Executive team

Executive team

Our leaders are your experts in super

This team of highly experienced professionals was appointed by the CareSuper board to manage the day-to-day operations of CareSuper for members.

Each executive has clear goals to achieve and their performance is formally reviewed at least once a year. The most recent review was completed for the financial year ending 30 June 2021. The Chief Executive Officer reviews the executive team and the board chair reviews our Chief Executive Officer. This process ensures the successful running and ongoing growth of CareSuper.

Julie Lander

Chief Executive Officer
‘Over 220,000 Australians trust us with their super — ultimately to provide financial wellbeing after their working years. That’s a responsibility we take very seriously.’

Julie is the Chief Executive Officer of CareSuper. She’s responsible for developing the business strategy and plan designed to help members and employers get the most they can out of their super fund. She oversees the implementation of these plans across the fund, with the support of the executive team.

Julie is a highly experienced leader and has over 30 years’ experience in superannuation, including through corporate and industry super funds. Previously she was National HR Manager for a major employer organisation. She has also worked in human resources in the manufacturing industry and for membership-based organisations in the professional services sector.

Julie is passionate about supporting life-saving breast cancer research and has participated in the Women in Super Mother’s Day Classic Corporate Challenge for 7 years in a row, raising over $100,000 to date. Julie also advocates for helping people especially women to achieve greater financial security.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Diploma of Organisational Leadership, and is RG146 qualified. She is a Director and Fellow of Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST), where she also serves on the Policy Committee. In addition, she is a Director of the Fund Executives Association Limited and a Member of AHRI and AICD.

Appointed: 2001

Suzanne Branton

Chief Investment Officer
‘Delivering strong long-term returns to members is our goal.’

Suzanne is responsible for the management of CareSuper’s investment portfolio and leads a team of dedicated investment professionals. She works closely with the CareSuper Board and Investment Committee to develop the fund’s investment strategy for the benefit of CareSuper members while maintaining a strong focus on investment governance and risk.

A proven leader with almost 30 years’ experience in financial markets, primarily within superannuation and asset management, Suzanne has extensive, expert knowledge of portfolio management across asset classes. She is experienced in portfolio strategy and design, asset allocation, manager research and selection. Suzanne has managed the investments of profit-to-member super funds for the past 16 years. Prior to this, she held various senior positions in investment strategy and financial market economics at Goldman Sachs and JBWere.

Suzanne holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), and a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance. She is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Appointed: 2015.

Sam Horskins

Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
‘We must instil a strategic financial approach and mindset throughout CareSuper for the benefit of our members.’

Sam is responsible for overseeing the statutory and operational finance function, reporting, commercial and taxation matters at CareSuper.

A highly experienced finance and operations executive, Sam has led teams across financial services organisations including super funds for more than 20 years. He has a proven record guiding large organisations to successfully deliver on business performance, growth and continuous improvement.

As a leader, Sam takes a strategic financial mindset to all business activity. He is passionate about communicating vision and purpose, emphasising accountability, developing talent and driving positive change across organisations.

Sam previously held the CFO role at public sector super fund VicSuper (which has since merged with Aware Super), financial and professional services company Guild Group, and insurance broker OAMPS. He started his career at Ernst & Young where he held roles consulting to a range of clients across the insurance, banking and funds management industries.

Sam is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.

Appointed: 2021.

Mark Lyons

Chief Capability Officer
‘A positive internal culture helps us build momentum, and in turn, create growth for members.’

Mark develops and implements CareSuper’s operational strategy across its people and culture, business intelligence, project management, outsource relationships, internal communications and technology departments.

Mark has over 30 years’ experience working in financial services and other highly-regulated industries. He has held senior management positions in banking and local government, where he focused on delivering superior customer outcomes and business performance. His extensive experience includes corporate planning, governance, asset management and business improvement.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business Administration. He is a qualified accountant and a member of CPA Australia.

Appointed: 2017.

Paul Northey

Chief Development Officer
‘Building valuable partnerships that last the distance is a huge part of what my team does.’

Paul drives the Fund’s growth and retention strategies and leads the client and member facing teams.

Paul’s experience includes senior executive roles in superannuation and funds management, financial planning, general and life insurance and banking. He was previously the General Manager of RACV Insurance and prior to that, the Director of Wealth Management for a prominent international banking group. He also led the distribution and marketing teams of major wealth management firms.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Business and a Diploma of Financial Planning. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Programme at the London Business School and studied executive development at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia.

Paul is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Appointed: 2017.

Belinda Ray

Chief Risk Officer and Company Secretary
‘We protect the things that matter – like your money, and the way it’s managed.’

Belinda leads CareSuper’s Compliance and Risk team in identifying and managing governance and risk. She is also the corporate company secretary.

Belinda has over 26 years’ experience in superannuation consulting, auditing and accounting, starting as an auditor for Ernst & Young. Later, she moved on to hold several senior roles at Towers Watson (now known as Willis Towers Watson), including Senior Consultant for corporate super funds and Head of Research, Information and Compliance.

Belinda holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Information Systems), a Graduate Diploma in Organisational Leadership and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Appointed: 2012.