Board

Board

Meet the board responsible for governing CareSuper

It’s our board’s responsibility to ensure CareSuper is managed in the best interests of members. That’s partly why the board has equal numbers of member-nominated and employer-nominated directors.

CareSuper board members are chosen via a rigorous process. This includes a panel interview and assessment against a detailed statement of responsibilities, including skill and capability requirements.

Board decisions are made by at least a two-thirds majority.

Cr Linda Scott

Chair – Member Director
Position since
1 April 2022
Current term commenced
11 December 2018
Councillor Linda Scott is the Chair of CareSuper, appointed in April 2022. Linda joined the CareSuper Board in 2018, and was appointed as Deputy Chair in 2020.

Linda is an experienced Board Director, previously serving as the first female Chair of Local Government NSW and currently serving as President of the Australian Local Government Association. Linda is also currently serving as a Councillor on the City of Sydney Council, formerly serving as Deputy Lord Mayor.

Linda serves on a number of other boards and advisory bodies, including the National Reform Federal Council with the Prime Minister, Premiers and Treasurers, the Commonwealth Government’s Regional Banking Taskforce and the NSW Environmental Trust. She participates in the annual CEO Sleepout, and is passionate about taking action on climate change and the creation of more affordable housing.

Linda was nominated as a Member Director of CareSuper by Unions NSW. She brings in-depth knowledge of culture, governance, risk and advocacy.

Qualifications
* Bachelor of Science (Psych) (Hons 1)
* Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
* Justice of the Peace

CareSuper board committee membership
* Chair
* Governance and Remuneration Committee

The Chair attends meetings of other Committees on an ex officio basis.

Dr Jeremy Johnson AM

Deputy Chair – Employer Director
Position since
1 April 2022
Current term commenced
1 January 2018
Dr Jeremy Johnson AM is the Deputy Chair of CareSuper and is also the Chair of the Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism Board, Immediate Past Chair of the Central Highlands Water Board, Chair of the ACCI Tourism Restart Taskforce, current Executive Councillor and Past President of the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and a Member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Skilled Migration. He is also a qualified company secretary.

From 1972 to 1994 he worked in local government, including as Shire Secretary and Treasurer for the Shires of Ballan and Ballarat. In 1995 he joined the outdoor museum Sovereign Hill as Deputy Executive Director, where he later served as Chief Executive Officer from 2002 until 2018.

Jeremy is an active member of his local community. He is the Honorary Secretary/Treasurer of the Arch of Victory Avenue of Honour Committee Ballarat and served five terms as President of the Ballarat Club.

He was nominated to the CareSuper Board by the Victorian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Qualifications
* Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
* Fellow, Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA)
* Diploma of Business Studies, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
* Graduate, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees
* Justice of the Peace

CareSuper Board Committee membership
* Deputy Chair
* Chair of Governance and Remuneration Committee

Anthony (Tony) Cavanagh

Member Director
Position since
1 January 2020
Current term commenced
1 January 2020
Tony Cavanagh has over 40 years’ professional experience in finance, risk and governance. His career includes senior executive positions in financial services (including an industry super fund). He has in-depth experience in financial reporting and performance and was CFO/Director of a start-up financial planning software company.

Throughout his career Tony has worked closely with regulators and government bodies including APRA, ASIC and the ATO. He has broad experience leading organisational change to ensure compliance with legislation.

Tony supports his local community and has previously contributed as a volunteer member of the Country Fire Authority (CFA).

Tony was nominated as a member director by the Australian Services Union (ASU). He contributes strategic thinking, capital management and investment valuation skills to the Board, along with a commercially-oriented approach.

Qualifications
* Bachelor of Economics, Monash University
* Member, Institute of Chartered Accountants ANZ

CareSuper board committee membership
* Chair of Insurance and Claims Committee
* Investment Committee

Robert Potter

Member Director
Position since
1 March 2019
Current term commenced
1 March 2019
Robert Potter is the National Secretary of the Australian Services Union (ASU). He is also a director at E-OZ Energy Skills Australia and is part of the ACTU National Executive and ACTU Finance Committee. Additionally, Robert is one of four people to receive the 2019 Garry Weaven Emerging Trustee Scholarship.

He has broad experience both in government and the not-for-profit sector, from marketing through to employee-employer relations.

He has spent two decades as an industrial advocate, with experience across project management, strategic planning and communications.

Robert was nominated as a member director by the ASU and brings to the Board extensive corporate governance and leadership skills.

Qualifications
* Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Governance Foundations for Not-For-Profit Directors
* Certificate in Australian Public Service
* DGL International, Quantum Factor Senior Leadership Program
* Finance Education for Investors, Melbourne Business School

CareSuper board committee memberships
* Chair of Member and Employer Services Committee
* Insurance and Claims Committee

Vanessa Seagrove

Member Director
Position since
23 April 2021
Current term commenced
23 April 2021
Vanessa Seagrove is the Assistant Secretary of Unions NSW and a member of the Unions NSW Finance and Governance Committee and Executive. She is the Chair of Sydney International Women’s Day, a member of the Correctional Industries Consultative Committee NSW, a delegate for the ACTU Conference and an alternate delegate for the ACTU Executive, and a member of the ALP Administrative Committee.

Vanessa brings more than 30 years of experience and skills in strategy, planning, advocacy and leadership to the CareSuper board. In past roles with the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union, the Finance Sector Union and the Community and Public Sector Union, she has worked closely with industry funds while holding a range of leadership positions.

Vanessa has strong interests in social policy, unionism, law and equality. She has always prioritised the financial security of union members and works to educate them on the importance of superannuation for a good retirement.

Vanessa was nominated as a member director by Unions NSW.

CareSuper board committee membership
* Compliance, Audit & Risk Management Committee
* Member and Employer Services Committee

Rebecca Girard

Member Director
Position since
1 March 2022
Current term commenced
1 March 2022
Rebecca is an Industrial Coordinator at the Australian, Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union Queensland (Services and Northern Administrative), former Director of Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Authority – who served as a member of their investment subcommittee branch and was on the Energy Super Board prior to its merger with LGIA Super.

Rebecca has extensive Board Director experience across superannuation and government entities with significant understanding of governance, investment, audit, risk and compliance. She is also experienced in planning, mergers, delivering efficiencies and driving positive change and growth across organisations. Rebecca has also worked on determining investment objectives including the establishment of ESG principles.

Rebecca was nominated as a member director by Australian Services Union.

Qualifications
* Bachelor of Behavioural Science
* Graduate Diploma in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management

CareSuper board committee membership
* Investment Committee
* Governance and Remuneration Committee

Terence (Terry) Wetherall AM

Employer Director
Position since
1 April 2022
Current term commenced
1 August 2015
Terry joined the CareSuper board in 2015, was Deputy Chair from January 2017 and completed his term of Chair in March 2022.

Terry is a Councillor and Past President of Business NSW and a director of Industry Super Australia (ISA). He is also a Past President of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI), a Past President of the Illawarra Business Chamber, and an independent representative of the Illawarra First Fund.

Terry is director of town planning consultancy TCW Consulting and holds membership in the Planning Institute of Australia and the Property Institute of Australia.

He was awarded an AM in 2020 for service to business and commerce, the superannuation industry and to the community.

Qualifications
* Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
* Associate Diploma in Valuation
* Graduate Diploma in Urban & Regional Planning
* Graduate, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees

CareSuper board committee membership
* Investment Committee

Michelle Gardiner

Employer Director 
Position since
9 February 2016
Current term commenced
1 January 2019
Michelle Gardiner has over 30 years’ experience in financial services.

She has held executive positions within, and more recently consulted to, companies in the following sectors: funds management, financial advice, financial product ratings and profit-to-members superannuation. Her early career included analytical roles within stockbroking and property funds management.

Michelle brings to the board her in-depth knowledge of funds management, asset consultancy and research, as well as extensive experience in business management and strategic planning.

Qualifications
* Diploma of Arts (Anthropology), University of Queensland
* Master of Business (Banking & Finance), University of Technology Sydney
* Diploma of Financial Planning, Deakin University
* Bachelor of Economics, Macquarie University
* Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
* Graduate, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees

CareSuper board committee membership
* Chair, Investment Committee
* Compliance, Audit and Risk Management Committee

Merran Kelsall

Employer Director
Position since
1 April 2020
Current term commenced
1 April 2020
Merran Kelsall is President and Chair of CPA Australia. She is a director of Australian Red Cross Lifeblood, director of Medical Indemnity Protection Society and an honorary director of the TarraWarra Museum of Art.

Merran has over 20 years in practice as a Chartered Accountant, including 10 years as a partner at accountancy and advisory organisation BDO. She was also Chair and CEO of the Auditing and Assurance Standards Board.
She is an experienced executive coach and is interested in aligning performance management with corporate strategy.

Merran brings to the CareSuper Board a strong focus on corporate governance with strong experience across the public and private sector.

Qualifications
* Fellow, CPA Australia
* Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
* MBA, The University of Melbourne
* Fellow, Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand
* Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), The University of Melbourne

CareSuper board committee membership
* Chair of Compliance, Audit & Risk Management Committee
* Member and Employer Services Committee

Katherine Sampson

Employer Director
Position since
1 May 2014
Current term commenced
1 May 2014
Katherine Sampson is the managing director and principal of Mahlab Recruitment (Vic) Pty Ltd, a specialist legal recruitment firm. She joined the firm after a career in law at Corr & Corr.

Katherine has served on a number of boards and committees, including the Monash Law School Foundation, the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute Ethics Committee, the Melbourne International Arts Festival and as Deputy Chair of the Australian Press Council.

Qualifications
* Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Monash University
* Bachelor of Laws, Monash University
* Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
* Graduate, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees

CareSuper board committee membership
* Benefit Payments Committee
* Insurance and Claims Committee
* Governance and Remuneration Committee
* Member & Employer Services Committee