John Ardino, the Managing Director, established Lifespan Financial Planning in August 1994. John has over 25 years experience in financial services, mostly servicing advisers and accountants from a head office dealer level.
Lifespan now has a substantial network of about 130 authorised representatives in over 110 offices, for which the company provides comprehensive licensee services.
Lifespan successfully transitioned to the new Australian Financial Services Licence environment in July 2003 and now operates under the Financial Services Reform Act and the Corporations Act 2001.
Lifespan has offices throughout Australia but principally in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland.
Over two thirds of Lifespan's representatives are accountants in public practice. The remainder have backgrounds in actuarial work, investment management, superannuation consulting, life insurance, finance broking, commercial accounting and other areas of financial services.
Lifespan has no ownership links whatsoever with any of the financial institutions which control about 80% of the advice market. Lifespan is 100% privately owned and thus Lifespan is free of the vested interests and pressures associated with having institutional parents or shareholders.