SMSF Association appoints chair

The Self-Managed Superannuation Fund (SMSF) Association has appointed Scott Hay-Bartlem as chair of the organisation.

Hay-Bartlem, a partner at Brisbane law firm Cooper Grace Ward, had been a director for the organisation since July 2019 and would replace Andrew Hamilton who would step down after two terms.

As well as his law work, he was also a SMSF specialist adviser and brought a “wealth of knowledge and experience about superannuation and SMSFs” as he had 30 years’ experience in the space.

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Hamilton said: “The Association will be well served by having Scott in the chair for the next two years. Aside from his undoubted legal skills in superannuation, he is one of the most keenly sought-after speakers on the SMSF circuit who continually demonstrates the ability to convey complex messages in a concise, informative and entertaining manner.

“Since joining the board in 2019, his extensive client work in estate planning, administration and disputes, and all forms of superannuation tax, has enabled him to bring a fresh perspective to our deliberations that have been greatly appreciated by his fellow directors and the executive team.”

Hay-Bartlem said it was a “privilege” to follow in Hamilton’s footsteps. He commented: “If I had to highlight Andrew’s unique contribution to the Association it would be his experience in running an SMSF business and how that has allowed him to understand and appreciate the concerns of our members in an environment where the regulatory and legislative boundaries often change”.

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