Meet the team

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Darryn Thode

Financial Adviser / Practice Principal

Darryn Thode founded the original Charlestown office back in 2009, formally Bridges Charlestown.

In that time Lantern Financial Group has grown significantly servicing Charlestown , Hunter and the greater Gloucester and Maitland areas.

He has gained a deep understanding of investment funds, shares, superannuation, and income streams through his diverse experience and extensive study. It is Darryn's passion to provide his clients with technical and strategic advice aimed at improving their financial position while increasing their personal net worth.

Darryn is heavily involved in community work volunteering on the Valentine Eleebana Junior Rugby Leagues Club committee for many years. Every Saturday you will see him there on the BBQ feeding the hungry mases.

Currently he is raising funds for the Cancer council via The Mystery Box Rally . Hope you can follow team Two Tees.

He is a Certified Financial Adviser and has completed the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning.

We would love to welcome you to our Lantern Family and guide you on your own Financial Journey.

Contact email: or call 02 4942 2922

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Stuart Cain

Financial Adviser / Practice Principal

Stuart joined the Charlestown practice in 2010 and has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry. Stuart's career started in corporate Sydney working with fund managers, giving him a thorough knowledge of markets, investments and managed funds. Using this expertise, he relishes in the opportunity to guide clients into retirement by accumulating funds in superannuation and investments. 

Stuart's love for the industry is evident with the satisfaction he gains by developing long-term relationships with his clients, many he would now call friends. Stuart takes pride in helping clients enjoy their lifestyle by carefully managing their assets and building their wealth whilst assisting them in meeting their financial and lifestyle goals throughout the various phases of their lives. 

Stuart is committed to ensure the advice he provides is current and innovative.  He has completed the Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of NSW.  He is also a member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia.  

When Stuart isn't in the office, he hopes to be out surfing, or riding on the Fernleigh.  Yet you will more likely find him running after his kids to various sporting commitments, he is their number one cheer squad. Stuart is married to his long-term love Juliana, and they are kept busy with their 3 boys, Hugo, Felix and Leo as well as a lively terrier called Salty. 

Contact email: or call 02 4942 2922

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Megan Usher

Financial Adviser

Megan began her career in financial services in 2007. Her interest in financial advice grew after she experienced many roles before moving into Financial Planning in 2012. With her years of experience, she has developed a deep understanding of strategies and client needs to help clients at any stage of their lives.

She is a Fellow Charter Financial Practitioner who has earned the Graduate Diploma, the Advance Diploma, and the Diploma of Financial Planning. Currently, Megan is pursuing her Master's degree in Financial Planning.

Megan enjoys helping her clients achieve their financial goals and allowing them to focus on what they enjoy doing. It could be that they want to pay off the mortgage faster, be less stressed about finances, accumulate wealth towards an early retirement or even travel more. 

With access to a range of leading Australian and international fund managers along with listed investments, all backed by our team of leading analysts. Providing appropriate professional advice and ongoing personal service to clients is Megan's commitment to building long-term relationships.

Megan spends her free time with her husband James, two kids Charlotte and Flynn, extended family, and friends.

Contact email: or call 02 4942 2922

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Jessica Hodgson

Client Service Officer

Jessica has been in the Financial Planning industry since 2001 and with Lantern Financial Group (formerly Bridges Charlestown) since March 2010. Through the years, Jess has seen the impact that professional advice can have on an individual's life. In her opinion, engaging in advice is something you'll regret not doing in the future. Jess loves that she can be a part of the process in helping clients meet their financial goals.

Her role here is to serve as a point of contact for clients and to assist the Advisers in implementing our clients' Strategic Advice. With her long-standing expertise in financial planning strategies and dedication to quality outcomes for clients, Jess adds value to your client experience.

Jess enjoys an active lifestyle where you’ll find her at her children’s sporting events on weekends with a passion for travel.

Contact email: or call 02 4942 2922

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