Our Board

Our National Board is represented by the following members who have backgrounds in a range of professional financial service occupations:

  • Professor Deborah Ralston (Chair)
  • Robin Bowerman (Vice Chairman)
  • Andrew Gale
  • Andrea Slattery
  • Peter Crump
  • Andrew Hamilton
  • Brett Kenny
  • Cath Mulcare
  • Robyn FitzRoy


Professor Deborah Ralston (Chair)

Professor Deborah Ralston has over 20 years experience as a non-executive director on public and private sector boards. She is a member of the RBA’s Payments System Board and was inaugural Chair of ASIC’s Digital Finance Advisory Committee. Deborah is Chair of the SMSF Association and served as a member of the CIPR industry advisory group appointed by the Hon Kelly O’Dwyer MP. Deborah also recently completed her term as non-executive director with ASX listed Mortgage Choice, where she was Chair of the Investment Committee for Mortgage Choice Financial Planning

Deborah has held a number of leadership positions in Australian universities and is a researcher and recognized thought leader in financial services, with particular interests in financial regulation, superannuation, innovation and commercialization. She has published widely in these areas. She is a Professorial Fellow at Monash University.

She has a Master of Economics and a PhD in Finance and is a Fellow of CPA and AICD.

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Robin Bowerman (Vice Chairman)

Robin Bowerman is Head of Corporate Affairs and Market Development at Vanguard and a member of Vanguard’s Executive team. He is responsible for Vanguard’s marketing & corporate communications and plays a pivotal role in Vanguard’s market and product strategy development.

Robin is a key spokesperson and presenter for Vanguard, with expertise in investor education, funds management, product development, industry and regulatory related topics.

Robin has overseen the considerable growth of Vanguard’s retail business and the products and services offered to both direct investors and financial advisers since joining Vanguard in 2003.

Prior to joining Vanguard, Robin had a distinguished career in the media and was a leading financial services writer, commentator and editor for over 15 years. He continues to be editor of Vanguard’s core client publications including writing a weekly column with more than 50,000 readers.

In 2002, Robin co-authored the book Wealth of Experience, with Jeremy Duffield, Vanguard Australia’s ex-Chairman and founder.

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Andrew Gale (Director)

Andrew’s primary roles are various Non-Executive Director (NED) and Chairman roles, and private client advisory services through Gale Force Advisory (including M&A and strategic advisory services).

Andrew has over 35 years’ experience in the financial services industry – primarily as a board director, Executive Director with Chase Corporate Advisory, CEO and Managing Director for Count Financial Ltd, Managing Partner for Deloitte Actuaries & Consultants, and in senior executive roles with two of Australia’s leading financial services organisations, namely MLC and AMP.

He has been a member of boards of directors since 1989, commencing with the MLC Building Society. Andrew’s current non-executive directorships include NULIS Nominees (Australia) Ltd (the trustee board for the MLC Superannuation Funds), the NAB Wealth Advice & Licences Board, Mortgage Choice Ltd, Harper Bernays Ltd and the SMSF Association.

Andrew has deep industry knowledge and expertise in the financial services sector – especially in the wealth management, financial advice, superannuation/SMSF, insurance, mortgage/lending and accounting sectors. Particular areas of expertise include general management, M&A, corporate strategy, marketing, distribution, & risk management.

Andrew qualified as an actuary in 1981 and has been strongly involved in the actuarial profession including President for the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (2005). Andrew has been active in industry and regulatory issues, including through his roles with the Institute of Actuaries, as a member of the Financial Services Council (FSC) Advice Board Committee, Chair of the Accountant Financial Adviser Coalition (AFAC), Non-Executive Director of the SMSF Association and his executive roles.

Andrew has had a strong involvement in the NFP sector, including Chairman of the Australian Society for Progress & Wellbeing. He is a member of Alzheimer’s Australia Working Group on ‘Financial Abuse of Older People’ and an ambassador for Capacity Australia.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Arts (Actuarial major), Macquarie Uni; Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia (1981); completed MBA (Macquarie) in 1984 (Allan Knott University Medal); and Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (completed AICD Directors Course in 2015).

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Andrea Slattery (Director)

Andrea, a visionary thinker in SMSFS, financial services and superannuation for more than 27 years, offers compelling insights into corporate strategies, leadership and cross industry transformation. In conjunction with her Board appointments and involvement in innovation, technology and human capital, she focuses on how businesses can most effectively engage with their customers and clients via multi-channel and new age service and technology models. In all her roles, she has displayed a strategic capacity to effect major, long-term change – a disruptor of industry norms. She has a critical understanding of business risk and knowledge of financial markets.

Starting her career in accounting and academia, for the past 14 years, as Founder, Managing Director and CEO of the SMSF Association, Andrea has built a national and international reputation as a prime mover in building Australia’s superannuation and retirement income systems to be the third best in the world.

Her passion for the SMSF industry and its self-regulation is the reason for the SMSF Association’s inception. She has been described by the Prime Minister, the Treasurer, the Deputy Director of the Treasury and the Australian Tax Office Commissioner as one of the most influential players in the SMSF, superannuation and financial services industries, acknowledged as ‘saving’ the SMSF sector and helping to generate wealth for millions of Australians enjoying a higher standard of living in retirement.

Andrea’s Non Executive Director appointments include Argo Global Listed Infrastructure, Adelaide Oval Stadium management Authority (Alternate) and the South Australia Cricket Association. Her advisory appointments include the Tim Costello and World Vision, the Australian Government’s Innovation and Investment Partnership and Peak Superannuation Advisory Group and the Australian Treasury’s Industry Consensus Working Group .

Andrea’s career highlights include being awarded Australian Woman of the Year in Financial Services 2014, nominated for Australian of the Year in 2017 and a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards (SA) 2016 and was awarded AFL Mother of the Year in 2009.

She holds a Masters in Commerce from the University of South Australia, and designations including SMSF Specialist Advisor, a Fellow of the Australian institute of Company Directors, a CPA and CPA Financial Planning Specialist.

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Peter Crump (Director/Chair, Governance and Risk Committee)

Peter Crump is a Private Client Adviser at ipac south australia, and specialises in the provision of advice on superannuation issues, especially with SMSFs.

Peter has a blend of experience, as an actuary, financial adviser and consultant, with 30 years’ industry experience. He provides strategic advice to self-managed superannuation funds, which is part of the overall lifestyle financial planning for their members.

Peter also provides strategic actuarial advice to clients and lawyers on superannuation and family law issues.

Peter is a director of the SMSF Association, and is an SMSF Specialist Advisor™, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, a Chartered Tax Advisor and has an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning.

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Andrew Hamilton (Director)

Andrew Hamilton brings to the SMSF Association a wealth of knowledge and experience, gained from more than 25 years of working within the self-managed superannuation fund (SMSF) industry. In February 2014, Andrew stepped down as the Chair of the SMSF Association, after completing two years in the role, and now holds the role of Director of the Board.

Andrew’s involvement within the SMSF industry commenced in 1992 with the establishment of Cavendish Superannuation Pty Ltd. It was here that Andrew took a small start-up business to an establishment employing over 120 people and managing in excess of 5000 self-managed superannuation funds.

Cavendish quickly developed a reputation as being “Australia’s leading SMSF provider”. In June 2012, AMP acquired Cavendish’s SMSF Administration and Investment Portfolio Administration operations and Andrew was appointed the role of Managing Director AMP SMSF Administration, which he maintained until mid-2014.

It is Andrew’s broad knowledge of all aspects of superannuation, his experience in running a business, understanding the SMSF Association’s membership, as well as his ability to think strategically that position him to offer invaluable insights and advice to the SMSF Association.

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Brett Kenny (Director/ Chair, National Membership Committee/Chair, Finance, Risk & Audit Committee)

Brett is a Director with the accounting firm Rogerson Kenny based in Melbourne.

He graduated from Monash University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Economics degree, majoring in Accounting and commenced work with a firm of Melbourne based Chartered Accountants, Touche Ross & Co, that merged to become part of the “Big 4” Accounting firm KPMG.

In his time at Touche Ross he worked in their Melbourne and Papua New Guinea offices and later also worked in London. Brett joined one of the antecedent firms of Rogerson Kenny in 1984, and was admitted to partnership of the current firm in 1992.

His role at Rogerson Kenny is providing taxation services to the firm’s business and SMSF clients. His firm acts for over 500 businesses and includes clients in manufacturing, wholesale, retail and services based both locally and overseas. The firm’s services include SMSF taxation advice, business taxation and accounting, forecasting, benchmarking and general business consultancy.

Brett is an SMSF Specialist Advisor™, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a Tax Agent and a CPA.

Outside office hours Brett interests include learning to play the guitar (badly), watching his son play football as well supporting his wife and daughter with their basketball obsession. He is also an avid landscape photographer.

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Cath Mulcare (Director)

Specialising in regulatory affairs, governance and risk management, over the past decade, at KPMG and previously CPA Australia, Cath moved into the role of Chief Financial and Operations Officer at Melbourne Storm to restore credibility and confidence after the salary cap scandal.

Cath moved to a more traditional CFO role at Defence Health bringing together her audit, financial reporting, governance and regulatory experience before accepting the role to build a risk management framework under the APRA regulations as Chief Risk Officer.

Cath is currently contracted to provide risk advice and develop Risk management frameworks.

Cath was also a Director on the Accounting Professional and Ethical Standards Board and is currently a Director of Make a Wish Foundation of Australia.

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Robyn FitzRoy (Director)

Robyn joined the SMSF Association Board in June 2017. She is also a non-executive director of Gateway Credit Union and Diversa Trustees Limited.  She has over twenty years’ experience in the financial services industry and is a former Executive Director of Macquarie Bank. Robyn is a management consultant specialising in governance and has held non-executive director positions on the boards of CUSCAL, MLC School Burwood, Habitat for Humanity Australia and WealthPortal Pty Ltd.

Robyn has a BA from Macquarie University and an MA from the University of Technology, Sydney. She is a Master Coach, International Coaching Federation, USA; has a Diploma in Information Technology Business Application from Harvard University USA and a Diploma in Marketing Management from Macquarie University.  She is an accredited facilitator and course author for the Australian Institute of Company Directors where she is also a Fellow.

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