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Our Board

The Board of the Financial Adviser Standards and Ethics Authority Limited is appointed by the Assistant Minister for Superannuation, Financial Services and Financial Technology, Senator the Honourable Jane Hume.

Catherine Walter AM (Chair) FAICD, LLB(Hons), LLM MBA

Catherine is the Chairperson of FASEA. Currently Catherine is also a member of the Reserve Bank of Australia’s Payments System Board, Chair of Melbourne Genomics Health Alliance, a Director of Australian Foundation Investment Company and Trustee of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.

She has previously been Managing Partner of the Melbourne office of Clayton Utz and Commissioner of the City of Melbourne, a member of the Financial Reporting Council and has served on the boards of ASX, National Australia Bank, Orica and Victorian Funds Management Corporation.

Dr Mark Brimble PhD, B.Com (Hons)

Mark is the FASEA Director with experience in designing, or the requirements of, education courses or qualifications. Mark is a Professor (Finance) at Griffith University and is an Office for Learning and Teaching National Fellow and is the recipient of numerous teaching and learning grants, citations and awards. 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 Fellow of CPA, a Fellow of the Finsia, a member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mark has published research in various national and international journals and is the Co-Founding Editor of the Financial Planning Research Journal.

Carolyn Bond AO G.Dip Ed.Train

Carolyn is a Director with experience in representing consumers of financial services. Carolyn is a former co-CEO of the Consumer Action Law Centre. She is a member of the Customer Owned Banking Code Monitoring Committee and a Director of the Financial Counselling Foundation. Carolyn currently manages a project contributing to industry policies which addresses the financial impacts of family violence.

Deborah Kent Dip FP, CFP, FCHFP, MAICD

Deborah is a Director with experience in carrying on a financial services business or providing a financial service. Deborah is the Managing Director and Founder of Integra Financial Services. She is a former President of the Association of Financial Advisers, Treasurer, Association Financial Advisers, NSW State Director, Association of Financial Advisers and former President of Western Sydney Business Connection, and NSW State Director of the Authorised Representative Association.

Dr Simon Longstaff AO BEd, MA, PhD, FCPA, FRSN

Simon is the Director with experience in the field of ethics. Simon is the Executive Director of the Ethics Centre and is an Honorary Professor at the Australian National University.

He holds independent advisory positions with a number of organisations including: the Australian Taxation Office, ANZ Ethics and Responsible Banking Committee, the Banking and Finance Oath, BHP Forum of Corporate Responsibility, BT Professional Standards Council, Westpac Stakeholder Council and IAG Ethics Committee. He read for his Master’s Degree and Doctorate as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge and has a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Tasmania.

Catriona Lowe LLB

Catriona is a Director with experience in representing consumers of financial services. Currently Catriona is also a director of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority, the Legal Practitioners’ Liability Committee, Telecommunications Industry Ombudsman and Way Forward Debt Solutions, as well as Chair of the ACCC Consumer Consultative Committee. She is also a former Chair of the Consumers’ Federation of Australia and Co-CEO of Consumer Action Law Centre.

Elissa Freeman BA, GAICD

Elissa is a Director with experience representing consumers of financial services. Elissa previously led the financial services advocacy work of Australia’s largest consumer organisation, CHOICE, and has wide-ranging experience in consumer rights and competition policy. She is currently a Director of the Australian Financial Complaints Authority and was previously a Director of the Financial Ombudsman Service and Chair of the Financial Rights Legal Centre.

Louise Lakomy MBA, GDip FP, GAICD, CFP

Louise is a Director with experience in carrying on a financial services business or providing a financial service. Currently Louise is a Director with Crystal Wealth Partners bringing 18 years of experience and knowledge in all facets of financial planning to her role. Louise is a Certified Financial Planner and holds a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Louise has served as a Board member for the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA), as a member on the FPA Education Council and has also been a Director of the Financial Ombudsman Service.

Matthew Rowe BEc, DFP, GDip Acc, CFP (Life), FCA, FCPA, GAICD

Matthew is a director with experience in carrying on a financial services business or providing a financial service. Currently Matthew is the CEO and Managing Director of CountPlus Ltd, an ASX listed entity that owns and operates Accounting and Financial Advice firms. Prior to this appointment Matthew spent 17 years in professional practice as a Financial Adviser and Managing Partner of Hood Sweeney.

He has contributed to the financial advice sector as Chair of the Financial Planning Association of Australia, as an Australian representative to the Global Financial Planning Standards Board and as a Member of the Expert Advisory Group Finance Learning Standards with the Australian Business Deans Council.

Matthew resigned as a director of FASEA on 14 August 2019.

Steve Somogyi MSc, SM, FIAA, FAICD, F Fin

Steve is a Director with experience in carrying on a financial services business or providing a financial service. He is a Member of the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission. Steve is Chair of Guild Group, Factor 5 Softwares and of Higher Ed Services.

He is a Director of UniSuper. Stephen is a former Chief Operating Officer of RMIT University and a former Executive Member of the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. He holds a Master of Science in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Master of Science in Physics from the University of Melbourne.

Steve retired as a director of FASEA on 10 April 2019.

Michael O’Neill BEc

Michael was Chief Executive of National Seniors Australia for ten years, a position involving extensive exposure to population policy issues including pensions, retirement income and age care. His public policy experience includes leadership of leading resource organisations AgForce Queensland, the Queensland Farmers Federation and the Australian Gold Council. Michael also worked for a decade in consumer protection with the Trade Practices Commission. He has an Economics degree from the University of Queensland.

Michael retired as a director of FASEA on 10 April 2019.

Stephen Glenfield (Chief Executive Officer) BEc, CA

Stephen is the Chief Executive Officer of FASEA. Stephen has worked in financial services regulation for over three decades, most recently as a general manager within the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA). As well as his managerial responsibilities, Stephen was Chair of the APRA’s Superannuation Industry Group. He has also worked with the International Organisation of Pension Supervisors, the Victorian Financial Institutions Commission and KPMG.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University and is a member of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Amelia Constantinidis (Company Secretary)

Amelia has worked in financial services for over two decades most recently in the financial advice industry for AMP and CBA. She led the first partnership between a Financial Advice Institution with a leading University developing unique programs for new Advisers entering the Financial Advice profession as well as establishing a Master’s program for existing Advisers to lift their education standard. Amelia has held senior program roles, driving complex business transformation and technology driven change to enhance business operations and productivity whilst improving the customer experience.

Amelia is a Founding Member and on the Advisory Board of the Financial Executive Women. Amelia was a member of the Financial Planning Education Council from 2013 – 2018 and a member of the AFA Professional Standards Working Group from 2016 – 2018.