SMSF Association appoints vice chair

The SMSF Association has announced the appointment of Michael Houlihan as its new vice chair, effective today, who will replace Robin Bowerman as he retired from the board.

Houlihan had 30 years of experience in senior leadership in superannuation and financial services, including serving as head of product and technical services at JBWere Investments Management and Vanguard Australia and his current roles as joining managing director of Strategic Wealth Services.

SMSF Association’s chair, Andrew Hamilton, paid a tribute to Bowerman, who is head of corporate affairs at Vanguard, for his long service to the association.

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“There have been some challenging issues for the Association over this period, and the Board has always benefited from Robin’s sage advice, policy knowledge, and media background,” he said.

“His ability to see issues germane to the SMSF sector in the broader context of the superannuation industry has been particularly helpful over the journey

Commenting on his appointment, Houlihan said: “It’s an honour to be asked by my fellow directors to follow Robin who has served the Association with such distinction.

“I am excited by the challenges that await our vibrant sector of the superannuation industry and comforted by the fact that the Association is well positioned to resolve them.”

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