Kepa Announces Appointment to Drive Adviser Standards


Kepa Financial Services has appointed Leigh Hodgetts in the new role of Adviser Standards and Compliance Consultant, effective from 16 September 2019.

In her new role Hodgetts will work with Kepa CEO, Brendon Neal, on the Kepa Advice Hub proposition – a new service for financial advisers seeking to license themselves under the new Financial Services Legislation Amendment Act.

Incoming Kepa Adviser Standards and Compliance Consultant, Leigh Hodgetts

Kepa recently released key details around this proposition in August. (see: Kepa Expands Adviser Service Offer…).

Hodgetts will also work closely with Kepa members to implement suitable compliance frameworks and professional business practices.

Previously, she held the role of Head of Operations and Compliance at Astute Financial Management. She is a qualified financial planner and holds a National Certificate in Adult Education and Training.

Prior to this, she worked for the Financial Markets Authority as Manager of Retail Operations and had senior compliance roles with BNZ and ANZ and has run a successful financial planning practice in Brisbane.

Commenting on the appointment, Neal said: “We are delighted Leigh is joining the team. She brings to Kepa a deep understanding of compliance frameworks and best practice advice combined with on-the-ground experience of what it takes to be a successful financial adviser.

“This real-world experience is of immeasurable value as we roll-out our Advice Hub service, which is helping financial advisers navigate the new regulatory regime while still maintaining the highest standards of client care,” he said.

Hodgetts added that Kepa has demonstrated a deep commitment to best practice standards of regulatory compliance and client care.

“I am looking forward to joining Kepa and working with Brendon and the broader team to help the organisation build out their program,” she said.