Broker. February 2023

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Celebrating ANNIVERSARY Years

Building FBAA over three decades 10


As FBAA celebrates 30 years in 2023, we look back at how the association got started and gained traction through the 1990s.


With six pressing paper submissions to government currently underway, the FBAA continues progressing the interests of brokers and Australian loan consumers.


From admin and loan processing in 2020 to being named FBAA Mentee of the Year in 2022, Nicci Backman is carving out her career as a broker.


Your client wants to buy a house. Great! As their broker you can be the hero, or heroine, and help them with some simple tips.


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Explore the benefits, deals, offers and savings exclusively for FBAA members.


George Samios of Madd Loans talks to us about how his win was the cherry on top of an incredible year.


All the latest events and webinars happening at FBAA.


Over the past 30 years the finance and mortgage broking industry has changed significantly. We look back at the FBAA’s origin story.


Social media is a powerful tool to help you reach and win clients.



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Happy New Year for 2023 and hopefully this will be an excellent year for all FBAA members. There have been challenges over the past three years and now with many clients seeking refinancing in a rising interest rate market your time has never been more stretched.

In the hustle and bustle of a broker’s busy life, it is not unusual to hear of brokers who are living in the working moment and not taking time out to look inward at their business model or consider what is happening in the greater market. Very understandable and quite normal. It can lead, however, to too much inward perspective making it very difficult to accept or create changes necessary to keep up with a changing business world.

FBAA wants to challenge you to take some time out to think about your business and the greater finance industry market.

• Think about where you think the finance market will be five to 10 years from now.

• What will change in how major banks conduct their business?

• What does the second-tier lender market look like?

• What will be the role of aggregators?

• What level of education will be important to a professional broker?

• Will single-operator brokers continue to exist? Will they strategically merge with others?

• What will brokers need from their industry body?

• Will brokers select a market sector and specialise or be more broadly focused?

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•What role will technology play that differs from today? Where is it headed?

These are just a few of the questions we all need to address if appropriate strategies are to be developed and implemented, ensuring the finance broker of today is still relevant to consumers and businesses requiring professional support in their funding needs.

To be part of the future solution, we ask that you take time to think about these and other questions concerning our collective future. Develop your view and write it down. Send it to FBAA at

We have already started the process and met with all State Presidents, the FBAA Board and some key FBAA staff in November. The next meeting, in February, is with key aggregators.

As we gather the input, including that received from brokers of all sizes, we will develop emerging themes. The outcome will be shared with members and used in our Education programs and Advocacy work with the Government, Aggregators and Banks.

Together we can lead the future rather than becoming victims of it. Only if individuals are prepared to put their views forward, helping create a powerful view of the future.

We welcomed Christine Green to the Board at the AGM in November 2022. Having served as the Queensland State President, Christine is already well known to those in Queensland.

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We are looking forward to Christine’s insight and contribution to the work of the FBAA Board over the coming three years.
Tony Carter

Industry Update

With six pressing paper submissions to government currently underway, the FBAA continues progressing the interests of brokers and Australian loan consumers. Researching and investigating issues and preparing a strong case for government to review is how we achieve real change.


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At the FBAA National Industry Conference back in November, we spoke about the many papers the FBAA has in development regarding key issues concerning brokers. In 2023, we continue our work behind the scenes, preparing strong cases to help improve our industry FBAA members, brokers and Australian loan consumers.

The six key papers we are working on during the first half of this year regard clawbacks, offsets, unbundling products under RG 273, serviceability buffer rates, point of sale exemptions and comparison rates. These papers are in development, and will be submitted to government before the end of June. Some are closer to submission than others. All are major concerns for our industry, and a priority for the FBAA.

1. Clawbacks

We are currently completing due diligence and the workouts required for our paper on clawbacks. We continue gathering insight into whether lenders are profiteering from clawbacks, and our findings will help shape our paper to government. From this paper, the government will determine the appropriate next steps.

2. Net of offset commissions

We’re deep in our work putting together a case for net of offset issues. We are seeing some lenders adjusting and correcting when the payments are made post the offset account monies being used, but there is more work to be done. Our research has shown a 342% increase in brokers waiting 12 months or longer to be paid. This is unacceptable and needs to be immediately paid in the next commission run.

3. RG 273 issues

The current regulatory guide requires the

best interest duty (BID) to be applied to each product within a bundle, which is not practical. It also was not the intention of Treasury when BID was developed. We need to unbundle the issues this causes for brokers and borrowers. We are in the throws of finalising this paper.

4. Serviceability buffer rates

We are finishing our research for a paper on serviceability buffer rates. In October 2021, APRA raised the serviceability buffer to 3% above lender’s interest rates. With increased interest rates, this means many borrowers’ serviceability are now being assessed around 9%. Our position is that existing borrowers who already have loans, should not be pushed out of the market by excessive buffering rates – it penalises them and keeps them prisoner to their existing lender. We support a common-sense approach here.

5. Point of sale exemptions

We continue our work pushing for removal of point of sale exemptions for car dealerships. This is a fairly extensive and very technical paper, requiring a few months’ further work until we are ready to submit to government.

6. Comparison rates

Almost always, the comparison rate disclaimer is irrelevant to the actual loan being applied for. There needs to be some framework around this for customers, so that this rate actually makes sense in the market and the average loan sizes as well as being reviewed at least every two years. This is about creating transparency and accurate information for Australian consumers.


We’ve listened to member feedback and have reviewed and revamped FBAA’s events. In 2023 we will deliver completely revamped and refreshed events, starting with our Professional Development Summits. Our focus is on

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delivering higher quality events, designed to be even more meaningful and impactful. We will take our events to the next level, with increased content and value to ensure brokers get more out of each event you attend. While we will be holding fewer events in total, we will still deliver to each state around the country.


The FBAA will continue our support of The Adviser Better Business Summit. We will travel around Australia with the summit through March, exhibiting at each event. If you plan to attend a Better Business Summit, look out for us and come say hi. Better Business Summits

2023: Brisbane, March 2; Western Australia, March 9; South Australia, March 16; New South Wales, March 23; and Victoria, March 30.

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Broker in business: Nicci Backman

After joining the broking industry in 2020 as administration and loan processing, Nicci Backman made the leap into broking April 2021. Then in 2022 Nicci was named FBAA Mentee of the Year, a moment she describes as “surreal”.

Property and finance have always interested Nicci Backman. “I bought my first home at 19 years old, and knew I would enjoy a career in finance, I just didn’t know where to start,” reflects Nicci.

Before 2020, Nicci worked in radiology as a medical liaison officer. After having her daughter and becoming a single parent, she decided it was time for a change and took her initial steps into the broking industry. In February 2020 she joined Melbourne-based boutique brokerage Zella, starting out in an administration and loan processing role.

“I wanted to start in admin to learn the ropes of all angles in this career,” shares Nicci. “I believed that learning every aspect of the job would only help me to be as successful and knowledgeable as possible. But becoming a broker was always the goal.

“For me personally, the drawcard was a better work-life balance and more flexibility, with an employer who knew what it was like to be career-focused while also being a mum.”

Nicci knew the leap into broking would be a significant career change, but made the transition smoother by establishing a mentoring relationship with her friend Cait Bransgrove, Director at Zella. While she had a different mentor initially, Nicci says she found she would workshop deals with Cait, and realised the positive and close relationship they shared was contributing to Nicci’s professional growth.

“Cait took over mentoring me about a year ago now,” recalls Nicci. “Cait has a very similar drive to me, we share an outlook that we will do everything we can to help others, and that no situation is too hard.

“To receive the Industry Thought Leader of the Year award shows that my intentions translate – that people hear and understand what it is I am standing up for and why.”
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“Initially I had to push myself out of my comfort zone with complex deals, which taught me to just go for it, and in doing so my skill level increased drastically. I believe it made me become the broker I am today.”

Nicci and Zella deliver all types of finance, from residential to commercial, asset and SMSF lending.

In November, Nicci was named FBAA’s 2022 Mentee of the Year. She describes the moment she won as “surreal”.

“I am one to always try my absolute best at everything I do, but I never thought I would earn my first broker award so soon in my career!”

Nicci’s advice to new brokers seeking a mentor is to find a mentor that motivates and challenges you, and whom you admire.

brings value

“Make sure you are working with a mentor that really brings value to your days, because you don’t know what you don’t know. You are relying on this person to be your role model in all aspects of your career –whether its advice on loan structures, compliance, how to be personable with clients, build relationships, stay motivated, and so much more. You need a mentor to teach you things you never would have considered, which will help you identify and establish a point of difference which is essential to growing.”

Nicci says helping clients achieve their dream purchases is “the best feeling ever”.

“It never ceases to amaze me how much influence we have over such a pivotal moment in people’s lives.”

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Help your client hit the home jackpot.

Your client wants to buy a house. Great! They want to buy in an area that suits them. Alright! As their broker you can be the hero, or heroine, and help them with the following tips.

Age and lifestyle

Your client’s stage of life will also play a determining factor in where they choose to settle down.

Young families will likely be searching for a property near to parks, playgrounds, schools, shopping centres and sporting fields.

Singles on the other hand may be looking to live near other singles, close to public transport, food and beverage venues, and entertainment precincts.

Empty nesters typically hope to downsize in quiet areas near to people who share similar values and interests.

Invite your client to research local demographics and census data to learn a little about the people that live in their desired area, including age, profession and family status. This will help to guide them in finding the perfect property and suburb for them.

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Their budget

Your client’s budget will dictate what they can afford. While many buyers — especially first home buyers — have their hearts set on settling down in a particular area, their budget may not accommodate the price tags of the houses in that vicinity.

Encourage your client to take a look at house prices in neighbouring suburbs or those on the verge of areas that have experienced price hikes in recent years. They can check out future planning to see what infrastructure is being introduced to the area, and weigh up whether these improvements to the district will benefit their lifestyle and wallet in the years to come.

Ask a local

The quickest way to retrieve raw information about the suburb your client is considering buying a property in is to go directly to the source, and in this case, I mean speak to the locals.

Your client could spark up small talk with a cashier at the supermarket. There is no harm in asking questions to gain a better understanding of the way the suburb works, what is great, and what to look out for. Locals tend to be friendly and happy to assist — especially if they love their suburb.

Length of stay

Sometimes, buyers outgrow their properties and that’s ok. But the key is for your client to buy a home that suits their needs, within an area that meets their needs too.

A young couple with no plans to start a family within the next five years may be happy to settle into a two-bedroom apartment close to the city, whereas a couple planning to start a family are more likely to settle into a three-bedroom home in a suburb with all the amenities.

Encourage your client to consider if both the home and area they like meet their needs for their intended timeframe of ownership. If not, it’s a good idea to put some more thought into their buying decision.

I hope these tips help you to service your client’s needs at an advanced level. That’s what it’s all about — exceptional client service.

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Celebrating ANNIVERSARY Years

THE FIRST 10 years

Built by brokers for brokers

This year marks 30 years since the FBAA officially formed in 1993. Over the past three decades, the finance and mortgage broking industry has changed significantly. One consistent though has been the FBAA representing the broker voice. We look back on the first 10 years of the association as it came together, found its feet and took its first steps to becoming the broking industry’s peak advocacy body.

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In the 1980s and early 1990s, the broking industry was taking shape, a far cry from what we know today. Run through phone calls, faxes and faceto-faces, there was no email, no Google, no automated text message reminders for appointments, no offshore loan processing, no clawbacks. Back then brokers existed to give customers price comparisons for loans, and over the decades has evolved into the multi-faceted profession it is in 2023. The path from then to now has been shaped by the hand of the Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA), the finance and mortgage broking industry’s peak advocacy body. Founding member and former board member, vice chairman and treasurer Chris Szigeti shares with us the association’s origin story.

Before relocating to the sunshine and sand of Queensland’s Gold Coast in 1988, Chris Szigeti was an equipment finance broker based in Melbourne and operating in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane. He had come to broking from AGC (Australian Guarantee Corporation, which eventually turned into GE Money and Westpac). After breaking up a business partnership in Melbourne, Chris moved to Gold Coast to start a new business and discovered the broking landscape was very different. “Back then regulation was up to the individual states,” recalls Chris. “Every state did its own thing. In Victoria, brokers needed a broker’s licence which required a written application and physical interview, usually some sort of professional history in finance or banking and there were loose guidelines dictating what you couldn’t do. In Queensland, however, no licence was required, there was no regulation.” In some ways, it was like the wild west, with cowboy brokers writing their own rules.

While Chris was still relatively new to Queensland, he had established business connections and high-profile businessman Geoff Thomas AO invited him to a meeting for brokers. “It was June 1993, and it was freezing in the church hall in Bowen Hills where we had that very first meeting with just half a dozen brokers,” recalls Chris. “Our initial principle was to, firstly, be recognised by the government as an association representing our industry, and, secondly, enhance the credibility of brokers in the eyes of the lenders and the public at large. The public distrusted a lot of brokers, and we wanted those types out of the industry. We set out to establish professional standards.”

Brokers in the early 1990s didn’t have the market position they do today, with over 70 per cent of customers choosing brokers for mortgage loans. “We recognised we needed to lift the profile of brokers, we needed more influence over positioning brokers and building our industry’s identity,” says Chris.

“To put it into perspective, we met with the Minister of Consumer Affairs after that initial meeting to discuss the general industry and where brokers fit in, and the minister didn’t know what finance brokers were.”

The Finance Brokers Association of Queensland (FBAQ) was officially incorporated on November 12, 1993. After spreading word that a new association was forming, the founding members held a second meeting on November 16, 1993, this time with 18 brokers who each paid $50 to kickstart the association.

It was an association built by brokers from the ground up. “At the core of everything we did in those early years was the mantra ‘run by brokers for brokers’ and that really remains today,” says Chris. “We used to meet in different towns and cities, to promote membership, build camaraderie and share knowledge.”

Memberships grew throughout the 1990s, mostly in Queensland and New South Wales. Then in October, 2000, the FBAQ merged with a small association in Western Australia which had a couple hundred members. On October 17, the FBAQ officially changed to Finance Brokers Association of Australia (FBAA) to reflect its national presence.

“The FBAA has grown from this little acorn we planted with just 18 founding members, to a wellregarded industry advocacy body that represents more than 10,000 finance and mortgage brokers across every state and territory in Australia,” says Chris. “Today, ASIC, Treasury and government ministers reach out to the FBAA for consultation when making decisions about the broking industry –this is the profile we set out to build around brokers that 30 years ago.”

Professionalism was always front of mind for the association says Chris. “We had developed a code of conduct within the first 12 months,” he recalls, “and we established an insurance route for brokers to have professional indemnity insurance, because that was important for both brokers and loan customers. We

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“We met to discuss the general industry and where brokers fit in, and the minister didn’t know what finance brokers were.”

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actually still have that professional relationship with Insurance Advisernet to this day.”

During the first 10 years, 1993 to 2003, Chris says there were many highs, such as growing the association membership and going national, but there were also challenges along the way.. All professions in Australia evolved with the introduction of computers and the internet in daily operations. “In the finance industry, the moment you think you know everything is when you’ve got to start again and reteach yourself. Every five years, something comes along that revolutionises the way we do things.”

It was during this same period that national legislation for brokers was developed, with the federal government’s announcement in 1997 of a Corporate Law Economic Reform Program. CLERP 6 related to financial services reform bill, including new licensing and disclosure requirements and was introduced in 2001. “That was a challenging time, navigating new legislation. Thankfully, this is something the FBAA has got very good at consulting on over the decades.”

Chris has held many roles with FBAA over its 30-year history – founding member (1993), unofficial Gold Coast representative (from 1993), Queensland State President (appointed 2006), board member and Treasurer (appointed 2009) and Vice Chairman (2013) until he retired from the board in 2021. “Having been voted to the board, I always felt I represented brokers at large

and I took that responsibility very seriously.”

Today, Chris is a lifetime member with FBAA (since 2014), and continues operating his private mortgage lending and super regulation funds business, CSA Finance Private Mortgages, from Gold Coast.

“How we do business has changed exponentially over the past 30 years,” reflects Chris. “In the earlymid 1990s, there was a bank branch on every corner. Today, branches are closing down left, right and centre as business shifts online.” What hasn’t changed though, is the need for great customer service and working through complex client situations, which is where brokers come in.

“Thirty years ago, brokers existed to provide price comparisons to loan customers. Today, the broker’s role is much more complex,” offers Chris. “We comply with much heavier regulation, we are on the lookout for issues such as money laundering, fraud, financial abuse, we must ensure the best interest duty is met.

“Having a highly-regarded advocacy body, an association that supports brokers with training, networking, mentoring, and everything else we need to keep improving has become essential – and that’s exactly what the FBAA is.”

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Join us and the women professionals in our broader industry to transform constructive discussions into practical change, wholeheartedly supporting you to connect, grow and thrive with excellence.

If you would like to be a part of the conversation, we meet monthly for 1 to 2 hours by video conference. To engage with a variety of views, we will rotate the composition of the groups, creating an opportunity for you to meet other likeminded people.


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Social Media Marketing for Finance Brokers

Lots of businesses find it difficult to achieve results on social media, Yet, social media marketing can be a powerful tool to reach thousands each month and win clients. Here are valuable marketing insights to manage your time on social media effectively and succeed.

If you find it painful to get results on social media or hate doing it, join the queue. Social media marketing can, however, be a valuable investment to grow your business.

With all your responsibilities, from serving customers to talking to banks and everything in between, here are some valuable marketing insights to manage your time effectively and succeed.

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Focus on paid campaigns

Organic posts for business pages are as good as dead. Based on research by We are social, Instagram engagement is less than 2% of your followers, while Facebook is .07%. It’s because the algorithms are continuously changing.

Unlike big brands with unlimited resources, you need to start advertising monthly to reach your target audience and get tangible results.

By incorporating campaigns into your strategy, you can expand your reach further and target specific users in the top, middle, and bottom of the customer buying funnel to generate high-quality leads.

Be consistent

A common issue among business owners is inconsistent posting. For example, one of our commercial finance clients wanted to improve her reach on Facebook but was sharing content irregularly, sometimes even weeks apart and reaching only a couple of hundred each month.

It takes a lot of time to create content, but if you aren’t consistent with it, that’s time wasted with no results to show for it.

On the other hand, our client Meezan Wealth is reaching between 35,000 to 50,000 through Facebook and Google Ads, proving that advertising campaigns are much more effective.

Combine social with Google Ads

Placing ads on Google can be beneficial since you reach audiences with a high intent to purchase from your business.

A budget between $1,000 to $3,000 minimum is required for advertising with keywords that your audience enters into Google. Then, with the correct settings, you can target people browsing for the solution you provide.

Google offers a wide range of campaign options, from text-based ads on search result pages to display ads (images) and videos.

However, Google Ads are not for novices. Working with someone skilled in Google Ads management is highly recommended to ensure you get the best results for your money.

Invest in Retarget Advertising

While social advertising drives traffic to your website, Retarget ads target anyone who visited your web pages but left without buying.

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George Samios

After 10 years spent building his broker business, Madd Loans, George Samios decided it was time to step away from broking and focus on growing his business and inspiring the next generation of brokers. In November he took out the FBAA’s 2022 Broker of the Year award, a win he says was the cherry on top of an incredible year.

Congratulations on being named 2022 Broker of the Year — how did it feel to receive this accolade?

It was so humbling to actually finish off with Broker of the Year Award. It meant a lot to me, especially because mid-last year I stopped writing loans, stopped working as a broker and placed my focus on the business.

I decided that for us to continue growing the business, it’s hard for me to keep writing loans. I need to be focused on strategy and improving processes and procedures, making my staff come to work and love what they do.

It will be my staff up there winning awards next!

Madd Loans has been on a steady trajectory since you started the business back in 2012. Was moving away from writing loans always the goal?

No, it was actually, believe it or not, hard for me to stop doing meetings, because I loved doing home loans, loved helping people. I found myself for the first month or two feeling weird, like I didn’t know what to do. By the end of 2022, I got the hang of it.

Looking back on 2022, what were your ‘big wins’?

Last year we had a cracker, our biggest year ever. As well as helping thousands of people secure loans, we increased Madd’s brand presence. We were involved in home shows, we were a major sponsor of the Paniyiri Festival, we are everywhere in Brisbane at the moment – on the radio, on billboards, on YouTube where we’re getting some pretty good traction. We even upgraded our website. Last year was hectic.

On top of that, we managed to fit in a 500-person charity ball (the inaugural Madd Ball) where we raised $125,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation and gave away a car. The theme was ‘A Night in Greece’ and we turned the convention centre into Mykonos for the night. It was a great success. It’s an amazing feeling when you work out why you’re put on this planet, and I reckon giving back is a big part of why I’m here.

What can we expect from Madd in 2023?

This year will see significant growth for Madd Loans. We have about 20 staff operating out of our office

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“If you want to really run as a broker, you need to be with a company that is running as well.”

HQ. We put on two more in January, and we’re looking to hire another six in February. In March, we will welcome a business banker to our team –she’s actually the best business banker I’ve met. This will allow us to open into commercial lending and business banking, which follows from what we already do which is mortgage broking and financial planning.

I’m a big believer in looking after people. My goal is for Madd Loans to be the biggest brokers in the country by having the happiest staff. Happy staff lead to happy clients, Happy clients lead to referrals.

We will also move from our 300-square-metre office into a 1000-square-metre office.

As part of our growth strategy in 2023, I am currently looking to acquire existing brokerages, so if you are looking to retire and want to sell to a mortgage broker who is proactive and will give your clients exceptional service, please get in touch.

What is the single most relevant piece of advice you would give to brokers wanting to grow their business this year?

Before you make any decision, you need to ask yourself, ‘What do I want?’ What is my version of winning?’ For me, my version of winning is having a

company which employs a hundred people and helps thousands of people.

In order for me to get to that, I use the philosophy of kaizen, which is continuous improvement through changes. Through this we are forever getting better at the way we do business, making everything we do client-centric, trying to make it easier for our clients to buy property. We are completely proactive in the way that we do business with our clients. We show them opportunity, we tell them when they have enough equity to buy again, we tell them when there’s a better rate for them, it’s automatic in our business.

You may come to broking because you want to be a lifestyle broker, write a few loans a month and play golf. But if you want to really run as a broker, you need to be with a company that is running as well. My advice is to work under a brand that is innovating, always getting better – kaizen.

If you are motivated, come join us at Madd. We’re always looking for good people, and you can be based anywhere in Australia.

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Over the past 20 years Tony has been on three not-for-profit boards; BIZLINK (Chairman), Asthma Foundation WA (Chairman), and Asthma Australia (Director).

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An experienced board director, Barry is a Chartered Accountant whose roles have included chairing HBF Health, Bethanie Group and Bethanie Housing as well as Churches of Christ in WA. He was a board member with Plan B Group Holdings Limited, Plan B Trustees Ltd, HBF Health, HBF Insurance, Westcare, together with various committees of the Uniting Church in Australia and major not-for-profit sports associations. Formerly the Partner in Charge of the Corporate Recovery Division of KPMG in Perth, Barry is presently a partner at Chartered Accountants, Honey & Honey. Barry brings a high level of governance and financial analytical skills as well as expertise in the oversight of undertakings in a ‘for-purpose’ environment.

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