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The representative council meets at least twice a year to advise the FCA Board on strategy and policy issues, particularly those affecting financial counsellors and the state/territory associations. The council is also responsible for electing the four financial counsellor directors to the board.

The representative council has 18 members:

  • 15 are voting members, made up of two representatives from each state and territory member association and a representative from the Northern Territory which does not have a professional association.
  • three are non-voting members – FCA’s chair, FCA’s chief executive officer and another board member.

Representative Council members

Australian Capital Territory

Leanne Woodruff – President, Financial Counsellors ACT
Arthur Lee, Financial Counsellor, CARE Inc.

New South Wales

Geoff Cornwall, President, Financial Counsellors Association of NSW
Graham Smith, Financial Counsellor, Edgeworth Neighbourhood Centre


Rebecca Denny, President, Financial Counsellors Association of Queensland
Carol Eapen, Financial Counsellor, The Salvation Army

South Australia

Carolyn Piper, Chair, South Australian Financial Counsellors Organisation
Juliet Sheppard, Senior Financial Counsellor, Uniting Care Wesley Bowden


Danielle Slade, Chair, Financial Counselling Tasmania
Marguerite Smith, Financial Counsellor, Anglicare Tasmania


Sarah Davidson – President, FCVic
Troy West – Financial Counsellor, The Salvation Army

Western Australia

Balbeer Sidhu, President, Financial Counsellors Association of WA
Suzanne Long, Financial Counsellor, St Vincent de Paul

Northern Territory

Kelly Gulliver – Financial Counsellor, Catholic Care NT

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