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FPA bolsters team to support financial planners and grow the profession


The Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) has added to its growing team with the appointment of Shaun Weston-Cole as FPA Head of Education.

Mr Weston-Cole’s focus will be on the CFP® Certification Program student experience as he leads the introduction of new technologies in the delivery of the program.

Commenting on the appointment, FPA CEO Dante De Gori CFP®, said: “Shaun brings considerable experience to the FPA and we are excited to have him join the team.

“We know our program content is world class and now we want to focus on delivering the best possible student experience. In addition to this, we want to develop a solution for financial planners who need to undertake further study to meet the forthcoming education requirements.”

Mr Weston-Cole said he was very excited about joining the FPA, especially with the current focus on education in financial planning.

“Education has a key role to play in raising the standard of professional financial advice and ensuring that the lives of more Australians are enriched.

“Tremendous opportunities exist for financial planners to utilise education and professional development programs to broaden their professional and technical skills and differentiate themselves within the market,” he said.

Before joining the FPA, Mr Weston-Cole drove learning content design and development for the College of Law, where he also oversaw the implementation of a new learning management system for all academic programs across the Asia Pacific region. Prior to the College of Law, he worked for CCH Australia, which provides information solutions to accounting, legal and employment and safety professionals.

Mr Weston-Cole replaces Howard Cook, who has transitioned into the role of FPA Head of Academic Relations. In this role, Mr Cook will be responsible for bolstering the FPA’s existing relationships with academic institutions and ensuring that financial planning becomes a growing element of the Australian university curriculum.

Earlier this year, the FPA also appointed Andrew Cooper to lead engagement with students and get financial planning on the career agenda.

Commenting on the team changes, FPA CEO Dante De Gori CFP®, said: “We’re passionate about supporting the development of the financial planning curriculum in Australia.

“We are also excited to build on our relationships with universities and ensure the foundations are in place to support budding financial planners on their career journey.”

Enrolments for Semester 2 of the CFP® Certification Program open 1 June. Visit www.fpa.com.au/cfp to find out more.