Ms Thomas is a senior financial adviser with Perth-based financial advice group, Wealthwise, and the AFA’s 2019 Female Excellence in Advice award winner.
“The 2018 AFA Inspire roadshow was the very first space I discovered in financial advice, where women were earnestly celebrated and supported,” she says. “Ever since then, I have felt the warmth of the AFA Inspire community embrace and lift me. It is where the AFA and AFA Inspire leaders and community have allowed women like me to feel seen and heard. I am honoured to be appointed Chair and look forward to harnessing the power, tenacity, resilience and advocacy demonstrated by women within this industry.”
Ms Thomas also thanked the AFA leaders and members who have made AFA Inspire the inclusive forum it is today. “In particular, I would like to thank Kate McCallum for her awe-inspiring time as National Chair,” she says.
In welcoming Ms Thomas to the role, AFA President, Michael Nowak says, “Dawn is an enthusiastic member of the AFA community and a passionate advocate for financial advice, who will help us deliver on our vision for AFA Inspire which is to empower women to believe in themselves, to be confident with all things money and to grow prosperous financial futures.”
AFA Inspire works to achieve this vision by giving back to women in the community through financial education and encouraging and supporting the growth of females in the advice profession.
“I hope that as National Chair, I can welcome more women into AFA Inspire, those who are already members of the profession and those who aspire to be within it,” Ms Thomas says.
The AFA Inspire network is led by the National Chair and supported by:
Amie Baker – NSW Chair
Cara Williams – QLD Chair
Cara Graham – WA Chair
Hayley Dyson – SA Chair
Cassandra Hall – VIC Chair