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Five directors appointed to super funds




VicSuper, Sunsuper and Russell Investments have announced appointments to their respective superannuation trustee boards.

Alexis Dodwell and Michael Gordon are serving as independent directors at Russell Investments; Theresa Moltoni OAM and Professor Mark Harvey have been appointed at Sunsuper; and Merran Kelsall has taken up a position at VicSuper.

Sunsuper and VicSuper’s appointments replace outgoing directors, while Russell Investments’ appointments are an expansion of the team at its wholly owned subsidiary Total Risk Management (TRM), which operates a master trust.

Peter Gunning, chief executive of Asia Pacific at Russell Investments, said that TRM was integral to their work in the superannuation sector.

“For over 10 years, TRM has served the needs of members from some of Australia’s largest employers such as CSR, Arrium and News Corporation,” Gunning said.

TRM currently acts as trustee for approximately $10 billion in assets. The two new appointees joined David Solomon, who serves as chair, as well as Marian Carr and Jim O’Connor.

At Sunsuper, Moltoni and Harvey are replacing outgoing Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland (CCIQ) appointed directors, Rob Hutchinson and Paul Lahiff.

Sunsuper’s chair Ben Swan thanked Hutchinson and Lahiff for their outstanding service during their terms.

“Both Paul and Rob’s extensive knowledge, experience and wise counsel will be missed,” Swan said.

He added: “We welcome Sunsuper’s two new directors to the board and look forward to their distinct and valuable contributions.”

At VicSuper, Kelsall will take up the position of chair of the audit, compliance and risk management committee from June 2016, and replaces Stan Odachowski who served on the board for five years.

Kelsall’s current appointments include: director of RACV Limited, chair of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board and Australian Health Service Alliance; member of International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board; deputy chair at Melbourne Water Corporation; chair of the risk and audit committee for EPA Victoria; and also independent chair of the audit and risk management committee for Victorian Public Sector Commission.

Bruce Hartnett, chair of VicSuper said: “We are thrilled to welcome Merran to the board; she brings with her a wealth of experience, having served on numerous boards in both the private and public sectors. I’d also like to thank Stan for his time on the VicSuper board and wish him well for his future endeavours.”