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Sunsuper and QSuper merger update: Board of Trustees and CEO

QSuper and Sunsuper’s signing of a Heads of Agreement to merge comes with a joint announcement of the proposed leadership structure to support the creation of a $200 billion superannuation fund.

The Chair of the Board of the merged fund will be Don Luke, current Chair of QSuper, and the Chief Executive Officer will be Bernard Reilly, current CEO of Sunsuper. Both have extensive experience as leaders of fund-management and superannuation organisations.

Bernard Reilly

Bernard joined Sunsuper as Chief Executive Officer in October 2019 and is responsible for leading Sunsuper’s strategy and operations.

He brings to the role his extensive global experience in the international banking and finance sector. Prior to joining Sunsuper, he was a member of the Board Investment Committee at NSW Treasury Corporation, which is the asset management arm and financial markets partner of the NSW Government. Bernard also has 25 years’ experience with State Street Global Advisors, most recently based in Boston and Sydney in the role of Executive Vice President, Global Head of Strategy.

Bernard holds a Bachelor of Economics and he is a CFA Charter Holder.

The Board of 13 directors will be drawn from the existing boards of the two funds. The Board will include three independent directors.

The members of the Board of Trustees are:

Don Luke

Don is non-executive Chair of the private equity manager M.H. Carnegie & Co. and For Purpose Investment Partners.

Don was previously Chair of the Queensland Investment Corporation for five years until March 2019, a non-executive Director of AMP Capital Investors Limited and AMP Capital Holdings for seven years until March 2014, and the executive Director of the Community Services Commission for the Anglican Church in South Queensland for five years until August 2012. Prior to this role, Don was CEO of Sunsuper for ten years until May 2007, and prior to that AMP Qld Manager.

Don has a Bachelor of Science (Maths and Physics) and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Psychology). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Don was appointed as QSuper Chair in January 2020.

Michael Clifford 

Michael is the General Secretary of the Queensland Council of Unions and has served on superannuation boards since 2013.

Michael was a Director of Intrust Super from February 2013 to December 2015 and was Chairperson of the Marketing Committee. 

Michael has been a passionate advocate for improved superannuation for more than 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 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 an understanding as to what our members deal with in their working lives. He knows that education about superannuation is important for people to make well-informed decisions on their retirement savings and that good governance is key to protecting our members’ future. 

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts 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. 

Bruce Cowley

Bruce was, until 30 June 2019, Chair of one of Australia's largest law firms, MinterEllison, and has practised as a corporate lawyer for more than 38 years, specialising in directors' duties and corporate governance. He has authored the Protecting your position series of publications on director liabilities and has recently co-authored the book Duties of board and committee members.

Bruce is currently a director of a number of not-for-profit and government entities, including Chair of CPL, the Children's Hospital Foundation Queensland and IDEAS Van Partnerships, as well as a member of the Takeovers Panel, the Australian Institute of Company Directors Law Committee and Griffith University’s Strategic Advisory Board.

Bruce has a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws (Honours). He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Justice of the Peace.

Bruce was appointed to the QSuper Board in December 2019.

Mary-Anne Curtis

Mary-Anne is the Associate Director‐General, Seniors and Disability Services, Department of Seniors and Disability Services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships.

Mary‐Anne was previously the Director‐General of the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training and led the development of strategic policies to support employment growth, enable sustainable small business opportunities and ensure a skilled workforce now and into the future.

Mary‐Anne was also previously a Deputy Under Treasurer within Queensland Treasury, providing advice and analysis to the Queensland Government on public policy, fiscal and economic issues particularly in relation to social policy portfolios and inter‐governmental financial relations.

Mary‐Anne is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from QUT and the University of Southern Queensland respectively.

Mary‐Anne is currently Chair of QSuper’s Audit & Risk Committee and a member of the People & Nominations Committee.

Mary‐Anne was appointed to the QSuper Board in July 2018.

Andrew Fraser

Andrew is a professional director and serves on a range of boards, across different industry sectors. He has been Chair of Sunsuper since 2018 and is former Chair of the Investment Committee (from 2016-18).

He is an Independent Director of Watpac Ltd, New Zealand Rugby League and Motorsport Australia and has advisory roles with EY and Griffith Enterprise.

In addition to Chairing Orange Sky Australia, Andrew also serves in other not-for-profit roles as a Director of 3rd Space and the Hear and Say Centre. He is also a Council Member of Griffith University, where he is the Chair of Finance and Risk.

Previously he was the Head of Strategy & Investment at the National Rugby League (NRL) and has served as Director of the Rugby League World Cup 2017 Ltd, and on the Australian Sports Commission.

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. 

Mark Goodey 

Mark is the Chief Finance Officer of the Australian Workers Union Queensland. Previously, he was the Compliance and Finance Officer for Australian Services Union (SA/NT). 

For over 30 years as a chartered accountant, Mark has worked with regulatory authorities in connection with audit compliance, tax compliance and investigation work for individuals and corporates and worked for listed companies. 

As well as his accountancy qualification he holds a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Sciences and a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management and has lectured on professional and management courses for various UK universities over his career. He has been involved in many not-for-profit organisations, including the management of a Railway Heritage Centre.

Mark was appointed as a Director of Sunsuper in January 2020. 

Elizabeth Hallett

Elizabeth is an experienced non-executive director and chair of audit & risk committees in the financial services and infrastructure sectors. She is a non-executive Director on the boards of NPP Australia Limited (which is responsible for the New Payments Platform), the Civil Aviation Safety Authority and NSW Land Registry Services. Elizabeth is a reappointed member of the Takeovers Panel and sits on the Advisory Committee of the John Sample Group. 

Elizabeth was formerly a corporate partner with an international law firm for 22 years, where she held global and national leadership roles. Elizabeth brings legal and regulatory, corporate governance, risk management and strategy development skills and experience to the Board. 

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Melbourne, is a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors’ Course and a Graduate of the AIST Trustee Directors’ Course. 

Elizabeth was appointed as a Director of Sunsuper in March 2014. 

Shayne Maxwell

Shayne is Assistant General Secretary of the Queensland Police Union of Employees. Shayne is also an Executive Member of the Queensland Council of Unions and a Director of the Queensland Police Legacy Scheme. He is an experienced law enforcement officer, having served in the Queensland Police Service between 1981 and 2018.

Shayne is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Shayne was appointed to the QSuper Board in June 2018.


Beth Mohle 

Beth is the Secretary of the Queensland Nurses' and Midwives Union (QNMU) where she has worked since 1990. She is also Senior Vice President of the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU). Prior to commencing work at the QNMU, Beth worked as a registered nurse at the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

Beth was previously a board member of HESTA, including a term as both Chair and Deputy Chair. In 2008, the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) named Beth Trustee of the Year. She was recognised in the 2020 Queen’s Birthday Honours List and was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her significant service to industrial relations, the nursing profession and the superannuation sector.

Beth has a Bachelor of Arts, a Certificate in General Nursing – Registered Nurse, a Postgraduate Certificate in Health Economics, a Certificate in Superannuation Management and a Certificate of Trusteeship (Superannuation). She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (FAIST).

Beth was appointed to the QSuper Board in December 2013.

Kate Ruttiman

Kate is General Secretary of the Queensland Teachers’ Union and the Honorary President of the Queensland Council of Unions. Kate was previously the Deputy General Secretary from 2010 to 2020 and is QTU’s lead enterprise bargaining negotiator and leads the union's response to new educator issues.

Kate also represents the QTU on the Rural and Remote Education Stakeholders Reference Group, the School Improvement Advisory Committee, and Teaching Queensland's Future Stakeholders Reference Group. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was previously a Board member of Teachers' Union Health and the Southbank Institute of TAFE.

Kate has a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) and a Certificate in Super Essentials (ASFA). 

Kate was appointed to the QSuper Board in December 2018.

Michael Traill, AM 

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. During Michael’s tenure, SVA grew to a nationally respected organisation with a high-quality team of more than 50 people. He was also closely involved in the creation of the unique GoodStart non-profit syndicate, now a successful social enterprise with revenue of over $1 billion, which acquired the assets of the failed ABC childcare centres in 2010. 

He maintains a balance of primarily social purpose non-executive involvements including as Executive Director of For Purpose Investment Partners, Chair of the Federal Government Social Impact Investing Taskforce and a Director of MH Carnegie & Co, Hearts & Minds Investments and Australian Philanthropic Services. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Social Impact at UNSW and author of Jumping ship, winner of the 2017 Ashurst Business Literature Prize. 

He was recognised as a Financial Review BOSS Magazine ‘True Leader’ in 2007 and was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2010 in recognition of his service to the Australian non-profit sector through the work of SVA. 

Michael holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and an MBA from Harvard University.  

Michael was appointed as an independent Director of Sunsuper in September 2015. 

Janine Walker, AM

Janine is the Chair of Metro South Hospital and Health Service, the provider of public health and hospital services in the Brisbane South, Logan, Redlands and Scenic Rim regions of Queensland. She is a leader in human resources management and work, organisations and people and was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for her significant service to education, community, health and the media. Janine has held a range of board and committee appointments, including membership of the Vocational Education Training and Employment Commission, Chair of the Australia New Zealand Foundation, Chair of All Hallows’ School and Board Member of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra.

She previously held senior management positions, including Human Resources Director for Griffith University and Princess Alexandra Hospital, Director of Industrial Relations for Queensland Health, and Industrial Director and General Secretary of the Queensland Public Sector Union. Janine also worked as a broadcaster and columnist and served for six years on the Board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and for four years as Chair of the Corporation’s Audit Committee.

Janine has a Bachelor of Adult Education and a Graduate Diploma Business. She is a Fellow of the Australian Human Resource Institute and Australian Institute of Management, a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an Adjunct Professor, Griffith University Business School.

Janine was appointed to the QSuper Board in December 2021.

Georgina Williams 

Georgie is a professional director and serves on a number of boards. 

As well as Sunsuper she is currently a Director on ASX-listed Lifestyle Communities Ltd and for UN Women Australia. Georgie also serves as a member of the Audit Committee for Lifestyle. Georgie has previously been a Director and Audit Committee member for ASX-listed Reece Ltd. 

Georgie has over 25 years’ experience in banking and superannuation, including roles as Chief Executive Officer, Food and Wine Victoria; Group Executive Engagement, Advocacy and Brand at Australian Super; and Head of Brand and Marketing at the Bank of Melbourne. She has also held a number of executive positions at NAB over many years in both Australia and the United Kingdom, which included roles in the commercial banking, wealth, strategy and marketing departments. 

Georgie was recognised as one of Australia’s Top 50 CMOs in 2016 by CMO Magazine. She served as a judge on the Top 50 CMO panel 2020 determining Australia’s top marketers. 

Georgie’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. She is also a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors director’s course. 

Georgie was appointed as a Director of Sunsuper in July 2018.