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FPA Board Elections

The 2020 Board election is now closed. The next election for practitioner member elected directors will be held in 2022.

The FPA is delighted to announce that Kearsten James CFP®, Julie Matheson CFP® and Julian Place CFP® have been elected to the Board from 25 November 2020.

Kearsten James CFP® is the Gold Coast FPA Chapter Chair, a multiple FPA Award finalist and winner and has presented at the FPA Professionals Congress. Kearsten’s goal as a director is to ensure financial planning businesses remain profitable and sustainable, in order to provide affordable advice for all Australians.

Julie Matheson CFP® is a long standing member of the FPA, an FPA Distinguished Service Award recipient and has previously served on the FPA Board and many FPA committees. Julie is passionate about the profession of financial planning and ensuring advice is accessible and cost effective through a balanced approach to the regulatory burden.

Julian Place CFP® has been the FPA Chapter Chair for Melbourne for the last 10 years and is a member of the Financial Planning Education Council (FPEC). He is a past recipient of the FPA Distinguished Service Award and he is heavily involved with Future2. Julian is passionate about the value of financial advice and the noble work that financial planners do every day.

The next election will be held in 2022. General details are below and specific dates will be advised mid 2022.

The Constitution of the Financial Planning Association (FPA) requires that the FPA calls an election no less than 84 days before the Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Eligible members are FPA members in the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER® professional, Financial Planner AFP® and Associate member categories.  Eligible members are entitled to be nominated for election, to propose or second nominations and to vote in the election.

Eligible members who are nominated must have renewed their membership for the current financial year. Each nomination requires a proposer and a seconder who must also be eligible members.

This election is being called for three (3) member elected Director positions on the FPA Board.  In accordance with the FPA Constitution and the Election Regulations, the two (2) practising CFP® professionals with the highest number of votes plus the one (1) nominee with the next highest number of votes will be appointed.  The term of appointment for these member directors will be three (3) years in accordance with clause 34.1 of the FPA Constitution.


Please take time to read the FPA Board Charter and Code of Conduct and the FPA Member Director Role Description prior to starting a nomination.

Members will be sent an email calling for nominations for three new Director positions on the FPA Board.  All eligible members able to nominate will be provided with a link to the online nomination form.

The online nomination form is structured to allow FPA members the opportunity to compare candidates, ensuring transparency in the election process.  The nomination form comprises the following four questions which each require an answer of no more than 200 words.

  • Your recent active involvement with the FPA via work with Committees/Chapters, outlining your key successes and achievements.
  • Previous Board experience and demonstrated track record as a Director, identifying knowledge of corporate governance, strategic planning and risk management.
  • Financial literacy and history of running a complex business.
  • Your ‘Pitch’ to members including (optionally) your contact details.

We recommend that applicants plan their answers carefully and then copy and paste into the online form.

On completion of the nomination form, you will be prompted to confirm the following:

  • That you have read, and agree to abide by the FPA Board Charter and Code of Conduct.
  • That you have read the FPA Member Director Role Description and if elected, will give your commitment to the time required to discharge the role and responsibilities.
  • That you have undertaken appropriate AICD training (or the equivalent). If you do not, that you are willing to undertake this training within the first 12 months of appointment.
  • You will be subject to relevant background checks as determined by the FPA (this may include, police background, credit, and an internal FPA check in relation to your professional conduct).
  • That you are willing to sign a Deed of Access and Indemnity and a Director Services Agreement on appointment.
  • That you have completed the Personal Declaration form and emailed a copy to the Returning Officer at [email protected]

You will also have the facility to upload a small photograph of yourself in jpeg format.

Your application must be seconded by two eligible FPA members who are renewed for the current financial year.

After submitting your application you will be contacted by a member of the FPA Board.  They will confirm that you are fully informed about the role and the commitment and responsibilities attached to it.  No nomination will be endorsed.  As a result of member feedback, we no longer provide nominees with membership data for the purposes of campaigning.  You will have an opportunity to amend your nomination prior to voting opening.


84 days prior to the AGM Nominations open for the election of Member Directors
70 days prior to the AGM Nominations close for the election of Member Directors
56 days prior to the AGM Voting opens for the election of Member Directors
35 days prior to the AGM Voting closes for the election of Member Directors
TBC Advise election results
TBC Appointment of Directors
2022 FPA Annual General Meeting

Important documentation

FPA Constitution

Regulation 02/02

FPA Board Charter and Code of Conduct

FPA Member Director Role Description

Personal Declaration form

Deed of Access and Indemnity