Avanti Finance corporate counsel joins FSCL board

The new board member has more than 25 years of experience working in financial services

Avanti Finance corporate counsel joins FSCL board
Liesl Knox

Avanti Finance corporate counsel Liesl Knox has joined the Financial Services Complaints Limited (FSCL) board as an industry representative.

Knox is a New Zealand-qualified practitioner with more than 25 years of experience working in financial services. At present, she leads two teams at Avanti Finance, namely, the legal and compliance and people and capability teams.

She has worked with the banking, consumer credit, insurance, and advisory sectors in both New Zealand and the UK. Of late, she has broadened her expertise to include risk, operations and people, “reflecting her understanding of the needs of financial services businesses to deliver to the regulatory framework within which they operate,” FSCL said.

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FSCL CEO Susan Taylor welcomed Knox to the board.

“Liesl has built up a reputation of providing practical, commercial legal advice to help businesses provide excellent, compliant products for consumers of today,” Taylor said.

Knox is one of two industry representatives on the board, which also comprises two consumer representatives and independent chair Jane Meares. Knox took up her new role on Sunday.

Meares thanked departing board member Gary Young for his contributions.

“Gary has been an industry member representative since January 2014. He has made an invaluable contribution and we thank him for his measured and wise counsel and his service,” Meares said.

Meares was appointed to the position of chair in 2018. She is only the second FSCL chairperson.

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