The activities of Sunsuper Pty Ltd are managed by our trustee board, which includes equal numbers of member and employer representatives and from 2015-16, three independent Directors. The board is responsible for managing the Fund, and ensures it operates in the best interests of all members and continues to comply with all legal requirements. As at May 2016 representatives of the board were:
Ben Swan - Chair
Ben is currently the Queensland Branch Secretary of The Australian Workers' Union. Since starting work with the union in 1997 Ben has held the positions of Assistant National Secretary, Queensland Branch Assistant Secretary, National Industrial Officer and Industrial Advocate.
Prior to working for the AWU Ben was an Associate in the Queensland and Australian Industrial Relations Commission, and has also held positions as a Human Resource Consultant and Senior Policy Advisor in the Queensland Government.
Ben is a member of the National Executive of the ALP and has been a member of the Australian Labor Party for nearly 25 years.
Ben has previously held a directorship position with AustSafe super fund and is currently a Director of Skills Queensland, Construction Skills Queensland, Chifley Financial Services and Tree of Knowledge Training.
Ben was appointed as a Director of Sunsuper in 2013.
Rob Hutchinson - Deputy Chair
Rob is the Queensland State Manager of ParexDavco (Australia) Pty Ltd - a division of the international Parex Group. Rob was responsible for the commencement of the Queensland operations of the then privately owned company in 1983.
Rob has been a Board Member of the Queensland Chamber of Commerce & Industry (CCIQ), holding the position of Vice President during 2006/2007. He has also chaired the Manufacturing Committee, served on the Remuneration, Building and Finance & Audit Committees and the CCIQ Industry Policy Committee. He was made a Life Member of CCIQ in 2008.
He is currently on the Board of Australian Made/Australian Grown Campaign, the peak organisation for the promotion of Australian manufacturers, growers and service industries. Rob was also appointed to the Queensland Building and Construction Commission Board in December 2013.
Rob was a Councillor on the Prince Charles and District Health Council from 1997 through until 2005, serving on the Finance, Mental Health and Indigenous Health Committees.
A member of the Liberal National Party of Queensland, he is currently a member of the Finance Committee, a Director of LNP Nominee Pty Ltd and a Director of Altum Pty Ltd. Prior to the formation of the Liberal National Party he was a Senior Vice President of the Queensland National Party and a Trustee of that organisation.
Rob was appointed as a Director of Sunsuper in 2010.
Andrew Fraser - Director
Andrew is the Head of Strategy & Investment at the National Rugby League (NRL). The NRL is one of Australia’s larger not-for-profit businesses and is responsible for all levels of the sport of rugby league in Australia. As a member of the senior executive, Andrew is responsible for overall business strategy and has led a number of major projects across the business.
Andrew has served as a director on the Australian Sports Commission, the federal agency charged with oversight and funding of elite sport (including the Australian Institute of Sport) and grassroots sport in Australia. For the duration of his term on the Commission, Andrew was a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
Before joining the NRL executive, Andrew was also a director on the board of Moorebank Intermodal Company Ltd, which is developing a rail and road transport logistics hub to serve Sydney’s supply chain.
Previously Andrew served as a Minister in two governments including as Treasurer of Queensland from 2007 to 2012. During his career in government Andrew also held portfolios as Minister for State Development and Trade, Minister for Employment and Economic Development and Minister for Local Government, Planning and Sport. He was appointed as Queensland’s youngest Deputy Premier in 2011.
A graduate of Griffith University, Andrew has a First Class Honours Degree in Law and a Bachelor of Commerce and won the University Medal.
Andrew was appointed as an independent Director of Sunsuper in September 2015.
Elizabeth Hallett - Director
Elizabeth, who is based in Sydney, was a partner with international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright for 22 years practising in corporate advisory, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions. Elizabeth brings corporate governance, risk management and strategy development skills to the board.
Elizabeth has extensive board experience having been a member of the board of directors of the Australia-Indonesia Institute from 1999-2010, as well as the Children’s Medical Research Institute from 2001-2009, where she contributed to the Audit & Risk, and Finance & Investment committees. She was appointed to the Takeovers Panel in 2013. Elizabeth has significant international experience, having been a member of the global Group Executive Committee of Norton Rose Fulbright. She was based in Jakarta for a number of years.
Elizabeth was appointed as a Director of Sunsuper in 2014.
Jenni Mack - Director
Jenni is an experienced consumer advocate and company director. She is a former Chair of Australia’s leading consumer group CHOICE and currently chairs of one of Australia’s largest community services providers, CoAct.
Jenni has particular expertise with member-based non-for-profit organisations operating in commercial environment. This includes strategy development, risk management, organisational transformation and business innovation, especially using digital platforms. She has high level experience in public policy, regulation, stakeholder relations, media and corporate affairs.
Jenni has deep expertise in consumer policy including an understanding of drivers of consumer behaviour, consumer information needs, standards setting, complaints and compensation schemes and has worked on consumer issues in superannuation, retirement incomes and financial advice for more than 25 years.
Jenni is a member of the Red Cross Blood Service Board, Food Standards Australia and New Zealand and serves on ASIC’s External Advisory Panel and the food Health Star Rating Oversight Committee.
Jenni has a BA, a Masters of Administrative Law and Policy and is completing a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance.
Jenni was appointed as a Director of Sunsuper in July 2015.
Ros McLennan- Director
Ros was elected QCU General Secretary in July 2015, having first been elected to the position of QCU Assistant General Secretary in March 2014.
For ten years, she served as an Assistant Secretary of the Independent Education Union - Queensland and Northern Territory Branch (IEUA-QNT) since 2004, having first worked with North Queensland members to build union strength as a regional Organiser from 1998. Ros was also Secretary of the QCU Townsville Branch for many years, and has a deep appreciation of the significant role of QCU Provincial Councils throughout Queensland.
Ros was first employed as an Organiser by the SDA in 1993, enjoying the particular challenges of organising workers in the retail sector.
Ros is passionate about industrial and community campaigning - and has had 23 years experience in organising members to build power at work. She is the mother of two children, who inspire her to work for a better, fairer future.
Ros was appointed as a Director of Sunsuper in October 2015.
Michael Traill AM - Director
Michael joined Social Ventures Australia (SVA) as founding CEO in 2002 after 15 years as a co-founder and Executive Director of Macquarie Group’s private equity arm, Macquarie Direct Investment.
Following a successful investment banking career at Macquarie, Michael led SVA as it built a reputation for providing partnership solutions that brought business disciplines and innovative social investment practice to the challenge of solving Australia’s entrenched problems of social disadvantage. During Michael’s tenure SVA grew to a nationally respected organisation with a high quality team of over 50 people. He was also closely involved in the creation of the unique GoodStart non-profit syndicate, now a successful $800m social enterprise, which acquired the assets of the failed ABC childcare centres in 2010.
Michael stepped down from the SVA CEO role in October 2014 and continues in a role as Chair of the SVA Leadership Council. He maintains a balance of primarily social purpose non-executive involvements including as Chair of GoodStart Early Learning, Chair of the SVA Social Impact Fund and as a director of Australian Schools Plus and Australian Philanthropic Services. He has a continuing involvement in the private equity market as a director of MH Carnegie & Co and as Chair of asset management software business Assetic.
He holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Harvard University.
He was recognised as a Financial Review BOSS Magazine ‘True Leader’ in 2007 and was made a member of the Order of Australia in 2010 in recognition of his service to the Australian non-profit sector through the work of SVA.
Michael was appointed as an independent Director of Sunsuper in September 2015.
Michael Clifford - Director
Michael Clifford is the Assistant General Secretary of the Queensland Council of Unions.
Michael was a Director of Intrust Super from February 2013 to December 2015 and was Chairperson of the Marketing Committee.
Michael has been an advocate for improved superannuation for two decades in his roles as Coordinator with United Voice from 2012 to 2015, Queensland Secretary of the Finance Sector Union of Australia (FSU) from 2001 to 2012 and National Industrial Officer for the FSU from 1997 to 2001.
Michael was also the inaugural Chairperson of the Australian Labor Party’s Queensland Policy Coordination Council and prior to that was the Deputy Chairperson of the Economic and Infrastructure Policy Committee. Michael has also been a member of the ALP Queensland Branch Administrative Committee.
Michael worked in the Community Sector for six years. Having advocated for people in his role as community worker, and for working people during his time in the union movement, Michael has gained a good understanding as to what our members deal with in their working lives. He realises that education about superannuation is important for people to make a well informed decision on their retirement savings.
Michael has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of New South Wales with Majors in Industrial Relations and History.
Michael was appointed as a Director of Sunsuper in February 2016.