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 Board of Directors

Mrs Patricia Cross

Mrs Patricia Cross

Reappointed 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020

  • 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), and Aviva Investors Holdings Limited (since January 2017). 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 (since 2008), 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

  • Member of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Risk Committee

Mrs Barker is General Manager, Products and Markets at JBWere (since 2015). Mrs Barker is also a Board Director at IDP Education (since 2015); Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee 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.

Hon. Christopher Ellison

The Hon. Chris Ellison

Reappointed 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020

  • 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 (since 2015) and The Australian Organisational Excellence Foundation (since 2014), 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 Council (since 2014), a Member of Trinity College Board, Perth (since 2010) and an advisor to Quintis Corporation (formely TFS Corporation) (since 2017).

He is also a member of the WA Law Society and Chair of the SAS Regiment Resources Fund fundraising committee (since 2014). He was previously a director of Doric Construction Group (2011-2015) and Chairman of Australia's North West Tourism Board (2011-2015). Mr Ellison is also a director of ARIA Co Pty Ltd.

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.

Mr Garry Hounsell

Mr Garry Hounsell

Appointed 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2019

  • Chair of the Audit Committee
  • Member of the Risk Committee

Mr Hounsell is a non-executive director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Treasury Wine Estates Limited (since 2012); director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Dulux Group Limited (since 2010); Chair of the board and Chair of the Audit Committee at Spotless Group Holdings Limited (since 2017, having been a director since 2010); director at Investec Aircraft Syndicate Limited (since 2012), and McFarlane Burnet Institute of Public Research and Public Health (since 2013).

Mr Hounsell is also the Advisory Chairman for Acciona Australia and Asia (since 2015); Chairman of Helloworld Limited (since 2016), and an Advisory Board Member of 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 an Advisory Board Member of PanAust Limited (2015-2017), Rothschild Australia Limited (2012-2017), and a director at Orica Limited (2004-2013), Nufarm Limited (2004-2012), Qantas Airways Limited (2005-2015), Mitchell Communication Group Limited (2008-2010) and a director and Chair of the Audit Committee at Integral Diagnostics Limited (2015-2017).

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 2017 to 30 June 2020

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

Ms Flood is the National Secretary of the CPSU (since 2010), a director of Shared Advantage Pty Ltd (since 2011) and ACTU Member Connect (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
  • Member of the APS Reconsideration Advisory 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 is also the Chair of ARIA Co Pty Ltd.

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 2017 to 30 June 2020

  • Director since 1 July 2011
  • Member of the Board Governance Committee
  • Member of the Remuneration and HR Committee
  • Chair 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 also a director of ARIA Co Pty Ltd (since 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

Reappointed 2 May 2017 to 1 May 2020

  • Director since 2 May 2014
  • Nominee of the Chief of Defence Force
  • Chair of the MilitarySuper Reconsideration Committee
  • Chair of the Defence Force Case Assessment Panel
  • Chair of the Risk Committee
  • Member of the Audit Committee

Air Vice Marshal Staib is a director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (since 2015), a member of the Industry Advisory Board for the Centre for Supply Chain and Logistics at Deakin University (since 2017), 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.

Air Vice Marshal Staib is also a Division Councillor of the Royal Aeronautical Society (Australian division). 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.

Air Vice Marshal Margaret Staib

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.

Dr Michael John Vertigan, AC

Dr Michael John Vertigan, AC

Appointed 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2020

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

Dr Vertigan has experience in the public, higher education, philanthropy and business sectors. He is the former Chair of the AGEST Superannuation Fund (2004–2008) and former Secretary of the Victorian (1993–1998) and Tasmanian (1989–1993) Departments of Treasury and Finance and has held a number of academic appointments.

Dr Vertigan is currently Independent Chair of the Gas Market Reform Group established by the COAG Energy Council (since 2016) and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Comcare (since 2016). He has previously held appointments on a wide range of Commonwealth, State and Territory government businesses, statutory bodies and advisory panels. He was a Director of CSC from 2011 to 2016.

Dr Vertigan has a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) from the University of Tasmania and a PhD from the University of California (Berkeley). Dr Vertigan was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2004. He is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (since 1998) and of the Institute of Public Administration of Australia (since 1994).

Record of CSC Board Director Attendance [PDF 245 KB]