SMSF Association makes two further Board appointments

The SMSF Association has made two further Board appointments.

Tracey Scotchbrook, Vice Chair of the West Australian Local Community, and Michael Houlihan, Chair of the Victorian Local Community, will join the SMSF Association Board from 1 June 2019.

SMSF Association Chair Dr Deborah Ralston said it was “extremely gratifying” to appoint two members to the Board who had such a strong sense of duty to the SMSF sector, in addition to their skills and experience.

“Both Tracey and Michael met our selection criteria of having managed complex stakeholder relationships, experience at senior management and board levels, relevant tertiary qualifications and ongoing involvement with the SMSF sector,” Ralston said.

“The fact that these members have had such a long and committed relationship with the Association bodes well for continuity at a time when we are undertaking Board renewal. It also reflects well on the strength and capabilities of our membership that we can make appointments of this calibre.”

Scotchbrook said that it was a privilege to be asked to join the Board.

“I have always found it tremendously fulfilling to be involved with the Association, and especially the West Australian Local Community, so to have my commitment recognised in this way is enormously rewarding.”

Houlihan said: “I have always been a passionate supporter of the SMSF sector, believing it gives people who opt to do so the opportunity to take direct responsibility for their superannuation. It’s for this reason I chose to contribute to an organisation that’s rightly recognised as the peak body for the SMSF sector, and to have that contribution acknowledged in this way is extremely satisfying.”

Ralston said the two appointments were a direct result of the Expressions of Interest called for late last year.

“What’s important to note is that we attracted a very strong field of almost 30 candidates, demonstrating to me and my fellow directors the commitment and enthusiasm our members have, not just to the Association but to the SMSF sector.

“These appointments, when coupled with the recent appointment of Bernie Ripoll, who has served on our Public Policy Committee since early 2017, allows us to build a strong and diverse Board with a range of skills and experiences that will enable us to better meet the needs of members and tackle the policy challenges facing the sector.”

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