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ASFA announces policy restructure

Media Release 8 February 2013

8 February 2013

ASFA announces policy restructure

The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) is pleased to announce a restructure of its industry-leading policy team.

With the departure of ASFA’s general manager policy and industry practice, Margaret Stewart, earlier this year due to illness, ASFA has taken the opportunity to revisit its policy structure.

“Policy is now a very complex business,” said ASFA CEO Pauline Vamos.

“ASFA in particular is charged with developing policy which is first and foremost in the best interest of fund members and ensuring the system is sustainable and delivers on its role as the provider of long-term capital.

“We must leverage into our broad sector policy committees and working groups to ensure that positioning is robust and sector neutral.”

To achieve the most effective outcomes during this complex time of increased policy issues and information coordination, ASFA has restructured its policy work and accountabilities into three areas.

“Under the new structure we have appointed a director, policy and it is with great pleasure that I announce Fiona Galbraith has taken up this role,” said Ms Vamos.

“Fiona has been with ASFA for 18 months as a senior policy advisor and has a proven record in relation to policy development both strategically and technically.

“Fiona will be focused on external issues including the development of strategic policy positions and approaches, management of relationships with all regulators and Treasury, and also advocacy strategy and delivery.”

In order to ensure ASFA policy processes and communication continue to be timely and of best practice, Tony Keir has been promoted to the role of general manager, policy operations.

“Tony will provide oversight of the policy team and focus specifically on internal operations, including coordination of all policy work such as submissions and member communications, as well as management of best practice papers and support for all policy councils, working groups and advisory panels.”

Finally, Gordon Noble’s title has been changed to director investments and the economy to reflect his primary focus on delivering ASFA strategy to ensure the super pool can invest long term, drive productivity and fulfil its role in supporting the economy.

“These three professionals, together with ASFA director of research Ross Clare, are the engine room that drives ASFA’s policy and research agenda,” said Ms Vamos.

“I am thrilled that we have the leadership team in place.”

For further information, please contact:

Pauline Vamos, CEO, 0433 169 342

Megan McDougall, Media and Communications Co-ordinator, (02) 8079 0849

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 whose aim is 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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