FOFA architect appointed to SMSFA board
The SMSF Association has appointed a former parliamentary secretary and shadow minister to its board, with Cath Mulcare stepping down as director.
Former Labor federal politician and parliamentary secretary for the Gillard Labor Government, Bernie Ripoll, will join the SMSF Association board, effective immediately.
Mr Ripoll, who joined the association’s Public Policy Committee in January 2018, will replace Cath Mulcare, who is stepping down after being a director since June 2015.
Association chair Dr Deborah Ralston said that there would also be additional board appointments made soon following a call for expressions of interest from members.
Ms Ralston said that it was gratifying that someone of Mr Ripoll’s calibre has agreed to join the board.
“His knowledge and insights from the broader advice and superannuation sectors have made a valuable contribution to our discussions,” she said.
“I am certain the skills, relationships and experiences he brings to the table will prove invaluable as superannuation and financial services policy continues to evolve.”
Mr Ripoll said that he was delighted to join the board.
“I have always had a deep interest in superannuation and financial services, which is why I took the opportunity to serve on the Public Policy Committee, and now look forward to having a bigger role in the association by being a board member,” he said.
Ms Ralston also thanked Ms Mulcare for her contribution as a director, especially her work around regulatory affairs, governance and risk management.
“Cath’s knowledge and experience in these critical areas gave the association a vital resource on which it could draw at the very time it was needed,” she said.
Ms Mulcare said that it had been a privilege to serve on the association’s board.
Mr Ripoll has been a strong voice in the SMSF sector, advocating against one-stop shops and the risks they pose to SMSF retirement savings.
He has also spoken about the importance of the SMSF professionals sector competing on the technology front to ensure it is able to retain younger clients, once the greater intergenerational wealth transfer takes place.
Miranda Brownlee is the deputy editor of SMSF Adviser, which is the leading source of news, strategy and educational content for professionals working in the SMSF sector.
Since joining the team in 2014, Miranda has been responsible for breaking some of the biggest superannuation stories in Australia, and has reported extensively on technical strategy and legislative updates. Miranda has also directed SMSF Adviser's print publication for several years.
Miranda also has broad business and financial services reporting experience, having written for titles including Investor Daily, ifa and Accountants Daily.