Tell me more about the Board

The LGIAsuper Trustee (ABN 94 085 088 484) is operated through our Board of Directors. The Board is responsible for managing LGIAsuper in the best interests of its members.

The Board works closely with the Executive team to ensure your financial future is looked after and that LGIAsuper performs its responsibilities in a proper, effective and efficient way.

Board composition

A new Board was created following the merger of Energy Super and LGIAsuper on 1 July 2021.

The LGIAsuper Board will be made up of 15 members until 31 December 2022, comprised of equal numbers of employer and member representatives as well as three independent directors (including an independent Chair).

From 1 January 2023, this will reduce to nine directors comprised of four employer representative, four member representatives and one independent director.

Learn more about LGIAsuper’s rules for nominating and appointing directors.

Independent directors

Ronald Dewhurst

Independent director

Ron Dewhurst was appointed as an LGIAsuper director in June 2018. He has extensive experience in Board and senior executive roles in Australia and overseas.

Ron’s former roles include Senior Executive Vice President at Legg Mason, and Managing Director and Head of Americas at JP Morgan Investment Management.

Ron is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia.

Peter Kazacos OAM

Independent director

Peter Kazacos was appointed as an LGIAsuper director in December 2016.

He has over 40 years’ experience in the IT industry. He is the former Chair of the Australian Information Industry Association, and a former member of the Australian Administration Services Advisory Council.

Peter is the current Chairman of the Kaz Group of Companies, a member of the University of Technology Sydney Foundation and Business School Advisory Boards, and the founder of Your Angel Charity.

John Smith

Independent director

John Smith was appointed as an LGIAsuper director in 2013. He was elected Chair of the Board in December 2016.

John is a qualified actuary with 40 years’ experience providing technical and strategic advice to large superannuation funds and corporations.

John is a former Director and Consulting Actuary with The Heron Partnership, and has served as Director, Executive Director and Senior Consulting Actuary for other organisations within the finance industry.

He was Chair of the Superannuation Policy Committee for a major international conglomerate, holds a Bachelor of Arts (Statistics) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia.

Member representative directors

Ray Burton PSM

Member representative director

Ray Burton PSM was appointed as an LGIAsuper member representative director in July 2018.

He is a former Director (14 years) of Local Government Managers Australia (Queensland) and has more than 27 years’ experience as Chief Executive Officer in local governments across Queensland and Victoria.

Ray holds a Masters of Business Administration, Graduate Diploma in Local Government Management, and Diplomas of Business (Local Government and Accounting).

He was CEO at Townsville City Council from 2008 to 2016 and was awarded the Public Sector Professional of the Year (Queensland) in 2012. Ray is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2015.

Ros Heit

Member representative director

Ros Heit was appointed as an LGIAsuper member representative director in July 2018. She has over 30 years’ experience as a board member and in management roles in rural Queensland.

Ros was a Local Councillor at South Burnett Regional Council for two terms (2013-2020) and managed the finance, ICT and HR portfolio, and the Audit Committee.

Ros has a Bachelor of Business, majoring in Accounting and Human Resource Management from the University of Southern Queensland, and a Science degree (Honours) from London University. Ros is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and was awarded the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women’s Network (QRRRWN) Professional Woman of the Year 2018.

Jennifer Sanders

Member representative director

Jennifer Sanders was appointed as an LGIAsuper member representative director in July 2018.

Jennifer is a Justice of the Peace (Qualified) and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Certificate in Development Processing, LGAQ Diploma of Local Government (Planning), RG146 General Advice in Superannuation, and a Diploma of Project Management. Jennifer was an elected Councillor at Scenic Rim Regional Council from 2012 to 2016 and Chair of the Planning and Development Committee for the same period.

Jennifer is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Jennifer won the Queensland Government’s inaugural Women in Local Government bursary in 2009, and was winner of the Excellence in Local Government Leadership Program scholarship 2014.

Jennifer Thomas

Member representative director

Jennifer Thomas was appointed as an Energy Super director in October 2017. Jennifer was appointed as an LGIAsuper member representative director when LGIAsuper and Energy Super merged on 1 July 2021.

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 12,900 and the union’s overall function including financial and industrial relation activities.

Jennifer 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, the QLD Government Energy Skills Advisory Committee for the Just Transition Group 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 courses, her university education in commerce and her role with the QSU. 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.

Neisha Traill

Member representative director

Neisha Traill was appointed as an Energy Super director in February 2017 and Deputy Chair in October 2020.

Neisha was appointed as an LGIAsuper member representative director when LGIAsuper and Energy Super merged on 1 July 2021.

Neisha provides diversity of thinking as our youngest member on the Board. She is highly aware of the needs and nuances of the younger membership. She complements the Board by providing expertise in industrial relations, member advocacy and member knowledge. She has Responsible Superannuation Entity (RSE) governance and risk management skills through AIST’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 focused on investment skills as a member of the Board through participating in investment related training through AIST, ASFA and internal education.

Scott Wilson

Member representative director

Scott Wilson is Energy Super’s longest serving director, having been on the Board since 2011.

Scott was appointed as an LGIAsuper member representative director when LGIAsuper and Energy Super merged on 1 July 2021.

Scott has sat on all 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.

Employer representative directors

Teresa Dyson

Employer representative director

Teresa Dyson was appointed as an Energy Super director in July 2017. Teresa was appointed as an LGIAsuper employer representative director when LGIAsuper and Energy Super merged on 1 July 2021.

Teresa is a professional Non-Executive Director with an extensive portfolio of Board positions. 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.

Richard Flanagan

Employer representative director

Richard Flanagan was appointed to the Energy Super Board in February 2016, and is the Managing Director of a major electrical engineering and contracting company, employing up to 300 persons.

Richard was appointed as an LGIAsuper employer representative director when LGIAsuper and Energy Super merged on 1 July 2021.

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.

Greg Hallam AM PSM

Employer representative director

Greg Hallam was appointed as an LGIAsuper director in September 2020.

He is the former CEO of the Local Government Association of Queensland and has more than 30 years’ experience. Greg was a Chair and Deputy Chair on several boards including the National Packaging Covenant Council, Racing Queensland, Queensland Music Festival, Sporting Wheelies, and Local Government Mutual Services.

He holds a Post Graduate Degree in Business Administration, Strategic Corporate Communications, and Campaign Management.

Greg was awarded the Member (AM) of the General Division of the Order of Australia in 2018 for his contribution to Local Government Sport & Disability, the National Emergency Medal in 2012, the Olympic Council’s Committees Merit Award in 2005, the Public Service Medal in 2000, and the Centenary Medal in 2001.

Cr Mark Jamieson

Employer representative director

Cr Mark Jamieson was appointed as an LGIAsuper director in July 2018.

He is the current Mayor at Sunshine Coast Regional Council, and President of the Local Government Association of Queensland (LGAQ). Mark is a Patron of Sunnykids, the Beacon Foundation, the Friendship Force of the Sunshine Coast, and the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation.

Mark was an Executive at APN Australian Publishing from 1981 to 2006, and Chief Executive Officer from 2006 to 2009. He is also a former Director of the Sunshine Coast Helicopter Rescue Service.

Cr Cameron O'Neil

Employer representative director

Cr Cameron O’Neil was first appointed as an LGIAsuper director in October 2016, and reappointed in August 2020. He has served as Chair of the People and Culture Committee since 2018, and a Member of the Investment Committee.

He is a current Councillor of the Maranoa Regional Council, a position he has held since 2012. Cameron has extensive experience on several Boards, as well as State and Federal Government Advisory Committees.

He is a non-executive director of Golden West Apprenticeships and Chair of Country Universities Centre Maranoa. Cameron holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Animal Studies) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sarah Zeljko

Employer representative director

Sarah Zeljko was appointed as an Energy Super director in April 2018. Sarah was appointed as an LGIAsuper employer representative director when LGIAsuper and Energy Super merged on 1 July 2021.

Sarah Zeljko is on the board of Powerlink, Queensland’s electricity transmission business, where she Chairs their People and Culture Committee. She is an Expert Member on the Ministerial Advisory Council for Flood Mitigation Manuals, and is also a former Board member of Millovate, a 200h development in Moreton Bay.

She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an admitted Legal Practitioner in the NSW and QLD Supreme Court. She is a Governance Consultant, professional mentor and has previously held roles as General Counsel and Company Secretary for G8 Education an ASX200 listed entity, the Wiggins Island Coal Export Terminal (WICET), and Cement Australia.

Sarah’s executive career spans a broad range of industries including construction, mining, manufacturing, water and energy. 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.

More information about our Board (pre 30 June 2021)

You can find more information about the LGIAsuper Board before 30 June 2021 below:

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