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SMSF Association appoints new board member

The SMSF Association has appointed Robyn FitzRoy to its board of directors, effective 1 June.

FitzRoy, currently a non-executive director of Gateway Credit Union and owner and principal of Ixion Corporation, brings to the role over 20 years of senior financial services experience.

Between 1992 and 2001, she founded and led the direct retail distribution business at Macquarie Bank as an executive director.

Before her stint at Macquarie, she spent five years at ING Investment Management as its group marketing and public relations manager.

After leaving Macquarie, she established Ixion Corporation in 2001 – a consultancy firm specialising in board governance reviews as well as board and chief executive evaluations and skills audits.

FitzRoy described her latest appointment as a privilege and honour.

“This is an organisation that punches above its weight. It has a wide-reaching sphere of influence for both advisers and trustees and a knowledgeable team that advocates superbly for the sector,” she said.

“I have deep respect for the technical expertise of my future board colleagues and look forward to joining this team of smart, experienced professionals who partner with management to make a difference in helping Australians take control of their superannuation.”

She said she believes she will bring considerable governance expertise to her new position and empathy for the challenges facing the sector due to the fact she is an SMSF trustee herself.

Commenting on the appointment, SMSF Association chair Andrew Gale said: “We are delighted that Robyn is joining the board. She has an extensive background in marketing, governance, strategy, distribution and risk management, particularly in the financial services sector.

“Her capabilities, experience and non-executive board roles, as well as knowledge gained from her own consultancy specialising in board governance reviews, equip her well to make a valuable contribution to the board.

“She understands the critical importance of the Association’s 2016-20 Strategic Plan, with its focus on high professional standards, education for SMSF specialists and trustees, and the need for sound, long-term public policy underpinned by research and keen debate.”

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