Our advisory council
The Hon Peter Collins AM QC, Chair
A Barrister and ABC journalist before his election to the NSW Parliament, Peter Collins served for 22 years in senior roles including Minister for Health, Attorney General and Treasurer of NSW during his seven years in the Greiner/Fahey Government, and a further six years as Deputy Leader and Leader of the Opposition, before leaving the Parliament in 2003.
Peter has been a Director of Industry SuperFund HOSTPLUS since 2006. He is also a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (FAIST); Chairman of the Sydney Financial Forum; and Chairman of Barton Deakin Government Relations which he established in 2009. Other appointments have included, Board member of the Workers Compensation Insurance Fund Investment Board of NSW (2005 to 2012); Chair of St. John Ambulance NSW (2007 to 2013); and Chair of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2004 to 2011).
The NSW Government has appointed him Chairman of Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District; and to the Board of the INVICTUS Games 2018.
The Hon Greg Combet AM, Deputy Chair
Greg Combet is well known for his public roles as the leader of the Australian Council of Trade Unions and as a Labor Government Minister.
Greg has been involved in industry superannuation for 30 years: providing policy advice to union trustees, as an ACTU trustee director, as Deputy Chair of AustralianSuper, and more recently as Principal Advisor to ISA. In the Rudd and Gillard Goverments Greg contributed to superannuation policy and legislation.
Greg is also the Deputy Chair of IFM Investors, and a director of me bank.
Greg is a proven leader, strategist, complex problem solver and crisis manager with extensive, hands-on knowledge of Australian industry and the workings of Parliament and government. He has degrees in mining engineering and economics, and a diploma in labour relations and the law. Greg was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia in 2006, and is the co-author of The Fights of My Life.
Heather Ridout AO
Heather Ridout is a company director with a long history as a leading figure in the public policy debate in Australia. Up until 30 April 2012, Heather was Chief Executive of the Australian Industry Group and served on the Reserve Bank Board from 2011 to February 2017.
Heather is Chair of AustralianSuper as well as a Director of Sims Metal Management – the world’s largest publicly listed recycling company, a Director of ASX Ltd and a Director of Image Networks Holdings Pty Ltd.
Her other appointments include member of the Boards of: the Australian Chamber Orchestra; Asialink; Advance Australia Advisory Board; L.E.K. Consulting Advisory Board, Note Printing Australia; RAND Australia Advisory Board and is a member of ASIC’s – External Advisory Panel.
Heather holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Sydney.
The Hon Steve Bracks AC, Member
Steve Bracks is the Chair of Cbus. Steve has had a lengthy career in public life and was Premier of Victoria from 1999 to 2007. As one of Victoria’s longest serving Premiers, he won successive elections with large majorities.
Following his resignation as Premier, Steve became adviser to the Timor-Leste Prime Minister. He also took on advisory roles with a number of leading Australian finance and service sector corporations.
Steve led the Federal Government’s review into the Australian Automotive Industry and is currently one of two of the Australian Government’s Automotive Envoys.
In 2010, he was bestowed with a Companion of the Order of Australia for services to the community and the Parliament of Victoria and in 2011 he was presented with the Timor-Leste Solidarity Medal.
Garry Weaven, Member
Garry was the founding Executive Chair of Industry Fund Services (1994) and now chairs the industry fund-owned global fund manager, IFM Investors Pty Ltd and the group holding company, Industry Super Holdings Ltd, as well as The New Daily (thenewdaily.com.au). He is also a former Director and Chair of ME and was a foundation member of Melbourne’s Docklands Authority and Infrastructure Australia. As ACTU Assistant Secretary in the 1980s, Garry played a seminal role in the development of the industry superannuation fund movement and was the founding Chair of a number of today’s leading funds before leaving the ACTU to take on a range of consultancies in the early 1990s.
David Atkin, Member
David Atkin is the Chief Executive Officer of Cbus. Prior to taking up his role at Cbus, David held CEO roles at Emergency Services and State Super and also at JUST Super. He has a strong industrial relations background, including positions at the Finance Sector Union (FSU).
David is the Australian asset owner representative on the United Nations PRI Advisory Council and is a member of the CEO panel for the international association, the Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC). He is also a Board Director for the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and Frontier Investment Consulting.
David has also been recognised by La Trobe University with a distinguished alumina award for his work in the sustainable finance field.
Dr Peter Burn, Member
Peter Burn is the Director of Public Policy at the Australian Industry Group (Ai Group). Peter is an alternate Trustee Director on the Board of AustralianSuper, nominated by the Ai Group. He is also a member of the fund’s Investment Committee.
Since 2009, Peter has been responsible for policy development and advocacy at the Ai Group in areas such as maintaining a stable climate for investment, improving the skills and adaptability of Australia’s workforce, and competitive taxation and regulatory arrangements.
Prior to his current role, Peter was Director Policy/Assistant Director at the Business Council of Australia.
After commencing his career in the Commonwealth Treasury, Peter held academic posts at both the University of Queensland and University of Newcastle.
Debby Blakey, Member
Debby Blakey has been appointed CEO of HESTA with effect from 2 March 2015. Prior to this date, Debby was HESTA’s Deputy CEO, responsible for leading key functional areas within the Fund and working closely with the CEO to execute the Fund’s strategic plan.
Debby brings more than 20 years’ experience in super and financial planning, having worked extensively as an employee benefit consultant with a particular focus on superannuation. Providing members with appropriate product and services (including advice) through the various stages of their life to help them achieve a dignified retirement is a key passion for Debby.
In addition to these roles at HESTA, Debby is a Director of Fund Executives Association Limited and Industry Super Australia (ISA) Ltd, and a member of the Finsia Funds and Asset Management Council.
Debby holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Natal (South Africa), is a Certified Financial Planner™ professional, a Fellow of Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Sally McManus, Member
Sally is the 10th elected ACTU Secretary in the organisation’s 90-year history and the first women to hold the prestigious position. Sally was appointed Secretary of the ACTU in March 2017 having previously held the position of Vice President, directing the ACTU’s campaigns.
Prior to joining the ACTU, Sally was the Branch Secretary and an Organiser with the ASU in NSW and the ACT for 22 years. During Sally's time as ASU Secretary their membership grew from 9,500 to 12,000 members. She has led many successful campaigns in the private, public and community sectors including a campaign preventing water privatisation and the Equal Pay campaign for community and disability workers that delivered between 18-40% pay increases.
Brian Daley, Member
Brian Daley has had a long involvement with industry superannuation dating back to the initial campaign for award super from the mid-1980’s. This has involved negotiating and arbitrating super into many awards and the establishment of a number of the industry funds.
Brian is currently a Trustee/Director of both AustralianSuper and HostPlus and has more than 20 years service with both these funds. He is also a past Director of HESTA, AGEST and ARIA.
Brian has held a number of other positions in superannuation and allied investment areas. He has been an industry fund representative on Industry Fund Services, AIST and ASFA. He currently is a Director of ISPT (Industry Super Property Trust) and UTA (Utilities Trust of Australia).
David Elia, Member
David Elia is the Chief Executive Officer of HOSTPLUS. He is also a Director of the Fund Executives Association Ltd (FEAL), the National Advisory Board of the Tourism & Transport Forum (TTF) and the not-for-profit charity, The E.J. Whitten Foundation.
A qualified chartered accountant, David has had an extensive business career spanning superannuation, finance, marketing, corporate and fund governance, taxation and risk management.
He is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed various business and management courses at both Harvard Business School and Mt Eliza Business School. David is also a member of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and FINSIA.
David Elmslie, Member
David Elmslie is Chairman of the Board of HOSTPLUS and an independent Trustee Director. He is also a Director of Industry Super Property Trust (ISPT).
A qualified chartered accountant, David has had an extensive business career in the gaming industry, working for both Tabcorp Holdings Limited and Crown Limited in very senior roles including Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. He was also a Trustee of the Tabcorp Employee Superannuation Fund.
David has completed degrees in law and commerce at the University of Melbourne and is also a member of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST).
Angela Emslie, Member
Angela Emslie is Independent Chair of HESTA and has extensive experience as a professional Trustee Director having served on a range of industry fund and related boards over the past 20 years.
She is President the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), a Director of Frontier Advisors and Suicide Prevention Australia, and a former Trustee Director of CareSuper, Vision Super, VicSuper and AusFund.
In addition to her leadership roles in superannuation, Angela is a founding director of the consulting firm LIME Management Group that provides management consulting services primarily to the health and community services sector. She brings a range of expertise to her roles including strategic, governance and investment related skills and holds a Bachelor of Economics and a Master of Business. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.
Brett Himbury, Member
Brett Himbury is the Chief Executive of Industry Funds Management (IFM). Brett joined IFM in April 2010 and is responsible for leading, developing and executing the firm’s strategy to ensure delivery of strong results for all stakeholders. He also chairs the organisation’s Investments Committee.
Brett’s experience spans over 30 years in the financial services industry, where he has held a range of leadership roles across the funds management and financial planning sectors.
He has a Master of Business Administration from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales and is a Fellow of the International Managers Organisation.
Jamie McPhee, Member
The Board of ME Bank appointed Jamie McPhee in February 2010 to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Jamie joined ME Bank from the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.
Jamie was Managing Director of Adelaide Bank at the time of the merger with Bendigo Bank in November 2007 and was appointed Executive Director of the merged company where he held the position of Chief Executive, Partner Advised Banking.
Ian Silk, Member
Ian Silk is the Chief Executive of AustralianSuper – one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds and currently ranked 78th largest in the world – with more than 1.8 million members, over 170,000 contributing employers, and more than AUD$46 billion in assets. AustralianSuper is a multi-industry fund with membership spanning most industries.
Ian is a member of the Financial Services Advisory Council to the Federal Treasurer; a member of the Australian Government’s Financial Literacy Board; a member of the ACSI Committee of Management; a member of the ASIC External Advisory Panel; and a Director on the Yooralla Board
Ian has worked in the finance industry for 17 years and prior to this he held a range of senior positions with the Victorian Government. Ian holds a Bachelor of Economics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Labor Relations Law, and a Diploma of Financial Services.
Leeanne Turner, Member
Leeanne Turner was appointed CEO and Company Secretary of MTAA Super in November 2011. She has over 25 years’ experience in the superannuation industry ranging across a broad spectrum of complex superannuation funds.
Leeanne was Deputy CEO at MTAA Super before her appointment as CEO and Company Secretary in November 2011. Prior to joining MTAA Super, she was CEO of AvSuper.
She holds a Diploma of Financial Services (Superannuation) and is a member of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and the Fund Executives Association Ltd (FEAL) and Women in Super.
Michael O’Connor, Director
Michael O'Connor has been involved with industry superannuation funds since the 1980s. He is Co-Chair of First Super, which has 72,000 members across the timber, pulp & paper and furniture & joinery industries and their communities.
Michael is also the National Secretary of the Construction Forestry Mining & Energy Union (CFMEU). He has been with the Union for over twenty-five years, commencing work as a union organiser in 1985.
Further to the above, Michael is: Director/Chair of Super Benefits Administration Pty Ltd (SBA); Director of Utilities of Australia (UoA); Director/Chair of Secure Employees Entitlements Trust (SEET); a Vice President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). Michael has previously been a Director of Frontier Consulting Pty Ltd, asset-consulting to a range of industry and not-for-profit funds.
Catherine Wood, Director
Catherine Wood (Cate) is the Chair of CareSuper and has a breadth of experience working across the industry superannuation sector.
Cate is also the Deputy President of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), National Chair of Women in Super (WIS), a director of the Industry Superannuation Property Trust (ISPT), member of the ACT Treasury Investment Advisory Board and Chair of the WIS Mother’s Day Classic Organising Committee, Canberra.
Cate was previously CEO and a director of AGEST Super, and a former CEO of TUTA, a Federal Government training agency. Cate holds a Bachelor of Arts in social sciences from La Trobe University.
Robyn Petrou, Member
Robyn has over 20 years’ experience in superannuation management. Including her current position as CEO, Robyn has held various senior positions for both Australian and overseas financial services companies responsible for compliance, operations, administration and strategy.
Robyn is a Fellow and Accredited Investment Fiduciary of ASFA, Director of the Fund Executives Association (FEAL), Chair of the QLD Executive Committee and is actively involved in sub-committees of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA).
She has vast experience in all facets of the superannuation industry, including governance, risk management, operations and investment management. She has been heavily involved in strategy planning and managing the implementation and has significant change management skills.
At Energy Super, she has driven the continued growth, product development and performance of the fund, which today has more than $6 billion in funds under management and more than 48,000 members. This includes playing an integral role in Energy Super’s formation from the merger of ESI Super and SPEC Super in 2011.
Robyn was awarded FEAL's 2013 Fund Executive of the Year and CEO Magazine's 2013 Financial Services Executive of the Year and was a Queensland Qld Finalist for the 2014 Telstra Business Women’s Awards.
Timothy Kennedy, Member
Tim Kennedy was born and raised in North East Victoria. He completed a B.A. (Hons) and a M.A. (International Relations) at MonashUniversity, and a LLB (Hons) at La Trobe University.
Tim commenced working with the National Union of Workers (NUW) as an Industrial Officer in 1995. He has subsequently worked as both an Organiser and Industrial Officer for both the National Office and Victorian Branch of the Union. During this time he was responsible for industrial advocacy in industrial tribunals and negotiation of national collective agreements with major national and international corporations.
In 2003 Tim was elected to the office of Assistant National Secretary of the NUW. In 2010 Tim was elected to the office of Victorian Branch Secretary and also elected to be the National President of the Union.
In 2014 Tim was elected to the office of National Secretary of the NUW.
Tim is also the current Chair of LUCRF Super, the NUW’s industry superannuation fund.