About Us

Risk management for financial services providers to thrive in an ever-changing regulatory world

Our Passion

Driven by the desire to make a difference, we apply our expertise and experience to develop and deliver unique compliance, risk management, practice management and business intelligence services that achieve results both now and in the future.

With our finger on the pulse of the industry, we are aware of the needs of independent financial advisors (IFAs) and larger financial institutions, and strive to support and keep them in business.

We aim to stay relevant and respond to the requirements of an ever-changing regulatory environment.

Brief History

Masthead was launched timeously in 2004 – on the eve of the implementation of the Financial Advisory and Intermediary Services (FAIS) Act. Our main aim was, and still is, to support independent financial advisors (IFAs) and help them to retain their independence and thrive. Our membership quickly grew, as did our reputation in the industry as the advisor’s advisor. Today we are the largest compliance services provider to financial services providers (FSPs) in South Africa and we cherish our excellent relationships with all the major stakeholders in the financial services industry. Drawing on our wealth of experience, we extended our offering to corporate FSPs in 2012. We now count among our clients some of the leading FSPs in South Africa, as well as financial services businesses in Hong Kong, Singapore and Dubai.

Leadership Team

Masthead is skillfully led by highly qualified experts, all of whom have a solid background in the financial services industry. Masthead’s executive committee comprises:

Ian Middleton

Managing Director

Laurence Muller

Finance Director

Mimi Pienaar

Head of Practice Management

Nicky Nairn

Head of Compliance

Broad-Based black economic empowerment (b-bbee)

As part of our corporate responsibility and in line with our parent company, Old Mutual, we acknowledge that broad-based Black Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) has the objective of empowering and benefiting people across South Africa by redressing inequalities of the past.

We strive to create opportunities for previously disadvantaged people, through skills development and employment opportunities. We are committed to acquiring services from black-owned enterprises.

Masthead is a level 1 B-BBEE contributor.

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We believe that as an IFA, your voice counts.

IFAs can shape and influence the financial services landscape by channelling their individual opinions and feedback on regulatory matters through us. We seek to provide the Financial Sector Conduct Authority (FSCA), with whom we have a solid, collaborative working relationship, with commentary that is in the best interests of the IFA.

Furthermore, when regulatory changes are proposed, we host forums to unpack and discuss the proposed changes. We also gather the input and sentiment expressed at these forums and give collective feedback to the regulators.

Communicating in this way helps the regulators to form a balanced view and make informed decisions.
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A national supplier of risk management services to independent financial advisors and other licensed financial service providers (FSPs). Established in 2004, we help our clients overcome their risk management challenges so they can grow and thrive in an increasingly regulated industry. Providing professional guidance and practical support, our team of specialists is passionately committed to delivering tangible solutions.

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Masthead is a level 1 B-BBEE contributor.

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