New Chair Appointed to Financial Advice NZ


Former Act MP Heather Roy (pictured) is the new Chair of Financial Advice New Zealand. She has been contributing to the board as an independent director for one year, and was made interim chair at the organisation’s 15 November 2021 AGM when Sue Brown stepped down having completing her four-year term.

Roy is a professional director who serves on a number of boards. She was an ACT member of Parliament from 2002-2011, and served as Minister of Consumer Affairs in the John Key Government from 2008-2010. Her appointment is for three years.

Financial Advice NZ CEO Katrina Shanks says: “Heather has contributed a huge and rare depth of knowledge and expertise in governance experience over the past year that has greatly benefited our organisation and our members, and we are looking forward to her continuing that from the Chair as we move forward in these changing times.

“The financial advice sector has, like many others, faced some big hurdles over the past two years, and Heather’s experience will be crucial in navigating the new legislative regime and changing commercial environment, and helping increase New Zealanders’ financial health, wealth and wellbeing.”

Roy says she is looking forward to furthering the work of growing respected, trusted, professional financial advisers who support New Zealanders “…to make wise financial choices and achieve financial security”.