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AFA announces education award winner

The Association of Financial Advisers (AFA) has announced Anne Graham, from Securitor practice McPhail HLG Financial Planning in Victoria, as the winner of the 2013 Excellence in Education Award.

The award recognises advisers who are committed to lifelong learning and raising the professional standards within financial services. 

“Anne has demonstrated her ability to take what she has learned, both through theory and practice, and transfer this knowledge into practical solutions for her business, her clients and also herself. This was a real standout,” AFA head of campus Nick Hakes said.

“We admire Anne’s belief that ongoing education not only allows advisers to improve the technical advice they provide to clients, but it also contributes to raising the professional standards within the advice community.”

The AFA Excellence in Education Award has been running for six years, which the AFA said reflects its belief in having a highly educated and professional advice industry.

“The award is a testament to the AFA’s ongoing commitment to building the standard of education for all financial advisers, and the large number of nominations received this year demonstrates that advisers are now very focused on their professional development,” AFA chief executive Brad Fox said.

“We know consumers value highly educated advisers,” Mr Hakes said.

“This award demonstrates the direct link between investment in education and professional credibility.”