Phil McGilvray

Co-Founder, CEO and Financial Coach

When our money is a mess, the rest of our life tends to be a mess as well! By helping people take control of their finances, I know that I am also helping their relationships, their health, and their sense of wellbeing. Phil

A partner in one of Australia’s leading financial planning and stock broking firms, Phil’s passion for helping people take control of their finances led him to build the Grandma’s Jars financial coaching system in 2003.

Over the past 12 years, Phil has helped more than 400 couples and individuals establish workable budgets, build cash reserves and eliminate debt.

Phil holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), a Master of Sports Science and Exercise Physiology, an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services and a Graduate Diploma of Human Resource Management.

Phil and his wife, Lianne, have three beautiful children, Hannah, Holly and Lachlan; a dog, Scarlet; and three guinea pigs. Phil loves marathon running (when injury free), gardening and fishing.

Having seen the power of budgeting in our own lives and what it has allowed us to achieve in the 17 year of married life, it is a joy to support Phil in his passion for educating and empowering others to master their finances, too.Lianne

Lianne owns and runs a successful occupational therapy practice and also is a constant source of support and encouragement for Phil and the Grandma’s Jars team.

When she not keeping Phil, the kids, the pets, the house and her business running, Lianne enjoys holidays at the coast, reading, board games and going to the gym.

Lianne McGilvray


Teresa Wishart

Financial Coach

Once you start to see the system working and clients achieving goals they never thought possible, you know you have changed their lives forever.Teresa

A professional financial coach for more than five years, Teresa’s passion for budgeting started after Phil helped her and her husband learn to manage their finances seven years ago.

Teresa also has been a registered nurse for more than 20 years. She still works within the hospital setting and says it keeps her grounded. She says there are surprising similarities between nursing and helping people with budgeting as you are dealing with people at their most vulnerable.

Teresa and her husband, Paul, have three teenage children, Isaac, Emma and Aaron, as well as a beloved family cat, Patch. She enjoys cooking (and eating), sudoku puzzles, board games and holidays at the beach.

From the very start I was taken in by the sheer passion that Phil exudes. Once I got the hang of how Grandma’s Jars works, I was then torn between wanting to take the time to make it as good as we could and getting it completed so I could use it!Grant

The owner of Growth Labs, a digital marketing and design agency, Grant and his team have been integral to translating the entirety of Grandma’s Jars into an easy-to-use and attractive user interface and developing the Grandma’s Jars’ brand.

A native of Billings, Montana, USA, Grant holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and computer science from Rocky Mountain College, Montana, USA. While not slaving away behind the computer, he loves to engage in outdoor sports, such as biking, soccer, hiking and camping. An aficionado of the finer things in life, he’s often found enjoying fine coffees, whiskies and cigars. He lives in Prague, Czech Republic, with his wife, Katerina.

Grant Phillips

Web Designer and User Interface Specialist