The SMSF Association has this week announced a new addition to its board of directors.
Professor Deborah Ralston, who was executive director of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS) from January 2009 to July 2015, joins the board effective from 1 July.
Professor Ralston has held a number of leadership positions at Australian universities. She is also an experienced researcher and published author.
She has approximately 20 years' experience as a non-executive director on public and private sector boards.
"SMSFs, with about 30 per cent of funds under management in superannuation, represent two areas that interest me enormously – post-retirement solutions and innovation, with the latter aligning with my keen interest in fintech – and I look forward to being part of the future direction of the association," said Professor Ralston.
"There can be no argument [that] SMSFs' use of technology has reduced costs, making them much more viable to people with lower superannuation balances, which is why we see a real change in SMSF demographics with more young people establishing them," she added.
"I am confident this superannuation sector will continue to flourish, and I am keen to contribute, especially in my areas of policy interest."
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