Governance

Structure

On 29 June 2016, FCA's legal structure changed from an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee. We have a two tier governance structure, with a Board and a Representative Council.

The Board has seven directors: four from the financial counselling sector (elected) and three external, skills-based directors (appointed by the board).

The Representative Council has two members from each State/Territory financial counselling association in Australia. FCA's Chair, CEO and another board member are non-voting members.

A one page overview of the new structure is here.

The constitution for Financial Counselling Australia Ltd is here.
 

Board Members

Carmel Franklin (Chair) (Financial Counselling Director)

Carmel has been involved with consumer issues for many years. She is the Director of Care Financial Counselling Services and the Consumer Law Centre of the ACT (Care) and has worked with the organisation since 1992. Carmel has been the Chairperson of Financial Counselling Australia (FCA) since 2009.

Carmel is also a consumer director on the board of the Financial Ombudsman Service and is also on the board of Canberra Community Law. In addition to these positions, she is a former member of the ATO Individual Tax Liaison Group, ASIC’s Consumer Advisory Panel and the FOS Consumer Liaison Group.

B.Ed., Dip. Comm Services (Financial Counselling), Cert IV Training and Assessment

Kay Dilger (Financial Counselling Director)

Kay came to financial counselling in 2003 after a career in retail banking. She is currently Manager of the Financial Resilience Program at South East Community Links in Springvale, Victoria. Kay has been on the Board of Financial Counselling Australia since 2013, and has been Secretary of Financial & Consumer Rights Council since 2012.

Dip. Com Services (Welfare), Dip. Comm Services (Financial Counselling), Cert IV Training and Assessment

Jocelyn Furlan (appointed director)

Jocelyn Furlan is a lawyer and an accountant, with more than 25 years' experience in the superannuation industry. She is a director of First State Super and Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Chair of Superlife, a charitable community of interest for the superannuation industry. Previous roles include the Chair of the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal, Executive Manager Corporate of the Victorian Superannuation Board and its predecessor the State Superannuation Board and Company Secretary of VicSuper.

LL.B, B. Com, Dip Fin Planning (Fdn) MAICD
 

John Harte (Financial Counselling Director)
John has worked in the community sector in Western Australia for over 25 years, including roles with services assisting migrants, people caring for dementia sufferers and in child protection. He has been a financial counsellor since 1994, including 10 years coordinating a financial counselling service.

He was the chair of community childcare centre for two years and on the committee of the Financial Counselling Resource Project for 12 years. He is currently on the board of the Financial Counsellors Association of WA.

B.A. (Social Sciences)

Tony Robinson (appointed director)
Tony is currently the Senior Manager Financial Inclusion for the Brotherhood of St Laurence. Before this he served as a Victorian MP for 13 years, including four years in Cabinet, as Minister for Consumer Affairs. Tony is also on the board of the Migrant Information Centre.

B.A. (Hon), M.A. (Australian Studies)

Greg Tanzer (appointed director)
Greg was most recently a Commissioner at the Australian Securities and Investments Commission. Prior to this role he worked as Secretary-General of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions. He has significant experience in regulation, governance and policy development.

B.Ec, LL.B (Hon)  

Rosalyn Williams (Financial Counselling Director)

Rosalyn is currently the Service Manager, Financial Health Services, UnitingCare Wesley Bowden. Previous roles have included policy development, community development, financial counselling and family support.

She is also on the board of the South Australian Financial Counsellors Association and is a member of the Essential Services Policy Advisory Group for the South Australian Council of Social Service and is FCA’s representative on ASIC’s Consumer Advisory Panel.

B. Social Science (Social Welfare), Dip. Management, Dip. Community Services (Financial Counselling), Advanced Cert. Community Services (Community Development)


Represenative Council

ACT
Rachel Milfull
Lyndall Millburn

NSW
Graham Smith
Pauline Smith

NT
Phil Bowden

Qld
Jan Perkins
Jill McKinlay

SA
Anne Crouch
Astra Fleetwood

Tas
Fiona Moore
Steve Curtis

Vic
Julie Barrow
Cathy Clark

WA
Jacquie Ecclestone
Rhonda Livingston