2019 ACSI Annual Conference

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Elizabeth Alexander
Chair - Medibank Private Limited and Dexus Wholesale Property Limited
Elizabeth is Chair of Medibank Private and Dexus Wholesale Property Limited. She is the former Chair of CSL Ltd and a former Director of Amcor and Boral Ltd and a member of the Takeover Panel. She is a former independent Chair of the Risk and Audit Committee of APRA and on appointment to the partnership of PWC was the first female partner of any of the big 6 accounting firms in Australia. She was also the first female President of CPA Australia and of the Institute of Company Directors in Australia. Elizabeth was Chair of the Finance Committee as well as Chancellor of Melbourne University.
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Penny Bingham-Hall
Non-executive director - Fortescue Metals Group, Dexus Funds Management Limited and BlueScope Steel
Penny is a Non-executive director of Fortescue Metals Group Ltd, BlueScope Steel Limited, Dexus Funds Management Limited, Port Authority of NSW and Taronga Conservation Society Australia. She is also an independent director of Macquarie Specialised Asset Management Limited. Penny has broad industry experience having spent more than 20 years in a variety of senior management roles with Leighton Holdings Limited including Executive General Manager Strategy, responsible for the Group's overall business strategy and Executive General Manager Corporate, responsible for business planning, corporate affairs including investor relations and governance systems. She is a former director of the Australian Postal Corporation, SCEGGS Darlinghurst Limited and the Global Foundation (a member-based organisation promoting high-level thinking within Australia and cooperation between Australia and the world). Penny also served as the inaugural Chair of Advocacy Services Australia Limited (a not-for-profit organisation promoting the interests of the Australian tourism, transport, infrastructure and related industries).
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Sharan Burrow
General Secretary
International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
Sharan Burrow was re-elected for a third term as General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation at its 4th ITUC World Congress in December 2018. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 - 2010, she served as inaugural President of the ITUC from its foundation in Vienna in 2006. Sharan has led union negotiations on major economic reforms and in labour rights campaigns. The ITUC is the world’s peak labour union body and has grown to represent 207 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 331 national affiliates.
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Melinda Cilento
Director: Woodside Energy
Chief Executive Officer - Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA)
Melinda is a company director and experienced senior executive. She is a non-executive director of Woodside Energy and Australian Unity and Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia. Melinda is also a member of the Parliamentary Budget Office panel of experts advisors. She was previously a Commissioner with the Productivity Commission and Deputy CEO and Chief Economist with the Business Council of Australia. Melinda has also previously held senior roles with the Federal Department of Treasury, Invesco and the International Monetary Fund. Melinda’s executive and director experience covers the corporate, government and not-for-profit sectors and she has a strong track record of working collaboratively across sectors. Melinda began as CEDA CEO in October, 2017.
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Louise Davidson
Chief Executive Officer
Australian Council of Superannuation Investors
Louise is the Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI). ACSI is a collaboration of Australian and international superannuation funds that collectively manage more than $2.2 trillion in assets. ACSI’s objective is to improve the environmental, social and governance performance of the companies in which our members invest. Appointed CEO in April 2015, Louise has more than 20 years senior expertise in the financial services and superannuation industry. She joined ACSI from Cbus, where, as Investment Manager, ESG, she was responsible for the integration of ESG issues within Cbus’ investment processes. In 2015 Louise was named Victoria’s Local Hero in the Australian of the Year Awards for her work as the co-founder and National Chair of the Mother’s Day Classic Walk/Run for Breast Cancer Research. Established in 1998, this ongoing national event has raised over $35m for breast cancer research. In 2019, Louise was made a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of her “significant service to the superannuation and funds management sectors, and to breast cancer research”. Louise is a Director of the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and a Director of the Board of the International Integrated Reporting initiative.
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Mark Delaney
Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Investment Officer
Mark Delaney was appointed Chief Investment Officer and Deputy CEO of AustralianSuper in July 2006 after the ARF and STA merger. Mark has the formidable responsibility of investing currently around $146 billion of member’s retirement savings. He has expanded AustralianSuper’s in-house investment management capabilities combining this with external advisers to continue to deliver top quartile investment returns. Mark has over 20 years’ experience in financial markets. He was previously the CEO of STA and prior to that the Head of Investments at STA. Mark has also held senior positions with AXA and Federal Treasury. He holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Mark is also a Director of IFM Investor Advisory Board.
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Kate Griffiths
Kate Griffiths: Executive Manager, Public Policy and Advocacy
Australian Council of Superannuation Investors
Kate is responsible for ACSI’s public policy and advocacy program. Kate was formerly the Head of Governance, Risk and Audit Committee and Disclosure at BHP, and, prior to that, a senior associate at Blake Dawson (now Ashurst). Kate holds a Bachelor of Laws (with honours) and a Bachelor of Arts. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Course and a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.
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Jane Hume
Senator For Victoria; Chair of Economics Legislation Committee
Jane is a Liberal Party Senator from Victoria, having been elected in July 2016. Born and raised in Melbourne, Senator Hume completed a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Melbourne and later returned to gain further qualifications in Political Science. Senator Hume has held various senior positions in the financial services industry, working for the National Australia Bank, Rothschild Australia, Deutsche Bank and, immediately prior to her election, as a Senior Policy Advisor at Australian Super. She has also served on a number of boards including the Royal Children’s Hospital, Federation Square, and Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia. In recognition of her extensive experience in corporate and philanthropic organisations, on entering the Senate she was immediately appointed as Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Economics (Legislation). She also serves on a number of other Senate and Joint Standing Committees, including Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Corporations and Financial Services, and NBN. Outside of her career pursuits, Senator Hume enjoys swimming, reading, and most of all, spending time with her three children, Harry, Charlie, and Imogen.
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Ed John
Executive Manager, Governance, Engagement and Policy
Australian Council of Superannuation Investors
Ed has over 10 years’ experience advising ACSI members on responsible investment issues. Ed is responsible for ACSI’s engagement with ASX-listed boards, policy formation and proxy voting research. With a background in law and financial services, Ed has extensive experience producing research and engaging with the boards of Australia’s largest companies on a range of ESG investment issues. Ed holds a Batcher of Laws, Master of Commercial Law from the University of Melbourne and a Diploma in Financial Services (Financial Planning). He is a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria.
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Rosemary Kelly
Trustee Director
First State Super
Rosemary chairs First State Super’s (FSS) Investment Committee. First State Super has more than $90 billion in funds under management, including more than $20 billion for members of StatePlus, FSS’s retirement advice business. The majority of FSS members work in health, education, public administration and emergency services in NSW and Victoria. As a universal owner, FSS is mindful of the footprint its investments make in markets, in communities and on the environment. Rosemary was nominated to the Board by the Health Services Union. She is an official of Victoria No 4 Branch, which represents medical scientists, psychologists and pharmacists. The pursuit of pay equity for women - including in relation to superannuation - has been one of Rosemary's passions throughout her professional life, which has focussed on advocating for the interests of working people. Rosemary holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Master of Public Policy and a Doctorate in Education.
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Martin Lawrence
Ownership Matters
Martin is a co-founder of Ownership Matters. He was formerly head of governance research at ISS Australia/NZ, where he worked from 2006 to 2011 and prior to that was manager, corporate governance at the BT Governance Advisory Service (now Regnan).
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Andrew Leigh
Member for Fenner and Shadow Assistant Treasurer
Andrew is the Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Federal Member for Fenner in the ACT. Prior to being elected in 2010, Andrew was a professor of economics at the Australian National University. He holds a PhD in Public Policy from Harvard, having graduated from the University of Sydney with first class honours in Law and Arts. Andrew is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences, and a past recipient of the 'Young Economist Award', a prize given every two years by the Economics Society of Australia to the best Australian economist under 40. His books include Disconnected (2010), Battlers and Billionaires (2013), The Economics of Just About Everything (2014), The Luck of Politics (2015), Choosing Openness: Why Global Engagement is Best for Australia (2017) and Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World (2018). Andrew is a keen marathon runner, and hosts a podcast titled "The Good Life: Andrew Leigh in Conversation", which is available on Apple Podcasts.Andrew is the father of three sons - Sebastian, Theodore and Zachary, and lives with his wife Gweneth in Canberra. He has been a member of the Australian Labor Party since 1991.
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Rebecca McGrath
Chair - Oz Minerals; Non-executive director - Suncorp Group; Non-executive director - Goodman Group
Rebecca McGrath is an internationally experienced business leader. She is currently Chair of ASX100 listed Oz Minerals Ltd and Non-Executive Director of Incitec Pivot Ltd and Goodman Group. Rebecca is a Non-Executive Director of ICPF Holdings and IWFML (Investa Wholesale Funds Management Ltd); she is Independent Chair of Scania Australia and a member of the Advisory Council for JP Morgan in Australia. Rebecca is also involved in the not-for-profit sector. Rebecca is a speaker, mentor and advisor in a range of industry and professional forums. Prior to her non-executive career, Rebecca spent more than 23 years as an executive in the oil industry working for BP in Australasia, Europe and the United Kingdom. Rebecca holds the degrees of Bachelor of Town Planning (Hons.) & Master of Applied Science (Project Management). She has also attended a number of executive management programmes and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2014 Rebecca was recognised as one of the AFR/Westpac “Australian 100 Women of Influence”.
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Christine McLoughlin
Chair - Suncorp Group Limited and Independent non-executive director - nib Holdings Ltd
Christine McLoughlin is an experienced company director with extensive expertise across financial services, insurance, mining and resources, health and education. Having spent her career in businesses in highly regulated industries, Christine brings a strong focus on dynamic and relevant governance, customer and community expectations , conduct and culture and business performance .
Christine was appointed Chair of Suncorp Group Limited in September 2018 and participates in all Board Committees and Chairs the recently established Suncorp Group Customer Committee. Christine is also a Non Executive Director of nib holdings limited, Chair of Venues NSW, a member of ASIC’s Non-Executive Director Advisory Panel, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was the inaugural Chair of the Australian Payments Council. Christine has an active interest in sport and supporting community inclusion through her not-for-profit roles as Non Executive Director of the McGrath Foundation and Chair/Co-Founder of the Minerva Network which mentors professional athletes.
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Lindsay Maxsted
Chair - Westpac Banking Corporation; Chair - Transurban Group
Lindsay is Chair, Westpac Banking Corporation; Chair, Transurban Group; Director of BHP Billiton Limited and BHP Billiton plc; and Managing Director of Align Capital Pty Ltd. He is also a Director of Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute, a Member of the Advisory Board of Coolmore Australia, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Lindsay was formerly a Partner at KPMG and was the CEO of that firm from 1 January 2001 to 31 December 2007. His principal area of practice prior to his becoming CEO was in the Corporate Recovery field managing a number of Australia’s largest insolvency/workout/turnaround engagements including Linter Textiles (companies associated with Abraham Goldberg), Bell Publishing Group, Bond Brewing, McEwans Hardware, and Brashs. He is also a former Director and Chair of the Victorian Public Transport Corporation.
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Ali Moore
Journalist and Broadcaster
Ali has more than 25 years’ experience as a journalist and broadcaster, working for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Australia’s Nine Network and the BBC’s global news network, based in Singapore. She has covered major news and current affairs events across the region, reporting from Australia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Indonesia, and China, including as the ABC's China Correspondent based in Beijing. She is now a freelance broadcaster and journalist and a Vice Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of Melbourne, working with Asialink.
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John Pearce
Chief Investment Officer
John Pearce joined UniSuper as Chief Investment Officer in July 2009. UniSuper is the superannuation fund dedicated to people working in Australia's higher education and research sector. With more than 410,000 members and over $73 billion in net funds under management, is one of Australia’s largest super funds. UniSuper has about 50 investment professionals involved in allocating funds and investing directly across all asset classes both domestically and globally.
John has over 25 years’ experience in the financial services industry both in Australia and Asia. He has held several senior positions including Chief Executive Officer and General Manager, Investments of Australia's largest asset management company, Colonial First State, from 2000 to 2006. From 2006 to 2008 John was the Head of Global Asset Management for Ping An, which is China's second largest insurance company.
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John Price
Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC)
John Price commenced as an ASIC Commissioner on 21 March 2012. He has 20 years regulatory experience including a variety of regulatory roles at ASIC relating to policy making, fundraising, mergers and acquisitions, financial services and products, licensing, insolvency, ASIC's Registry and financial reporting and audit. John was previously a member of CAMAC, an advisory body to Government on corporate and markets issues and also the Financial Reporting Council, a body providing broad oversight of various accounting and audit-related issues in Australia. John is a current member of the Council of Financial Regulators, the coordinating body for Australia's main financial regulatory agencies. John is the sponsor of ASIC's innovation hub, an initiative to help innovative fintech startups offering financial products or financial services in Australia. He also leads ASIC's work helping small business and cutting red-tape. Prior to joining ASIC, John worked in the Gold Coast and Brisbane offices of Corrs Chambers Westgarth, a national law firm.
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Graeme Samuel
Professorial Fellow
Monash Business School
Professor Graeme Samuel AC is a Professorial Fellow in Monash University’s Business School and School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine. He is also President of Dementia Australia, Chair of National Health and Medical Research Council National Institute for Dementia Research, Chair of Lorica Health (a CMCRC company), Director, Digital Health CRC, Chair of South East Melbourne Primary Health Network and Chair of Airlines for Australia and New Zealand. He was a member of the APRA Panel to conduct a Prudential Inquiry into the culture, governance and accountability of Commonwealth Bank of Australia and is currently chair of the panel conducting a Capability Review of APRA. He was a former Chair of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and President of National Competition Council. In 2010 he was made a Companion of the Order of Australia for eminent service to public administration through contributions in economic reform and competition law, and to the community through leadership roles with sporting and cultural organisations.
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Sonya Sawtell-Rickson
Chief Investment Officer
Sonya was appointed to the role of Chief Investment Officer in July 2017. Sonya is responsible for overseeing HESTA’s $46 billion global investment program and leads a team of investment professionals, working with the HESTA Board and Investment Committee, to develop and execute the investment framework and strategy of the Fund. Prior to joining HESTA, Sonya was an Investment Director at QIC, overseeing multi-asset class portfolios in excess of $45 billion. Sonya holds a Masters of Applied Finance, Bachelor of Arts (Economics & Political Science), is a Graduate of the Australian institute of Companies Directors and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.
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Elizabeth Sheedy
Macquarie Applied Finance Centre
Professor Elizabeth Sheedy is a risk management and governance expert based at the Macquarie Applied Finance Centre. She spent her early career in the financial services sector before joining academia in the mid-90s. At Macquarie she teaches in the highly-regarded Master of Applied Finance program. Since 2012 her industry-relevant research has focused on risk culture, governance and remuneration in the context of financial institutions. She comments regularly in the media on the topic of financial services misconduct.
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Ian Silk
President - ACSI & Chief Executive - AustralianSuper
Ian is the President of ACSI and Chief Executive of AustralianSuper. As Chief Executive of AustralianSuper Ian is responsible for the leadership and strategic direction of the fund and the provision of advice to the board. Ian is also a Director of Industry Super Australia and a Director of Basketball Australia. He holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Diploma of Financial Services (Financial Planning) and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Labour Relations Law.
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Geoff Summerhayes
Executive Board Member
Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA)
Geoff Summerhayes was appointed a Member of APRA from 1 January 2016 for a five-year term. As an Executive Board Member of APRA his responsibilities include the oversight of the General, Life and Private Health Insurance sector. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Insurance Supervisors and Chair of its Audit and Risk Committee, and Chair of the Sustainable Insurance Forum, which was established under the UN Environment Program. Mr Summerhayes was Chief Executive Officer of Suncorp Life from 2008 to 2015, as well as being a director of Suncorp Portfolio Services Ltd and of Asteron Life NZ. Before joining Suncorp he held a number of senior roles at the National Australia Bank (NAB) in strategy, product and distribution. Prior to that he was CEO of Retail Investment at MLC and also held senior roles at Lend Lease. Mr Summerhayes was a director of the Financial Services Council and was co-chair of their Life Board Committee. B. Bus, GMQ (AGSM)
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Fiona Trafford-Walker
Director - Frontier Advisors; Non-executive director - Victorian Funds Management Corporation (VFMC)
Fiona is one of the world's most respected investment consultants. Fiona was the Managing Director of Frontier from 2000 to 2011 before moving to the dedicated Director of Consulting role which she held until May 2017. As Director, Fiona now provides strategic advice on a part-time basis across the Frontier client base and is a member of the Frontier Investment Committee and Governance Advisory teams. Fiona is also a Non-Executive Director at the Link Group, Prospa Advance Pty Ltd and the Victorian Funds Management Corporation and a member of the Investment Committee at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. In 2013, Fiona was named as the inaugural “Woman of the Year” in the Money Management/Super Review Women in Financial Services Awards, as well as one of the top 10 global Asset Consultants by the US-based financial journal Chief Investment Officer from 2013 to 2016 inclusive. She was also announced as a winner in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards for 2016 in the Board/management category. Fiona holds a Bachelor of Economics with first class Honours from James Cook University of North Queensland, receiving a University Medal, a Master of Finance from RMIT and is a Graduate of the AICD.