Fiona Trafford-Walker, the heart and soul of Frontier Advisors for the best part of its 25 years in existence, has decided to retire and concentrate on a portfolio of non-executive directorships.
This was no surprise since she had been weaning herself off the daily grind for the past couple of years and was most recently working only two days a week. But her presence will be sorely missed by colleagues and clients.
Ray King, the first chief executive of what became Frontier – starting out as Industry Fund Services – says he has had the privilege of hiring Fiona twice. The first time was at the old Towers Perrin actuaries and consultants and then at IFS after his appointment.
Gabriel Szondy, Frontier’s chair, said last week: “It would be impossible to over-state the impact Fiona has had not just on the Frontier business, but also on the clients of Frontier over a period of twenty-five years. Fiona has acted with integrity and enthusiasm and a will to always do the best for everyone associated with Frontier. No one, who knows her, will be surprised by that statement.
“Fiona’s influence on the industry has been profound and she can be proud of the impact Frontier has made on the retirement savings of millions of Australian workers. There will be many legacies of Fiona’s time at Frontier but perhaps the one that will live longest will be the development of other industry professionals, who have moved through and remain at Frontier. The importance of professional ethics and an ethos of fighting for your clients and their ultimate beneficiaries is something Fiona has instilled in the many people she has led at Frontier and this will continue to have impact for many years to come.”
She said: “My 25 years at Frontier have been the most incredibly rewarding professionally and I was privileged to work with some wonderful people, who made me better at my job and who collectively made Frontier a great place to work. A number of those people have gone on to have strong careers in the industry and continue to make a difference, and many remain at the firm today. I will always be very proud of our ability to develop practical ideas for clients that helped them achieve their goals and of the contribution we made to the retirement and investment outcomes of many everyday Australians.”
Born and educated in Townsville, Trafford-Walker (often referred to as ‘FTW’ by Frontier staff) is more than meets the eye in many ways. For instance, she has had a penchant for V8 cars for many years. She leaves on December 6. She already has three directorships to her name: Link Group, Prospa Group and VFMC.