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About the INFO Network

 

The International Network of Financial Services Ombudsman Schemes (the INFO Network) is the worldwide association for financial services ombudsmen — independent and impartial out-of-court bodies that resolve complaints brought by consumers (and, in some cases, small businesses) against banks, insurers and/or other financial services providers.

 

Set up in 2007, our member schemes/offices work together to develop their expertise in dispute resolution, by exchanging experiences and information in areas including:

 

• scheme/office structures, functions and governance models

 

• scheme/office codes of conduct

 

• use of information technology

 

• handling of systemic issues

 

• cross border referral of complaints

 

• staff training and continuing education

 

While many of our member schemes/offices are actually called Ombudsman, others are not. Other common terms are Mediator and Adjudicator, and the short form Ombud.

 

INFO Network Constitution

 

Fundamental principles

 

The financial services Ombudsmen schemes and offices which are INFO Network members are (so far as it is within their control) expected to adopt six fundamental principles, together with the effective approaches to those principles, agreed by the membership:

 

independence, to secure impartiality

 

clarity of scope and powers

 

accessibility

 

effectiveness

 

fairness

 

transparency and accountability.

 

Read more about these fundamental principles

 

 

 

 

 

The control and management of the INFO Network sits with a Committee, supported by a Secretariat.

 

Committee members are elected annually by the Network members, with the aim of ensuring representation from around the world.

 

Doug Melville (Chair), Channel Islands Financial Ombudsman

Larry Hattix, Office of the Ombudsman, Comptroller of the Currency, USA

Sujatha Sekhar Naik, Securities Industry Dispute Resolution Center, Malaysia

Clive Pillay, Ombudsman for Banking Services, South Africa

Piruz Sargsyan, Financial System Mediator, Armenia

Karen Stevens, Insurnace & Financial Services Ombudsman, New Zealand

Shane Tregillis, Financial Ombudsman Service, Australia

Raj Venga, Credit and Investments Ombudsman, Australia

Caroline Wayman, Financial Ombudsman Service, United Kingdom

 

 

 

 

Annual INFO Conference

 

The INFO Network's annual INFO conference delivers targeted professional development for Ombudsmen.

 

INFO 2017 will be hosted by the Financial Ombudsman Service Australia in Melbourne from 24 to 27 September 2017.

 

Previous INFO conferences have been hosted in:

 

INFO 2016 - Yerevan, Armenia, September 2016

INFO 2015 - Helsinki, Finland, September 2015

INFO 2014 - Port of Spain, Republic of  Trinidad and Tobago, September 2014
INFO 2013 - Taipei, Taiwan ROC, September 2013

INFO 2012 - Copenhagen, Denmark, September 2012

INFO 2011 - Vancouver, Canada, September 2011

INFO 2010 - Cape Town, South Africa, September 2010

INFO 2009 - Dublin, Ireland, June 2009

INFO 2008 - New York City, USA, September/October 2008

INFO 2007 - London, September 2007

INFO 2006 - Gold Coast, Australia, August 2006

 

The conference presentations are available to all INFO Network members in the members' intranet. Other conference delegates can request a presentation through the Secretariat.

 

INFO Network Secretariat

 

Email:
secretariat@networkfso.org

 

Postal address:
72  Coomera Gorge Drive, Mt Tamborine, Queensland, Australia 4272

 

Telephone:

+61 7 5545 1598

 

Contact:

Karen Chalmers-Scott

 

Who are the INFO Network's members?

 

The members of the INFO Network are ombudsman schemes and offices operating as independent, out-of-court dispute resolution mechanisms in the financial sector. In this context, the term 'financial services ombudsman scheme' includes any body that is assessed as fulfilling the same independent role.

 

Depending on their jurisdiction, these schemes and offices provide dispute resolution services for consumers who have not been able to resolve the matter directly with their financial services provider in the areas of:

• banking

• investments

• insurance

• credit

• financial advice

• pensions/superannuation

 

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