• Richard Watts – Industry Super Network

    Richard Watts works in Sydney in the Policy and Research team. Richard’s responsibilities include in-house legal advice and policy development such as responses to Stronger Super, clearing houses and lost super. Richard also plays a key role in developing analytical tools for members.

  • Ian Silk

    Ian Silk is the Chief Executive of AustralianSuper – one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds and currently ranked 78th largest in the world – with more than 1.8 million members, over 170,000 contributing employers, and more than AUD$46 billion in assets.

  • Rita Mallia – CFMEU

    Rita Mallia is the NSW president of the CFMEU Construction and General Division. Before this she was the Senior Legal Officer for the Branch. She also represents the Union on the NSW Dust Diseases Board and CBus.

  • Stuart Washington – Fairfax Journalist

    Stuart Washington has been a journalist for 25 years. He is the chair of the Alliance’s House Committee and is a well respected Fairfax business reporter.

  • Paul Schroder – Growth and New Opportunities

    Paul manages AustralianSuper’s Growth and New Opportunities department. He was previously the National Secretary of the Finance Sector Union of Australia and is highly regarded across the financial services sector. He has extensive experience in the finance industry and a strong grasp of the key strategic issues facing the superannuation industry.

  • Peter Jennings – Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA

    Peter Jennings is the Executive Officer of Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA, the overseas humanitarian aid agency of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU). Peter has been involved in the development sector since 1972 when he started working on community development projects in the southern Philippines. He has been with Union Aid Abroad-APHEDA since 1988.

  • Dr Helen Szoke – Race Discrimination Commissioner

    Dr Helen Szoke is Australia’s Race Discrimination Commissioner. Previous to this she was the Commissioner with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission. During this period she managed the expansion of the Commission’s functions under the Charter of Human Rights Act and the modernisation of the Equal Opportunity Act in that state.

  • Norman Gillespie – UNICEF

    Norman Gillespie is Chief Executive of UNICEF Australia and a vocal advocate for child rights.
    Providing a voice for the underrepresented, Dr Gillespie has spoken out for child rights both
    domestically and internationally. He has seen UNICEF’s work on the frontline in Cambodia, Kenya and Pakistan and believes in a sustainable approach to development.

  • John Della Bosca – Every Australian Counts

    John Della Bosca was a long-serving NSW Labor minister. He is now national campaign director of Every Australian Counts.

  • Michael O’Connor – CFMEU

    Michael O’Connor is the National Secretary of the CFMEU. Michael has been an outspoken supporter of timber workers, their families and communities and has coordinated a large number of community campaigns in support of employment and resource security for Union members.

  • Associate Professor Brian Owler – Australian Medical Association

    Brian Owler is a member of Council of the NSW AMA representing surgeons as well as the Federal Council of the AMA.

    He is Chair of the NSW AMA Hospital Practice Committee and a member of the Westmead Senior Clinical Council and the Westmead Medical Staff Council Executive.

  • Matthew McGowan – National Tertiary Education Union

    Matthew McGowan came to the NTEU National Assistant Secretary’s position in October 2010 after eight years as Victorian Division Secretary.

    He has worked in the sector for 20 years and been a union activist throughout his working life.

  • Pam Cahir – Early Childhood Australia

    Pam Cahir is the Chief Executive Officer of Early Childhood Australia, a national organisation which advocates on behalf of young children.

    Her interests are in supporting parents and other professionals who are responsible for the growth and development of young children to do that work well.

  • Ben Pearson – Greenpeace

    Ben Pearson is the Program Director for Greenpeace Australia Pacific. He has worked on energy and environment issues in Australia and Internationally for nearly 20 years. Previous to his current role, Ben worked for the NSW Government on renewable energy policy, particularly the Solar Flagships Program.

  • Mark Delaney – Australian Super

    Mark Delaney was appointed Chief Investment Officer and Deputy CEO of AustralianSuper in July 2006 after STA and ARF merged. Mr Delaney has the formidable responsibility of investing currently around A$43 billion of members’ retirement savings.

  • Ken Morrison – Property Council of Australia

    Ken Morrison is the Chief Operating Officer of the Property Council of Australia, the nation’s advocate for the $600 billion property industry.
    Ken’s role is to drive a strategic review of the organisation and oversee the growth of its national business operations.

  • Matthew Linden – Chief Policy Advisor for the Industry Super Network

    Matt Linden is Industry Super Network (ISN) Chief Policy Adviser, where his extensive knowledge and experience of economic policy and the Federal Government is invaluable in progressing debate on key superannuation issues.

  • Anna-Maria Arabia – CEO of Science and Technology Australia

    Anna-Maria Arabia is the CEO of Science and Technology Australia, the country’s peak body for the sector which represents more than 68,000 scientists Australia-wide.

  • Paul Bastian – AMWU National Secretary

    Paul Bastian has been the National President of the Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union since December 2009 and was appointed Acting National Secretary in March 2012. Paul is a Shipwright by trade and holds a Law Degree from the University of Technology, Sydney.

  • Cate Wood – Women in Super National Chair

    Cate is the Women in Super National Chair, a Director of Care Super and a member of the ACT Treasury Investment Advisory Board and the AIST Board. Cate is also Chair of the ACT WIS Mother’s Day Classic organising committee.

  • Nadine Flood – CPSU National Secretary

    Nadine Flood is National Secretary of the Community and Public Sector Union, one of the most active and innovative trade unions in Australia. Nadine began as an organiser with the CPSU in 1995, representing members across government agencies and in Telstra.

    Nadine has represented CPSU members in agencies such as DEEWR, ABS and the APSC as well as directing the CPSU’s involvement in the Your Rights at Work campaign.

  • Tony Sheldon – Transport Workers Unions

    Tony is the national leader of the Transport Workers Union of Australia, a position he has held since 2006. He is a graduate of the Harvard University Trade Union program and currently sits on the NSW Labor Council Executive.

  • Jeff Lawrence – ACTU Secretary

    Jeff was elected as Secretary of the Australian Council of Trade Unions […]

  • Dr Jon Glass – Media Super Chief Investment Officer

    Dr Jon Glass joined Media Super in 2009 as its Chief Investment Officer after working in asset consulting, stock broking and fund management for over 25 years. He brings a hands-on approach to implementing and reviewing the super fund’s investment strategies.

  • David Whiteley – Industry Super Network Chief Executive

    David is Chief Executive of Industry Super Network (ISN), a Director of ACTU Member Connect, is on the Investment Advisory Board of Industry Funds Management and is an Alternate Director of AustralianSuper. He is also a founder of the Super Cadets program, to identify and develop the next generation of leaders in not for profit super.

  • Kirsten Deane – Deputy National Campaign Director – Every Australian Counts

    Kirsten Deane is the Executive Director of the National Disability and Carer Alliance and the Deputy Campaign Director of the Every Australian Counts Campaign for a National Disability Insurance Scheme. She has three children (including a daughter with Down syndrome) and as a result spends a lot of time running and not much time sleeping.

  • Tim Ayres – AMWU NSW Secretary

    Tim Ayres is the NSW Secretary of the AMWU and a member of the ALP national executive.

  • James Coyle – AustralianSuper

    James is responsible for AustralianSuper’s extensive marketing and communications activities. This includes marketing initiatives designed to retain and increase AustralianSuper’s significant membership base. He has considerable experience across the financial services sector, particularly within superannuation. He was the Marketing and Business Development General Manager for both Hesta and Telstra Super and held positions with NAB and Macquarie Bank.

  • John Hepburn – Greenpeace Australia Pacific

    John Hepburn is a senior campaigner with Greenpeace Australia Pacific. He has worked on a wide variety of environmental campaigns for the past 15 years including in India, China and Japan. In 2006 he co-ordinated the successful Greenpeace International campaign to prevent the imminent commercial release of genetically engineered rice into China.

  • Miriam Lyons – Centre for Policy Development

    Miriam Lyons is the executive director of public interest think tank the Centre for Policy Development (CPD). Miriam was a delegate to the 2020 Summit and was profiled in the Thinkers category of The Australian’s Emerging Leaders series. She has a history of bringing policy ideas to new audiences, as the former director of the Interface Festival of Ideas in Sydney, and the Ideas Program for the Straight out of Brisbane Festival. She is an occasional guest on the ABC shows Q&A and The Drum and co-edited the book ‘More Than Luck: Ideas Australia needs now‘

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