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Board nominations for 2023 are now open

FINSIA — the Financial Services Institute of Australasia — is Australasia’s leading membership organisation for the financial services industry.

FINSIA's heritage is over 130 years of progressing financial services knowledge and conduct to high standards. More importantly than ever FINSIA is the connector of key stakeholders, industry regulators, government and education providers to help deepen trust in financial services by raising standards of professionalism. FINSIA enables the advancement of competence and integrity for the benefit of professionals, customers and society. 

Nominations are open for the election of FINSIA Directors in 2023. 

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Board Criteria

The Board is calling for nominations from Members who would like to be considered for a role as a non-Executive Director.

Following a review of our strategy and the succession needs of FINSIA and its Board, the following skills, experience and/or attributes have been identified as important or additional elements being considered for the next Board non-Executive Director appointments:

  • Not-for-profit or membership bodies
  • Technology (systems, infrastructure, security)
  • Customer service

In keeping with the Constitution, the Board is also seeking to ensure diversity amongst the Board Directors, including age, gender identity, ethnicity/cultural background and regional representation.

Candidates will be able to demonstrate experience working in a senior leadership position across one or more of the following areas: not-for-profit or membership body, financial institutions, top 100 ASX listed companies, major professional services firms and/or government/regulatory bodies or major banking group.

Nominate for the Board

Professional Members (i.e. Life Member, Senior Fellow, Fellow, Senior Associate or Associate) can nominate for the Board using the prescribed nomination form. The Director Nominations Committee review each nomination, interview candidates and advise the Nominations and Remuneration Committee of the Board on the suitability of each nomination having regard to FINSIA’s published selection criteria. The Director Nominations Committee conducts a rigorous interview process to ensure that the most suitable candidates are put forward.

If the number of nominations received is equal to or less than the number of positions, no ballot is required. Where an election is required, it will be held before the next Annual General Meeting (AGM). A duly appointed Returning Officer will advise members of the procedures for electronic voting via an election website. The result of the election will be declared at the AGM.

The following Directors, automatically retire from office at the conclusion of each annual general meeting:

(a) any Director filling a casual vacancy at the time of the sending of notices of that meeting;

(b) any Director who has held office for 3 or more consecutive annual general meetings or more than 3 years since the annual general meeting at which they were last elected.

A Director retiring from office is eligible for re-election, but no Director can hold office for more than 3 consecutive terms. For this purpose, terms are “consecutive” unless broken by a period of at least 12 months.

​​​​​​​There are no Directors who fall within paragraph (a) above. Three Directors fall within paragraph (b) above, being Mr David R Cox (President), Mr Grant Cairns (Deputy President), and Professor Robina Xavier.  Mr David R Cox and Mr Grant Cairns will be seeking re-election.  Professor Robina Xavier, will not be seeking re-election. Therefore, there will be three (3) vacancies at the Directors’ election in 2023.

A nomination must be received in writing using the prescribed nomination form. It must include the written consent of the candidate and be signed by two Members who are Senior Fellows. A nomination must also include a brief statement (200 words maximum) setting out the candidate’s qualifications and experience in the financial services industry and any other relevant information having regard to the skills and experience outlined above, which are set out in more detail in the Terms of Reference document. Candidates should address the details contained in the Terms of Reference document and attachments (as set out in the linked document referred to above) in their statement.

Nominations must be received by the Company Secretary no later than 5.00pm Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEDT) on 2 March 2023Candidates must be available for interview during the week of 22-29 March 2023 (all dates inclusive).




The Constitution and By-Laws of FINSIA are available at

For any questions, contact the Company Secretary, FINSIA, Level 4, 16 Spring Street, Sydney, 2000, phone +61 2 9275 7900 or email [email protected]

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