Dr Don Russell
Dr Don Russell was jointly appointed by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd and the Ai Group as an Independent Director of the Board on 2 May 2019. He was appointed Chair of the AustralianSuper Board on 26 September 2019. Since June 2018 Dr Russell has been a director of the Centre for Policy Development. Previous directorships include with CSIRO and Chair of State Super. Until 2018 Dr Russell was the Chief Executive of the South Australian Department of the Premier and Cabinet. Prior to that he was the Chief Executive of the Department of State Development, a role he commenced in 2014. Previous roles include Secretary of the Federal Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education; senior roles at BNY Mellon Asset Management Australia and Sanford C Bernstein, as well as a consultant to the World Bank, Bankers Trust, Westpac and as a Counsellor in the Australian delegation to the OECD in Paris. Between 1993 and 1995 Don served as Australia's Ambassador to the USA in Washington and between 1985 and 1993, and again in 1996, he was Principal Adviser to the Hon Paul Keating both during his time as Treasurer and Prime Minister. Don has a PhD from the London School of Economics, a MEc from ANU and a BEc (Hons) (First) from Flinders University as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Deputy Chair, Director
Michele O’Neil is a member Director appointed by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd as a Director of the Board on 10 September 2021 and was appointed Deputy Chair on 1 July 2022. Michele is President of the ACTU and is a member of the ACTU Executive. She is Vice President of the International Trade Union Confederation and a member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration. She was previously National Secretary of the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia, Executive Member of IndustriALL Global Union Federation and Director of Manufacturing Skills Australia. Michele was previously an AustralianSuper Alternate Director and was a Member of the Member and Employer Services Committee.
Julia Angrisano is a Member Director appointed by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd on 31 August 2017, and was previously an Alternate Director appointed in December 2016. Julia is the National Secretary of the Finance Sector Union (FSU), where she has held various roles for over 20 years, and is a member of the ACTU Executive. Other directorships that Julia currently holds include FSU Property Pty Ltd, ACTU Member Connect and is a member of the Industry Reference Committee for Financial Services. Julia holds a Bachelor of Arts, Political Economy, from the University of Sydney.
Gabrielle Coyne is an Employer Director appointed by the Ai Group as a Director of the Board on 31 August 2017. Current directorships include Melbourne University Publishing Limited, and Ai Group Training Services. Previous directorships include the Aēsop Foundation, Cool Australia, the Wheeler Centre, Australian Publishers Association, and Pearson Education Australia. Gabrielle was formerly the Chief Executive of Penguin Random House Asia Pacific. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from RMIT University Melbourne; and has completed a Trustee Director Course with AIST.
John Dixon is an Employer Director appointed on 26 September 2019. John has more than 35 years’ experience as a CEO or executive and non-executive director, predominantly within the logistics and services sector. John is a non-executive director of the AiGroup and a director of Frontier Advisors. His previous experience includes Executive Director/COO Linfox, Executive Director/COO Skilled Engineering, Managing Director Westgate Logistics, Managing Director Silk Logistics Group and Chair of a privately-owned transport company. For many years John has supported the charity Young Endeavour Youth Scheme and was formerly a member of the scheme’s advisory board. John is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (GAIST/Adv).
Claire Keating is an Employer Director appointed by the Ai Group as Director of the Board on 1 January 2020. Claire is a chartered accountant with over thirty years’ experience specialising in superannuation and funds management. She was previously a partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers where she held a number of management roles including leading PwC’s Financial Services Assurance Practice in Melbourne. Other directorships that Claire currently holds include Victorian Managed Insurance Authority, and Charter Hall Direct Property Management Limited. Claire is a board member of the Judicial Commission of Victoria. She was previously a Director of CareSuper and SAS Trustee Corporation. Claire holds a Bachelor of Business (accountancy) from RMIT, and a Diploma of Superannuation Management from ASFA & Macquarie University. In 2015 Claire became a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Philippa Kelly was jointly appointed by ACTU Super
Shareholding Pty Ltd and the Ai Group as an Independent Director and Investment
Committee Chair on 5 November 2021. Prior to her appointment, Philippa was a
consultant to AustralianSuper and member of the Fund’s Direct Investment Group.
With a background in law and investment banking she has held various roles
within the property industry, most recently with Juilliard Group and Centro
Properties. Current directorships include Lifestyle Communities Ltd, Hub Australia
and oOh!media Ltd. Philippa was formerly the Deputy Chancellor of Deakin
University, and a former director of Assemble Communities Pty Ltd. Philippa
holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia and a
Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance & Investment from FinSIA. She is a
graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s course.
Jo-anne Schofield was appointed by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd as a Member Director on 9 September 2022. She was formerly an Alternate Director has been a member of the Member & Employer Services Committee since 2020. Jo-anne is currently the National President of the United Workers Union and ACTU Vice President, having previously held a number of roles at the United Voice Union (and its predecessor union, the LHMU) including the positions of National Secretary and President. Prior to joining United Voice Jo-anne was Executive Director of Catalyst Australia, and was Manager Superannuation Legal and Executive Services in the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. Jo-anne is currently a Director of the ACTU Member Connect Board. Previous directorships include a Ministerial appointment on the NSW TAFE Advisory Board, the Australian Retirement Fund, and was Deputy Chair of the Property Services Industry Training Board. Jo-anne holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) from the University of NSW and completed an RG 146 Foundations of Super course with AIST in 2022.
Glenn Thompson is a Member Director appointed by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd to the AustralianSuper Board on 31 January 2020. Glenn was elected to the position of Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU) in 2003, having previously held the role of Industrial Officer. Current directorships include the National Reconstruction Fund (NRF) Board, National Entitlement Security Trust (NEST), Australian Construction Industry Redundancy Trust (ACIRT) and UCOVER. Glenn was previously a Director of CBUS where he chaired a number of committees including Marketing & Services; People, Culture & Remuneration; and was a member of the Risk & Audit committee. Further previous directorships include The New Daily, the Coal Long Service Leave (Coal LSL), and the Construction Industry & Property Services Industry Skills Council (CPSISC). He has been advocating for workers both domestically and abroad for over 30 years. Glenn holds an RG 146 certificate and is a graduate of the AIST Trustee Director Course (Advanced). He has completed the AICD Foundations of Directorship Program and Risk Analysis, Investigation & Oversight Course.
Janice van Reyk
Janice van Reyk is an Employer Director appointed by the Ai Group on 1 April 2022. Janice is currently a Director at Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd, Lochard Energy Group, Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NTEPA), and Tennis Australia Limited. With a background in law and finance Janice is an experienced non-executive director, primarily in infrastructure and capital-intensive asset businesses, with a specialisation in chairing audit & risk committees. Previous directorships include Ports Victoria, Citywide, Port of Melbourne Corporation and Melbourne Water Corporation. Janice is a Fellow of Certified Practising Accountants (FCPA) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD) and holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Environment from the University of Melbourne, and a Master of Commerce from the University of NSW.
Innes Willox is an Employer Director appointed by the Ai Group. He joined the AustralianSuper Board on 9 December 2014. Innes is Chief Executive of the Ai Group, a leading industry organisation, representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, construction and transport, and was appointed to this role in May 2012. His current board appointments include Chair of the Social Policy Group, Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Skilled Migration and Chair of the RMIT College of Business Industry Advisory Board. Innes served as the Australian Consul General to Los Angeles from 2006 to 2008. He was Chief of Staff to the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, from 2004 to 2006. Earlier, Innes held a number of private sector and government positions including Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines based in Singapore (2000-04). Innes began his working career as a journalist. His positions included Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in the Canberra Parliamentary Press Gallery. Innes was educated at Melbourne High School; Monash University (BA History and Politics); and Edinburgh Business School.
Misha Zelinsky was appointed by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd as a Member Director on 12 October 2023. Misha is a leading public policy specialist, a Fulbright Scholar, war correspondent, economist, lawyer, unionist, and author. He is currently Expert Associate with the ANU National Security College and a columnist with The Australian Financial Review and Foreign Policy Magazine. Current directorships include Chair of the NSW Labor Foreign Policy Committee and Director with The McKell Institute. He was formerly Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union serving for six years. Previous directorships include Cbus Super and the Manufacturing Industry Skills Council. Misha holds a Fullbright Scholar Certificate and completed a Master of Public Administration at the London School of Economics. He holds a Bachelor of Laws, a Bachelor of Commerce (Econ and Marketing), and a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice from the University of Wollongong. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director’s course and has completed an RG146 course with ASFA.
Pippa Downes is a Member of the Investment Committee appointed by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd and the Ai Group on 12 February 2021. Pippa brings to the Committee more than 25 years’ executive and non-executive experience in leading global financial services organisations including Goldman Sachs, Deutsche Bank, Morgan Stanley and UBS. Pippa is currently a director of Australian Technology Innovators (ATI Global Ltd) and Ingenia Communities. Previous directorships include ALE Property Group, Zip Co Limited, Windlab, Sydney Olympic Park Authority, ASX Clearing and Settlement Corporation, the Pinnacle Foundation, Swimming Australia and the Swimming Australia Foundation. Pippa also formerly served as a Commissioner of Sport Australia. Pippa holds a Master of Applied Finance from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Science (Business Administration, Finance and Accounting) from the University of California and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Russell Maddox has been a member of AustralianSuper’s Investment Committee since 15 July 2014. Russell is an experienced investor across a range of asset classes, and has a long involvement with the design, specification, testing and usage of technology for fund management applications. Russell was the Chief Investment Officer at Merrill Lynch/BlackRock Investment Management (Australia) Ltd from 2004 to 2012 responsible for managing multi-asset portfolios within BlackRock. He joined BlackRock in 2000 as the Head of Australian Fixed Income and moved to London in 2001 to head up the Global Fixed Income team for Merrill Lynch. Prior to this Russell worked at Macquarie Investment Management in various investment roles and Credit Suisse First Boston as the Head of Fixed Interest Research. He also worked as an economist for various banking institutions before moving into investment related roles with fund managers. Russell began his career with the Australian Commonwealth Treasury in Canberra after obtaining an Honours Degree in Economics from Monash University.
Richard Price is a member of the Investment Committee appointed by the Ai Group on 15 February 2023. Richard brings to the Committee almost 25 years’ executive experience at investment bank Macquarie Group, six years as Executive Chair at Aligned Resources Group, and a long career providing strategic, financial, investment and corporate advice to many leading companies in Australia and globally. Richard currently serves as an Investment Committee member of impact investment fund Conscious Investment Management, Chair of the Advisory Boards at Smarter SMSF and Magellan Stem Cells, and as a Council Member at the National Library of Australia. Richard holds a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (Honours) from the University of Melbourne.