A creative maestro finds her home in finance

Karen Bristow
28 Jun 2018

A creative maestro finds her home in finance

“One of the things I’ve learned on my journey through life is that while it’s probably very important to have goals to aim for, it’s equally important to be open to possibilities and experiences that form no part of these goals…”

As a founder of Dixon Advisory with her husband Daryl, Kate Dixon has been a driving force behind the firm’s mission to help Australians succeed on their individual wealth-creation journeys for more than 30 years. However, underlying this mission is Kate’s sustained passion for the arts and education – interests she pursued prior to establishing Dixon Advisory, but ones that would ultimately shape the firm’s award-winning service model and strong connection to the community.

As a girl, Kate’s parents inspired her love for creativity, particularly in the areas of music and writing. Kate began her literary studies in Queensland, before moving to London to attend the University of London. Indeed, her educational journey and subsequent career have taken her all over the world – from London to Calgary, Canberra and Washington DC. In her working life, Kate has served as a tutor, clerk, teacher-librarian and mother. And when her husband later established his consulting business, she also became a Jill-of-all-trades. Kate was cautious about the prospect of helping Daryl with the business and at times felt as if she were giving up much of her own life to support this new venture. In fact, she says her younger self would have been horrified at the thought of working in finance away from her literary studies and love of music. Yet the challenge of it all proved irresistible. As Kate says, “Daryl advised – I did everything else.” As the firm transformed, she diligently balanced her own career with motherhood while also bookkeeping, word processing articles, book editing, arranging appointments, managing Daryl’s diary and greeting clients – many of whom remain part of the Dixon Advisory family today.

“Daryl advised – I did everything else.”

Despite the firm’s growth over the last three decades, Kate has never forgotten the secrets to its success: cultivating strong personal relationships driven by dedicated, client-centric service. Intent on giving back, Kate set about sharing her educational and cultural passions by aligning the firm with organisations whose aims reflected their own. Over the years, she has been instrumental in the formation of many of the firm’s musical partnerships, including Musica Viva and Fine Music, as well as education programs such as Wise. Now, as Dixon Advisory enters its fourth decade of operation, Kate’s creative and cultural influence remains an integral part of the many initiatives shared with the firm’s large family of clients.

Would you like to attend a musical event? Speak to your adviser today for more information about exciting musical events coming to a city near you.

Upcoming events*

Canberra – The Sydney Youth Orchestra, Sunday 01 July – family and friends event
Melbourne – The Melbourne International Chamber Music Orchestra competition
Sydney – The Celebration of Fine Music event
*Please note that tickets are limited and subject to each event.


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