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Our Board

The activities of Australian Retirement Trust Pty Ltd is managed by our Board, which is comprised of member, employer and independent representatives. 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. Listed are the representatives of the Board as at April 2022.

Don Luke - Chair

Don is currently Non-Executive Chair of 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 holds a Bachelor of Science (Maths and Physics) and a Bachelor of Arts (Economics and Psychology). Don is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Don was appointed as a Director of QSuper in January 2020.

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Michael Clifford - Director

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

He 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 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.

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Bruce Cowley - Director

Bruce was, until 30 June 2019, Chair of one of Australia's largest law firms, MinterEllison, and has practised as a corporate lawyer for nearly 40 years, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, directors' duties and corporate governance. He has authored the 'Protecting Your Position' series of publications on director liabilities and in 2017 co-authored the book entitled 'Duties of Board and Committee Members'.

Bruce is currently a director of the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service and Klarna Australia Pty Ltd, as well as a member of the Takeovers Panel, Chair of Griffith University Business School’s Strategic Advisory Board and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors Not for Profit Chairs Forum.

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

Bruce is an adjunct Professor in the University of Queensland Law School and has been the recipient of the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ Gold Medal in Queensland for services to governance in 2021 and the Queensland Law Society’s President’s Medal for services to the legal profession in 2022.

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Mary-Anne Curtis - Director

Mary-Anne is currently the Associate Director‐General, Housing and Homelessness Services, Department of Communities, Housing and Digital Economy.

Mary‐Anne has held a number of senior leadership positions within the Queensland Government including as the Associate Director-General of Queensland Health and Seniors and Disability Services, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, the Director‐General of the Department of Employment, Small Business and Training and 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 graduate 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 was appointed as a director of QSuper in July 2018.

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Andrew Fraser - Director

Andrew is a professional director and serves on a range of boards, across different industry sectors. He was Chair of Sunsuper from 2018 to 2022 and previously Chair of the Investment Committee (from 2016-2018). He is also a Director of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia.

Andrew is a Director of BESIX Watpac Ltd and Brisbane Broncos Ltd (ASX:BBL) and serves as President of Motorsport Australia.

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.

In 2021 he was appointed as Deputy Chancellor of Griffith University, where he is also the Chair of Finance and Risk Committee of the University Council. Andrew is a graduate of Griffith, from which he holds First Class Honours Degrees in Law and Commerce and won the University Medal.

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, New Zealand Rugby League Inc and on the Australian Sports Commission. Andrew served as a Minister in two governments including as Treasurer of Queensland from 2007 to 2012.

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

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Elizabeth Hallett - Director

Elizabeth is an experienced non-executive director and chair of audit & risk committees in the financial services, infrastructure and regulated sectors. She is a non-executive director on the boards of the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, Lynch Group Holdings Ltd (ASX:LGL), Clayton Utz 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.

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Shayne Maxwell - Director

Shayne is Assistant General Secretary of the Queensland Police Union of Employees. He is also an Executive Member of the Queensland Council of Unions and a Director of the Queensland Police Legacy Scheme. Shayne 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 as a Director of QSuper in June 2018.

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Beth Mohle - Director

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

Beth was appointed as a Director of QSuper in December 2013.

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Kate Ruttiman - Director

Originally a secondary Economics and English teacher, Kate has been the General Secretary of the Queensland Teachers’ Union (QTU) since the beginning of 2021. A Union pioneer, Kate is the first woman to hold the General Secretary role, and in 2010 was also the first woman to join the QTU Secretariat, when she was elected Deputy General Secretary. In this role, Kate was the QTU’s lead enterprise bargaining negotiator and had oversight of member services including the assist desk, legal, industrial and research officers.

Currently, Kate is the Honorary President of the Queensland Council of Unions (QCU) and was previously a Director of the former Southbank Institute of TAFE, the Teachers Union Health (TUH) and the Work Health and Safety Board of Queensland.

Kate holds a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) and Certificate in Super Essentials (ASFA). Kate is a member of the Australian Company of Institute Directors and has completed the Trustee Director Course with AIST. Kate holds an Executive Certificate in Non-profit Leadership and an Executive Certificate in Public Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School.

Kate was appointed as a Director of QSuper in December 2018.

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Aaron Santelises – Director

Aaron Santelises has joined the Australian Retirement Trust Board, effective 30 June 2022.

Aaron is an Industrial Advocate and Legal Advisor for The Australian Workers’ Union, responsible for advocating for members from an array of industries and providing advice regarding governance and compliance. He is an employment law and industrial relations solicitor and holds a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of International Relations (Honours).

He has been a Director of QLeave (community services industry portable long service leave authority) since August 2021 and is a commissioned Lieutenant in the Australian Army Reserves. Aaron is also a volunteer solicitor with Caxton Legal Centre and a committee member on the Queensland Law Society’s Industrial Law Committee.

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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. 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 Paul Ramsay Foundation 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 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.

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Janine Walker - Director

Janine is currently the Chair of Metro South Hospital and Health Service. Janine 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 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.

Senior management positions include 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. A former broadcaster and columnist she served for six years on the Board of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and as Chair of the Corporation’s Audit Committee.

Janine holds a Bachelor of Adult Education and a Graduate Diploma in Business, 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 for the Griffith University Business School.

Janine was appointed as a Director of QSuper in December 2021.

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Georgina Williams - Director

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

As well as Australian Retirement Trust, she is currently Chair of UN Women Australia and a Director of People’s Choice Credit Union. Georgie is also a member of the Deakin University Council. Georgie has previously been a Director and Audit Committee member for ASX listed Reece Ltd and Lifestyle Communities Ltd.

Georgie has over 25 years experience in Banking and Superannuation including at Australian Super; Westpac Group and NAB. She has held a number of executive positions in both Australia and the United Kingdom.

She currently serves as a judge on the Top 50 CMO panel 2021 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 AICD and a graduate of the AICD director’s course.

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

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Kristy Huxtable - Company Secretary

Kristy Huxtable is an experienced Company Secretary, having worked at some of Australia’s top companies, including the ASX, ING, Suncorp and the Commonwealth Bank. Kristy has a wealth of governance experience having supported some of the largest Boards in Australia. Kristy is currently the Head of Australian Retirement Trust's Company Secretariat division, and prior to that was Company Secretary of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Kristy is a Fellow of the Governance Institute, a Member of their Legislative Review Committee and also a Member of the AICD. Kristy holds a Masters in Business Administration and Graduate Diploma’s in both Corporate Governance and Human Resources.

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