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FPA charity appoints new chair

The FPA's charitable foundation Future2 has appointed a new chair to take over from Steve Helmich who stepped down earlier this month.

Future2 chair-elect Matthew Rowe will take up the role on 1 January 2016.

He has been Future2 chair-elect since 2014 and joined the board in 2011 when he was chair of the FPA. Until July 2014, Mr Rowe was managing director of Hood Sweeney in South Australia, and he is currently completing an intensive MBA at Harvard Business School.

Mr Helmich stepped down from the Future2 board after two three-year terms as chair. Under his leadership, the foundation has become an established, sustainable and highly respected charitable foundation with assets in excess of $1 million and a growing program of grants to community not-for-profits.

At the same time, three new directors/trustees will join the Future2 board, also effective 1 January 2016.

They are Matthew Brown, director and practice principal, MiQ Private Wealth, Gold Coast; Petra Churcher, chair of the SA Chapter of the FPA and general manager of ipac South Australia; and Michael Guggenheimer, managing director of AMP Financial Planning and Hillross Financial Services.

The Future2 foundation draws its support from financial planning professionals and others linked to the profession in order to make a lasting difference in the lives of young Australians who are living at social and financial disadvantage. The board is made up largely of FPA members.