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.

Terence (Terry) Wetherall

Chair – Employer Director
Position since
1 April 2018
Current term commenced
1 August 2015
Terry Wetherall is the Chair of CareSuper. He was the Deputy Chair of the fund from January 2017, until his appointment to Chair in April 2018. He is a director and committee member of the New South Wales Business Chamber (NSWBC), and a Director of the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI).

Terry is involved in the property industry as director of property consultancy TCW Consulting. He holds membership in the Planning Institute of Australia and the Property Institute of Australia.

He is a long-time participant in the chamber of commerce community and is the immediate past president of ACCI. He is also a former President of the NSWBC.

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
*Governance and Remuneration Committee

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

Julie Bignell

Deputy Chair – Member Director
Position since
1 April 2018
Current term commenced
5 April 2013
Julie Bignell is the Deputy Chair of CareSuper and a professional Non-Executive Director. She sits on the board of Austin Health and is a past member of the board of the North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation.

From 2000 to 2015 Julie was the Branch Secretary of the Central and Southern Queensland branch of the Australian Services Union (ASU). She also served as the ASU’s National Vice President. She is a former Vice President of the Queensland Council of Unions and Assistant Secretary of the Queensland branch of Together.

Julie was nominated as a member director by the ASU. She brings extensive business planning and strategy skills to the board.

Qualifications
*Bachelor of Arts in Modern Asian Studies (Economics and Japanese)
*Graduate Diploma of HR/IRM
*Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
*Graduate, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees

CareSuper board committee membership
*Chair, Governance and Remuneration Committee
*Benefit Payments Committee
*Compliance, Audit and Risk Management Committee
*Investment Committee

Keith Harvey

Member Director
Position since
10 December 2013
Current term commenced
10 December 2013
Keith Harvey is the chair of Aspire Learning Resources, a not-for-profit publisher specialising in training materials for the business and community service sectors.

For over 30 years, Keith has acted in the best interests of workers through his roles with the Federated Clerks Union (FCU) and the Australian Services Union (ASU).

He is highly experienced in superannuation, industrial relations, management and strategic business planning.

Qualifications
*Bachelor of Arts (majors in Economics and Politics)
*Certificate IV, Assessment and Workplace Training
*Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., USA – Trade Union Program
*Graduate, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees

CareSuper board committee membership
*Chair, Benefit Payments Committee
*Chair, Member and Employer Services Committee
*Investment Committee

Alessandra (Sascha) Peldova-McClelland

Member Director
Position since
1 September 2018
Current term commenced
1 September 2018
Sascha Peldova-McClelland is a Senior Legal/Industrial Officer at Unions NSW.

Sascha began her legal career at Maurice Blackburn in 2011, where she worked on a range of class actions, medical negligence, asbestos and employment cases. In 2014 she moved into working permanently on employment and industrial law for the firm. She joined Unions NSW in 2017 where, among other responsibilities, she co-ordinates enterprise bargaining and trains affiliate unions on their industrial rights and obligations.

Sascha was part of the founding team of Living Leadership, a registered charity aimed at teaching young people leadership skills. She was appointed CEO of the charity from 2010 to 2013, after volunteering in various roles since 2005.

Sascha was nominated as a member director of CareSuper by Unions NSW. She contributes extensive legal and technical skills, as well as a high degree of adaptability, to the Board.

Qualifications
*Bachelor of Social Science and Laws (First Class Honours), Macquarie University
*Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, College of Law

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

Robert Potter

Member Director
Position since
1 March 2019
Current term commenced
1 March 2019
Robert Potter is the Assistant National Secretary leading the industrial team at the Australian Services Union. He is also a Director at E-OZ Energy Skills Australia.

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 extensive corporate governance and leadership skills to the board.

Qualifications
* Australian Institute of Company Directors, Governance Foundations for Not-For-Profit Directors
* Certificate in Australian Public Service
* DGL International, Quantum Factor Senior Leadership Program

CareSuper board committee memberships
*Member and Employer Services Committee

Cr Linda Scott

Member Director
Position since
11 December 2018
Current term commenced
11 December 2018
Cr Linda Scott is the Deputy Lord Mayor and a Councillor for the City of Sydney, first elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2016. She is also the elected President of Local Government NSW and the elected Vice-President of the Australian Local Government Association (ALGA).

Linda currently serves on the boards of the NSW Environmental Trust and the NSW Public Service Medal Committee. She is also an alternate delegate to the Central Sydney Planning Committee.

A strong advocate for local government, Linda works to ensure councils across NSW are given the tools and support to invest in the areas that matter to their communities.

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

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

CareSuper board committee membership
*Governance and Remuneration Committee

Michelle Gardiner

Employer Director 
Position since
9 February 2016
Current term commenced
1 January 2019
Michelle Gardiner is a seasoned industry expert, with over 30 years’ experience in financial services.

From 1994 to 2000 she worked at Rothschild Australia at a senior level, including in business development and product management. She later moved to Queensland where she joined a state-based super fund as the CEO of its subsidiary advice service. In 1994 Michelle joined CANNEX as the head of its banking product research and was subsequently appointed Acting General Manager.

Michelle brings in-depth knowledge of funds management, asset consultancy and research and strategic planning to the board.

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 of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
*Graduate, Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees

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

Dr Jeremy Johnson AM

Employer Director
Position since
2018
Current term commenced
1 January 2018
Dr Jeremy Johnson AM is the Chair of the Central Highlands Water Board, the President of the Australian 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)
*Justice of the Peace

CareSuper Board Committee membership
*Benefit Payments Committee
*Investment Committee
*Member and Employer Services Committee

Claire Keating

Employer Director
Position since
1 January 2017
Current term commenced
1 January 2017
Claire Keating is the Chair of Finance, Investment and Infrastructure at Yooralla. She is also a qualified Chartered Accountant and experienced director, who sits on the board of multiple financial services organisations.

She was a Partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) from 2002 to 2016. She held senior roles at PwC, including Melbourne lead and Partner for PwC’s Financial Services Assurance Practice and the National leader of the PwC Investment Management Assurance sector. From 1998 to 2002 she acted as a member-elected director on the board of PwC’s super fund.

Claire is an active supporter of leading super industry bodies, such as the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. With over 25 years’ experience in funds management, she is highly knowledgeable in superannuation administration and risk management.

Qualifications
*Bachelor of Business (Accountancy), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology
*Diploma of Superannuation Management, Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia, Macquarie University
*Member of The Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia
*Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

CareSuper board committee membership
*Chair, Compliance, Audit and 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 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
*Governance and Remuneration Committee