The Board

June 30 2017

The Board's role is to make sure the fund is run in the best interests of all members. The ESSSuper Board has 12 members - half nominated by the Government and half elected by members.


Government Nominated Representatives

Joan Fitzpatrick, President

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Joan Fitzpatrick, BA (Hons), LLB, ANZIIF (Fellow), CIP, GAICD
President

Appointed: 8 Feb 2016
Current term: 8 Feb 2016 - 7 Feb 2019

Joan has 20 years experience as a non-executive director across a range of industry sectors. Her objective is to be a positive influence for improvement and growth in each organisation and her primary areas of focus are strategy, risk, governance and capability.

Joan has more than 35 years of commercial business experience holding a range of senior roles. She is an experienced change management leader and has consistently delivered successful business results including strong engagement of people.

Qualified as a barrister, she commenced a management career, which saw her managing a fast moving consumer goods warehousing and distribution unit in London; having a senior management role in a highly diversified manufacturing company; becoming the Project Director of a multi-national conglomerate to build a pulp mill, negotiating multi million dollar contracts and achieving UK government and European Union funding support; and taking up the role of Regional General Manager for a global insurer of manufacturing & special risks, establishing a regional office in Kuala Lumpur to acquire and service major clients in ASEAN, China and the Pacific. She completed 16 years as CEO and Director of the Australian and New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance in December 2013. As CEO Joan revitalised and expanded the business and its international reach.

Joan is a Fellow of ANZIIF, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is currently a non-executive director for several organisations.

 

Sarah Barker

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Sarah Barker, B.Com, LLB (Hons), M.Env (Hons), MAICD
Appointed: 1 October 2015
Current term: 1 October 2015 - 30 September 2018

Sarah is a Special Counsel in the Competition & Regulatory Group at Minter Ellison, where her clients include listed and large private corporations in the financial services, logistics, professional services, construction materials, retail, insurance, manufacturing and automotive industries. Sarah has extensive experience in corporate governance law, with particular expertise in fiduciary duties, competition (antitrust) and consumer protection. She is a facilitator of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors' Course, teaching modules on both Directors' Duties and the Board's Legal Environment. Sarah has a particular interest in ESG (environmental, social, governance) issues and the circular economy. Her work on sustainability in governance has been internationally recognised, with awards from organisations such as the United Nations PRI and the Global Corporate Governance Institute.

Sarah is a non-executive director of NRCL Ltd, non-executive director of the Responsible Investment Association of Australasia (RIAA), an academic visitor at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at Oxford University.

Elizabeth Flynn

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Elizabeth Flynn, LLB, Grad Dip AppCorpGov, FCIS, FGIA, FAICD, FFin
Appointed: 28 May 2013
Current term: 30 May 2017 - 29 August 2017

Elizabeth has strong board, executive management and corporate governance experience, including audit, due diligence, risk management, asset/liability, remuneration and compliance committees. Her experience was gained through over 18 years in commercial practice with a major law firm and 12 years with a financial services group.

She is a member of:

  • the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST)
  • the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Limited (ASFA)

and a Fellow of:

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
  • Governance Institute of Australia
  • Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA)

Elizabeth is a non-executive director of AIA Australia Limited and IOOF Holdings Limited and also serves as General Counsel and Company Secretary of Save the Children Australia.

 

Doug Kearsley

Doug Kearsley, B.Sc (Hons) – Mathematics, Grad Dip Operations Research

Appointed: 16 August 2016
Current term: 16 August 2016 – 15 August 2019

Doug has over 30 years’ experience working at Senior Executive and Board level in the statutory insurance and finance sector including significant roles with the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria (TAC), WorkSafe Victoria, and the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (VMIA).

Doug also has considerable advisory and governance experience in public financial corporations including previously as a Deputy Director with ESSSuper.

Doug brings in‐depth understanding of statutory schemes and the drivers of success including strategic planning, risk management, financing and capital management.

 

Paul Mulraney

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Paul Mulraney, CSC - BCom, MSc(Defence Studies), CPA, FAICD, FAIM, psc

Appointed: 18 October 2016
Current Term: 18 October 2016 - 17 October 2019

Paul has 20 years of experience as a non-executive director in member owned financial services, public health and rural financial counselling services. His emphasis is on sound corporate governance with a particular emphasis on risk culture, strategy and enhancing the member experience.

Paul had a distinguished 25 year career in the Australian Army and further 13 years of experience as a senior executive in the Victorian public health system.

He was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 1993 for conspicuous service to the Australian Army in the field of organisational development and implementation.

Paul is a Certified Practicing Accountant (CPA) and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. He is also a graduate of the Defence Services Staff College, India.

 

Susan Pelka

Susan Pelka

Susan Pelka, MBA, BA, DIP ED, ME ADMIN, FAICD
Appointed: June 2016
Current term: 7 June 2016 - 6 June 2019

Susan is an experienced non-executive Board Director and Business Advisor with a background in many sectors.

She has significant executive experience in the Finance, Arts, Education and Compliance areas of organisations and experience on the Business Development, Strategy, Risk and Remuneration Committees of Boards.

Susan is currently a Non-Executive Director of the Australian World Orchestra, Chair of the River Nile School and River Nile Learning Centre (providing a safe learning environment for women and their children seeking asylum)  and is an advisor to the fin tech start up Feldbay Australia Pty Ltd and the compliance company Strytex Pty Ltd.

Susan is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of AIST.

 


Member Elected Representatives

Alex Gagachef

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Alex Gagachef, BBus, Dip. Bus, Cert 3 (Business Excellence)
(State super member elected)
Appointed: 22 Mar 2011
Current term: 1 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2021

Alex is a long serving HR Officer with Victoria Police and was previously a Deputy Director for ESSSuper.

He is a member of:

  • the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST)
  • the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Limited (ASFA)

 

Adam Gullo

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Adam Gullo, BCom, Grad Cert (Management), GAICD 
(Fire service member elected)
Appointed: 11 Dec 2012
Current term: 1 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2017

Adam is a Senior Station Officer with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB).

He is a member of:

  • Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)
  • the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST)
  • the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Limited (ASFA)

 

Dean Glare

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Dean Glare, BEd 
(State super member elected)
Appointed: 1 Jan 2007
Current term: 1 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2021

Dean is an experienced member of the ESSSuper Board and long serving teacher.

He is a member of:

  • the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST)
  • the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Limited (ASFA)
  • the Australian Education Union

 

Michael Stephenson

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Michael Stephenson, Grad Dip (Hlth Sci), B Hlth Sci 
(Ambulance and other participating employer member elected)
Appointed: 1 Jan 2008
Current term: 1 Jan 2013 - 31 Dec 2017

Michael is an experienced member of the ESSSuper Board and Executive Director with Ambulance Victoria. He is an experienced senior manager who is regularly engaged in industrial relations, human resource management and community engagement within the public sector.

He is a member of:

  • the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST)
  • the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Limited (ASFA)

 

Angela Stringer

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Angela Stringer, Dip T (Primary), Grad Dip Ed 
(State super member elected)
Appointed: 14 Sep 2010
Current term: 1 Jan 2012 - 31 Dec 2021

Angela is a long serving teacher with the Department of Education & Early Childhood Development.

She is a member of:

  • the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST)
  • the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia Limited (ASFA)
  • the Australian Education Union

 

Colin Birch

 

Colin Birch
(Police member elected)
Appointed: 11 Feb 2017
Current term: 11 Feb 2017 - 31 Dec 2017

Colin has 29 years' service in Victoria Police and is currently the Officer in Charge of Geelong Crime Scene Services. 

He served as an ESSSuper Deputy Board Member from January 2012 to January 2017 when he was then appointed as a Board Member.

He has previous board experience as an Executive Board Member and Assistant Treasurer of The Police Association Victoria and experience as a Branch Delegate to the Police Federation of Australia - Federal Council. He is a member of: 

  • Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (AIST)
  • The Police Association Victoria (TPAV)
 

 

 


Board member duties

Board Member Finance & External Audit Committee Benefits & Service Committee Investment
Committee
Governance, Risk, Compliance & Internal Audit Committee Remuneration Committee
Joan Fitzpatrick  


Member
Sarah Barker   Member Member
 
Elizabeth Flynn
Member
Chair  
Doug Kearsley
   Chair Member 
Paul Mulraney Chair Member   Member  
Susan Pelka Member
Member Member  
Alex Gagachef   Member Member    
Dean Glare     Member
Chair
Adam Gullo Member   Member Member  
Michael Stephenson
Co-Chair  
Member
Angela Stringer Member Co-Chair   Member  
Colin Birch Member Member   Member  

Conflicts management policy

ESSSuper's Conflicts Management Policy sets out a framework to identify, assess and manage any actual or potential conflicts of interest that responsible persons and employees may have. Responsible persons include Board Members, Deputy Board Members, Executive Managers and consultants. The Policy includes strategies to deal with conflicts, how and when to disclose conflicts of interests and how they may be dealt with.

This policy operates in conjunction with the ESSSuper Declaration of Private Interests Policy and Fit and Proper Policy. It has been developed in accordance with the requirements of the Victorian Government Prudential Superannuation Standard for Victorian Government Superannuation Agencies.


Records and registers

Record of Board Meeting Attendance (PDF 38.7KB)
Record of attendance at Board and Committee meetings for the 2015-2016 financial year.

Register of Relevant Interests (PDF 90.4KB)
Record of relevant interests held by Board Members as at 4 May 2017.