Board of directors
There are 12 Directors on the Trustee Board. The Trustee Board is currently made up of five Directors nominated by the CFMEU (Forestry and Furnishing Products Division), five nominated by employer associations and 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
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 Products 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. Michael is currently a member of the Federal Government’s Manufacturing Leaders Group which was convened in March 2013. He is one of the ACTU Vice Presidents and a member of the ACTU Executive and several ACTU Committees; he is a member of the Commonwealth Government’s Forest & Wood Products Council (FWPC).
Michael was previously a member of the Committee of Management of the Australian Council of Superannuation Investors. Until its conclusion in late 2012, he was a member of the Prime Minister’s Taskforce On Manufacturing.
Michael is a director of the following: First Super since 2008, prior to which Michael was a director of TISS (First Super’s predecessor) from 2006 to 2008, Super Benefits Administration (since 2006), Secure Employees Entitlements Trust Pty Ltd (since 2006), the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (since 2013) and ACN 117 909 127 Pty Ltd (since 2006).
Michael was also a director of Utilities Trust Australia (from 2013 to 2015).
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. From 2006 to 2013, Michael was on the Board of Frontier Advisors.
Michael holds an RG146 qualification.
Committees: Administration & Marketing, Investment (Chair), Remuneration and Nomination.
Lisa Marty, Co-Chair
Lisa became a co-chair of First Super in 2016, she holds a Master of Environment, a Bachelor of Economics, a Bachelor of Arts (Majoring in Developmental Studies and Politics), is 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 and Skills Impact. Lisa has 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 & Marketing (chair), Investment, Remuneration, Nomination.
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.
Allan was a co-chair of First Super, director of Super Benefits Administration from 2006 to 2013, and a director of TISS from 1992 to 2008.
Committees: Investment, Nomination.
Bob is one of First Super’s Independent Director and Chair of the Audit & Compliance Committee.
For over 40 years, Bob Smith has participated in progressing the sustainable and profitable use of natural resources in Australia and internationally. Over this period, Bob has held a number of leadership positions in organisations responsible for forestry, finance, land and water management and commercialisation of environmental services including carbon. Bob’s qualifications include: Bachelor of Science (Forestry), Master of Science (Resource Science), PhD (Resource Economics) and an MBA. Bob is also RG146 compliant.
Bob Smith is currently an Independent Director of First Super Pty Ltd, Leaf Carbon Pty Ltd and Acting Commissioner Land and Environment Court (NSW). He is also the chair and independent member of Audit and Risk Committee, NSW Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC).
Committees: Audit & Compliance (Chair).
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 currently UCI.
Mike has a Bachelor of Science (Hons), a Masters in Education, a Diploma of Accounting, CPA and RG146.
David had nine years prior experience as director of superannuation trustees before accepting his current appointment at First Super in 2010.
He has been a member of the CFMEU for 20 years and is State Branch Secretary for South Australia. David is also a National Trustee of the CFMEU FFPD and a director of the South Australian Building Industry Redundancy Scheme Trust.
David holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is RG146 compliant.
Committees: Administration & Marketing
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 PPWSF from 2001 to 2008, and ForestWorks from 2008 to 2013.
Alex has been a secretary of the CFMEU PPW since 2000. He is RG146 compliant.
Committees: Investment, Remuneration.
Frank has been a director of superannuation funds since 2005. He is also a director of SEET.
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, ultimately becoming Assistant State Secretary. Frank, with the recent integration of CFMEU-FFTS and CFMEU Forestry & Furnishing Products Division, is National Assistant Secretary of CFMEU-FFPD and Victorian District Secretary.
Frank holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), a Diploma of Superannuation, and is RG146 compliant.
Committees: Investment, Nomination.
Denise is a safety professional engaged in the Pulp and Paper sector with over 20 years’ experience in the forestry industry. Her breadth of experience incorporates project management; policy and system development; risk management and fatality investigation.
Previously Denise has chaired the Victorian State Coroners’ “Tree Felling Safety Group” and undertaken a Gottstein Fellowship to review wood dust exposure standards in Scandinavia.
She is a member of Women in Super and the Safety Institute of Australia, holds a Graduate Diploma of Hazard Management, a graduate member of AIST and is RG146 compliant.
Denise is also the Federal President of the Pulp & Paper Workers District of the CFMEU Forestry & Furnishing Products Division, and the ForestWorks Industry Liaison Officer.
In 2013 Denise was one of the inaugural “Super Springboard” scholarship recipients. The Government funded scholarship – managed and supported by AIST & Women in Super – consisted of a coordinated and focused program aimed at improving women’s board readiness and included skills training and a dedicated mentoring program.
Committees: Administration & Marketing, Audit & Compliance.
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 and is also a Chartered Secretary and her tertiary qualifications include a Masters of Business Management, a Graduate Diploma of Human Resources and a Diploma with the Australian Institute Company Directors. She has completed a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance as well as being a graduate member of AIST.
Julie is currently the Chair of Skills Impact. 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 & Marketing, Remuneration, Audit and Compliance
Candy was appointed as First Super’s second independent director in April 2015. Candy currently holds directorships on the boards of Hepburn Community Wind Farm, Women’s Health Victoria, Safe Steps and Primesafe.
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 and Resources and Ports. Prior to this, Candy was 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 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Australia.
Candy holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a Graduate Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and AIST.
Committees: Audit & Compliance, Investment, Remuneration(chair), Nomination (chair).
Janet became a First Super director in 2017 as an employer representative.
Janet holds a Masters in Law (Hons), as well as further industrial relations and legal qualifications from the University of Sydney and has 15 years’ experience in industrial and employment law and 7 years’ experience in the Timber industry.
Janet currently serves in a voluntary role as a Deputy Chair of the board and Directors of the Kirribilli Centre and is a past volunteer at the Kingsford Legal Centre.
Committees: Administration & Marketing