FISA is governed by a 10-person Council. Three councillors are elected by all members (the Nationally Elected Councillors), while members in the six regions elect a chairperson for their Regional Committee for a term of two years. These chairpersons serve as Regional Councillors. The CEO is appointed by the Nationally Elected and Regional Councillors and is also a member of Council.
The Regional Committees promote FISA in their region by:
- Cooperation with the Office of the Master of the High Court (MoHC), the South African Revenue Service (SARS) and other stakeholders.
- Arranging continuous professional development (CPD) sessions in the regions.
There are seven special purpose committees comprising experts in the areas of trusts, estates, compliance, tax, education and training, employee-benefit trusts and beneficiary funds.
CEO (FPSA®, CFP®,TEP)
Louis van Vuren’s career in financial services goes back 25 years, with 19 of these in the fiduciary industry. He holds BA, LLB and LLM degrees from RAU (now UJ), the Advanced Certificate in Leadership from UCT and the Advanced Post-Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning from the UFS.
He served as legal adviser and in management in Old Mutual and in various senior management roles in Old Mutual Trust and BoE Trust, before taking early retirement in 2012. He is Director: Trust Services of Finlac Risk and Legal Management (Pty) Ltd, a fee-based financial planning practice in Cape Town.
National Chairperson and Eastern Cape Regional Councillor
Dr Eben Nel has 17 years’ experience in the financial planning and fiduciary industry, the last seven of which have been with PSG Trust in Port Elizabeth. Dr Nel specialises in estate planning, wills and trusts. He has a doctorate in trust law and financial instruments and is an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa.
He is also a Certified Financial Planner and Research Fellow in the Faculty of Law at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Dr Nel contributes regularly to peer-reviewed legal publications on trust law and related topics.
Vice Chairperson (CFP®, FPSA® MTP (SA)™, TEP)
Angélique Visser, a director at Baraza Wealth, has 23 years’ experience in estate planning, estates, trusts, wills and tax. Positions held previously were Head of Fiduciary at Standard Bank Private Clients, Head of Governance at FNB Trust Services and Director at FNB Trust Services Namibia. She is a Certified Financial Planner, a member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) and the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT).
She was Chairperson of the Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa (FISA) from 2012 – 2015 and liaises with the Chief Master’s office, SARS, National Treasury and various other stakeholders as a National Council Member. She has a law degree and a post graduate diploma in financial planning. She is passionate about the industry and is a regular commentator in the media.
National Councillor (FPSA®, CFP®)
Ms Williams has a career spanning 25 years in the fiduciary, legal and academic sphere. She currently heads the fiduciary team (Cape) at Nedbank Private Wealth. Prior to that she held senior fiduciary positions within Nedgroup Trust and Syfrets Trust/BoE Trust. She worked as Assistant Master of the High Court from 1991to 2002 and was a Junior lecturer at University of Stellenbosch in 1991.
Ms Williams is an Advocate of the High Court, a Certified Financial Planner®, a Master Tax Practitioner (SAIT) and a Trust and Estate Practitioner (STEP). She has a BA and LLB from Stellenbosch University, an LLM (cum laude) from UNISA, and a postgradudate Diploma in Tax Law from UCT.
Gauteng Regional Councillor (CA)
Penelope du Plessis has 28 years’ experience in the fiduciary industry. She is currently the Managing Director of Uberrima Phoenix (Pty) Ltd, a trust company specialising in court order trusts. Prior to the appointment of Managing Director, she filled Senior Trust Officer positions within Sentinel International Advisory Services, BoE Trust and Fairheads Benefit Services. She holds the professional designation FPSA®.
Western Cape Regional Councillor (FPSA®, TEP)
Ryno has over 10 years’ experience in the fiduciary industry. Having acted as a director of Treasury Trust Services (Pty) Ltd, a fiduciary services company and CEO of Destinata Holdings Limited, a public company, he now operates a boutique family office Capitor (Pty) Ltd, catering for high net worth families’ fiduciary and financial needs. He holds a BA law degree from Stellenbosch University and a post graduate diploma in financial planning from the University of Free State. He further holds professional designations as a CFP®, FPSA® and GTP(SA)™ and is a member of the Institute of Directors SA.
Free State Regional Councillor (FPSA®, CFP®)
Rynoe has over 35 years’ experience in the fiduciary industry, having started his career in 1983 and worked for some of the major banks and trust companies over the years. He is currently a Wealth Manager with PSG Wealth in Bloemfontein.
Rynoe is a Certified Financial Planner® and a Tax Practitioner registered with SAIT. He has various tax diplomas and certificates obtained through UNISA. He is a member of both FIA and the FPI and acted on the tax committee of the FPI.
National Councillor and Secretary (FCIS, FPSA®, TEP)
Aaron has over 25 years ‘ experience in the fiduciary industry, specialising in trusts. He is a member of STEP (Society for Trust & Estate Practitioners) and CIS (Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries & Administrators).
He has held the position of FISA Secretary since 1998.
KwaZulu-Natal Regional Councillor
Shayne has 25 years experience in the fiduciary industry, specializing in the administration of deceased estates. Amongst others she was employed by BoE Trust (lately Nedgroup Trust) in Cape Town and Durban.
She is currently Operational Head at Sanlam Trust in Durban, with responsibility for KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape.
Northern Regional Councillor (FPSA®, MTP(SA)™, CBA™ and TEP)
Ian is a director at Crest Trust Holdings Incorporated and has 35 years’ experience in Estate Planning and Structuring, Administration of Deceased Estates, setting up and administration of Trusts, drafting of Wills and Tax Advice to high net worth clients. He previously held senior management positions with Boland Bank Trust and Sanlam Trust and was appointed as legal advisor with Sanlam for two years. Ian holds a B.Iuris degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Taxation. He is a member of the Fiduciary Institute of Southern Africa, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP), the South African Institute of Tax Professionals (SAIT) and the Institute of Business Advisors (IBASA) and holds professional designations as FPSA®, MTP(SA)™, CBA™ and TEP.