MFAA hires new education head

by Miklos Bolza26 Sep 2017
The Mortgage and Finance Association of Australia (MFAA) has announced the appointment of a new head of education to strengthen its professional development capabilities and bring in important education changes industry-wide.

Stephen Hunt will step into the role after 14 years as head of training, education and licensing for Bridges & Associates (part of the financial services giant IOOF Group).

“Stephen is well placed with relevant finance industry and education experience to lead our professional development strategies and engage with our members and other key industry stakeholders. His knowledge of how the financial planning industry has dealt with regulatory changes will really complement the MFAA’s education plans,” MFAA CEO Mike Felton said.

In addition to being tasked to develop an education-based competency framework in consultation with the industry, Hunt will also set the direction of the MFAA’s professional development program including the National Roadshow 2018, state and regional PD events, and the association’s online education and webinars.

“The MFAA will continue to lead the industry in professional standards and bring education to the fore to ensure we maintain professionalism and credibility as an industry,” Felton said.

The appointment was timely, especially with the recent raft of regulatory changes as well as recent focus on self-regulation and governance through professional development, education and training, he added.

Hunt said he was looking forward to the challenge that his new role would bring.
“I’m genuinely excited about joining the team of dedicated professionals at the MFAA. Like the financial planning profession, the mortgage and finance industry faces the concurrent challenges of regulatory change, digital disruption, mixed consumer confidence and disparate economic conditions between different states and regions. I look forward to helping our MFAA members sustain and grow their businesses.”

Image: Stephen Hunt

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