Sleeping in a tent away from the hustle and bustle is heaven for Chris Morcom.

He loves weekend trips to his block of land in South Gippsland – his childhood stomping ground.“We camp down there pretty rustically at the moment, but one day we’ll build,” the adviser for Hewison Private Wealth says.

“It helps me relax. I love the way the kids go off and explore the bush and they come back when they’re hungry. It’s great,” the 49-year-old Melbournian says.

Surfing and cycling will always be part of Morcom’s life. He cycled from Melbourne to Sydney in the Future2 Wheel Classic a few years ago. A couple of his clients even rode alongside him, strengthening already enviable relationships.

“I love getting on a bike, particularly mountain biking with the kids.”

He’s not afraid to try new things, either. A few years ago Morcom took his kids along to a karate class. He couldn’t resist signing up himself. “I’ve been doing it ever since,” he says. “I love the discipline.”

But leading a team during lockdown has thrown him new challenges, providing the perfect opportunity to be creative.

Online pottery-making and lunchtime pizza sessions during the workday have helped maintain the camaraderie and team spirit during the pandemic. “We’re like one big family,” he says. “It’s great to spend that time together when we can’t be in the office together.”

With a Bachelor of Business under his belt, Morcom didn’t have a specific career path mapped out. Like plenty of others, he sort of fell into financial planning in the early 1990s. “I graduated in the middle of the recession we had to have, which made getting a job for someone who probably didn’t apply themselves at university as much as they should have all the more difficult,” he says.

After dabbling in the banking world and starting his CPA, Morcom was introduced to the founder of Hewison Private Wealth in the late 1990s. After learning the ropes, he became an authorised adviser in early 2000.

And the rest, as they say, is history. Hewison, which launched in 1985, currently has $1.2 billion under management.

The privately-owned firm specialises in high net worth clients. It also has more than 600 self-managed super funds also part of the mix, as well as a few not-for-profits as clients.

Morcom has grown the company’s philanthropic endeavours over the years, taking a particular interest in the legacy someone can leave when they’re no longer around. He sat on the Financial Planning Education Council until last year, helping to develop the curriculum and accreditation process for universities.

Hewison has 39 staff, including eight wealth advisers and one insurance adviser. Advisers are supported by a team of associates, paraplanners and client service managers, with autonomy and empowerment encouraged.