Governance professional appointed to SMSF Association Board

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A governance professional has been appointed to the SMSF Association Board.

Robyn FitzRoy, who the Association describes as an “experienced non-executive director and governance professional”, will join the Board effective 1 June 2017.

“She brings more than 20 years of financial services experience at senior levels to the Board. She is a former Executive Director of Macquarie Bank (1992-2001) where she founded and led the direct retail distribution business within its financial services arm. Prior to Macquarie, she was Group Marketing and Public Relations Manager for ING Investment Management for five years,” said an SMSFA statement announcing the appointment.

“In 2001, Robyn left Macquarie Bank to set up Ixion Corporation, a consultancy specialising in board governance reviews, board and CEO evaluations and skills audits. She has advised Chairmen and boards in both the for-profit and not for-profit arenas across Australia. This experience has given her deep insights into the culture and performance of successful boards. She remains owner and principal of Ixion.”

FitzRoy said it was a privilege and an honour to join the SMSFA Board.

“This is an organisation that punches above its weight. It has a wide-reaching sphere of influence for both advisors and trustees and a knowledgeable team that advocates superbly for the sector.”

“What I believe I will add to the Association’s Board is considerable governance expertise, honed over 15 years as a governance consultant and board performance reviewer. And as a trustee of my own SMSF, I understand the challenges faced by trustees and their advisors in an ever-changing environment.”

SMSF Association chairman Andrew Gale said: “We are delighted that Robyn is joining the Board.”

“Her capabilities, experience and non-executive board roles, as well as knowledge gained from her own consultancy specialising in board governance reviews, equip her well to make a valuable contribution to the Board.”

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