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2011 Media Award Winner


    Nico van Gijsen was awarded the first FPI Media Award to recognise an FPI member who is actively involved with, and has made outstanding significant contributions to, the media (print, broadcast or online) in the year being assessed, to promote financial planning amongst consumers, the financial planning profession or the FPI and its marks.

He is Managing Director of Finlac with 20 years experience in the financial services sector. Nico currently specialises in financial risk and estate planner at Finlac. He is also Chairman of Finlac Trust, a subsidiary of BoE Trust, part of the Old Mutual/Nedbank Group.

Nico has a BA Honours and MA from the University of South Africa (Unisa), Postgraduate Diploma in Financial Planning from the University of Free State (UFS) as well as an Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Financial
Planning: specialising in Estate Planning and Financial Risk Management from UFS. He is a CFP® professional and a member of Fiduciary Institute of SA (FISA).

Nico is an author of three books on fnancial planning, Retirement, Insurance and Financial Planning for Business Owners, a columnist on financial advice, for the Sunday paper Sake-Rapport, Raad met jou Rande, a weekly publication and Hulp met Kleinsake a bi-weekly publication as well as Landbouweekblad.

Comment from Nico van Gijsen:
"Having received the award from a highly esteemed professional body such as the FPI was indeed an honour. It gives recognition to the very important role that the media play in promoting a professional approach to financial planning, one of the primary objectives of the FPI."


Described as "the SA industry's equivalent of the Oscars," the Financial Planner of the Year Award is one of the most prominent public projects undertaken by FPI. Each year FPI invites its members to submit entries for the Financial Planner of the Year Award, the purpose of which is to honour outstanding financial planners from across South Africa. It is considered to be the highest accolade in the profession and the prestige attached to winning means its hotly contested.

The Financial Planner of the Year competition was launched in 2000 for FPI members with the first winner being awarded at the Annual Convention Gala Dinner in 2001. The competition has developed over time to include a case study, a site visit and a panel interview, thereby examining the financial planner's competency, practice management skills, knowledge of the wider industry and the ability to be the spokesperson for the financial planning profession.

Congratulations to Wouter Fourie, CFP®,  the 2015 FPI Financial Planner of the Year winner.

Wouter is currently theCEO of Ascor™ Independent Wealth Managers. He is a CFP® professional and an advanced postgraduate qualified financial planner (Investments and Estate planning), with more than 17 years’ experience in the field of comprehensive financial planning and wealth management. Wouter is also a qualified professional accountant with postgraduate qualifications in advanced taxation. He serves on various FPI committees, as a member or chairperson, and is actively involved in a number of financial literacy education programmes.
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