The SMSF Professionals’ Association of Australia has appointed Brett Kenny to the SPAA Board and released an update on its national conference in February.

Kenny is a director with the Melbourne-based accounting firm Rogerson Kenny and has been actively involved in building SPAA’s Victorian State Chapter.

An experienced accountant with more than 30 years of experience, his main role in the business is to provide taxation services to clients from the self-managed super fund sector.

“Our sector has witnessed a lot of regulatory changes this year, with many of these involving tax, accountancy and auditing issues, so Brett’s knowledge in these fields will be a bonus to the board,” said SPAA CEO Andrea Slattery in welcoming Kenny to the SPAA Board.

Kenny (right) wears a number of hats as a SPAA SMSF Specialist Advisor, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, a tax agent and a CPA.

“It was a great privilege to be asked to join the SPAA board, and I look forward to having input into an organisation that has played such a significant role in improving professional standards in the SMSF sector,” he said.

In related news, a SPAA spokesperson believes the association is poised to hold the largest and most successful national conference in its 10-year history.

Technical director Peter Burgess, who is overseeing the technical content of the conference, says the number of delegates who have registered for the February event is almost double what it was this time last year.

“It’s been an amazing response to date. From our perspective it reflects a number of factors, including the celebration of the organisation’s 10th anniversary and the growing interest in the SMSF sector,” he said.

“But I think it’s fair to say that the time and effort SPAA has put into organising a technically challenging program is being reflected in the number of people who have signed up, whether they are members or non members.”

Burgess says the theme for the conference is revolution, a concept many people would not associate with superannuation.

“We thought long and hard about using the word revolution, but when you look at what’s occurring in our sector, the change that’s occurring, then it seems the most appropriate word to use,” he said.

In keeping with this theme, keynote presentations will reveal recent SMSF research findings and will cover the latest SMSF strategies and the outlook for global investment markets.