Professional services firm Countplus has appointed Ray Kellerman as its next non-executive chair to replace the retiring Barry Lambert.
This morning the firm announced that Mr Lambert, who has served as the business’ chair since 2006, has retired to continue his work with the Lambert Centre for the Study of Medicinal Cannabis and take a new role as chair of industrial hemp producer Ecofibre.
New chair Mr Kellerman has 30 years’ experience in the financial services industry, and is currently a director with Goodman Funds Management Australia, Foundation Life New Zealand and Ryder Capital.
Mr Kellerman said there was a “near-term supply and demand bottleneck” and that this presented the firm with new opportunities.
“Demand from ageing consumers reaching retirement age, the need for sound wealth counsel is rising in Australia, yet the supply of non-conflicted, high-quality financial advice and accounting services is lagging,” Mr Kellerman said.
“Add to this the ongoing convergence of professional financial advice with traditional accounting and taxation services, and the pre-requisites for growth of the Countplus collaborative partnership model are clear.”