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Australian Catholic Superannuation is governed and managed by a trustee company—SCS Super Pty Limited.
We have a Trustee Board, whose directors have overall responsibility for strategic direction and governance of the Fund in the best interests of members and in accordance with superannuation industry legislation and regulations. In addition, the Board takes into account the interests of other key stakeholders, such as beneficiaries and employers.
Key documents governing the Board include the:
There are also a number of other corporate governance policies which support our governance framework.
Read the profiles below to learn more about our directors who are working for you.
There are an equal number of employee (member-elected) and employer (appointed by the Archbishops of Sydney and Brisbane) representatives which make up the 12 directors on our Trustee Board.
While the Trustee's Diversity Policy endeavours for at least 40% of Board membership to be male and 40% female, this percentage varies from time to time dependent on the outcome of Trustee elections.
Our directors also play pivotal roles in various Fund committees which monitor a range of issues relating to the economy, investment markets, insurance arrangements, the Fund and its professional external service providers. Each of the Committees operate under separate charters delegated by the Board, however, the Board has ultimate responsibility.
Committee member since: Apr 2015
Skills and experience:
JoAnna has a long-standing and international career in the financial sector in investment management, wholesale banking and capital markets.
She is a former General Manager – Strategy and Marketing for the Commonwealth Bank. She also spent 12 years at Bankers Trust Corporation in the USA, Japan, the UK and Australia, managing funds and developing the institutional funds management businesses.
Her 20+ years’ experience encompasses business performance improvement, governance, compliance and risk management.
Key skills which JoAnna brings to her Committee role at the Fund include:
Fund committee membership:
Other current/recent directorships:
The current term of office for directors is four years. The most recent Trustee member election was held in March–April 2015 and the next election round is scheduled for 2019.
Employer directors are nominated by the Principal Employers and will cease to hold office if they fail to meet the fit and proper test.
Member-elected directors will cease to hold office if they:
If there is a vacancy for an employer-appointed director, the Trustee must fill the vacant position within 90 days. If there is a casual vacancy for a member-elected director, the Trustee will appoint an eligible member as per the election rules.
Director since: Jul 2007
Having been educated at Marcellin College Randwick and then graduating in Arts/Law from Sydney University, Richard’s career began in law. However, he soon progressed to domestic and then international roles in the banking sector which encompassed investment banking, treasury, asset management and stock broking activities.
After leaving banking, Richard took on a number of non-executive directorships in the corporate sphere and also is involved in the not-for-profit sector. For over 20 years he has served the community and numerous Catholic Church welfare organisations through representation on various boards and committees.
In 2012, Richard was included on the Australia Day Honours List, having been awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for service to: business through executive roles with financial institutions; the law; and the community, particularly as an adviser to the social welfare organisations of the Catholic Church in Australia. His service has also been recognised with the papal honour of Knight of St Gregory.
After joining the Fund’s Board in July 2007, he was appointed Chairman in July 2010. Richard brings a wealth of commercial experience and understanding of Catholic values to the stewardship of your retirement funds.
Director since: Aug 2011Fund member
Director since: Jul 2015Fund member
As Deputy Executive Director of the Archdiocese of Brisbane's Catholic Education Office, Kevin holds responsibility for strategic planning, organisation development and accountability, learning and teaching, leadership development, formation and faith development, communications and marketing. Prior to this appointment, he served 10 years as their Director of Employee Services, using his broad skills and experience across the areas of human resource management, payroll, industrial relations, occupational health and safety, professional standards and student protection.
Kevin currently chairs the Principals Salary Scale Review on behalf of the Catholic education employers of Queensland.
William has 37 years' experience in Catholic education, both as a teacher and more recently in senior financial management positions, including director, at the Catholic Education Office Sydney. He has governance experience in the not-for-profit sector through membership of various boards and committees.
William brings a strong focus on sustainability and quality strategic planning to the Fund. He has been a long-time member of the Fund and is committed to ensuring returns are maximised within acceptable limits of risk for all members.
Director since: Jul 2004Fund member
Before retirement, Neil was a member of the Senior Executive of the Catholic Education Office of WA where he served for more than 20 years.
His responsibilities during this period included: Executive Manager of the Catholic Schools Superannuation Fund (WA); Chief Finance Officer; and Head of Administration overseeing Finance, Regional Offices, Catholic Library of WA, Information Technology, Research, Planning and Resources for Schools and Schools Payroll Services.
Director since: Feb 2015Fund member
Bram is a business professional with more than 25 years' experience in IT strategy and delivery across a broad range of industries. This experience encompasses the banking and finance sectors where his work has focused on superannuation, investment management, life and general insurance areas. Bram’s ability to distil the expanding regulatory requirements applicable to superannuation administration and investment management were critical in the success of these engagements.
In his current role as Chief Information Officer for Centacare Brisbane and the Archdiocese of Brisbane, Bram is responsible for the alignment of business and IT strategies, delivery of IT services and IT project and program management.
Bram’s strengths also include: systems implementation (both package and bespoke development); large scale project management, systems integration; risk assessment; business continuity planning; and quality management processes.
Fund committee membership:
Director since: Sep 2013Fund member
David has experience as an educator and senior administrator in State, religious institute and diocesan Catholic schools in Queensland and NSW. He has also worked as an Education Officer within the State Department of Education.
David worked in the areas of religious education and administrative services within the Brisbane Catholic Education Office for 28 years.
From 1998 to 2013, he was Executive Director of Catholic Education in the Brisbane Archdiocese overseeing 137 schools which were responsible for educating 70,000 students.
David also has superannuation experience, having been a trustee director of the Queensland Roman Catholic Retirement Plan and a member of its Investment Committee for five years (1991-1995), prior to the Plan’s merger with our Fund in 2002.
David is a Fellow of both the Australian Council for Educational Leaders and the Australian College of Educators and over the years has held positions on a number of boards and committees. In June 2012, he was awarded the Order of Australia Medal for his services to Education in Queensland.
He is an active member of the Mt Carmel Parish at Coorparoo.
Director: Feb 24 2016
Skills and experience:
David has more than 30 years successful experience in International and Australian investment markets. For the last decade David was a member of the senior executive team and Chief Investment Officer at Sunsuper, during which time the New York based aiCIO magazine identified him as one of the top 100 most influential CIOs in the world. In addition to establishing and coaching highly skilled teams to deliver consistent investment outcomes, David has presented at numerous investment and superannuation industry events. He brings to the Fund a wealth of experience in investments and the Australian superannuation industry.
Fund committee membership:
Director since: Sep 2011
A founding director of the property division of boutique corporate advisors, Grant Samuel Property, Margaret Wallace has extensive experience in the provision of property investment and financial advice including development feasibilities, project debt arrangement, corporate real estate decisions and property market research.
As the Divisional Director and COO of Grant Samuel Property, Margaret had overall responsibility for implementing the business strategy, monitoring client assignment delivery, budget and financial performance, resourcing and recruitment, compliance and risk. She was the nominated Responsible Manager for the group’s AFS Licenses. She successfully managed the business transition and merger into the Pepper financial services group in 2012.
Margaret was also a trustee director for the private property development equity funds and syndicates managed by the group. She was responsible for overseeing the fund establishment, due diligence, risk assessment, on-going investor communications and trust administration.
Prior to Grant Samuel, Margaret worked for a real estate mezzanine debt provider, an international real estate agency and in litigation support and tax accounting with a chartered accounting firm.
The following table shows the number of Trustee Board meetings each of the Fund's current Directors attended over the past seven financial years ending 30 June.
1. Richard Haddock commenced as an observer to the Board in September 2006 and became a full Director in July 2007. He was appointed Board Chair in July 2010.2. Bernadette Baker took a year’s leave of absence on a teacher exchange during January-December 2009. She was added as an apology for each Board meeting during this period as APRA approved that no Alternate Director need be appointed. Bernadette was not re-elected for a further term of office and retired from the Board on 30 June 2015.3. Frank Dannaher, Steven Quirk, Kevin Twomey and William Walker commenced as Directors in July 2015. 4. Paul Dolan retired from the Board on 30 June 2015.5. Bram Green commenced as a Director in January 2015.6. David Hartley commenced as a Director in February 2016.7.David Hutton commenced as a Director in September 2013.8. Elizabeth Lewin commenced as a Director in September 2012 and retired from the Board on 29 October 2015.9. Paul Murray retired from the Board on 30 June 2015.10. Reuben Norris was a Director from July 2005 to April 2007 and was then reappointed in August 2011.11. Gabrielle Power West retired from the Board on 30 June 2015.12. Peter Selwood retired from the Board on 4 December 2014.13. Margaret Wallace commenced as a Director in September 2011.
Our remuneration practices have been designed to reward our people fairly and responsibly.
The Trustee's Remuneration & Nominations Committee, in consultation with independent external consultants, is responsible for ensuring that:
Directors are remunerated for their services, having due regard for their specific responsibilities and the nature and objectives of the Fund. This remuneration represents a fixed fee encompassing all Australian Catholic Superannuation Board related activities, including committee memberships, and is reviewed on an annual basis.
The following tables show the total remuneration received by directors for the two previous financial years.
Short-term employee benefits
Cash salary, fees & short-term compensated absences
Pension & super benefits
Richard Haddock AM (Chair)
Catholic Diocese of Wollongong/Self
St Mary's Cathedral College / Self
Gabrielle Power West
1.Inclusive of payments for membership of one or more Board sub-committees. May include sub-committee chair payment.2.David Hartley joined the Board in February 2016.3.Elizabeth Lewin resigned from the Board in October 2015.4.Paid to employer. Net of GST.5.JoAnna Fisher is an independent member of the Investment Committee, appointed in April 2015..6.Bram Green joined the Board in February 2015.7.Peter Selwood resigned from the Board in December 2014.8.Steve Christie was an independent member of the Investment Committee, appointed in July 2012. Resigned in December 2014..Notes:
• No short-term cash profit sharing and other bonuses were paid. No other short-term employee benefits were paid. No other post-employment benefits were paid.• Directors are not entitled to annual leave, long service leave or performance payments.
Constitution - 1 Jul 2002(PDF 69KB)
Trust Deed - 31 Aug 2012(PDF 4307KB)
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