2016 Award winners

The AFA recognises advisers who sit at the very pinnacle of their profession and believes that rewarding excellence is integral to building a strong and diverse profession. The accolade of ‘Adviser of the Year’ and ‘Practice of the Year is awarded to extraordinary and visionary advisers and practices, recognising qualities of leadership, innovation, customer focus and professional excellence – true leaders in advice. AFA Award winners and finalists lead the way to create a more trusted, robust and diverse profession that continues to raise the bar of the profession.

2016 AFA Adviser of the Year

Darren Johns, Align Financial

Darren Johns

If done properly, I think we can be the greatest profession of all. Money causes many social, relational and personal issues. By helping people better relate to their money and understand what money means to them, we can help reduce the occurrence of these issues.

Darren Johns, Align Financial
2016 AFA Adviser of the Year

The work bit
Darren is the founder of Align Financial, an independently owned financial planning business based on the Northern Beaches, and is one of Australia’s only Financial Life Planners. Having spent more than 30,000 hours in the financial planning profession, Darren’s advice combines left-brain logic with right-brain understanding. He applies his expertise to each client, allowing them to spend their time doing the things that are important to them.

The personal bit
Darren has an active interest in many sports and with two young boys, you won’t see him sitting idle. Between refereeing local football matches, teaching his boys to surf or lining up a birdie putt on the golf course, when he isn’t working, Darren is ‘on the go’. When the sun does go down he also has keen interest in cooking desserts (though doesn’t publicly admit this).

2016 AFA Practice of the Year

Henderson Maxwell

Sam Henderson

My vision for advice is to always put the client, and their right to unadulterated advice, front and centre and to create an environment where more Australians can access great advice through a variety of means such as limited advice, comprehensive advice, online, phone or in person.

Sam Henderson, Henderson Maxwell
2016 AFA Practice of the Year

Since 2004 Henderson Maxwell has been providing Australians with a diversified range of expert financial services including tailored financial advice for superannuants and SMSFs, award winning Tax and Accounting services and active portfolio management. The Henderson Maxwell client experience is individually tailored and executed by a team of industry experts with decades of experience under their belts.

Founder and Chief Executive, Sam Henderson believes that all Australians should have access to unadulterated advice and has been able to successfully leverage his media profile to attract and educate tens of thousands of Australians via his weekly Sky News Business TV program – Your Money Your Call Retirement, various nationally syndicated newspapers, best-selling books and most recently his master online superannuation course, SuperU.

Hall of Fame

Celebrating the past winners of these prestigious awards.

AFA Adviser of the Year

2016 Darren Johns, NSW

2015 David Reed, NSW

2014 Eleanor Dartnall, NSW

2013 Jenny Brown, VIC

2012 Olivia Maragna, QLD

2011 Troy MacMillan, WA

2010 Steve Salvia, WA

2009 Graham Campbell, QLD

2008 Paul Daily, QLD and Adam Smith, WA (joint winners)

2007 Philip Young, NSW

2006 Troy Edmondson, QLD

2005 Jim Taggart, NSW

2004 Brian Boggs, NSW

2003 Bernie Toohey, VIC

AFA Practice of the Year

2016 Henderson Maxwell, NSW

2015 Kearney Group, VIC

2014 Complete Financial Balance, QLD