New Chair and Deputy for Pro Bono Financial Advice Network


The Pro Bono Financial Advice Network has announced the appointment of existing board members, Nicola Beswick as Chair and Natalie Kleibert as Deputy Chair.

A statement from the organisation says that Beswick and Kleibert will be responsible for leading PFAN into the next phase of its purpose – improving the financial wellbeing of Australians living with serious illness and/or disability by providing pro bono financial advice.

It notes that Western Australian financial adviser, Stephen Knight, has also joined the board.

Nicola Beswick…it’s often a small contribution that makes a massive difference…

PFAN, which was established in 2014, is a network of industry professionals focused on providing pro bono financial advice to those in need.

The statement adds that in 2016, PFAN partnered with MS Queensland to provide pro bono financial advice to people with MS who had identified financial advice as one of their most needed services. It has also formed a partnership with MS Limited, which provides services in Victoria, NSW, ACT and Tasmania.

Beswick, a financial adviser based in Melbourne, succeeds Nick Hakes, who has stepped down as Chair after four years, but remains on as Treasurer. Tim Meggitt has stepped down as a director after seven years.

Beswick thanked TAL and the AFA, which provide support with the organisation’s administration and operations and encouraged more advisers to make themselves available to support a pro bono advice case.

“I welcome any adviser who wants to help someone in need to get in touch with us and find out how little of their own time it can take to support just one more person. They will be giving that person vital financial advice at a time when they need it. It’s often a small contribution that makes a massive difference,” she says.

Other board members include: Paul Harding-Davis, Brad Fox, Kate Humphries and Niall McConville.

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