Taking steps toward financial freedom

[by Olivia Evans]


Phil Usher. Image: supplied

Maintaining a strong connection from his childhood growing up amongst the rich culture of the Gamilaroi people in Tamworth, First Nations Foundation CEO, Phil Usher, also has family roots that make him a proud Wiradjuri man from Central New South Wales.


Fascinated by the paths of some of the world’s wealthiest people as a teenager – not the money itself, but the process of amassing a fortune – Phil harnessed this knowledge, obtaining a Bachelor of Business at the University of Newcastle before establishing an extensive career in the industry.


Successful in his role as a business advisor, he now runs an investing education business offering digestible education to everyday Australians looking to build their investment portfolio.


Driven by a personal vision to empower Indigenous Australians with world-class financial education, Phil joined First Nations Foundation as Treasurer in 2017, ensuring the stringent financial foundation of processes, procedures and controls.


Embodying the spirit of the national not-for-profit organisation, Phil was appointed CEO at the beginning of 2020, eager to continue using his expertise to contribute to the financial literacy and prosperity of all Indigenous Australians.


Having already helped over 1600 people across 21 communities reconnect with $24 million in superannuation since 2014, Phil played a pivotal role in the highly successful launch of the foundation’s latest initiative, ‘My Money Dream’ in 2019.


A world-first virtual financial literacy training program designed by Indigenous Australians for Indigenous Australians, ‘My Money Dream’ is fundamental to ensuring accessibility and relevance; resulting in both short and long term benefits for individuals and their communities.


Using his voice and knowledge to promote the importance of First Nations Foundation, Phil is a regular finance commentator on ABC Breakfast TV and has been featured in countless industry titles.


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