Our Board is responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of AustralianSuper
It’s their role to ensure that we meet our obligations to our members, employers and shareholders – and comply with super legislation.
This involves making sure an appropriate governance framework is not only in place, but is well maintained.
Our Board is made up of up to six member representatives, up to six employer representatives and up to two independent representatives. We currently have five member representatives, five employer representatives, and one independent director.
Meet our Board of Directors
Heather Ridout is an Employer Director appointed by the Ai Group. She joined the AustralianSuper Board on 1 July 2007 and was appointed Chair in April 2013. Heather is a company director with a long history as a leading figure in the public policy debate in Australia. She is a Director of Sims Metal Management, ASX Ltd and Image Networks Holdings Pty Ltd. Other appointments include member of the Boards of: the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Asialink and Advance Australia Advisory Board. Heather has been a delegate to the B20, the key business advisory body to the international economic forum which includes business leaders from all G20 economies. Her previous appointments include: board member of the Reserve Bank of Australia, member of the Henry Tax Review panel, board member of Infrastructure Australia, Australian Workforce and Productivity Agency, Climate Change Authority, member of the National Workplace Relations Consultative Committee, and the Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Manufacturing. In 2014, Heather was made an Officer in the general division of the Order of Australia. She holds a Bachelor of Economics (honours) from the University of Sydney and has been awarded an honorary Doctor of Business from Macquarie University and the University of Ballarat.
Dave Oliver is a Member Director appointed by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd. He joined the AustralianSuper Board on 1 July 2007 and was appointed Deputy Chair in August 2014. He was elected Secretary of the ACTU in 2012 after serving the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) for more than 20 years, including holding the position of National Secretary. Dave established, and is a former director of, the National Entitlement Security Trust. He is a director of Industry Super Australia Pty Ltd and a director of the Union Education Foundation Limited. He is a member of the Defence Industry Innovation Board, the Future Manufacturing Industry Innovation Council, the National Economic Reform Panel, the National Resource Sector Employment Taskforce, the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council and the Resources Sector Skills Taskforce Sub Committee.
Paul Bastian is a Member Director appointed by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd. He joined the AustralianSuper Board on 5 April 2013. Paul was elected to the position of National Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) in 2012, having previously held the position of National President since 2009. From 1997 to 2009 Paul was State Secretary of the AMWU NSW Branch. Paul is a shipwright by trade and holds a Bachelor of Law (Honours) from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Jim Craig was appointed Independent Director to the Board and Chair of the Investment Committee on 2 March 2017. Jim has been a member of the Investment Committee since 15 June 2016. Previously, Jim has held a number of senior roles within Macquarie Group Limited in the resources, infrastructure and fund management areas, including leading Macquarie’s businesses in Europe from 2003–2008. He was Chairman of Macquarie Capital (Melbourne) from 2008-2014. Since retiring from Macquarie, Jim has taken up a number of directorships including Australian United Investment Company Limited, Cellcare Australia Pty Ltd, River Capital Pty Ltd and Lifestyle Communities Limited. Jim holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from Adelaide University and a Master of Laws from the University of Melbourne.
Julia was nominated by the ACTU as a Director of the Board and was appointed to the position on 30 August 2017. Julia had previously been appointed as an Alternate Director in December 2016. Julia is the National Secretary of the Finance Sector Union, where she has held various roles for over 15 years, and is a member of the ACTU Executive. Other directorships that Julia currently holds include FSU Property Trust 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 was nominated by the AiGroup as a Director of the Board and was appointed to the position on 30 August 2017. Gabrielle was most recently the Chief Executive of Penguin Random House Asia Pacific. Other directorships that Gabrielle currently holds include Cool Australia and the Aēsop Foundation. Previous directorships include the Wheeler Centre, Pearson Education Australia, Australian Industry Group Graduate Employment Service, Australian Publishers Association, Melbourne Writers Festival and the Australian Book Review. Gabrielle holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations from RMIT University, Melbourne.
Brian Daley is a Member Director appointed by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd. He joined AustralianSuper’s Board on 1 July 2006 and was previously a Director of one of AustralianSuper’s predecessor funds, the Australian Retirement Fund (ARF), from 1991-2006. Brian has served as an Official for United Voice from 1985-2015 including in capacities of the Union’s Victorian Secretary, National President and National Officer (Superannuation). United Voice is a long-term supporter of AustralianSuper and many of its members, including in industries like the cleaning and security, are members of AustralianSuper. Brian has been actively involved in industry superannuation since the recognition of superannuation as an industrial issue in the 1980’s. Brian currently holds the position of Capital Stewardship Officer for the ACTU, is a Director of ISPT, and is on the Industry Superannuation Australia Advisory Council. His industry involvement has included service as a former Director of Host Plus (1990-2015), IFS (1996-2006), AIST and ASFA. Brian holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Newcastle.
Lucio Di Bartolomeo is an Employer Director appointed by the Ai Group. He joined the AustralianSuper Board on 31 March 2008. Lucio was recently appointed Chair of Australian Naval Infrastructure Pty Ltd and also serves as Chair of Northwest Rapid Transit and is a director of Frontier Advisors and the Moorebank Intermodal Company. His previous experience includes Chair of Macquarie Generation, Managing Director of ADI Limited and Country Director of Thales Australia. Lucio has held several senior positions within the transport industry including Managing Director of FreightCorp and President of the Australasian Railway Association. Lucio is a qualified civil engineer and has a Master’s degree in Engineering Science from the University of NSW.
Daniel Walton is a Member Director appointed by the ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd. He joined the AustralianSuper Board on 15 December 2016. Daniel was elected to the position of National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) in November 2016, having previously held the positions of Assistant National Secretary, National Vice President and the National Campaigns and Organising Coordinator. The AWU is Australia’s oldest and largest blue-collar trade union representing over 100,000 working men and women and their families. He is currently a director of Chifley Financial Services and The McKell Institute. Daniel is currently studying for an MBA at the AGSM, UNSW Business School.
Grahame Willis is an Employer Director appointed by the Ai Group. He joined the AustralianSuper Board on 1 July 2006 and was previously an Employer Director of STA from 1988 and ARF from 2002. Grahame has extensive experience in general management, financial management, legal issues and superannuation. He was the Executive Director of Finance, Administration and Superannuation at Ai Group with whom he was employed for 42 years. In 1997 Grahame received the Trustee of the Year Award at the Conference of Major Superannuation Funds (CMSF) and is a foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. Grahame holds a bachelor of Commerce degree from Melbourne University and has completed a PS146 for the Superannuation Industry course.
Innes Willox is an Employer Director appointed by the Ai Group. He joined the AustralianSuper Board as an Alternate Director to the Chair on 26 February 2013, and was appointed to the position of Director on 9 December 2014. Innes was appointed Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group) in May 2012, a leading industry organisation representing businesses in a broad range of sectors including manufacturing, defence, ICT and labour hire. He joined the Ai Group as Director International and Government Relations in 2008 with responsibility for policy development and advocacy across the federal and state government systems including in the areas of trade, defence, climate change, industrial relations and communications. He has 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, and was Manager of Global Public Affairs for Singapore Airlines from 2000 to 2004. Innes has also held the position of Chief of Staff at The Age newspaper in Melbourne, and Chief Political Correspondent for The Age in the Canberra Parliamentary Press Gallery. Innes holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Politics from Monash University and is a graduate from the Edinburgh Business School in Economics and Organisational Change.
Nixon Apple was appointed Alternate Director to Paul Bastian on 27 August 2013 and has been a Member of the Investment Committee since 1 July 2006. Nixon was nominated by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd and has served on the AustralianSuper Board as a Director and Alternate Director since 1 July 2006. Prior to that he served on the Board of STA and its Investment Committee from 1998. He brings a wealth of experience to the Investment Committee having worked as a Director at the Australian Trade Commission and the National Institute of Economic and Industry Research, along with a depth of experience with the ACTU including roles as the Industry and Investment Policy Adviser and as a research officer. Nixon is a strong advocate of industry superannuation funds. He has also been published widely on economic and industry development issues. Nixon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (with Honours) and a Masters in Arts both from Carleton University Ottawa Ontario Canada.
Peter Burn was appointed as Alternate Director for Innes Willox on 23 February 2015 and has been a member of AustralianSuper's Investment Committee since 29 May 2009. Peter is Director – Public Policy at the Ai Group. His responsibilities range across Ai Group’s public policy interests including environment and climate policy; taxation; innovation; infrastructure; industry policy and business regulation. Prior to joining Ai Group Peter was a Policy Director at the Business Council of Australia. He has also held a number of academic posts after beginning his professional career in the Commonwealth Treasury. Peter has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of New England and completed a PhD in Economics at the University of New South Wales.
Brad Crofts is an Alternate Director for Daniel Walton nominated by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd on the AustralianSuper Board on 26 August 2014. He is a member of AustralianSuper's Investment Committee and Audit, Compliance and Risk Management Committee. He served as AWU’s nominee to the board of Prime Super between 2010 and 2013 as both deputy chairman and chair of its Investment Committee. Prior to this Brad spent many years as a policy maker with both the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments and as economist with the AWU. Brad completed a first class honours degree in economics at the University of Queensland. Brad has an established consultancy practice. In 2015 Brad became a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Anne Flanagan was appointed as an Alternate Director for Lucio Di Bartolomeo on 26 October 2015. She is a member of the Audit Compliance & Risk Management Committee. Anne is a Chartered Accountant with over 20 years’ experience in accounting and financial and general management both in the UK with KPMG and Price Waterhouse, and in Australia with ANZ Banking Group and RACV. Anne is the Chief Financial Officer of RACV. Previously Anne was a Superpartners Director and Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee from 2006 to 2010, and a Trustee Director of the RACV Superannuation Fund from 2006 to 2009. Anne is a member of the National Executive of the GlOO, the peak body for CFO's. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the London School of Economics.
Warren Kensett-Smith is Alternate Director for Daniel Walton and is a member of the AustralianSuper Audit, Compliance and Risk Management Committee. He was nominated by the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and appointed on 22 February 2016. He is the Financial Controller, National, for the Australian Workers’ Union, Australia’s oldest and largest blue-collar trade union, and has over 25 years’ experience in senior finance and management roles within a number of large global corporations, as well as smaller locally owned companies. Warren has been a member of the Governance Institute of Australia (formerly Chartered Secretaries Australia) since 1985, a Fellow since 2011, and has been a member of CPA Australia since 1994, a Fellow since 2011. He holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology, Sydney.
Bob Lewtas was appointed as an Alternate Director for Brian Daley on 15 December 2016 and is a member of the Budget Review Committee. Bob is the Finance and Administration Manager at United Voice in Western Australia, a role he has held since 2005. He has previously held directorships on superannuation fund boards including HESTA from February to December 2015 and GESB from 2006 to 2015. Other previous directorships include the South Coast Business Development Organisation and Rockingham Community Bank – a Bendigo Bank franchise. Previous memberships include the Polytechnic West Governing Council and Rockingham & South Coast Regional Chambers of Commerce. Bob has completed an AICD directors’ course..
Russell Maddox was appointed Alternate Director for John Ingram on 23 February 2015 and has been a member of AustralianSuper’s Investment Committee since 15 July 2014. Russell is an experienced investor who has experience across a range of asset classes. 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.
Michele O’Neil is an Alternate Director for Dave Oliver on the AustralianSuper Board nominated by ACTU Super Shareholding Pty Ltd. She is currently the National Secretary of the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia. Michele is also a Vice President of the International Textile Garment and Leather Workers Federation. She has been appointed by Government to represent the industry and Union on a variety of Government bodies including the National TCF Innovation Council and the Victorian Industry Manufacturing Council which advise Government on manufacturing policy. Michele is a Director of Manufacturing Skills Australia and a committee member of the national joint Union/Industry body, Ethical Clothing Australia. Michele was appointed as an Alternate Director on AustralianSuper's Board on 27 August 2013.
Carmen was appointed as an Alternate Director for Julia Angrisano on the AustralianSuper Board on 30 August 2017. Carmen is currently the Operations Director at the Australian Council of Trade Unions. She is currently a Councillor on the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council Adult & Community Further Education Advisory Board . Previous board positions include Melbourne Organisation for Business and Enterprise. Carmen holds a Masters of Business Administration from Swinburne University.
George Stamas is Alternate Director for Grahame Willis for the AustralianSuper Board, nominated by the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group). He was appointed as an Alternate Director on 11 February 2012. He has over 30 years’ experience in corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, financial management, large scale business development and expansion. He has held senior corporate roles with Mayne Nickless, Electrolux & Tempo services. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Board Director of Facility Management Association of Australia, Victorian President and National Vice President of Building Service Contractors Association of Australia. Since 1988, George has held the position of Managing Director at GJK Facility Services. He is also a member of numerous community and charitable organisations. George holds a Diploma of Marketing from the Australian Institute of Management.
Mike Nicolaides was appointed as a member of the Member and Employer Services Committee on 25 August 2008. Previously he was an alternate Member Director of the AustralianSuper Board and a Director on the STA Board. Mike is also currently the Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union (AMWU) where he is involved in the implementation of policy and the formulation and implementation of budgets. Mike has a Bachelor of Economics, a Master of Environmental Science and a Master’s Degree in Workplace and Employment Law.
Stephanie Weston was appointed as a member of the Investment Committee on 19 May 2015. Stephanie has wide ranging experience in the Australian financial market, with a career spanning central banking, investment consulting and the financial services sector. Stephanie has held senior roles at AMP Financial Services and Mercer. A large part of her early career was spent at the Reserve Bank of Australia, where, among other roles, she was the Deputy Chief Representative of the Bank’s European Office managing the foreign currency reserves portfolio. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting.