Former parliamentary secretary joins SMSFA board

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A parliamentary secretary from the former Gillard Labor government has become a member of the SMSF Association board.

Bernie Ripoll

Bernie Ripoll, who joined the Association’s Public Policy Committee in January last year, will replace Cath Mulcare, who is stepping down from being a director since June 2015.

Association chair Dr Deborah Ralston added that there would be additional board appointments following a call for expressions of interest from members.


On Mr Ripoll’s appointment, Ms Ralston said: “His knowledge and insights from the broader advice and superannuation sectors have made a valuable contribution to our discussions.

“I am certain the skills, relationships and experiences he brings to the table will prove invaluable as superannuation and financial services policy continues to evolve.”

Ralston also paid tribute to Mulcare’s contribution as a director, especially her work around regulatory affairs, governance and risk management.

“Cath’s knowledge and experience in these critical areas gave the association a vital resource on which it could draw at the very time it was needed,” she said.

Mr Ripoll commented: “I am delighted to have been asked to join the board.

“I have always had a deep interest in superannuation and financial services, which is why I took the opportunity to serve on the Public Policy Committee, and now look forward to having a bigger role in the association by being a board member.”

The association added that it had reviewed and approved a new board committee governance structure and charter.


Former parliamentary secretary joins SMSFA board
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Sarah Simpkins

Sarah Simpkins

Sarah Simpkins is a journalist at Momentum Media, reporting primarily on banking, financial services and wealth. 

Prior to joining the team in 2018, Sarah worked in trade media and produced stories for a current affairs program on community radio. 

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