Welcome to The Centre for Financial Wellbeing
The Centre for Financial Wellbeing is a new Australian charity, that will focus on improving the financial resilience and wellbeing of those who are vulnerable to financial stress by building their capabilities, and creating partnerships to enable business leaders, policymakers and cross-sectoral innovators to also take action within their own sphere of control.
We will achieve our vision by providing a range of services including learning, training and skills development; targeted research and socially innovative experimentation; evidence-based consulting; program design and delivery; events and publications.
Rebecca is the Marketing Director at Financial Spectrum and is a passionate advocate for promoting the positive impact of quality financial advice on personal wellbeing. With more than 15 years of experience with award-winning global brands – including Ernst & Young, Accenture and Tourism New Zealand – Rebecca now leads Financial Spectrum’s marketing, promoting the benefits of financial advice.
Well aware that not everyone in Australia has the same access to reliable and trusted financial advice, Rebecca volunteers her time to support community-oriented not for profits. Rebecca also has her own corporate wellbeing consulting business, is a certified yoga teacher and health coach. She is happiest by the ocean, in the mountains and exploring the outdoors with her little boy.
An experienced Chief Executive Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry, Damian’s skillsets span finance, risk, governance, education and advocacy, in particular driving change across not for profit membership-based organizations in collaboration with key stakeholders including regulators, government departments and Ministers.
Damian is an experienced Company Secretary and Board Director, holding a Fellowship from the Governance Institute of Australia. In his role as the Chief Executive Officer of the Forest Stewardship Council Australia and New Zealand, Damian promotes the environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial, and economically viable management of the world’s forests.
His vision for the Centre for Financial Wellbeing is to move the dial on financial inclusion, resilience and wellbeing for the millions of Australians who lack access to safe and affordable finance, and experience high financial stress. As the Independent Chair of Go Girls Foundation, Damian is particularly passionate about addressing the financial challenges faced by women and girls, who are more likely to be financially excluded.
An internationally recognised leader in the world of inclusive finance, Vinita specialises in the design of evidence-based programs to improve financial lives. As the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Financial Wellbeing, Vinita will drive the Board’s vision to improve the financial wellbeing of those who are vulnerable to financial stress by building their capabilities, and creating partnerships to enable business leaders, policymakers and cross-sectoral innovators to take action to improve financial wellbeing within their own locus of control.
Vinita has successfully switched hats between the financial services industry, academia and civil society in Australia, balancing her professional career with a passion for fostering community-led action to enhance financial wellbeing. Her PhD from RMIT University exploring Indigenous worldviews on money, financial capability and wellbeing has been recognised for influencing policy and action in Australia.
A Fulbright scholar, Vinita proactively contributes to academic and cross-sectoral research on financial inclusion, wellbeing and entrepreneurship for marginalised groups, serving on Boards and Government-appointed Committees to turn these learnings into action. In her role as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Financial Wellbeing, Vinita will build on her professional experience in advising the government, industry, academia and community on practical ways to enhance financial inclusion, resilience and wellbeing in Australia and overseas.