Former ASIC digital finance chair named SMSFA chair

Former ASIC digital finance chair named SMSFA chair

The SMSF Association has today appointed a former ASIC digital finance advisory committee chair and current RBA payments system board member as its new chair.

Professor Deborah Ralston has been appointed to the position, taking over from Andrew Gale, who has been in the post since 2016. The news was made public at SMSFA's national conference in Sydney.

Ms Ralston is not an SMSF practitioner, but has held several leadership positions within financial services. She is currently a part-time member of the payments system board at the Reserve Bank, non-executive director at Mortgage Choice and a professorial fellow at Monash University. She chaired ASIC’s digital finance advisory committee from 2015 to 2017.

Ms Ralston told ifa sister site SMSF Adviser she is particularly “intrigued” by the development of SMSFA’s trustee-based service offerings, which SMSF Adviser first revealed in December 2015.

“The trustee initiative has been part of the SMSF agenda for some time,” Ms Ralston said.

“We have certainly had a lot of interest. There are 1.1 million trustees out there, and many of them are looking for assistance. I think there’s a real opportunity to bring the whole community of SMSFs together - trustees and professionals.”

Outside of that, Ms Ralston’s headline priority items also include projects through SMSFA’s research centre, the incoming education standards for financial advisers and data-based partnerships with the ATO.

Ms Ralston is currently non-executive director for SMSFA, and ifa sister site SMSF Adviser understands SMSFA is currently seeking to replace this position.

Former ASIC digital finance chair named SMSFA chair
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