I began my long journey back from the fog, I saw that the financial advice industry was fragmented and confusing to the average person. Any advice was limited to what products a particular professional had to sell and they often had no resemblance to my actual needs.

There had to be a better way

Over the next few years, I gained a comprehensive set of new qualifications and a lot of hard won insights into why as an educated professional person, had fallen through the cracks and suffered so much damage.Logo of Sapience Financial and Investment Services

In I 1999 established the company that was to become Sapience Financial Investment Services.

  • Today we're an independently awarded and purpose driven financial advice business who specialise in helping small business owners and their families protect and provide for those they love and those they are responsible for.

Your invitation

So we invite you to become a better version of yourself, the easy way. Learn from our mistakes, benefit from our hard won expertise and position yourself and your family to become more life confident. by learning what you need to know

In today's fast paced world, wisdom has been replaced by knowledge and knowledge by data points and search engines.

The only way you can successfully navigate through the increasingly complex maze which is financial life is to connect with a financial professional who's able to share their wisdom and expertise with you and your family.

We call that Sapience. Why not make our story, part of your story.

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