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Management team

First Super is managed by a Trustee, First Super Pty Ltd (ABN 42 053 498 472). The Trustee is responsible for ensuring First Super is managed in accordance with the trust deed and the relevant law. The Trustee holds professional indemnity insurance.

BILL WATSON

Chief Executive Officer

Bill Watson was appointed CEO of First Super in March 2013 bringing to the Fund a wealth of knowledge in the financial services and superannuation industry, public transportation, global consultancy, public policy and government relations. He has extensive executive management experience and held senior roles at Evans and Peck, Statewide Financial Management Services, TransAdelaide, State Transit Authority and Adsteam Marine.

Bill is a Director of The New Daily and has held directorships on the boards of Motor Trades Association of Australia Superannuation Trust, Vehicle Industry Superannuation Trust, Legal Industry Superannuation Scheme and Adsteam Marine Staff Superannuation Fund.

Bill holds a Master of Applied Finance, Graduate Diploma of Human Factors and Safety Management Systems and Bachelor of Law.

MAXINE JACONA

Executive Manager - Governance

Maxine Jacona was recently appointed Executive Manager Governance of First Super, having first joined in May 2016 bringing to the Fund a wealth of knowledge in the financial services and superannuation industry. She has more than 17 years’ experience and held positions at Legal Super, Equity Trustees Superannuation and Health Super.

At First Super Maxine is responsible for the company secretarial, management, implementation and improvement of corporate services and overseeing the governance and regulatory compliance function.

Maxine holds a Bachelor of Law and Commerce, Diploma of Financial Markets and a Certificate in Superannuation Management.

At First Super we are passionate about partnering and engaging with our employers and members and are proud of making a real financial difference for our members and thus helping them achieve dignity in retirement.

Brad Weldon

Executive Manager - Member and Employer Services

An internationally experienced executive with strategy, business development, relationship management and people leadership experience in Australia, Asia and Europe, Brad has a wealth of experience in the superannuation, banking, capital markets and professional services industries with an emphasis on creating long-term, positive outcomes.

Leading our Member Communications, Marketing and Business Development teams, Brad will champion the engagement strategy to ensure continuing growth for First Super through the development of market leading tools and communication methods with employers and existing and new members.

Brad holds a Graduate Certificate in Management and is committed to making a genuine difference to the retirement outcomes of First Super members, and in particular helping raise the level of financial literacy for working Australians.

Andrew Jewell

Executive Manager - Financial Advice and Education

Andrew Jewell is responsible for implementing strategic initiatives for financial advice and education and providing leadership to First Super’s Financial Planning Team. Improving operational efficiency and delivering excellence in member experiences demonstrates Andrew’s ability to develop a customer-centric culture within the Fund.

As a Prince 2 Practitioner, Andrew is leading a transformation program to improve the delivery of financial advice services through the provision of a customer-centric advisory service for a dignified retirement.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing), Prince 2 Practitioner accreditation, Post Graduate Diploma of Financial Planning and is working toward an MBA and Master’s Degree in Financial Planning and Services.

Laurie Kennedy

Risk Manager

Laurie is an experienced financial services risk professional with a demonstrated ability to translate and embed a corporate governance vision into a comprehensive risk framework and readily executable program. The role is responsible for Internal Audit, Operational Risk Management, and Financial Governance.

Exposure to highly regulated environments has enabled Laurie to disseminate and summarise complex risk concepts and information to board directors, senior executives, and stakeholders. This information is relied upon to facilitate effective and prudent decision making for the good governance of the fund and protection of member’s entitlements.

Laurie holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), and is a Certified Practising Accountant, and a Senior Associate of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.