Our Board

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

• Andrew Gale (Chairman)
• Robin Bowerman (Vice Chairman)
• Andrea Slattery (Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer)
• Peter Crump
• Andrew Hamilton
• Brett Kenny
• Cath Mulcare
• Deborah Ralston

Andrew Gale (Chairman)

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Andrew’s primary roles are various Non-Executive Director (NED) and Chairman roles, and private client advisory services through Gale Force Advisory (including corporate advisory services through Chase Corporate Advisory).

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 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), 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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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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Andrea Slattery (Managing Director/CEO)

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Andrea is the Managing Director/CEO and Founder of the SMSF Association.

She has worked in the financial services industry for over 27 years and is recognised as a leader in Australia’s SMSF, Superannuation, Retirement systems and the Financial Service sectors. She is the face and voice of SMSFs. Her passion for the SMSF industry and its self-regulation is the reasons for the SMSF Association’s inception and its recognition as the peak professional body, the new SMSF advice profession and its representation of the 1.1m SMSF trustees.

The SMSF sector is the largest superannuation sector in Australia accounting for 30% or $636B of a total Australian asset pool of $2.1T, contributing significantly to Australia’s national prosperity. Deloitte Research puts the SMSF Sector at $2.2T in 2033 and the Australian Superannuation asset pool at $7.2T.

Andrea has a detailed knowledge of the business and advice models, globalisation opportunities needed for business expansion, competitive advantage and market positioning. Attuned to the transformational change expected of professional and financial services leading Australia’s economic growth in the coming decades, surpassing resources and mining. She provides guidance, policy direction and commercial judgement to the Federal Government and Opposition, Treasury, Regulators and industry on how Australia can tap this opportunity, locally, nationally and globally.

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.

Andrea was the first woman to be appointed to the South Australian Cricket Association (SACA) Board of Directors. Andrea is also on the Boards of Argo Global Listed Infrastructure (AGLI) and the SMSF Association and is an Ambassador for the Adelaide Convention Bureau.

Andrea was awarded ‘Woman of the Year’ in the Australian Women in Financial Services Awards 2014, was a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s 2016 Awards and was awarded AFL Mother of the Year in 2009.

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

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Peter Crump is the Superannuation Strategist 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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

After the finalisation of the various investigations and improvements to governance and risk systems Cath has moved to a more traditional CFO role at Defence Health bringing together her audit, financial reporting, governance and regulatory experience.

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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Deborah Ralston (Director)

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Professor Deborah Ralston is Professor of Finance at Monash University and is Principal Investigator on the CSIRO-Monash Superannuation Research Cluster. She has held a number of senior leadership positions in Australian Universities, most recently as Executive Director of the Australian Centre for Financial Studies (ACFS).

Deborah is Chair of ASIC’s Digital Finance Advisory Committee (DFAC) and a part-time member of the RBA’s Payments System Board. She is also a non-Executive Director of the SMSF Association, and of ASX Listed Mortgage Choice, where she is Chair of the Investment Committee for Mortgage Choice Financial Planning. Her research interests include financial regulation, superannuation and innovation.

Deborah has a PhD in finance from Bond University, a Bachelor and Master of Economics from the University of New England, and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), the Certified Practising Accountants of Australia (FCPA), and is a Senior Fellow of Finsia (SF Fin).

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