Who are we



Adam van de Water

Adam van de Water is a Director and Owner of Brava Financial Services in Adelaide, South Australia.

Working in the finance industry since 1992 with varying roles with ANZ Bank from retail branches to Small to Medium Enterprises – Business Banking, Adam joined the financial planning profession in the year 2000.

With Brava Financial Services commencing in January 2006 with the business growing organically from ground zero to the fantastic client community that exists today.

Adam (and the Brava team) have a values based financial planning approach and enjoy truly making a difference to our client community’s lives.

Adam won the 2015 MLC Trust in Advice award for SA/NT.

Adam is a member of the State Advisory Board and sits on a National Advisory Board with a focus on helping shape the future of advice and the Financial Planning profession in South Australia and Australia.

Adam is most proud of his amazing family with his wife Mel and children – Jack and Millie.

Adam is a cricket tragic and loves nothing more than soaking up the amazing atmosphere at Adelaide Oval.




Melanie van de Water

Mel is our Administration Manager and as part of the Brava team has helped our client experience reach new heights. Not to mention how she helps the office and the Brava team run smoothly at all times behind the scenes.

In her previous corporate life Mel had a successful career as an Executive Assistant.

Mel is a passionate, hardworking and much valued team member at Brava Financial Services.

When Mel is not helping the Brava team and its clients, she is mum to Jack and Millie (and yes she is married to Adam).

Mel loves family and friends with the same passion and care she displays at work. Mel is a fan of all things home renovation and building and in summer can be found (when time allows) enjoying Adelaide’s great beaches.


Briony Halliday

Briony joined the Brava team in October 2021 as our Client Services Officer, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge having over 20 years’ experience in the financial planning industry. After originally studying and working in tourism & hospitality, her career changed direction in 2001, initially working in client services and administration, she completed the Diploma of Financial Planning in 2004, transitioned to paraplanning and spent a short stint advising her own client base, however driven by her interest in compliance and desire to build efficient processes to meet increasing legislative requirements, took a different path and moved into practice management.  
As a mum of three boys, spare time is rare, however when time permits, she loves escaping the city with her family and caravanning in country SA.