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Maroney to continue SMSFA’s vision

SMSF Association chief executive John Maroney has revealed he will continue to execute the peak industry body’s vision as he settles into the role.

“It’s too early for me to do things differently or start to make any changes,” Maroney told selfmanagedsuper.

“I’ve inherited quite a good vision and strategy from the association.

“I’ll have my first meeting with the board next month, [which will detail] where they’d like to see progress in the short term, so I’m still very much in the listening phase.”

He added the strategies and solutions currently in place for the association were not without their challenges.

“But they’re right on the mark,” he said.

“There are a lot of basic things that we will keep doing well, but there are quite a number of extra jobs that we’re still working on, as well as others that will become more apparent over the next six, 12 and 18 months.

“I have my own ideas that I’m developing, but I’m definitely in a listening and testing phase right now.”

Maroney succeeded Andrea Slattery after she this month departed the industry body, where she was chief executive for 14 years.

He explained he was attracted to the leadership role with the association after working across the breadth of financial services, including life insurance, superannuation, retirement and investments.

“It’s the first time I’ve really been fully involved in SMSFs so it gives me the chance to be part of a system that I’ve had less involvement in, especially as it continues its wonderful growth phase,” he said.

“I expect that the sector will continue the development on the professionalism side and to look at the many issues of efficiency as well as other exciting initiatives that are underway.

“Government regulation is obviously an issue and always has been, but despite our calls for stability I don’t think governments will stop tinkering with superannuation.”

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