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FPA appoints Marc Olynyk as new Chair of the Financial Planning Education Council


The Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) is pleased to announce Marc Olynyk as Chair of the Financial Planning Education Council (FPEC).

Mr Olynyk, a senior lecturer in Financial Planning and Director of Work Integrated Learning at Deakin Business School, will replace Sharon Taylor, who stepped down from chairing FPEC in August as she intends to retire at the end of the academic year.

FPA CEO Dante De Gori CFP® said: “The FPA Board would like to sincerely thank Sharon for her exceptional contribution to her service to FPEC and the profession. Her input and impact will be missed.

“Since being appointed Chair in February 2018, Sharon has been a tireless advocate for both the profession and for educational standards of the profession. Sharon chaired FPEC through a challenging period for the profession and for the educational sector and saw through the transition of accreditation to FASEA and has ensured that FPEC members are now available to support FASEA on accreditations.

“Sharon also supported a number of initiatives designed to navigate these challenges, including the expansion of the FPEC sub-committee roles to include a representative from each university, and the exploration of a new research model for financial planning. She has always been steadfast in her drive to ensure quality education at a tertiary level, and has never been afraid to refuse accreditation or demand restructuring when deemed necessary”, said Mr De Gori.

FPEC was established by the FPA in 2011 as an independent body chartered with raising the standard of financial planning education and promoting financial planning as a distinct learning area and a career of choice.

Commenting on Mr Olynyk’s appointment, Mr De Gori said: “The FPA Board is delighted to work with Marc as he brings significant experience within both academia and industry in the areas of financial planning, superannuation, retirement planning and accounting. He has also played a key role in the development, growth and recognition of financial planning within both the university sector and the financial planning profession.

“Marc has been a strong advocate for the integration of the CFP® Certification Program into Masters programs. Deakin was the first university to integrate the CFP as an elective into their Master degree. He also led an FPEC sub-committee through the approval of four more education providers. He has excellent relationships with both FASEA and TEQSA, and is keen to see FPEC play a stronger role again in the accreditation of tertiary financial planning courses.”

He holds a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, a Master of Accountancy from University of New England and a Graduate Diploma of Education from La Trobe University.