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The Board

The Board of the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority Limited was appointed by the Minister for Revenue and Financial Services, the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP on 10 April 2017.

Catherine Walter AM (Chair)
Catherine Walter AM is a solicitor and company director and has served on many listed, government and not for profit boards and government inquiries. Currently Catherine is a member of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Payments System Board, Deputy Chair of Victorian Funds Management Corporation, Chair of Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, a Director of Australian  Foundation Investment Company and Trustee of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. She holds a first class honours Bachelor of Laws, a Master of Laws and an MBA, all from the University of Melbourne.

Mark Brimble

Mark Brimble is a Professor of Finance at Griffith University Business School. He is a member of the Professional Planner Advisory Board and TEQSA Panel of Experts. He is the former Chair of the Financial Planning Education Council.

Carolyn Bond AO

Carolyn Bond AO is a Director of the Legal Services Board of Victoria, the Debt Repayment Service Board and the Jan Pentland Foundation. She is also an Adjunct Professor at Deakin University. She is a former Co-CEO of the Consumer Action Law Centre and a member of ASIC’s Consumer Advisory Panel.

Deborah Kent

Deborah Kent is the Managing Director and Founder of Integra Financial Services. She is a former President of the Association of Financial Advisers and Western Sydney Business Connection. She is also a former NSW State Director of the Authorised Representative Association.

Simon Longstaff AO

Simon Longstaff AO is the Executive Director of the Ethics Centre. He also holds board positions with the Banking and Finance Oath, BHPBilliton Forum of Corporate Responsibility, BT Professional Standards Council, Westpac Stakeholder Council, IAG Ethics Committee and AUSTRADE Ethics Committee. He holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Education from the University of Tasmania.

Catriona Lowe

Catriona Lowe is a Director of the Financial Ombudsman Service, Legal Practice Liability Committee (Vic) and Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman, as well as Co-Chair of the ACCC Consumer Consultative Committee. She is also the former Chair of the Consumers’ Federation of Australia and Co-CEO of the Consumer Action Law Centre.

Michael O’Neill

Michael O’Neill is the former CEO of National Seniors Australia. He is also a former CEO of the Australian Gold Council and AgForce Queensland.

Matthew Rowe

Matthew Rowe is the CEO and Managing Director of Countplus Limited. He is a former Chair of the Financial Planning Association and former Managing Director of financial planning business Hood Sweeney.  He is also a former Australian representative to the Financial Planning Standards Board.

Stephen Somogyi

Stephen Somogyi is a Director at Guild Group and UniSuper and an advisor at Monash University, Victoria University and University of Melbourne. He is also a former Chief Operating Officer at RMIT and Executive Member of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. He holds a Master of Science and Business Administration from MIT and a Master of Science from the University of Melbourne.

Acting Managing Director

Dr Mark Brimble is the Managing Director of the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority.  He is also a Professor (Finance) in the Department of Accounting, Finance and Economics in the Griffith Business School, has a Phd on capital markets and has active research interests in financial markets, sustainable finance, personal finance and finance education, with publications in various national and international journals.

Professor Brimble is a Commonwealth Office for Learning and Teaching National Fellow and is the recipient of numerous teaching and learning grants, citations and awards, including a Business and Higher Education Round Table award for the best higher education and training collaboration (2010).  Mark was awarded Australian Teaching and Learning Council Citations in 2011 and 2016, and an Australian Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016.

Dr Brimble is a CPA, a Fellow of the Finsia, a member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Mark was a foundation member of the Financial Planning Education Council and Chair from 2012-2017.  He was also the Founding Co-Chair of the Financial Planning Academics Forum and is the Co-Founding Editor of the Financial Planning Research Journal.

Chief Operating Officer

Colin Christie is the Chief Operating Officer of FASEA. He has extensive experience as a Director and Executive with various entrepreneurial, high growth, and private equity backed companies. Mainly working with high growth and turnaround SME’s, he has also held roles in IPO’s, management buy-ins and buy-outs. His industry knowledge extends across financial services, FMCG, retail and distribution, IT, health and medical services.

Colin began his career with EY, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant, and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants. He has also completed the Institute of Directors’ Diploma in Company Direction.

FASEA’s work program

Our Tasks

The Act tasks FASEA with the following functions for relevant providers authorised to provide personal advice to retail clients, in relation to relevant financial products.

There are 7 elements to the FASEA work program with differing timelines of compliance for each of them. These include:

  • Approve Bachelor (or higher) degrees, or equivalent qualifications
  • Approve an exam
  • Set requirements for work and training
  • Set requirements for continuing professional development
  • Respond to applications for approval of foreign qualifications
  • Make a Code of Ethics
  • Specify a word or expression to refer to a provisional relevant provider