Specialist Advisor Scott Hay-Bartlem appointed to SMSF Association Board

The SMSF Association has appointed Brisbane law firm Cooper Grace Ward Partner and SMSF Specialist Advisor Scott Hay-Bartlem to its Board from 1 July.

Hay-Bartlem, a chartered tax adviser and member of the Society of Trust and Estate practitioners who specialises in issues such as tax and superannuation and estate planning, is the third Specialist Adviser to join the Board in the past month.

Tracey Scotchbrook, Vice Chair of the West Australian Local Community, and Michael Houlihan, Chair of the Victorian Local Community for the past four years, joined on 1 June.

Association Chair, Dr Deborah Ralston, says it’s extremely pleasing to have another Specialist Advisor join the Board, especially as Scott brings a distinguished record of service to the SMSF sector, including a notable role as a valued presenter to the Technical Day events and the National Conference.

“This appointment, when coupled with the recent appointments of Tracey and Michael, gives the Association a strong and diverse Board boasting a broad range of skills and experiences that will allow us to better meet the needs of members and tackle the policy challenges facing the SMSF sector.”

In 2016, Hay-Bartlem was awarded the 2016 Brisbane Wealth Management/Succession Planning Practice Lawyer of the Year and the 2019 Superannuation Lawyer of the Year.

He has also been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Eleventh Edition of Best Lawyers in Australia in the practice areas of: superannuation law, trusts and estates and wealth management/succession planning practice.

Hay-Bartlem says: “It’s a rare honour to join the SMSF Association Board. I have always found my involvement with the Association to be extremely fulfilling, believing it plays a crucial role in advancing the interests of the SMSF sector, so to be invited to join the Board is both exciting and humbling.

“I look forward to working with Deborah and the other Board members to enhance the interests and goals of the Association and the wider SMSF community.”