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FSC bulks up its financial adviser representation stocks

While known for being the flagbearer for financial product providers, the Financial Services Council is now making serious inroads into the financial advice sector.

The Financial Services Council (FSC) this week took its most significant step into financial advice representation after announcing a raft of director and membership appointments from the sector.

In a media release sent Tuesday the FSC announced that it would bring on four new directors, two of which were from its traditional member base of fund management product providers. The other two, however, however, were from advice groups; WT Financial Group managing director Keith Cullen (pictured, left) and Fortnum Financial Group managing director Neil Younger (pictured, right).

Additionally, the FSC has admitted a host of new financial advice businesses into its membership base, including major licensees Fortnum Private Wealth, Count Ltd, Infocus and WT Financial Group, as well as fintech Otivo and Insignia’s new Rhombus Advisory Group.

  • While the FSC has had a small number of advice groups in its membership cohort for some time, and advice business representation on its board, the group made clear that the appointments are part of a strategic move to increase its presence in financial advice.

    “The appointment of four senior industry leaders to the FSC board brings new depth of expertise to the FSC board and will further strengthen our representation of the industry,” the FSC stated.

    “In addition to the appointments, the FSC has welcomed new financial advice businesses to its membership to deepen its engagement with the sector. This new model of engagement will add the advice licensees’ expertise to the FSC’s policy development processes and comes at a critical time in the financial advice reform debate.”

    According to FSC chief executive Blake Briggs, part of the reason the council is moving towards advice is so that it is better equipped to lend its voice on advocacy and policy reform.

    “The FSC has a leading role unifying the industry on reform initiatives, and I am pleased to have this opportunity to appoint directors from the financial advice sector to deepen our engagement and strengthen our advocacy on advice issues,” Briggs said.

    The advice appointees followed a similar tone, with Cullen highlighting advice industry reform as a priority and Younger pinning his focus on regulatory development.

    “At a pivotal time for the financial advice profession, I look forward to contributing the experience and insights of financial advisers and licensees to the FSC’s policy development, to help deliver a more efficient regulatory framework for financial advisers and their clients,” Younger said.

    Tahn Sharpe

    Tahn is managing editor across The Inside Network's three publications.

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