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Super is one of the biggest assets most of us will ever have.

Our team go above and beyond for members, working hard to deliver long-term results for your retirement through:

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  • Understanding the needs of our members.
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Our Board

Our Board is responsible for managing LGIAsuper in the best interests of members. The team is made up of nine members with equal employer, member and independent representation (including an independent chair).

The LGIAsuper Trustee (ABN 94 085 088 484) is responsible for managing LGIAsuper in the best interests of members. The Trustee works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and executive team to ensure your financial future is looked after.

Board composition

From 1 July 2011 LGIAsuper (known then as LGsuper) merged with City Super and a transitional Board was in place until 30 June 2014 to allow continuity in oversight of the merger transition. Today, our Board is made up of nine members with equal employer, member and independent representation (including an independent chair). Learn more about LGIAsuper’s rules for nominating and appointing directors.

John Smith

Role

  •  Chair (since 1 December 2016) and independent director
  • Member, Audit and Risk Management Committee
  • Member, Remuneration, HR and Nominations Committee

Period as director: Since December 2013

Experience

  • Qualified actuary with 30 years' experience providing technical and strategic advice to large superannuation funds and corporations
  • Former Director and Consulting Actuary with the Heron Partnership
  • Served as Director, Executive Director and senior Consulting Actuary for other organisations within the financial services industry, including as Executive
  • Director of superannuation businesses and their subsidiaries
  • Former Chair of the Superannuation Policy Committee for a major international conglomerate

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts (Statistics)
  • Fellow, Institute of Actuaries of Australia
 

Peter Kazacos

Role

  • Independent director
  • Member, Audit and Risk Management Committee

Period as director: Since December 2016

Experience

  • Over 40 years' experience in the IT industry 
  • Founder and Managing Director of Kazacos Industries
  • Established, and was Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Anittel Ltd 
  • Former Chair on several Boards including Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), CSIRO ISC Sector Advisory Council and Axxis Technology Group
  • Former Member of Australian Administration Services (AAS) Advisory Council 

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Electrical Engineering
  • Bachelor of Science (Applied Maths, Computer Science)

Ronald Dewhurst

Role

  • Independent director

Period as director: Since June 2018

Experience

  • Extensive experience in Board and senior executive roles in Australia and overseas
  • Former Senior Executive Vice President, Legg Mason Inc
  • Former CEO, IOOF Holdings
  • Former Head of Americas, JP Morgan Fleming Investment Management
  • Managing Director, JP Morgan Inc

Qualifications and memberships

  • Fellow, Financial Services Institute of Australia (FINSIA)
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Noel Cass

Role

  • Member representative director
  • Chair, Audit and Risk Management Committee
  • Member, Remuneration, HR and Nominations Committee

Period as director: Since July 2008 (previously LGIAsuper Director from 1995–2004)

Experience

  • Over 40 years' experience working in local government across six different councils, including 35 years as chief executive officer
  • Retired from position as Chief Executive Officer of Jondaryan Shire Council in 2008

Qualifications and memberships

  • Formal qualifications in local government administration, accounting and environmental health
 

Fiona Connor

Role

  • Member representative director
  • Member, Audit and Risk Management Committee
  • Member, Investment Committee

Period as director: Since July 2001

Experience

  • Employed by LGIAsuper from 1990–1999

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Business (Public Sector Management)
  • Certificate in Governance Practice and Administration
  • Diploma of Financial Services (Superannuation)
  • Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member, Governance Institute of Australia

Ron Curtis

Role

  • Member representative director
  • Chair, Remuneration, HR and Nominations Committee
  • Member, Investment Committee

Period as director: Since July 2011

  • Former Chair of City Super Fund from 2009 to June 2011
  • Former Director of City Super Fund from July 2005 to June 2011

Experience

  • Worked at Brisbane City Council in industrial relations from 2002 to 2016
  • Significant experience as a representative on superannuation fund boards, dating back to 1988
  • First elected as a Member Trustee of City Super in 2005 and was re-elected in 2007, before becoming Chair in 2009
  • Served as Chair of the Investment Committee and the Claims Committee, and member of the Administration and Contracts Committee of City Super

Qualifications and memberships

  • Completed various courses through the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees
  • Member, Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia

Cr Matthew Bourke

Role

  • Employer representative director
  • Member, Investment Committee
  • Member, Audit and Risk Management Committee

Period as director: Since July 2016

Experience

  • Current Brisbane City Councillor for the Jamboree Ward; a position held since first elected in 2008
  • Current Chairman of Lifestyle and Community Services since March 2016
  • Former Chairman of Environment, Parks and Sustainability 2012–2016
  • Recipient of the National Emergency Medal for involvement in the recovery works after the January 2011 flood event

Qualifications and memberships

  • Director and Policy Executive member of LGAQ (Local Government Association of Queensland Limited)
  • Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Current member of the Lord Mayor’s Creative Advisory Board
  • Current member of the Lord Mayor’s Inclusive Brisbane Board
  • Current member of the Brisbane Powerhouse Board
  • Honorary member of the Rotary Club of Jindalee
  • Member of the Centenary Chamber of Commerce

Margaret de Wit, OAM

Role

  • Employer representative director
  • Member, Remuneration, HR and Nominations Committee

Period as director: Since June 2013

As the longest serving female City councillor in Brisbane's history, Margaret was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division (OAM) in 2017 for service to local government, and to the community of Brisbane. 

Experience

  • Current Director, Queensland Reconstruction Authority Board 
  • Member, Brisbane City Council Field Services Group Advisory Board
  • Former President, Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ)
  • Former Brisbane City Councillor for the Pullenvale Ward (1997 to 2016)
  • Held several positions with Brisbane City Council, including Chairman and Chairman of Infrastructure Committee
  • Career also includes 20 years at Telecom Australia (now Telstra) and several years in the not-for-profit sector

Qualifications and memberships

  • Graduate Diploma of Business Administration
  • Diploma of Financial Planning
  • Graduate member, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Cr Cameron O'Neil

Role

  • Employer representative director
  • Member, Investment Committee
  • Member, Remuneration, HR and Nominations Committee

Period as director: Since October 2016

Experience

  • Current Councillor of the Maranoa Regional Council; a position held since first elected in 2012
  • Portfolio Chair, Economic Development and Advocacy, Facilities, Airports and Events
  • Deputy Chair, South West Regional Economic Development Board
  • Director of Golden West Apprenticeships
  • Government Advisory Committees – State and Federal Governments
  • Former President – Commerce Roma

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Studies)
  • Policy Executive member of LGAQ (Local Government Association of Queensland Limited)
  • Member of Commerce Roma

Andrew Cormie

Role

  • Special Advisor, Investment Committee

Experience

  • Current Investment Director, Eastspring Investments (Singapore)
  • Former Managing Director, JP Morgan Investment Management, London
  • Former Director and Founding Partner, Voyager Funds Management

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Business Admin
  • Chartered Financial Analyst

Mitchell Petrie

Role

  • Special Advisor, Audit and Risk Management Committee

Experience

  • Former Partner in Charge, KPMG Brisbane Internal Audit, Risk and Control Services
  • Current Independent Member, Audit Committee and Risk Management Committee, Brisbane City Council
  • Current Independent Member and Chair, Oversight Advisory Committee, UNESCO

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia

John Wilson

Role

  • Independent director
  • Chair, Investment Committee

Period as director: December 2013 - February 2018 (resigned)

Experience

  • 25 years' experience in the investment management industry both in Australia and overseas
  • Senior Advisor to Goldman Sachs
  • Former Head of PIMCO Australia

Qualifications and memberships

  • Bachelor of Arts (History), University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Melbourne
  • Masters in Laws, Duke University
  • Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Our Executive team

Our executive team work closely with the LGIAsuper Trustee and all staff to look after the retirement savings of our members.

Chief Executive Officer

Kate Farrar

The LGIAsuper Board appointed Kate Chief Executive Officer in April 2018.

She is responsible for leading the ongoing change and transformation required to build on LGIAsuper’s success over the last 52 years.

Kate has 25 years’ experience in senior leadership positions. Prior to joining LGIAsuper she was Senior Implementation Leader at McKinsey & Company.

Previous roles include Managing Director of QEnergy and senior positions in the financial services industry at Barclays and Suncorp.

Kate has a Bachelor of Music (Honours) degree together with a Masters degree in Econometrics and Finance.

She is also a graduate of INSEAD’s Advanced Management Programme.

Chief Risk Officer/Deputy Chief Executive

Ian Harcla

Ian has been responsible for LGIAsuper’s risk and compliance function since 2006. His key responsibilities include scheme secretarial duties, reviewing all LGIAsuper procedures and documents for compliance with legislation and reviewing the risks faced by the fund and its trustee.

Ian’s previous roles include General Manager of the Queensland Coal & Oil Shale Mining Industry Superannuation Fund (1989 to 2005) and positions with the Queensland Audit Office.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), a Graduate Diploma in Management, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance & Investment, is a Fellow of ASFA, a member of CPA Australia and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Ian is a Responsible Manager under the LGIAsuper Trustee AFS licence and a Responsible Person under the RSE licence.

Chief Investment Officer

David Todd

David was appointed Chief Manager Investments in 2005. He served as CEO between July 2006 and April 2018, overseeing LGIAsuper’s transition to public offer status.

David's previous roles include General Manager Investments for Reinsurance Australia/Calliden (1994 to 2004), General Manager Treasury for TNT (1983 to 1994) and various accounting positions in Total, DuPont and ADC. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Certified Senior Treasury Professional (Finance and Treasury Association).

He is member of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. David is a Responsible Manager under the LGIAsuper Trustee AFS licence and a Responsible Person under the Registrable Superannuation Entities (RSE) licence.

Chief Operating Officer

Timothy Willmington

Timothy has been with LGIAsuper since 1989 and has overseen the fund’s general operations since 2006. His responsibilities include oversight of administration (including membership maintenance, benefit and pension payments), insurance, relationship management, business development, member and employer servicing (including call centre) and the provision of general and personal advice.

Previously he was employed by QSuper (1986 to 1989). Timothy holds a Bachelor of Business (HRM), Diploma of Financial Services, an Associate Diploma of Superannuation Management and is a Fellow of ASFA. He is a Responsible Manager under the LGIAsuper Trustee AFS licence and a Responsible Person under the RSE licence.

Chief Financial Officer

Peter Gamin

Peter was appointed Chief Financial Officer in 2013. His key responsibility is to manage the financial operations of the LGIAsuper Trustee and LGIAsuper. Peter’s previous roles include Head of Corporate Finance, Head of Fund Finance and other senior finance positions at QIC (2003 to 2012), Group Financial Accountant at Queensland Cement Limited (1995 to 2003) and Manager at KPMG (1988 to 1995). Peter has a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Commerce. He is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, an Associate of Governance Institute of Australia, a Certified Finance and Treasury Professional and Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors. Peter is a Responsible Person under the LGIAsuper Trustee RSE licence.

Chief Digital Officer

Weng Woo

Weng was appointed Chief Digital Officer in March 2017. An experienced leader, Weng heads up LGIAsuper’s marketing and communications, information technology, data analytics and digital technology divisions. He has a background in the telecommunications and information technology sectors, specialising in business strategy, business and digital transformation, Game Theory and technology management. Weng’s previous roles include Digital Program Director for Unisuper (2015 to 2017) and Director of Delivery at Pactera Technology International (2012 to 2015). Also a Digital Strategy Program Manager for Sensis (2010 to 2012), various senior roles including General Manager Business Strategy for Telstra (2002 to 2010) and Principal/Program Manager at EDS Group (2000 to 2002). Weng has an MBA from the University of Otago and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Weng is a Responsible Person under the LGIAsuper Trustee RSE licence.

Chief of People and Culture

Eleanor Noonan

Eleanor was appointed Chief of People and Culture in November 2017. Prior to her appointment to an executive-level position, she headed LGIAsuper’s human resources function. An experienced management and HR professional, Eleanor’s career history spans people leadership, change, business transformation and organisational strategy as well as operational management in a number of key local government roles. Eleanor holds a Master of Business qualification from the University of Queensland. Eleanor is a Responsible Person under the LGIAsuper Trustee RSE licence.

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