The Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) today announced it has appointed Glen McCrea to the newly created position of Chief Policy Officer (CPO).
Mr McCrea will have overall responsibility for ensuring that ASFA's advocacy is prioritised appropriately and supported by evidence-based policy, as well lead ASFA's work on industry best practice. Mr McCrea joins ASFA with over 14 years' experience in government policy, most recently as a Senior Adviser in the Financial System and Services Division of Treasury.
"The appointment reflects the increasing complexity of the policy issues that are arising due to the role the superannuation system has in providing both fiscal and social outcomes," says ASFA CEO Ms Pauline Vamos.
"With his extensive knowledge in tax, superannuation, investment and economic policy, Mr McCrea's previous roles have provided him with the skills and experience to guide ASFA's policy team as the industry navigates through a more complex and changing environment."
Mr McCrea will lead the experienced policy and research team at ASFA, with Director of Policy Fiona Galbraith maintaining responsibility for regulatory submissions, and Ross Clare continuing as head of the ASFA Research Centre. Responsibility for operational policy will remain in the experienced hands of Tony Keir. All three positions will report into the CPO to ensure seamless advocacy processes and optimum policy priority setting.
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.