Our leadership team

Our highly skilled and experienced leadership team manages our day-to-day operations

It’s their role to ensure that our corporate strategy is implemented effectively so we can achieve our goal of providing the best possible retirement outcome for our members.

Meet our leadership team

Ian Silk as Chief Executive

Ian Silk is the Chief Executive of AustralianSuper and is responsible for the overall management of the fund and the provision of advice to the board. Ian is a member of the Australian Government's Financial Literacy Board, a Director of Industry Super Australia, and has recently been appointed to the Basketball Australia Board. Ian was previously the Chief Executive of the Australian Retirement Fund. Ian holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations Law. Ian was appointed Chief Executive at AustralianSuper on 1 July 2006.

Mark Delaney as Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer

Mark is the Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Investments Officer of AustralianSuper, acting as an advisor to the board, developing and implementing investment strategies, and managing the work of AustralianSuper's investment advisers. Mark was the Chief Executive of the Superannuation Trust of Australia (STA) for three years before the merger with ARF to form AustralianSuper. Prior to AustralianSuper, Mark worked for 14 years at National Mutual/AXA, moving his way through the company from Economist to Senior Manager of Investment Services. He also spent four years working as an economist in the Federal Department of Treasury. Mark has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. Mark is also a Director of Industry Superannuation Property Trust (ISPT) and IFM Investor Advisory Board. Mark started in the role of Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer of AustralianSuper on 1 July 2006.

Jane Foley as Group Executive of Strategy, People and Performance

Jane is responsible for the fund’s strategy development and business planning, strategic data analysis and reporting of the fund’s performance, together with human resources and IT services, and the project management office. Previously Jane was the Head of Strategy and Projects, and before coming to AustralianSuper she was Chairman and Principal of Wheeler Strobel Consulting Group, an organisation specialising in organisational change. Jane has a Master of Arts (international Relations) a Graduate Diploma of Business Studies (Industrial Relations), a Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Arts (Honours). From 1995 to 1999 Jane was a board and committee member of the Tenants Union of Victoria, during 2003-2004 a council member of the Plumbing Industry Advisory Council, Melbourne, and during 2005-2012, Chairman and board member of the Wheeler Strobel Consulting Group. Jane was appointed to the position of Group Executive - Strategy, People and Performance at AustralianSuper on 5 August 2013. Before this she was the Head of Strategy and Projects at AustralianSuper.

Shawn Blackmore as Group Executive of Member Experience and Advice

Shawn is responsible for the provision of super, retirement and insurance services to members and employers. He is charged with providing a quality member experience from administration through to advice and communication services across all channels. His previous role with the fund was General Manager of Operations and he started that role in March 2011. Shawn has more than 15 years financial services experience with roles in operations, product, administration and sales for companies including BT Financial Group, Perpetual and the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. Shawn holds a Bachelor of Economics, and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance & Investment. He also sits on the Industry Funds Forum, and the Association of Superannuation Funds, ecommerce committees. Shawn was appointed a Group Executive on 1 July 2013.

Tony Cavanagh as Group Executive of Corporate Services

Tony is responsible for all legal, compliance risk, financial and accounting matters for AustralianSuper covering statutory lodgements, budgetary and expense control, and policies and procedures. He is also responsible for all external and internal audit matters, and tax lodgement and compliance. He is responsible for relationships with key regulators (e.g. APRA and ASIC) as well as risk and compliance matters. He has responsibility for the fund’s risk framework and approach including the Funds Risk Appetite, Risk Management Plan and Strategy and ongoing maintenance and compliance. He is also responsible for legislated compliance of the fund. Tony has a Bachelor of Economics and is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in accounting and finance. He has been involved in providing consulting services to superannuation funds for more than 20 years when he held senior positions with PricewaterhouseCoopers and Arthur Andersen. He has previously been a director of a financial services software company and a financial planning licensee. Tony started at AustralianSuper in January 2007 as the General Manager - Finance and Risk. He was appointed to the role of Group Executive Corporate Services on 1 July 2013.

Paul Schroder as Group Executive of Membership

Paul is responsible for understanding and meeting member needs, delivering value and building confidence. He leads a team of reputation, product, research, engagement, marketing, public policy and external relations professionals. His team use data and insights to deliver the best possible outcome for members and the businesses and advisers who support them. Paul joined AustralianSuper in 2007 and was Group Executive - Membership from July 2013. He was appointed to this current role on 5 December 2016. Prior to joining AustralianSuper he was the National Secretary of the Finance Sector Union of Australia. He is a Director of SuperFriend – the industry fund Mental Health Foundation. Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and was awarded the Shell exhibition prize for Labour economics. He also holds a diploma in Financial Planning.

Rose Kerlin as Group Executive of Membership

Rose is responsible for AustralianSuper's Membership group, which manages relationships with businesses and unions and develops the right strategies to effectively attract members today and into the future. Rose is also responsible for ensuring members have access to the most cost effective life insurance possible to help them secure their futures. Rose joined AustralianSuper in 2010 and became the State Manager of Western Australia, managing the merger with Westscheme in 2011. She was then appointed to the position of General Manager Growth in August 2013 before moving to her current role on 5 December 2016. She was previously a National Director at the Finance Sector Union of Australia. Rose holds a Bachelor of Economics (Social Sciences) from the University of Sydney, a Diploma of Financial Planning and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Company Directors CourseTM). Rose has also completed an Executive Leadership course at the University of Melbourne.