Meet the Team

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Meet the Team

Chris MacKay – AFA, BCA, CLU, CFPCM, Fellow IFA, FNZFAA, JP.

Managing Director
Authorised Financial Adviser – FSP No. 26122

Chris MacKay is the Managing Director of Chris MacKay Financial Planning Ltd (CMFP) trading as Mackay Advice and Solutions (MFAS) and is well qualified in all areas of providing financial advice. He graduated with a BCA in 1976 with a major in Tax, Trusts and Estate Planning at Victoria University, Wellington. He has been an insurance and investment adviser since 1976 and has had over 40 years’ experience in financial planning and advice.Chris completed the NZ Diploma in Life Assurance in 1980. Subsequently he qualified by examination to be a Member of the NZ Institute of Chartered Insurance and Investment Advisers and is entitled to use the distinctive title and designation CLU (Chartered Life Underwriter), the pinnacle of professional attainment for insurance advisers around the world.

In 1992 he was admitted as a Member on the Register of Investment Advisers and Financial Planners. In 1997 Chris became an inaugural CFP (Certified Financial Planner) practitioner, the leading designation for an investment adviser.

He was the first New Zealander to hold both the CFP and CLU designations.

He is a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Advisers (IFA) and has been a member of the IFA or its predecessors since 1977. He is bound by the IFA Code of Ethics, and its character, business undertakings, education, experience, practice, disclosure and disciplinary standards contained in the IFA Standards of Professional Practice.

Chris complies with the ongoing education requirements of the IFA. This requires a minimum of 20 hours continuing education every year. He normally undertakes over 50 hours per year in seminars, study groups, training courses and educational conferences.

He is a Qualifying and Life Member of the international Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT) since 1980, and an MDRT Top of the Table and Court of the Table member on a number of occasions. The MDRT is a global independent association of the world’s leading life insurance and financial services professionals from 67 countries. MDRT membership is recognised as the standard of excellence in the life insurance and financial services business. He is also a Fellow of the New Zealand Financial Adviser’s Association (NZFAA), and is a past president of the TripleA Adviser’s Association.

As one of the country’s leading Financial Advisers, Chris has also spoken to and debated for industry groups, seminars, service clubs and the media in N.Z., Australia, U.K, Canada, Europe and USA.

He is a former Hutt City Councillor, served 10 years as a Trustee for the Te Omanga Hospice Foundation and was a Rotarian for over 20 years. He was made a JP in 1992. He is married to Kathryn, has three adult children and has lived in Woburn, Lower Hutt all his life.

Chris is an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA) with the Financial Markets Authority.

Ian Jordan – AFA, Dip.FA, Cert PFS, CeMAP

Authorised Financial Adviser – FSP No. 28683
Contractor to CMFP

Ian joined MFAS as a Financial Adviser in 2008. He advises on Risk Management, Retirement Planning, Investment Planning and British Pension transfers. Ian is also a member of the TripleA Advisers’ Association and also a member of the IFA and is bound by its ethics, character, business undertakings, education, experience, practice, disclosure and disciplinary standards.

Ian is a Qualifying & Life Member of the MDRT and has been a Court of the Table Member for a number of years. Ian is an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA) with the Financial Markets Authority.

Blair Bennett – AFA, MBS, Dip. Bus & Admin, F Fin, Dip. Banking

Authorised Financial Adviser – FSP No. 28641
Contractor to CMFP

Blair joined MFAS as a Financial Adviser in 2010. He has over 20 years experience in the financial services’ industry and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australiasia.

Blair holds a Masters Degree in Business Studies and completed his Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA) qualifications in June 2011, by qualifying for the National Certificate in Financial Services endorsed in investment advice, insurance advice and residential mortgage lending advice.

Blair is an Authorised Financial Adviser (AFA) with the Financial Markets Authority.

Chris Cornford – AFA

Authorised Financial Adviser – FSP No. 49821
Contractor to CMFP

Chris joined MFAS as a Financial Adviser in 2011. He previously worked for a financial advisory company for almost 4 years, and 18 months before that, as a risk management consultant for an insurance brokerage firm. Prior to joining the financial services’ industry Chris enjoyed over 30 years in sales and customer service roles in a variety of market sectors, including running his own business.

A member of the IFA & TripleA Advisers’ Association professional bodies, he is bound by the IFA Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. Chris holds a National Certificate in Financial Services – Investment & Insurance. He is an Authorised Financial Adviser with the Financial Markets Authority.

George MacKay

Registered Financial Adviser – FSP No. 538967

George joined MFAS early in 2016. He previously had an eight year career in the plumbing industry, latterly as a key account manager.

He is currently studying towards a National Certificate in Financial Services. George is a member of the Triple A Advisers’ Association.

He is a Registered Financial Adviser and provides insurance advice and “class advice” on KiwiSaver plans.

George has lived in the Hutt Valley all his life and he and his partner Hayley have a young family.

Bridget Hawkins – Manager, Insurance Services

Registered Financial Adviser – FSP No. 456246

Bridget worked for the company from 1990 to 2004. After spending time at home with her children, she returned on a part-time basis in 2009. Bridget has vast experience in all aspects of the industry.

In her spare time Bridget and her family have discovered a passion for squash, both competitive and recreational.

Chrissy Franssen – Investment & Compliance Manager

Chrissy joined MFAS in November 2015. She previously worked for 11 years as Financial Adviser and Client Services Manager for a boutique financial advisory practice. Chrissy furthered her experience by working in senior administrative roles in property, logistics, and the oil & gas industries. She has successfully completed most of the papers towards gaining the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Authorised Financial Adviser qualifications. Chrissy is responsible for investment administration and managing clients’ wealth creation plans.

Chrissy loves the outdoors and can be regularly seen biking or walking the Hutt Valley hills, along with tramping many of NZ’s recognised tracks. She is passionate about all things netball, serving the Naenae Collegians United Netball Club as President for over 15 years, and currently as Vice President of the Netball Hutt Valley Centre.

Charles MacKay – IT and Systems Manager

Charles joined MFAS in 2009. He has extensive experience managing the administration of our clients’ wealth creation plans including KiwiSavers, personal superannuation/ retirement schemes and lump sum portfolios.

He also has experience assisting our clients in relation to the administration of their insurance policies. Charles is currently focused on supporting CMFP in our IT operations and projects.

Maria Biedermann – Administration Assistant

Maria joined the team at MFAS in August 2013. Prior to joining the team, Maria lived in Australia working in the health care industry as a carer assisting the elderly. After returning to New Zealand in 2011, she studied Business Administration at Weltec.

In her role as Administration Assistant, Maria is primarily responsible for the day-to-day office administration, as well as providing secretarial assistance to Chris MacKay. Additionally, Maria is responsible for the KiwiSaver administration process, maintaining regular contact between the Advisers and our clients; and managing all client databases ensuring they’re up to date and accurate.

Maria has three Secondary School age children, and is currently immersed in the business of family life. She’s reacquainting herself with her passion for painting, and loves spending time with her children, extended family and good friends.

Kathryn MacKay – BA, Dip Tchg

Chief Advisory Officer

Kathryn is CAO and assists with public relations, special projects and some research initiatives for the Company. She is on the Advisory Board and coordinates future strategic direction for the company.

Dawn L Becker – ACA, BCA, Grad Dip Sci (Psy), Dip H Psy

Dawn is one of the new kids on the block having been with MFAS since October 2015. Dawn has a strong financial accounting background, and brings a wealth of experience having worked in the Health and Human Resources Industries. She gained her accounting degree at Victoria University, and has most recently worked for a Chartered Accountancy practise.

To satisfy her desire for learning, Dawn also recently completed a Graduate Diploma in Science majoring in Psychology.

Dawn is the go-to person for any Financial and Office Management queries.

Dawn always brings a warm sense of humour and a smile to the office. Her favourite past times include being active and spending time with friends and family.