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SMSF Association appoints new Chair

By Yasmine Masi18 February 2022

The Self-Managed Super Fund (SMSF) Association, the peak body representing the 1.1 million-strong SMSF sector has appointed Scott Hay-Bartlem, Partner at Brisbane-based law firm Cooper Grace Ward, as its new Chair.

A Director since 1 July 2019, Hay-Bartlem will take over the role from Andrew Hamilton who is stepping down after two terms as Chair and more than 11 years as a Director.

“The Association will be well served by having Scott in the Chair for the next two years,” Hamilton said.

“Aside from his undoubted legal skills in superannuation, he is one of the most keenly sought-after speakers on the SMSF circuit who continually demonstrates the ability to convey complex messages in a concise, informative and entertaining manner.

“Since joining the Board in 2019, his extensive client work in estate planning, administration and disputes, and all forms of superannuation tax, has enabled him to bring a fresh perspective to our deliberations that have been greatly appreciated by his fellow directors and the executive team.”

Hay-Bartlem brings expertise and experience in superannuation and SMSFs to the new role, being a SMSF Specialist Adviser and having practiced in this area of law for almost 30 years.

Speaking about his new role, Hay-Bartlem thanked Hamilton for his extensive contributions to the SMSF Association.

“For the Association to have someone with three decades of active involvement in the SMSF sector, whether it be establishing and building the SMSF provider Cavendish Superannuation, Managing Director of AMP SMSF Administration, or as Managing Director of Hamilton and Associates, we have all benefited from his insights over the years,” he said.

“But if I had to highlight Andrew’s unique contribution to the Association it would be his experience in running an SMSF business and how that has allowed him to understand and appreciate the concerns of our members in an environment where the regulatory and legislative boundaries often change.”

Hay-Bartlem stepped into his new role as of yesterday.

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