Frontier Advisors director and former managing director Fiona Trafford-Walker has indicated she will be departing the asset consultant after 25 years.
Ms Trafford-Walker has accepted three board roles, starting with Link Group in 2015, and later both Prospa Group and Victorian Funds Management Corporation, both in 2018.
At the same time, she has progressively wound back her hours and responsibilities with Frontier.
Ms Trafford-Walker will finish with Frontier on 6 December, intending to focus fully on her non-executive roles.
Frontier Advisors chair Gabriel Szondy commented her influence has been profound, with Frontier making an impact on the retirement savings of millions of Australian workers.
“There will be many legacies of Fiona’s time at Frontier but perhaps the one that will live longest will be the development of other industry professionals, who have moved through and remain at Frontier,” Mr Szondy said.
“The importance of professional ethics and an ethos of fighting for your clients and their ultimate beneficiaries is something Fiona has instilled in the many people she has led at Frontier and this will continue to have impact for many years to come.”
“It would be impossible to overstate the impact Fiona has had just on the Frontier business, but also on the clients of Frontier over a period of 25 years.”
Ms Trafford-Walker joined the firm in 1994, when it joined with Industry Fund Services in 1994 and launched as an asset advisory business.
She took responsibility for the management of that business in 1997 and when it separated from IFS in 2000, Ms Trafford-Walker became managing director of Frontier.
“My 25 years at Frontier have been the most incredibly rewarding and I was privileged to work with some wonderful people, who made me better at my job and who collectively made Frontier a great place to work,” she said.
“A number of those people have gone on to have strong careers in the industry and continue to make a difference, and many remain at the firm today.
“I will always be very proud of our ability to develop practical ideas for clients that helped them achieve their goals and of the contribution we made to the retirement and investment outcomes of many everyday Australians.”
The company said during her tenure, Ms Trafford-Walker had developed a global profile, received a number of industry accolades and became respected by many across all facets of institutional investment.
“Fiona has acted with integrity and enthusiasm and a will to always do the best for everyone associated with Frontier,” Mr Szondy said.
“No one, who knows her, will be surprised by that statement.”
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