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ASFA women win 2016 Money Management Women in Financial Services Awards

Media Release 21 October 2016

21 October 2016

ASFA women win 2016 Money Management Women in Financial Services Awards

The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) Interim CEO Jim Minto has welcomed the recognition afforded to former ASFA CEO Pauline Vamos and ASFA Director of Policy Fiona Galbraith at the 2016 Money Management Women in Financial Services Awards held in Sydney last night.

Ms Vamos won Superannuation Executive of the Year and Ms Galbraith won the award for Industry Advocacy.

Mr Minto said Ms Vamos was an institution in the sector and a tireless advocate for good retirement outcomes for all Australians.

“Her award is well deserved and a testament to her influence and achievements in the super sector,” he said. “She is a remarkable leader and she leaves an impressive legacy at ASFA.”

Ms Vamos was the chief executive officer (CEO) of ASFA from 2007 until July this year and was previously voted ‘most influential in the financial services industry’ by Money Management as well as ‘most influential in the superannuation industry’ by Super Review.

In 2013, Pauline was recognised as one of the ‘Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence’. She has more than 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry.

Prior to her position at ASFA Ms Vamos was a senior executive with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC). In that role, she managed the implementation of the Managed Investment Act and the Financial Services Reform Act.

She has also been a corporate counsel, head of compliance and strategic risk consultant, as well as a trustee director. She is a qualified lawyer and previous member of the past Federal Government’s Superannuation Advisory Committee. She was part of the Treasury’s Stronger Super Peak Consultative Group, which was tasked with advising the government on how to best implement the Stronger Super reforms.

Mr Minto said Ms Galbraith was a seasoned policy professional with in-depth experience and an outstanding track record in advocacy and government and industry engagement.

“Fiona is an entirely worthy recipient of this award and I am delighted to see her receive recognition for her many policy achievements and contributions to the public and political debate around super,” he said.

“Her drive and dedication and her commitment to sound legal and policy analysis have helped maintain ASFA’s reputation for excellence and the association is indebted to this quiet achiever. Fiona has played no small role in effecting significant changes in superannuation practice and policy and her perfectionism and persistence are renowned.”

Ms Galbraith holds degrees in economics and law and immediately prior to joining ASFA was acting legal counsel at the Superannuation Complaints Tribunal. Prior to that, she worked in various positions including head of technical advice; head of audit, compliance and risk; and as a senior legal and compliance manager for Sunsuper/Precision Administration, AAS, SuperPartners and National Mutual, as well as being assistant director at the ISC during the transition to the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act regime.

For further information, please contact:

Teresa Mullan, Media Manager, 0451 949 300.

About ASFA

ASFA is the peak policy, research and advocacy body for Australia’s superannuation industry. It is a not-for-profit, sector-neutral, and non-party political national organisation, which aims to advance effective retirement outcomes for members of funds through research, advocacy and the development of policy and industry best practice.

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