PFS Consulting

About

Why PFS?

We do more than solve our clients’ problems. We add value by leaving them in a stronger position than when they engaged us – and knowing we’re there when next they need us.

Our history

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PFS Consulting was founded in 2001 on the belief that lasting relationships are built on being wholly focussed on meeting our clients’ needs.

We concentrate on providing exceptional service across a unique range of services.

Meet our Directors and Principals who are supported by a dedicated team of senior consultants and analysts

John Newman

John Newman

Managing Director BBusSc (Hons) FIAA FAICD

John is the Managing Director of PFS, an actuary by training, and a very experienced and highly respected consultant.  As well as advising on actuarial issues, financial modelling, and risk management, John has extensive governance, strategic, and operational expertise.  He is also on the Board of a charitable Foundation, and is a past President of the Actuaries’ Institute (Australia).

Speak to John about actuarial and risk matters, sailing, and financial services – including running a financial services business.

Martin Fitzpatrick

Martin Fitzpatrick

Director BA (Actuarial Studies)

Martin has deep experience in both the financial services and technology sectors.  He provides advice on financial modelling, IT systems, and risk management to insurers, superannuation funds, industry associations, and government entities.

Speak to Martin about using financial modelling to solve real business problems (not just actuarial ones!) as well as any good sci-fi and fantasy books you have read.


Jane Byrne

Jane Byrne

Director B Com FGIA FFin

Jane is an experienced governance professional who has worked at senior executive and Board level in public, private and government businesses.  She is committed to helping superannuation Trustees and other Directors improve their governance, and their management of strategy and risk.

Jane’s expertise includes general management, corporate governance, strategic planning, risk management, audit, and legal management.  She is also a non-executive director on a not-for-profit board.

Speak to Jane about governance and risk, crime fiction and the Sydney theatre scene.


Daniel Frank

Daniel Frank

Director BA LLB MBL

Daniel provides risk and compliance advice to APRA, ASIC and AUSTRAC regulated entities based on his experience across a range of financial services businesses, as well as with APRA.  He is passionate about integrating risk management into operations, facilitating training to executives and Directors, developing and reviewing risk and compliance frameworks, and driving the right risk culture to support business objectives.

Speak to Daniel about all things risk management, compliance, hiking, wine and rugby.


Adrian McGarva

Adrian McGarva

Principal BEc (Actuarial) FIAA

Adrian qualified as an actuary in both Australia and the UK, and has extensive experience within the general insurance, reinsurance and corporate finance industries in Australia, the UK, and Switzerland. Adrian has over 20 years’ experience including seven years as the Chief Actuary of a global insurance and reinsurance group where he was responsible for the pricing, reserving, and capital adequacy functions as well as providing significant input into underwriting and business strategy.

Speak to Adrian about anything to do with actuarial and insurance matters, finance, running, snowboarding or twins.

Thach Huynh

Thach Huynh

Principal BEc (Actuarial) AIAA, SA FIN

Thach is an actuary and senior associate of FINSIA, and a leading practitioner in the areas of valuation and financial modelling.  He has worked in specialist financial modelling roles, and as a management consultant, both in Australia and overseas.

Speak to Thach about stochastic analysis and modelling, unlocking insights from data, executive remuneration, and the benefits of living and working in Canberra.



Doug Drysdale

Doug Drysdale

Principal BSc (Hons) FIAA

Doug is one of the founders of PFS, having established the company in April 2001 with two others. He specialises in providing strategic as well as technical actuarial advice to superannuation funds, manages tenders for outsourcing corporate superannuation arrangements, and has overseen the successful implementation of mergers of industry super funds.

Speak to Doug about superannuation, his insights and expert opinion on any financial issues with an actuarial element, and football (with a round ball!)

Rhonda Virtue

Rhonda Virtue

Principal Dip SM, Dip FS (Brok) GAICD

Rhonda Virtue is one of Australia’s leading group insurance consultants. Rhonda headed group insurance for two major consulting firms and an insurer. She has subsequently provided consulting services specialising in group insurance and has deep insight into the issues of insurance product design, policy documentation and associated administration processes and systems.

Speak to Rhonda about the operational risks associated with superannuation funds’ insurance arrangements, and whenever you need independent expertise on group insurance.


Fred Rowley

Fred Rowley

Principal MA FIAA CERA

Fred Rowley is a senior actuary and an experienced financial and general manager with over 40 years’ experience in the life insurance industry in Australia and the UK.  He advises companies, boards, and insurance regulators on financial reporting; embedded values; capital and risk management; corporate reconstructions; demutualisation; M&A transactions; product development; corporate planning and strategy

Fred has held a number of senior roles in the industry, including Chief Corporate Actuary of AMP where he managed the actuarial aspects of the AMP demutualisation, and Chief Actuary and Appointed Actuary of TAL Life Ltd.  He is a past President of the Actuaries’ Institute (Australia), has received the Actuary of the Year award in recognition of his contribution to the profession, and was President of the International Actuarial Association in 2015, giving him an extensive global network.


Michael Monaghan

Michael Monaghan

Principal BA FIA FIAA FAICD

Michael is an actuary with more than 35 years’ experience in financial services, investment and management consulting and financial planning. He is Deputy Chair and a non-executive director of Hammond Care, a specialist not-for-profit aged care provider and a non-executive director of Alpha Vista Financial Services Holdings, a start-up global asset manager built on big data and artificial intelligence. He is the former Managing Director of State Super Financial Services Australia (StatePlus), has been a partner of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and CEO of Intech Investment Consultants. Michael has held senior executive positions at Deutsche Bank in Australia and Japan, IBM, Lend Lease Corporation and Capita Financial Group.


Philip Maguire

Philip Maguire

Principal ANZIIF (Snr Assoc) CIP

Philip Maguire has extensive experience in the general insurance industry, including as managing director of the Commonwealth-supported HIH Claims Support Limited.  He also has over 20 years experience in industry association activities, including as deputy chief executive of the Insurance Council of Australia. His expertise includes issues management, strategy development, government and stakeholder relations, communications and media strategies, policy research and development, international trade and regulation, and crisis management. Philip has experience on a number of boards including as a director (both executive and non-executive) of insurance organisations.

Peter May

Peter May

Principal BSc FIAA

Peter May is an actuary who specialises in providing practical consulting advice to superannuation trustee boards and corporate clients on defined benefit funding, insurance arrangements, and investment.  He also provides other actuarial services including valuations for portable long service leave schemes and projected fund cash flows.




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