The SMSF Association will welcome a new chairperson at the close of its 2018 National Conference.
Replacing former Count Financial managing director Andrew Gale, Professor Deborah Ralston will assume the position.
Ralston joined the SMSFA board in July 2016, bringing extensive experience as a company director in both the public and private sectors. Considered an authority in financial services strategy and research, Ralston is widely published in the areas of superannuation, financial regulation and digital finance innovation.
The association was delighted when Ralston accepted the invitation to join the board, and her contributions since have been invaluable in what has been an exacting period for the association and the SMSF sector, Gale said.
"Deborah brings to the table her vast knowledge of financial services research and strategy, with its special focus on superannuation, financial regulation and digital finance innovation," he said.
"Coupled with a deep pedigree in public policy, especially in the role of leading the Monash-based Australian Centre for Financial Studies, she is an experienced company director with board appointments including the Reserve Bank of Australia Payments System Board, the publicly listed Mortgage Choice, and the YBR FinTech Hub Advisory Board."
Ralston said it is an honour to chair the association for the next two years.
"Since its inception 15 years ago, this organisation has never strayed from its core belief that every Australian has the right to a good quality of life in retirement and that every Australian has the right to control their retirement destiny," she said.
"This is the proud legacy I have been bequeathed, and it's one that I will nurture, in partnership with the board, executive team and members, during my two-year stewardship."
Gale will remain as a director on the board, while Vanguard head of market strategy and communications Robin Bowerman will remain as deputy chair.