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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 Construction Forestry Maritime Mining & Energy Union – 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
Reappointed: 01/07/2017

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 Maritime Mining & Energy Union and has held this position since January 2011. He is also the Divisional Secretary of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining & Energy Union – 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 he 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
  • ACN 117 909 127 Pty Ltd since 2006
  • ForestWorks
  • uPoint Pty Ltd
  • Industry Super Australia

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), Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST) 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 the following Federal Government initiatives:

  • 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.

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

Nominated by: Construction Forestry Maritime Mining & Energy Union – Manufacturing Division.

Lisa Marty, Co-Chair

Employer representative
Appointed: 10/08/2012
Reappointed: 01/07/2017

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

  • Masters 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 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, Agricultural Industry Advisory Council Skills Impact and ME Bank Shareholder Advisory Group, 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).

Mike Radda

Employer representative
Appointed: 01/07/2008
Reappointed: 01/07/2019

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. He is currently CEO of Herman Miller.

Mike has a:

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

Committees: Investment, Nomination.

Nominated by: Australian Furniture Association.

Alex Millar

Member representative
Appointed: 01/07/2008
Reappointed: 01/07/2019

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 is currently a director of ForestWorks.

Alex was the Divisional Assistant Secretary of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining & Energy Union – Manufacturing Division from 2000 to 2019. He was also the Secretary of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining & Energy Union – Pulp & Paper Workers District a position he has held from 2012 to 2019.

He is RG146 compliant.

Committees: Administration and Marketing, Remuneration.

Nominated by: Construction Forestry Maritime Mining & Energy Union – Manufacturing Division.

Frank Vari

Member representative
Appointed: 01/07/2008
Reappointed: 01/07/2017

Frank has been a Director of superannuation funds since 2005.

He worked as a Trade Union Official from 1989 to 2019. 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 was Divisional Assistant Secretary of Construction Forestry Maritime Mining & Energy Union – Manufacturing Division and the Victorian District Secretary of Construction Forestry Maritime Mining & Energy Union – Manufacturing Division. He is also a member of the Building Industry Consultative Council (BICC).

Previously, he was a Director of Secure Employees Entitlements Trust Pty Ltd (SEET) until 2016 and, was a representative on Incolink Fund No. 2 and the Incolink Fund No. 2 Advisory Committee.

Committees: Investment, Nomination.

Nominated by: Construction Forestry Maritime Mining & Energy Union – Manufacturing Division.

Denise Campbell-Burns

Member representative
Appointed: 19/03/2013
Reappointed: 01/07/2017

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 for Denise include 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.

Denise is RG146 compliant, a member of Women in Super, and a graduate member of AIST. She has also completed the course ‘Insurance for the superannuation industry’.

Since 2018, Denise has been the Divisional President of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining & Energy Union. She has also been the President of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining & Energy Union – Pulp & Paper Workers District since 2013. Denise is currently a board member of ForestWorks and Brodie’s Law Foundation.

Committees: Administration and Marketing, Audit and Compliance.

Nominated by: Construction Forestry Maritime Mining & Energy Union – Manufacturing Division.

Julie George

Employer representative
Appointed: 01/02/2015
Reappointed: 01/02/2018

Julie has over 30 years’ experience in the timber, forest and forest products industry, previously holding Executive Human Resources, 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. 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: Investment, Audit and Compliance.

Nominated by: KCA (Kimberly Clark Australia).

Candy Broad

Independent
Appointed: 21/04/2015
Reappointed: 21/04/2018

Candy was appointed as an independent Director of First Super in April 2015. Candy currently holds directorships on the boards of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors (ACSI), Haven; Home, Safe housing services, and Women’s Health Victoria.

Candy is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, 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 Victorian Government Minister for seven years, with a total of 15 years’ parliamentary experience. Her ministerial portfolios included Housing, Local Government, Energy and Resources and Ports. Prior to this, Candy was Assistant National Secretary of the ALP and Chief of Staff to the Premier of Victoria.

Prior to this, Candy has held the following roles:

  • 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
  • Chair of safe steps Family Violence Response Centre
  • Chair of PrimeSafe (food safety industry regulator).

Candy holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.

Committees: Audit and Compliance, 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 is also a graduate member of AIST.

Janet previously served in a voluntary role as Co-Chair of the Board at the Kirribilli Centre (2017-2019) and is a past volunteer at the Kingsford Legal Centre. She is also a director of Timber Trade Industrial Association (TTIA).

Committees: Administration and Marketing, Remuneration.

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 contractor for Director Workers Capital and Superannuation, and a director of Frontier Advisors.

Committees: Investment.

Nominated by: Construction Forestry Maritime Mining & Energy Union – Manufacturing Division.

Tim Chatfield

Independent
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.

Since 2003 Tim has been on the Board of Aboriginal Housing Victoria (AHV), serving as Chair between 2003 and 2018.

Tim is currently the CEO of a successful Aboriginal managed health clinic. The facility 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. Tim is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees.

Committees: Audit and Compliance (Chair), Administration and Marketing.

Robyn Burns

Employer representative
Appointed: 01/07/2019

Robyn was appointed to the First Super Board effective from 1 July 2019.

Ms Burns has had a long and successful career as a senior executive at Borg Manufacturing. An accountant by trade and a previous small business operator, she has overseen the expansion of Borg Manufacturing as it has developed into one of the principal employers on the NSW Central Coast and a major national building products manufacturer. Ms Burns holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) and a Diploma of Management.

She brings a wealth of experience in board management, project and financial management and risk control and organisational development. Ms Burns’ leadership skills and commercial experience will be highly valuable for the Fund and its members.

Committees: Administration and Marketing.

Nominated by: Australian Cabinet and Furniture Association (ACFA).