Directors

Board of directors 

Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation's principal responsibility is to manage and invest the funds to maximise benefits to members. We have a fiduciary duty to act in members' best interest.

Our directors are appointed by the Minister for Finance and Deregulation, nominated for their experience and knowledge by the employer, the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and/or the Chief of the Defence Force.

Our Chair is independent. Directors are responsible for all aspects of management of the schemes, including investment strategy, administration and stakeholder communication.

 

Our directors

 

 Mrs Patricia Cross

Mrs Patricia Cross

Appointed 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2017

  • Chair of the Board
  • Chair of the Board Governance Committee
  • Chair of the Remuneration and HR Committee

Mrs Cross is a director of Macquarie Group Limited (since 2013), Macquarie Bank Limited (since 2013), Aviva plc (since 2013). Having begun her career in public service with Congressman John Rousselot (1979–1981), Mrs Cross went on to gain extensive international financial services experience with Chase Manhattan Bank and Chase Investment Bank (1981–1987), Banque Nationale de Paris (1987–1988) and National Australia Bank (1988–1996). Since 1996 she has served as a public company director for Suncorp-Metway Limited (1996-2000), AMP Limited (2000–2003), Wesfarmers Ltd (2003–2010), Qantas Airways Limited (2004–2013) and National Australia Bank (2005–2013). She was also Chairman of Qantas Superannuation Limited (2002–2005), Deputy Chairman of the Transport Accident Commission of Victoria (1997–2001) and a founding director of the Grattan Institute (2008-2015).

Mrs Cross has held a number of honorary government positions, including with the Financial Sector Advisory Council, Companies and Securities Advisory Committee, Panel of Experts to Australia as a Financial Centre Forum and Sydney APEC Business Advisory Council.

She is an Australian Indigenous Education Foundation Ambassador, and has previously served on a wide range of not for profit boards, including the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (2002–2011). She is the Co-Chair of WomenCorporateDirectors in Australia (since 2014) and is the Chair of the 30% Club in Australia (since 2015). In 2001, Mrs Cross received the Australian Centenary Medal for service to Australian society through the finance industry. Mrs Cross has a BSc (Hons) from Georgetown University.


 

Picture of Mrs Ariane Barker

Mrs Ariane Barker

Appointed 13 September 2016 to 30 June 2019

Mrs Barker is General Manager, Products and Markets at JBWere (since 2015). Mrs Barker is also a Board Director at IDP Education (since 2015); a member of the Investment Committee and Development Board at the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute (since 2011); and a member of the Community Advisory Committee at the Royal Victorian Eye and Ear Hospital (since 2013). Mrs Barker was previously a Board Director at Taralye, The Oral Language Centre for Deaf Children (2011-2014). Mrs Barker has over 20 years of experience in international banking and finance, including roles as Director, Equities Division at HSBC (2005-2008); Executive Director, Equities Division at Goldman Sachs (Asia) (2000-2002); and Associate – Capital Markets at Merrill Lynch International (1994-1999).

Mrs. Barker has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from Boston University and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

 


Mr Anthony (Tony) Cole AO

Mr Anthony (Tony) Cole, AO

Reappointed 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017

  • Director since 1 July 2011
  • Member of the Board Governance Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration and HR Committee

Mr Cole is a former Asia Pacific business leader of the global consulting, outsourcing and investment company, Mercer (1996–2011). He stood down from all management and board roles at Mercer in 2011, but continued to work with Mercer on a part time basis in a limited role until 2015. Before joining Mercer he was an executive director of the Life Investment and Superannuation Association of Australia (1994–1996).

Mr Cole has also held a number of senior federal government appointments including Secretary to the Treasury (1990–1993).

Mr Cole is a member of the Advisory Board of the Northern Territory Treasury Corporation (since 1995), a director of the Board of Australian Ethical Investments Limited (since 2012), a panel member of the Fairwork Minimum Pay Group (since 2013), a member of the Business Investment Committee of the NSW Treasury Corporation (since 2015) and was formerly the Chairman of the Advisory Board of the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research (2002–2012).

Mr Cole has a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University. In 1995 he was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for services to government and industry. He was made a life member of the Investment Management Consultants Association in 2012.

 

   Hon. Christopher Ellison

The Hon. Chris Ellison 

Appointed 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2017

  • Member of the Board Governance Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration and HR Committee

The Hon. Chris Ellison is a director of the University of Notre Dame and The Australian Organisational Excellence Foundation (since 2014), an advisory director of Tropical Forests Corporation (since 2009), Governor of the University of Notre Dame in Western Australia (since 2009), Chair of Taylors College Academic Board, UWA (since 2010), a member of the Study Group Academic Councel (since 2014) and Deputy Chair of Trinity College, Perth (since 2010). He is also a member of the WA Law Society and Chair of the SAS Regiment Resources Fund fundraising committee. He was previously a director of Doric Construction Group (2011-2015) and Chairman of Australia's North West Tourism Board (2011-2015).

He was a Cabinet Minister in the Howard Government and in the Ministry for over 10 years (1997–2007). He held a number of portfolios including Justice and Customs and he remains Australia's longest serving Justice Minister. He has also held a legal practising certificate for over 30 years. He has a B.Juris and LLB both from the University of Western Australia.

 

Garry Hounsell 

Mr Garry Hounsell

Appointed 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019

  • Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee

Mr Hounsell is a non-executive director at Treasury Wine Estates Limited (since 2012), Dulux Group Limited (Since 2010), Spotless Group Holdings Limited (since 2010), Integral Diagnostics Limited (since 2015), Investec Aircraft Syndicate Limited (since 2012), and McFarlane Burnet Institute of Public Research and Public Health (since 2013).

Mr Hounsell is also a member of Advisory Boards for Acciona Australia and Asia (since 2015), PanAust Limited (since 2015), Rothschild Australia Limited (since 2012), Charter Keck Cramer(since 2013), and Investec Global Aircraft Fund (since 2007).

Mr Hounsell was previously executive director, Victoria at Investec Bank (2005-2007); Senior Partner at Ernst and Young Australia (2002-2004); Managing Partner Australia, Audit and Business Advisory at Arthur Andersen (1998-2001); and Partner at Arthur Andersen (1989-1998).

Mr Hounsell was previously the Chairman of Emitch Limited (2006-2008) and PanAust Limited (2008-2015). He was also previously a director at Orica Limited (2004-2013), Nufarm Limited (2004-2012), Qantas Airways Limited (2005-2015), and Mitchell Communication Group Limited (2008-2010).

Mr Hounsell has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from the Swinburne Institute of Technology (1975) and is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ms Nadine Flood

Ms Nadine Flood

Reappointed 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2017

  • Director since 1 July 2011
  • Nominee of the President of the ACTU
  • Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee

Ms Flood is the National Secretary of the CPSU (since 2010), a director of Shared Advantage Pty Ltd (since 2011), a member of the ACTU Growth and Campaign Committee (since 2010), a member of ACTU Executive (since 2009), Vice President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (since 2015) and a member of the ALP National Executive (since 2015).

Ms Flood was also a Board member of the Centre for Policy Development (2010-2015) and a member of the ALP National Policy Forum (2013-2016). Ms Flood has a Bachelor of Economics degree from Macquarie University.

 

Ms Winsome Hall

Ms Winsome Hall

Reappointed 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019

  • Director since 1 July 2011
  • Nominee of the President of the ACTU
  • Member of the Board Governance Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration and HR Committee

Ms Hall was a trustee of the predecessor organisations ARIA and the CSS and PSS Boards (1996–2011). She is Chair of Zurich Australia Superannuation Pty Ltd (since 2010), is an independent non-executive director of the commercialisation fund Medical Research Commercialisation Fund (since 2007) as a nominee of Australian Super, is Chair of the Women in Super NSW Mother's Day Classic (since 2013) and is director of the National Breast Cancer Foundation (since 2016).

Ms Hall has previously been a non-executive director of various financial sector companies including Colonial First State Private Capital Limited (2001–2008), State Super Financial Services (2006–2009) and the Financial Industry Complaints Scheme (2004–2008) and was a non-executive director of the commercial fund Uniseed (2005-2015). She has also been a member of the Financial Complaints Scheme Panel, best practice advisor to the Association of Superannuation Funds Australia, Senior Advisor, Prime Minister and Cabinet, and Secretary of the ACT Branch of the CPSU. Ms Hall has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Australian National University.

Air Vice-Marshal Tony Needham, AM

Air Vice-Marshal Tony Needham, AM

Appointed 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019

  • Nominee of the Chief of Defence Force
  • Deputy Chair of the MilitarySuper Reconsideration Committee
  • Deputy Chair of the Defence Force Case Assessment Panel

Air Vice-Marshal Needham is a member of the Royal Australian Air Force Active Reserve (since early 2016), following a distinguished career over three decades in the permanent Air Force (1978-2015). His military service included holding the position of Head People Capability, Department of Defence (2014-2015) and Deputy Commander, Joint Task Force 633, Middle East (2013). Air Vice-Marshal Needham also served as a Commissioner of the Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (2014-2015) and Chair of the Defence Force Recruiting Board of Management (2014-2015).

Air Vice-Marshal Needham holds a Master of Arts in Strategic Studies, Deakin University, Graduate Diploma in Management Studies and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Air Vice-Marshal Needham was appointed as a member in the Order of Australia in 2005 primarily for work in the Personnel area for the RAAF.

 

Ms Peggy Haines

Ms Peggy O'Neal

Reappointed 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2017

  • Director since 1 July 2011
  • Member of the Board Governance Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration and HR Committee
  • Member of the APS Reconsideration Advisory Committee


Ms O'Neal is a former partner of law firm Herbert Smith Freehills (1995–2009) and then a consultant (2009–2011), specialising in superannuation and financial services law. She continues to act as a consultant to Lander & Rogers, Melbourne (since 2011). Ms O'Neal also serves as a director of NAB subsidiaries (all superannuation fund trustee companies), MLC Nominees (since 2011), NULIS Nominees (since 2011) and PFS Nominees (since 2011). She is an independent member of the Audit and Compliance Committee of UniSuper Ltd (since 2009), an independent member of the External Compliance Committee for Vanguard Investments Australia (since 2009), the President of the Richmond Football Club (since 2013, having been a director from 2005) and a director of Womens' Housing Limited (since 2013). Ms O'Neal was Chair of the Victorian Government Taskforce on Women in Sport and Recreation (2014-2016).

Ms O'Neal is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an emeritus member of the Law Council of Australia Superannuation Committee. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and a Juris Doctor, University of Virginia, having requalified to practice law in Australia at the University of Melbourne. She has also completed the ASFA Diploma in Superannuation Management.

 

           Air Vice Marshal Margaret Staib  

Air Vice Marshal Margaret Staib, AM, CSC

Appointed 2 May 2014 to 1 May 2017

  • Nominee of the Chief of Defence Force
  • Chair of the MilitarySuper Reconsideration Committee
  • Chair of the Defence Force Case Assessment Panel

Air Vice Marshal Staib is a director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (since 2015) and a member of the Royal Australian Air Force Active Reserve (since 2012), following a distinguished career over three decades in the permanent Air Force. Her military service included holding the position of Commander Joint Logistics and Commandant of the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Air Vice Marshal Staib formerly held the position of Chief Executive Officer of Airservices Australia (2012-2015). She was also a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the Centre for Aeronautical and Aviation Leadership of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (2010-2015). She is also a Certified Practicing Logistician and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport. 

Air Vice Marshal Staib holds a Bachelor of Business Studies, Master of Business Logistics and Master of Arts in Strategic Studies. She has received the United States Meritorious Service Medal, the Outstanding Contribution to Supply Chain Management in Australia Award and was appointed in 2009 as a member in the Military Division of the Order of Australia. In 2000 Air Vice Marshal Staib's contribution and leadership in the field of ADF Aviation Inventory Management was recognised when she was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross.

 

Sunil Kemppi

Mr Sunil Kemppi

Appointed 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019

  • Nominee of the President of the ACTU

Mr Kemppi is a Senior Industrial Officer with the Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU), where he provides industrial and legal advice (since 2015). Mr Kemppi is an Australian legal practitioner and has worked within the trade union movement since 2009.

Mr Kemppi served as a Board Director for the Victorian Contract Cleaning Industry Portable Long Service Leave Fund Pty Ltd (2014-2015).

Mr Kemppi has been an Organiser, Industrial Officer and Lead Industrial Officer with United Voice (2009-2015), CSO and Trustee Service Consultant with Australian Administrative Services (2006-2009), and Market Research Interviewer for the National Australia Bank (2004-2006).

Mr Kemppi is a Juris Doctor and has a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, a Bachelor of Arts (Pol. Phil.), and a Graduate Diploma of Journalism.

 Record of CSC Board Director Attendance