Shareholder advocate hires 2 directors

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The Australian Shareholders Association (ASA) has welcomed two new directors to its board. 

Lelde Smits

Joining the body are finance journalist and adviser to ASX-listed companies Lelde Smits and experienced board director, company secretary and C-suite executive Michael Jackson. 

They have joined the board as ASA director and Confoil chief executive Alison Buxton will see her three-year-term end in June. 


Ms Smits has joined the association after more than 10 years working as a communications and governance specialist. 

Following a career as a broadcast financial journalist in Australia, Ms Smits relocated to Wall Street, to work as the New York foreign correspondent for the Australian Financial Review and as a markets reporter inside the New York Stock Exchange for a New York media company. 

She also co-founded Australian investor and media relations consultancy The Capital Network. 

Meanwhile Mr Jackson has held a number of C-suite roles, including being chief operating officer at the Export Finance and Insurance Corporation. He also worked with global aerospace, space, transportation, defence and security group Thales Australia. 

“These new additions will bring a wealth of experience and industry knowledge to the board at ASA,” Allan Goldin, chairman of ASA commented. 

“We look forward to making the most of the fresh insights and recommendations that Lelde and Michael will provide ASA as we continue to take the organisation to new audiences and platforms.”

Commenting on Ms Buxton’s departure, Mr Goldin added: “Alison, who has managed a busy schedule between her role at the ASA and her position of CEO of Confoil since 2019, reluctantly concluded that she should step down and allow someone with more time to take up her board position.”

Ms Buxton has led the organisation’s search for a new CEO.


Shareholder advocate hires 2 directors
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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. 

You can contact her on [email protected].


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