Tell me more about the Energy Super Board

We understand that the views of all our stakeholders are important, so we ensure the Energy Super Board of Directors includes both employer and member representatives.

The Trustee of Energy Super is Electricity Supply Industry Superannuation (Qld) Ltd (ABN 30 069 634 439 AFSL 336567). Our Board has nine Directors, including four Member Representative Directors and four Employer Representative Directors. As of 2015 the Board appointed its first Independent Director.

  • Chairperson

    Scott Wilson

    Scott Wilson (Chairman)

    Member Representative

    Appointed: 01/12/2011 - Current

    Nominated by: Electrical Trade Union (ETU)

    Scott is Energy Super’s longest serving Director, having been on the Board since 2011. He is currently the Chair of the Board and sits, or has sat on, each of the other Committees of the Board as well as the Board of ESI Financial Services. He has a deep knowledge of Energy Super and its operations.

    He has held previous Board experience as a Director of Electro Group Training and Apprentices. His skills in RSE governance and risk management, investments, finance and audit have been supplemented by graduating from the AIST Trustee Directors training course,attaining RG146 qualifications and he is currently undertaking a Diploma of Superannuation.

    As a member of the Fund since 1982, together with his work as a Training Officer and Union State Organiser, he has provided critical insights into Member services such as insurance,financial advice, education and communication. He has also supplemented his experience and knowledge with formal training of 30 hours each year and other qualifications such as CERT IV in Training and Assessment. As a Director of ESI Financial Services, and given his experience in industrial relations through his external roles, Scott has a strong knowledge of remuneration and people.

    Other boards served on:

    • Director, ESI Financial Services Pty Ltd

  • Employer Representative

    Richard Flanagan

    Richard Flanagan (Deputy Chair)

    Employer Representative

    Appointed: 23/02/2016  - Current

    Nominated by: Master Electricians Australia

    Richard has been on the Board since February 2016 and is the Managing Director of a major electrical engineering and contracting company, employing up to 300 persons.

    His expertise in governance and risk management has been gained through more than 30 years’ experience running a successful business and through directorships on Boards such as the Queensland Electrical Safety, ECA, Joint Industry Training Company and CIRT.

    Through his experience and roles, he has extensive knowledge related to administration, insurance, business development and strategic business planning.

    Richard makes a significant contribution to the investment skills base of the Board. These skills relate to property and infrastructure asset management through property development, planning and estimating, return on investment analysis, and project management.

    He has complemented these skills through training internally, external investment programs and the Trustee Directors course though AIST.

    Other boards served on:

    • Chairman, ESI Financial Services Pty Ltd
    • Director, Joint Industry Training Company (JETCO)
    • Director, Contracting Industry Redundancy Trust (CIRT)
    • Director, Master Electricians Australia

    Teresa Dyson

    Employer Representative

    Appointed: 01/07/17 - Current

    Nominated by: Energy Queensland Limited

    Teresa is a professional Non-Executive Director with an extensive portfolio of Board positions.She is also a consultant to law firm McCullough Robertson.

    She has a Bachelor of Laws (Honours IIA) and is an admitted solicitor in QLD, NSW, Victoria and the High Court. Teresa has extensive knowledge and skills in business issues, strategic decision making and critical operational matters, acquisitions, divestment and re-organisation structuring. Her industry experience includes the financial services sector, transport services,infrastructure projects and the resources industry.

    Her governance and risk management skills have been gained through her roles as a Partner for accounting and law firms and her Directorships in health, energy, not-for-profit, infrastructure and Federal Treasury appointments.

    Teresa’s investment skills are extensive, with Masters degrees in both Tax and Applied Finance in addition to her legal, advisory and management roles.

    Her experience includes infrastructure and PPP projects; asset, project and structured finance transactions; corporate and M&A activity; securitisation, debt capital markets, financial arrangements, debt/equity hybrid structures; employment and remuneration arrangements; and charitable, not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors.

    She has also been appointed to a number of Federal Treasury tax working groups and BoardsShe is a former Chair of the Board of Taxation - a non-statutory Federal government authority charged with providing the government of the day with a business and community perspective on taxation policy and the implementation of tax laws. Teresa is currently a member of the Foreign Investment Review Board, the Takeovers Panel and the National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation Board.

    Teresa is also a Graduate of the AICD and has undertaken the Trustee Directors course through AIST, covering superannuation and Responsible Superannuation Entity (RSE)requirements.

    Other boards served on:

    • Deputy Chair, Gold Coast Hospital and Health Board
    • Director, ESI Financial Services Pty Ltd
    • Director, Energy Queensland Limited
    • Director, Foundation for Alcohol Research & Education Limited
    • Director, Gritem Superannuation Pty Ltd (Trustee of SMSF)
    • Director, Gritem Pty Ltd
    • Director, Opera Qld Ltd
    • Director, Seven West Media Ltd
    • Director, Genex Power Limited
    • Director, UN Women National Committee Australia Limited
    • Member, Foreign Investment Review Board
    • Director, Power and Water Corporations (Northern Territory) Limited
    • Member, Takeovers Panel

    Sarah Zeljko

    Sarah Zeljko

    Employer Representative

    Appointed: 01/04/2018 – Current

    Nominated by: Powerlink Queensland

    Sarah Zeljko is a professional Non-Executive Director with extensive executive, operational and legal experience across large ASX-listed, Government and private corporations. She brings diverse corporate, governance, finance, audit and advisory experience, having led Boards and Board Committees through both significant revenue growth, and strategic and operational change.

    She has previously held roles as General Counsel and Company Secretary for G8 Education, atop 200 ASX-listed entity, the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET), and Cement Australia. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Governance Institute and an admitted Legal Practitioner in the NSW and QLD Supreme Court.

    Sarah’s executive career spans a broad range of industries including construction, mining,manufacturing, water and energy. These roles have led to a diverse range of skills in investment management, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory change, project management, equity raising,stakeholder negotiation, and utilities and infrastructure asset management. Her experience with both large government-owned and corporate organisations have also led to extensive knowledge and skills in remuneration and people management, technology and digital projects,marketing, advertising and customer service operations.

    She has undertaken the Trustee Directors training course through AIST covering superannuation and Responsible Superannuation Entity (RSE) requirements.

    Other boards served on:

    • Director,  Powerlink Queensland
    • Director, Waterways Plus
    • Company Secretary, Bravehearts Foundation Limited

    Armand Mahne

    Employer Representative

    Appointed: 01/06/2018 - Current

    Nominated by: Energy Queensland Limited

    Armand is the General Manager responsible for Financial Planning and Analysis at Energy Queensland, which includes the Investment Governance function as part of his portfolio.

    He is our newest Director, joining in June 2018. His experience and skills complement the Board with more than 20 years’ in various financial roles providing expertise in finance and audit.

    A chartered accountant registered with Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, he has filled senior roles with major accounting and advisory firm KPMG, US, French and South African Multinational entities, and more recently Energex where he acted as CFO during the merger of the Queensland based electricity distribution entities. These roles have equipped him with skills in risk management, financial audit, governance and strategic planning.

    His investment skills are supported by his educational background which includes a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), in addition to his experience in treasury functions, funding and foreign exchange management, operational finance such as working capital management, due diligence and financial modelling.

    As a senior executive, he has experience in managing staff, remuneration and administration functions.

    His finance roles have also provided an understanding of insurance, superannuation and digital delivery requirements.

    His strategy experience encompasses business planning, mergers and acquisitions, budgeting and Board involvement. He has complemented his skills and experience through undertaking AIST’s Trustee Directors course.

    Other boards served on:

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  • Member Representative

    Neisha Traill

    Neisha Traill

    Member Representative

    Appointed: 28/02/2017 – Current

    Nominated by: Electrical Trade Union (ETU)

    Neisha has been a Board member since February 2017 and provides diversity of thinking as our youngest member on the Board. She is highly aware of the needs and nuances of the younger membership.

    Neisha complements the Board by providing expertise in industrial relations, member advocacy and knowledge of our Members.

    She has Responsible Superannuation Entity (RSE) governance and risk management skills through ASIT’s Trustee Director training course and has previously been a Member of Australian Super’s Queensland Advisory Board.

    Her member services, remuneration and people experience has been gained through her role as an ETU industrial officer. In that role, she has prepared industrial agreements, employment related advice and fulfilled advocacy roles in the Industrial Relations Commission and the broader community.

    She has focussed on investment skills as a member of the Board through participating in investment related training through AIST, ASFA and internal education.

    Other boards served on:

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    Jennifer Thomas

    Member Representative

    Appointed: 01/10/2017 - Current

    Nominated by: Queensland Service Union

    Jennifer is the Executive President of the Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union Queensland (Services and Northern Administrative) Branch and the Queensland Services, Industrial Union of Employees (The Services Union). As the Executive President, Jennifer’s responsible for a union membership of 12,000 and the union’s overall function including financial and industrial relation activities.

    Jennifer has been on the Board since October 2017 and has skills in Board strategy, industrial relations, remuneration and people through her current role, her roles as Vice President of the QLD Council of Unions, Executive Committee member of the Australian Services Union and Board and Committee memberships with Jobs Queensland, Workability State Advisory Group for NDIS and QLD Government Housing Advisory Council.

    She has a Commerce degree and as a QSU executive has skills in education, member advocacy and digital services.

    Her investment management skills have been developed through her AIST Trustee Director course, her university education in commerce and her role with the QSU.

    She has undertaken CERT IV in training and supports our member services and marketing skills base with this background and her extensive campaign and strategic planning experience.Jennifer has also had extensive advocacy experience in superannuation having campaigned for better retirement outcomes for Members, all working Australians and closing the superannuation gender gap.

    Other boards served on:

    • Director, ESI Financial Services Pty Ltd
    • The Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union Queensland (Services and Northern Administrative) Branch;
    • The Queensland Services, Industrial Union of Employees;
    • Vice President and Executive Member of the Queensland Council of Unions;
    • The Australian Municipal, Administrative, Clerical and Services Union National Executive;
    • The QCU executive and held the role of vice president; and
    • Director, Jobs Queensland;
    • Member of the Workability State Advisory Group for NDIS.

    Peter Ong

    Member Representative

    Appointed: 01/04/2018 – Current

    Nominated by: Electrical Trades Union (ETU)

    Peter is the Divisional Branch Secretary of ETU (Queensland/Northern Territory) and joined the Board in April 2018. He manages the interests of more than 12,000 members and the union’s overall functions including financial and industrial relations activities. He complements the Board with governance and risk management skills developed in his current role and through his Directorships on CIRT, Electrogroup and the Ministerial Construction Council.

    His experience in campaign strategy, marketing and advocacy, insurance, industrial relations and negotiation skills supports our Member service and marketing skills base requirements.

    He has also undertaken the Trustee Directors training course covering superannuation, finance,audit, investments and Responsible Superannuation Entity (RSE) requirements.

    Other boards served on:

    • Chairman of Contracting Industry Redundancy Trust (CIRT);
    • Member of the Ministerial Construction Council.

  • Independent Director

    Christine Maher

    Christine Maher

    Independent Director

    Appointed: 31/03/2015 - Current

    Nominated by: Energy Super Board

    Christine is the Independent Director with extensive experience in superannuation, trusteeship and legal advice to the financial services sector. As a Partner and now consultant at Corrs Chambers Westgarth Lawyers, her expertise includes Responsible Superannuation Entity(RSE) governance, strategy and risk management gained through her legal advisory roles and extensive board experience, including directorships with QSuper, Suncorp and CCW Superannuation Pty Ltd.

    Christine’s broader relevant experience includes financial planning, insurance and administration.

    Her investment management skills and expertise have been gained through her Director roles with QSuper, WorkCover Queensland and Suncorp and through her role as a legal adviser to trustee boards with respect to investment structures, investment mandates in all asset classes domestically and globally and asset advisory arrangements.

    Christine’s skills also include member services, marketing and business development. Christine has degrees in Law and Arts, is a former director of ASFA Limited and the former Chair of the Law Council Superannuation Committee. She is a frequent lecturer in superannuation law and has also undertaken the AIST Trustee Directors training course

    Other boards served on:

    • Director, Gregory Terrace Foundation Limited;
    • Member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee of the Archdioceses of Brisbane Finance Council.

Roles and Responsibilities:

In carrying out its responsibilities and powers, the Board recognises its overriding responsibility to act honestly, fairly, diligently and in accordance with the relevant law in the best interest of members and beneficiaries.

The Board is responsible for:

  • providing strategic direction for products, services and investment objectives for Energy Super;
  • monitoring the implementation of the policies, for those products, services and investment management;
  • overseeing the establishment of a framework for the identification and policies for the management of risks;
  • monitoring the exercise of delegated authorities to Board Committees and senior management;
  • overseeing compliance with regulatory requirements and ethical standards; and
  • appointing, reviewing performance and terminating the Chief Executive Officer and Fund Secretary.

In performing the responsibilities set out above, the Board seeks to act ethically and transparently and adheres to a Directors' Code of Conduct, requiring Directors to:

  • Honesty and Integrity: act honestly, in good faith and with utmost integrity in all matters concerning the Fund;
  • Act in the Best Interests of Beneficiaries: ensure all actions and decisions concerning the Fund are made in the best interests of the beneficiaries of the Fund;
  • Act impartially: deal fairly with all classes of beneficiaries and all beneficiaries within a class;
  • Conduct in all Board and Committee meetings: ensure all Directors prepare thoroughly for meetings, actively participate and exercise independent judgment and understand the financial, strategic and other implications of decisions or make reasonable enquiries to remain properly informed of these decisions. See the Board record of attendance (PDF) for the past 7 financial years and Committee meetings attendance (PDF) for the 2017-18 financial year;
  • Exercise Skill, Care and Diligence;
  • Comply with all Fund governance policies;  
  • Confidentiality: maintain confidentiality of all information received by Directors.

The Board works to promote and maintain an environment within which the principles and approaches above are adopted by all of its Directors, officers, employees and representatives.

Energy Super’s Executive Management and employees must adhere to a Code of Conduct which requires staff to conduct themselves in a professional manner, whilst ensuring they act in the best interests of the Fund and its members.

Board Performance

Each year the Board engages an independent external consultant to evaluate the performance of the Board and each Director.

The Board evaluation focuses on areas such as Board functioning, effectiveness, governance and attitudes towards Board membership more generally.

The results of the Board and individual Director evaluations are considered by the Board and where required, any action items arising from the evaluations are implemented by the Board.

Each Director also has in place an annual training plan which focuses on the continued development of the professional skills and knowledge required to perform the Director’s role. These plans are reviewed annually by the Board in accordance with its Fit and Proper Policy.

Nomination, appointment and removal of Directors

The Board has established and implemented a Board Renewal Policy that clearly defines and documents the competencies required of Directors, documenting the process for nomination, appointment and removal of Directors. This ensures a diverse Board composed of highly competent and committed Directors.

To ensure all views and ideas of employers and members are heard equally, the Trustee maintains equal number of four employer and four member representatives.  One additional Independent Director may also be appointed.

The employer representatives are nominated by two representatives from Energy Queensland, one from Electrical Contractors Association (ECA), and an employer who the Board believes are not represented by Energy Queensland and ECA.  The member representatives are nominated by two representatives from the Electrical Trades Union (ETU), one from the Queensland Services Union (QSU), and one from either the ETU or QSU on a rotational basis every two years.  There is one Independent Director, chosen by the employer and member representative Directors.

Directors are appointed for a term of no more than three years or two years for the rotational member Director, after which they may be nominated to accept reappointment, up to a maximum tenure of 12 years.
Each Director must meet the fitness and propriety standards before their appointment is finalised and on an ongoing basis.  The Governance, Remuneration and Nomination Committee is responsible for assessing nominees for nomination, appointment and removal as Directors and submitting to the Board recommendations for suitable candidates.

Directors can be removed if they no longer satisfy legislative requirements or if the director is convicted of a dishonesty offence, is insolvent or disqualified under applicable legislation.  The Trustee has 90 days to fill a vacant Director role.

More information on the rules of nomination, appointment and removal of Directors can be found in the Constitution.

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