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The Fund Executives Association Limited was established 20 years ago to further the professional development of superannuation fund executives. At this year’s Members’ Dinner we celebrated our 20th anniversary with guest speakers and videos from FEAL life members. As in previous years the conference started with a members only discussion forum with the regulators from 4.00 – 6.00pm on Wednesday 7th August followed by the Members’ dinner. The conference was held the following day Thursday 8th August.

Our guest speakers at the Members’ Discussion Forum were Danielle Press – ASIC, Suzanne Smith – APRA and James O’Halloran – Australian Taxation Office.

Danielle Press was appointed as a full-time member of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission in August 2018. Danielle brings broad corporate and specialist experience in superannuation to the Commission, having been CEO of the Myer Family Company from 2016 to 2017 and CEO of Equipsuper from 2010 to 2016.

Suzanne Smith was appointed General Manager Superannuation in March 2019, and is responsible for leading a national team in conducting the prudential supervision of a portfolio of industry specific institutions regulated within the Specialised Institutions Division of APRA.

James O’Halloran is Deputy Commissioner, Superannuation and Employer Obligations at the Australian Taxation Office. He has national responsibility for the ATO’s roles in Superannuation and Employer Obligations including Single Touch Payroll and the regulation of APRA and Self-Managed Superannuation Funds. In this role he works closely with industry, advisors and other regulatory agencies.

We heard from a number of guest speakers at the FEAL Members’ Dinner including Jack Gray.

Jack is an independent investment adviser to funds in Australia and overseas; a director of Brookvine, a specialist adviser on alternative assets; a director and adviser to Janchor, a Hong-Kong-based hedge fund; an adviser to MCG Wealth and an adjunct professor at the Centre for Investment Manager Research at UTS.

The theme of the 2019 National Conference was “Shared Value – What is the societal impact of super?”.  Does our industry make a contribution to the world we live in?

Our keynote speaker was Richard Boele, Global Leader, Business and Human Rights Services, KPMG Australia.

Richard has spent most of his work life championing the causes of the vulnerable and under-represented in a way that few do, most aptly demonstrated in almost 15 years running his own human rights consultancy, Banarra.

As a KPMG Partner for Human Rights & Social Impact Services, Richard draws on his cutting-edge social sustainability insights to help Boards and their chief executives navigate the inherent social risks associated with increasingly global and diverse operating contexts. His particular strengths are the social and governance dimensions of sustainability and leading large consultancy assignments in socially and politically complex environments.

Our morning panel session guest speakers were Ross Piper, CEO Christian Super, Helen Steel CEO, Shared Value Project and Damien Mu, CEO AIA discussing “Shared value – How does Super add value to society?”.

Ross Piper has over 25 years’ of leadership and management experience in corporate and non-profit contexts. Prior to Ross’ appointment as Christian Super CEO in Jan 2018, he was COO with World Vision Australia.

Helen Steel has more than 18 years’ business development experience including stakeholder engagement and communications, networking, high-impact functions, and cultural exchange for organisations in Australia, the USA, Hong Kong and Japan.

Damien Mu has more than 20 years’ experience in the Australian financial services industry, with management experience spanning life and health insurance, superannuation and investments.

We then heard from our guest speakers Conny Lenneberg, Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Laurence on “How can impact investing help solve society’s problems?” and Susan Thorp, Professor of Finance on “What is the economic impact of super?”

Conny Lenneberg has 25 years’ experience in the development and social justice sector, in Australia and internationally, from service delivery in the field to leading large teams, and senior executive and board roles.


Susan Thorp researches consumer finance, focusing on retirement savings. Her research uses theoretical, empirical and experimental techniques to test consumer responses to advice, disclosures and choice architecture.


In the afternoon there was another panel session with guest speakers Andrew Boal, Managing Director, Rice Warner, Oliver Hesketh, Partner, NMG and Nicole Bradford, Portfolio Head, Responsible Investment, CBUS chaired by Jodie Hampshire, Managing Director, Russell Investments. They will be discussing “What do you hope the future impact of super will look like?”.

Andrew Boal is an experienced financial services professional who specialises in providing actuarial and strategic consulting advice to leading companies and superannuation funds. Prior to joining Rice Warner in April 2019, Andrew spent more than 30 years advising clients on superannuation, life insurance, employee benefits, risk management, investments and talent management.

Oliver Hesketh is responsible for NMG’s Management Consulting practice (formerly Tria Partners) and heads up NMG’s Australian office. Oliver focuses on the wealth and asset management industry, working with for-profit and not-for-profit financial institutions on strategic growth initiatives, distribution, product development and organisational change.

Nicole Bradford has over 20 years’ experience integrating sustainability thinking within investments, companies and government and has worked and lived in both Asia and Europe. She is co-Chair Mobilising Capital working group for Australian Sustainable Finance Initiative (ASFI), on the Member Council for the Australian Council for Superannuation Investors (ACSI), Chair Net Zero Emissions working group for Investor Group on Climate Change (IGCC) and a member of the ICGN Board Governance committee.

For the final session of the day we heard from Michael Crossland on “Inspiring leadership through adversity”

Michael is an extraordinary young man who has defied the odds to build a life of exceptional achievements. Diagnosed with aggressive life-threatening cancer before his first birthday, then surviving a cardiac arrest before his 12th birthday, doctors told Michael school and sport were not options. Infection and fatigue were too great a risk. His only wish was to lead a normal life and be able to do all the things that other ‘normal’ kids took for granted every day. Now not only is he an accomplished businessman and but also an elite sportsman.

Michael Crossland YouTube video

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Date: Wednesday 7 August 2019
Time: 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Venue: Park Hyatt Melbourne
Address: 1 Parliament Place
FEAL Members: $100
* FEAL Members only
** Dress code: Business attire

DATE: Wednesday 7 August 2019
TIME: 6.00pm – 9.00pm
VENUE: Park Hyatt Melbourne
ADDRESS: 1 Parliament Place
FEAL Members: $190
FEAL Sponsors: $230
* FEAL Members, Fund Executives and FEAL Sponsors
** Dress code: Business attire

DATE: Thursday 8 August 2019
TIME: 9.00 – 5.00pm
VENUE: Park Hyatt Melbourne
ADDRESS: 1 Parliament Place
FEAL Members: $795
FEAL Sponsors, guests and non Members: $990
*All welcome
** Dress code: Smart Casual

Corporate table sponsorship available $6990 (a discount of $990)
* 8 Delegates per table

All prices include GST.

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