The FISA Chairperson’s Award

This award is given annually to the person who, in the estimation of the FISA Chairperson and the FISA Council, has made a remarkable and significant contribution to the fiduciary profession. Nominations are called for in the months leading up to the FISA Conference. No sitting FISA Councillor or any employee of or contractor to FISA is eligible. The award, comprising a trophy and a certificate, was introduced at the 7th Annual FISA Conference in 2017.



Phia van der Spuy, FPSA®, CA(SA), MTP(SA), TEP

Ms van der Spuy is a Chartered Accountant with a Masters degree in Local and International Tax, a Fiduciary Practitioner of South Africa®, a Master Tax Practitioner (SA), a Trust and Estate Practitioner (TEP) and the founder of Trusteeze®, a professional trust practitioner. She also holds a B.Com honours degree in Industrial Psychology.

Phia co-founded a company that digitised trust administration and accounting, called Trusteeze.

Phia writes about trusts and estate planning in various national newspapers on a regular basis. She is a guest speaker and guest lecturer on the topic of trusts and estate planning. She also published a book called “Demystifying Trusts in South Africa”.

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Colin Hickling, FPSA®

Mr Hickling has been active in the financial and fiduciary services industry since the early 1960s, having joined Bloemfontein Board of Executors and Trust Company Ltd (Bloemboard) in 1963, and having been Managing Director of that entity from 1976 to 1994. Since 1994 he has managed the family owned The Public Trustee and Trust Corporation (Pty) Ltd in Bloemfontein, an entity undertaking the administration of estates and trusts and the preparation of wills and trust deeds, and estate planning. Mr Hickling is a former Council member, Chairman and Honorary member of the Association of Trust Companies. He is also a former Council member and an Honorary member of FISA.

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Nico Botha, FPSA®

Mr Botha has been active in the industry since the 1980s and held several senior positions in trust companies over the years, including Managing Director of Syfrets Trust. He was a past chairperson of the Association of Trust Companies, FISA’s predecessor. He was instrumental in setting up the Justice Resources Trust, which was funded by various trust companies to assist the Master of the High Court in computerising its systems. He also helped set up the Forum for Deceased Estates, to facilitate discussions with the Master’s Office. Mr Botha has acted as a mentor to many young fiduciary practitioners over the years. He was the Chief Executive Officer of ST&T at the time of his death on 13 June 2021.

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Nico van Gijsen, CFP®

Mr van Gijsen has over 20 years of experience in the financial and fiduciary services sector. He is Managing Director of Finlac Risk & Legal Management (Pty) Ltd, an independent company that provides specialist legal and financial planning services. He is a certified financial planner and member of the Financial Planning Institute. Mr van Gijsen has written three books on financial planning and is an active commentator in the media, with regular columns published by Rapport and Landbouweekblad.

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