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Board of directors

There are twelve Directors on the Trustee Board, which is currently made up of:

  • Five Directors nominated by the CFMEU FFPD (Forestry Furnishing Building Products & Manufacturing  Division)
  • Five nominated by employer associations
  • Two Independent Directors.

Directors are appointed by the Board after considering the skills, qualifications, and suitability of nominees.

All Directors are obliged by law to act in the best interests of all members of First Super.

The Directors may change from time to time. At present, the Directors are:


Michael O’Connor, Co-Chair

Member representative
Appointed: 01/07/2008

Michael has been involved with industry superannuation funds since the 1980s and is currently Co-Chair of First Super with Lisa Marty.

Michael is the National Secretary of the Construction, Forestry, Mining & Energy Union (CFMEU) and has held this position since January 2011. He is also the Divisional Secretary of the CFMEU Forestry Furnishing Building Products & Manufacturing Division and has held this position since late 2005.  He has been with the union for over 30 years, commencing work as a Union Organiser in 1985.

He is one of the ACTU Vice Presidents and a member of the ACTU Executive and several ACTU Committees.

Currently, Michael is a Director of the following:

  • First Super since 2008, prior to which was a director of TISS (First Super’s predecessor) from 2006 to 2008
  • Super Benefits Administration (SBA) since 2006
  • Secure Employees Entitlements Trust Pty Ltd (SEET) since 2006
  • Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) since 2013
  • ACN 117 909 127 Pty Ltd since 2006.

Previously, Michael was also a Director of Utilities Trust Australia (from 2013 to 2015). He was also a member of the Committee of Management of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI) and from 2006 to 2013, Michael was on the Board of Frontier Advisors.

Michael was on the Board of ForestWorks between 1994 and 2009, eventually holding the role of Deputy-Chair. ForestWorks performs a range of industry-wide functions acting as the channel between industry, Government and the Australian Vocational Education and Training System.

Michael was also involved in Federal Government initiatives, these were:

  • Prime Minister’s Taskforce on Manufacturing until its conclusion in late 2012
  • Federal Government’s Manufacturing Leaders Group which was convened in March 2013 and concluded in 2014
  • Commonwealth Government’s Forest & Wood Products Council (FWPC).

Michael holds an RG146 qualification.

Investment (Chair), Administration and Marketing, Remuneration, Nomination.

Nominated by: CFMEU FFPD.


Lisa Marty, Co-Chair

Employer representative
Appointed: 10/08/2012

Lisa became a Co-Chair of First Super in 2016, she holds a:

  • Master of Environment
  • Bachelor of Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in Developmental Studies and Politics).

Lisa is also RG146 compliant and a graduate member of AIST (Advance).

Lisa has worked for the Victorian Association of Forest Industries since 2008 and was CEO from 2011 to 2014. Prior to this, Lisa was a Senior Consultant of the Natural Resource Management Group advising on Trade and Natural Resource Management Policy.

Lisa is currently a director of First Super, Parks Victoria and Skills Impact, having previously held directorships on the board of Wood Products Victoria and the Australian Forest Products Association. She is also a Member of Women in Super.

Committees: Administration and Marketing (Chair), Investment, Remuneration, Nomination.

Nominated by: VAFI (Victorian Association of Forest Industries).

Allan Stewart

Employer representative
Appointed: 01/07/2008

Allan has over twenty years experience as a Trustee and Director of superannuation funds.

Allan holds a Diploma of Accounting, RG146 compliant and has been a member of the Institute of Public Accountants since 1975. He is President and Chairman of the Timber Trade Industrial Association.

Allan has worked in the timber, forest and forest products for over forty years. He held the position of CEO/Director of one of Australia’s largest privately owned hardwood sawmilling groups for thirty years, prior to his resignation to commence his own consultancy business in 1998. He has provided consultancy services to industry-related State and Federal Government departments and agencies and has served on various timber industry committees, councils and boards. His current consultancy interests are focused on the development of Renewable Energy Power Stations utilising biomass fuel sourced from the forest and forest products and agricultural industries within Australia.

He has provided consultancy services to industry-related State and Federal Government departments and agencies and has served on various timber industry committees, councils and boards. His current consultancy interests are focused on the development of Renewable Energy Power Stations utilising biomass fuel sourced from the forest and forest products and agricultural industries within Australia.

Allan was a Co-Chair of First Super and a Director of TISS from 1992 to 2008. He is currently a Director of Super Benefits Administration (SBA), a position he previously held from 2006 to 2013.

Committees: Investment, Nomination.

Nominated by: TTIA (Timber Trade Industrial Association).

Mike Radda

Employer representative
Appointed: 01/07/2008

Mike has over ten years experience as a Director of superannuation funds.

He has extensive experience in the furniture industry, which has included holding several CEO positions, including Furnishing Industry Association of Australia, Interlink Commercial Furniture, and UCI.

Mike has a:

  • Bachelor of Science (Hons)
  • Masters in Education
  • Diploma of Accounting
  • CPA and RG146.

Committees: Investment.

Nominated by: Australian Furniture Association

Alex Millar

Member representative
Appointed: 01/07/2008

Alex has been a Director of superannuation funds since 2000 and with more than 35 years’ experience in the pulp and paper industry, has a very strong affiliation with members.

Alex was a Director of Pulp & Paper Workers Superannuation Fund (PPWSF) from 2001 to 2008, and ForestWorks from 2008 to 2013.

Alex has been the Federal Secretary of the CFMEU Pulp & Paper Workers (PPW) since 2000. Alex is also the Divisional Assistant Secretary of the CFMEU Forestry Furnishing Building Products & Manufacturing Division (FFPD) and has held that position since 2012.

He is RG146 compliant.

Committees: Investment, Remuneration.

Nominated by: CFMEU FFPD.

Frank Vari

Member representative
Appointed: 01/07/2008

Frank has been a Director of superannuation funds since 2005.

He has worked as a Trade Union Official since 1989. Initially with the Miscellaneous Workers Union, before moving to the Federated Furnishing Trades Society (FFTS) in 1994 and becoming FFTS Assistant State Secretary in 2002. In 2013 CFMEU-FFTS and CFMEU Forestry Furnishing Building Products & Manufacturing Division merged. Frank is Divisional Assistant Secretary of CFMEU-FFPD and Victorian District Secretary.

Frank is currently a representative on Incolink Fund No. 2 and also on the Incolink Fund No. 2 Advisory Committee

Previously, he was a Director of Secure Employees Entitlements Trust Pty Ltd (SEET) until 2016.

Committees: Investment, Nomination.

Nominated by: CFMEU FFPD.

Denise Campbell-Burns

Member representative
Appointed: 19/03/2013

Denise is a safety professional engaged in the Pulp and Paper sector with over 18 years’ experience in the forestry industry. Her breadth of experience incorporates policy and system development; hazard management and fatality investigation. Key achievements have included development and implementation of risk control standards in the sawmilling sector; fire safety guidelines for sawmills; former Chair of the Victorian State Coroners’ “Tree Felling Safety Group” and a Gottstein Fellowship to review wood dust exposure standards in Scandinavia. Denise is a member of the Safety Institute of Australia and holds a Graduate Diploma of Hazard Management.

Since 2013 she has been the Federal President of the Pulp & Paper Workers District of the CFMEU Forestry & Furnishing Products Division and is a Director of First Super – the timber; pulp & paper; furniture & joinery industry superannuation fund.

Committees: Administration and Marketing, Audit and Compliance.

Nominated by: CFMEU FFPD.

Julie George

Employer representative
Appointed: 01/02/2015

Julie has over 30 years experience in the timber, forest and forest products industry previously holding Executive Human Resource, Governance, Operational Risk Management and Company Secretary roles with Australia’s largest privately owned timber company. She is currently a guest presenter for the Governance Institute of Australia.

Julie is a member of Women in Super, a graduate member of AIST and is also a Chartered Secretary and her tertiary qualifications include:

  • Masters of Business Management
  • Graduate Diploma of Human Resources
  • Diploma with the Australian Institute Company Directors.
  • Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance.

Julie is currently the Chair of Skills Impact and Director of Super Benefits Administration (SBA).  She has previously held board roles with the Queensland Forest Industry Training Advisory Board and the Maryborough and Wide Bay Institute of TAFE Councils and Forestworks.

Committees: Administration and Marketing, Remuneration, Audit and Compliance.

Nominated by: KCA (Kimberly Clark Australia).

Candy Broad

Appointed: 21/04/2015

Candy was appointed an Independent Director in April 2015. Candy currently holds directorships on the boards of Women’s Health Victoria, Safe Steps, Primesafe, ASCI and Haven; Home, Safe.

Candy is a Member of Women in Super, a Graduate Member of the Institute of Company Directors, and a Founding Member of EMILY’s List Australia — the support network for Labor Women.

Candy was a Local Government Minister for seven years, with a total of 15 years parliamentary experience. Her ministerial portfolios included:

  • Housing
  • Local Government
  • Energy
  • Resources and Ports.

Prior to this, Candy was:

  • Director of Leonards Hill Wind Operations
  • President of the Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Housing
  • Board Member and Vice President of the Collingwood Community Health Centre
  • Member of the Victorian Women’s Advisory Council to the Premier
  • Member of the Monash University Council
  • Director of Hepburn Community Wind Park Co-operative

Candy holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia and is a Graduate Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and AIST.

Committees: Audit and Compliance (Chair), Investment, Remuneration (Chair), Nomination (Chair).

Janet Gilbert

Employer representative
Appointed: 14/03/2017

Janet became a First Super Director in 2017 as an employer representative.

Janet holds a Bachelor of Law (Hons) and a Masters in Law (Hons), as well as, further industrial relations qualifications from the University of Sydney. She has over 15 years’ experience in industrial and employment law and seven years’ experience in the timber industry. Janet has most recently became a graduate member of AIST.

Janet currently serves in a voluntary role as Co-Chair of the Board at the Kirribilli Centre and is a past volunteer at the Kingsford Legal Centre.

Committees: Administration and Marketing

Nominated by: TTIA (Timber Trade Industrial Association)

Scott McDine

Member representative
Appointed: 01/09/2017

Scott has seven years of governance experience and is a former Director of Australian Super, Cbus, a former executive member of the ACTU, and former National Secretary of the Australian Workers Union.

He has extensive experience in the manufacturing industry and has previously been the National Secretary and Assistant National Secretary of the Australian Workers’ Union. Scott has worked as a service person for Alcoa at its alumina refinery in Western Australia for 18 years. Scott is currently a Capital Projects Officer at Transport Workers Union.

Committees: Administration and Marketing.

Nominated by: CFMEU FFPD.

Tim Chatfield

Appointed: 22/09/2017

Tim was appointed to First Super’s Board as an Independent Director in September 2017. He joins the board with extensive experience as an executive and non-executive Director and Chairperson in the Indigenous community housing sector, including leadership, strategy, corporate governance, business management and the development of culturally appropriate policies and processes.

He is the current Chair of Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV), a position he has held since 2003.

Tim is currently the CEO of a successful Aboriginal managed health clinic which has a unique model, serving indigenous and non-indigenous people in regional Victoria,  an initiative which he was instrumental in establishing in 1999.

Tim has also served with distinction on a myriad of boards and similar bodies, including:

  • Current Chair of Martang Pty Ltd
  • Member of the Victorian Aboriginal Heritage Council
  • Aboriginal Stakeholder Group of the Victorian Premier and Aboriginal Affairs Minister.

Tim has a Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2011) and a Diploma of Management, University of Ballarat.

Committees: Audit and Compliance.