Former Professional Advisers Association CEO, Rod Severn, has been announced as the incoming Chief Executive Officer for the Professional IQ College (PIQ), commencing in early 2019.
PIQ is New Zealand’s only industry owned not-for-profit NZQA accredited training organisation.
Severn’s appointment follows his five-year tenure at the PAA, which came to an end with the establishment and implementation of the new, combined adviser association, Financial Advice New Zealand.
Former PAA Learning and Development Manager, Angi Mann, and former Institute of Financial Advisers CEO, Fred Dodds, have both been appointed to the PIQ Board.
The three key appointments were made in anticipation of the increased needs of financial advisers under the new FSLAB regime.
Severn says he is delighted to be chosen as the new CEO and offers an exciting opportunity.
“Under the new regime, ensuring that advisers can access quality and competency and training will be essential,” he said. “The College is well placed to address the Level 5 compliance requirements of advisers, and to support the industry as it progresses.”
“Under the new regime, ensuring that advisers can access quality and competency and training will be essential.”
He said he has always been a big believer in training and that it is important consumers are dealing with knowledgeable, competent advisers.
“This is where PIQ excels,” he said. “I am also delighted that Angi and Fred have joined the Board – their experience and knowledge will bring considerable value to PIQ and to the advisers we work with.”
Commenting on the appointments, Chairman of Professional IQ College, David Crawford, said, “I am delighted to have Rod Severn join us as CEO. He is an experienced executive and well known to many in the industry. Angi and Fred will bring further relevant expertise to the board and their detailed knowledge of the financial services sector will ensure our future strategy caters for all segments of the profession.”