Financial Counselling Boss Visits

Financial Counselling Boss Visits

Port Lincoln Times 30 Jul 2015

Brett Smith took over the position of chief executive officer from Kay Matthias, who had been in the role since 2006.

Mr Smith met with people at a breakfast event in Port Lincoln last Wednesday, where he outlined the focus of the business for the next six months.

Mr Smith said he received a good reception as he was able to re-establish with them the services RBS provided.

“They were very attentive, asked questions and were provided a refresher on what assistance we can offer clients,” he said.

RBS provides assistance through two programs – Rural Financial Counselling Service, which provides advice for people facing financial difficulties, and Rural Sustainable Business, which assists farmers with financial literacy.

Eyre Peninsula financial counsellor Chris Fitzgerald provided information on key activities available in the region, such as business analysis, succession planning and assisting clients in dealing with banks.

After the breakfast Mr Smith travelled around Eyre Peninsula to meet with clients, including at Streaky Bay where several farmers were facing difficulties due to low rainfall.

Mr Smith said he was looking forward to working with the people of Eyre Peninsula on a regular basis.

“I’m very keen to (work) with (financial counsellors) Chris Fitzgerald and Paula Kelly on making sure we continue to deliver the service on EP,” he said.

“We’re not a new thing, the only new thing is me.”