SMSF Association welcomes Christine Franks to board

SMSF Association Media Release

Christine Franks, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with more than 20 years’ governance experience, has been appointed to the SMSF Association Board as its governance expert, effective 1 January 2024.

She brings a wealth of experience in marketing, fundraising, consumer research and customer service in the commercial, not-for-profit and public sectors to the Board.

Franks is also Chair/CEO & Founder of Women in Aid & Development, Director of Gateway Bank, a member of Peridot Directors and convenor of the Sydney Chairs Circle. In 2020, she was awarded the Member of Order of Australia for her significant service to the community through social welfare initiatives.

SMSF Association Chair, Scott Hay-Bartlem, says: “We are thrilled to have someone with Christine’s varied experiences join the Board. She will be an invaluable addition, particularly with her breadth of knowledge gained from various board appointments and experience in governance, marketing, and consumer research.

“The Association and the superannuation sector are constantly evolving and adjusting to legislative changes, so to have someone that can be a positive voice in these conversations at all levels, as well as for our members, better positions us to make the correct strategic decisions for the SMSF sector.

Franks will replace Robyn FitzRoy who retired from the Board on 23 November.

Hay-Bartlem says: “The Association is indebted to Robyn who has generously given her time and effort for the six years she has been on the Board, and we thank her for her invaluable contribution.”

Franks says: “It’s a pleasure and privilege to be asked to join the Board, and I look forward to participating in the strategic conversations about how to grow both the Association and our superannuation sector in the coming years and achieve better outcomes for our members.”

Christine Franks