Our Board

SuperFriend is proud to acknowledge the leadership and direction of our Board of Directors.

The Board is chaired by REST Industry Super CEO, Damian Hill.  The Board of Directors are senior representatives from SuperFriend’s Partner Funds. There are currently five Directors on the SuperFriend Board. The Board meets at least four times a year and is responsible for the oversight of the strategic direction, governance, risk, financial and long term sustainability of the Foundation.

Our Board

Teifi Whatley

Chair, SuperFriend Program Committee; Director, SuperFriend; Executive General Manager, Customer & Technology, Sunsuper

Teifi Whatley is the Executive General Manager, Customer & Technology at Sunsuper, one of Australia’s largest superannuation businesses.

She has an extensive career in the wealth management industry with more than 15 years’ experience in executive management roles. In her current role, she is responsible for positioning Sunsuper at the forefront of the industry, charged with providing strategic direction for the design and delivery of leading product and service experiences for members, employers… 

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Damian Hill

Chair, SuperFriend Board of Directors; CEO, REST Industry Super

Damian Hill was appointed Chief Executive Officer of REST Industry Super in 2006, after joining the REST in 1999 as Administration Manager. Damian has over 25 years’ experience across superannuation and life insurance industries.

Under Damian’s leadership REST has grown significantly. REST Industry Super is today one of the largest superannuation funds in Australia by membership with over 1.8 million members and around $40 billion in funds under management as at 30 June 2016. Around one in six working Australians is a REST member. REST has been acknowledged as… 

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Paul Schroder

Group Executive, Engagement Advocacy & Brand

At AustralianSuper, Paul is responsible for understanding and meeting member needs, delivering value and building confidence.

He leads a team of reputation, product, research, engagement, marketing, public policy and external relations professionals. He was previously the National Secretary of the Finance Sector Union of Australia. Paul played an active role in the transfer of Finsuper, Westscheme, AGEST and IBM Super into AustralianSuper, and has served as a member-elected and employer-appointed trustee… 

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James Thomas

Chief Executive Officer, AMIST Super

Currently the CEO of AMIST Super, James has held senior management positions in a broad range of financial services organisations over a 30 year period, including General Manager Client Services and CEO at FuturePlus Financial Services.

His broad range of experience has meant he has a substantial knowledge in strategic planning, business forecasting, financial management, and importantly, people management. He is a strong leader with the ability to develop and implement a vision for businesses and his inquisitive mind means he is able to identify opportunities through lateral thinking. Of utmost… 

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Margo Lydon

Chief Executive Officer, Company Secretary

As Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary, Margo’s role is to manage the strategic direction and operations of SuperFriend, ensuring that the Foundation works to deliver on its mission of reducing the incidence of suicide and the impact of mental illness on individuals, employers, workplaces, families and friends.

She works closely and collaboratively with the superannuation Partner Funds, Partner Group Insurers and mental health organisations participating in SuperFriend. Margo thrives on seeing the work of SuperFriend having positive impact, adding value and changing workplace mental health in Australia for the better. Margo joined SuperFriend in June 2010, attracted to the Foundation because of… 

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David Atkin

Chief Executive Officer, Cbus

David is the CEO for Cbus, the national industry fund for more than 742,000 building and construction workers Australia wide, with AUD$40 billion funds under management.

David was previously the CEO for Emergency Services and State Super and also the CEO for JUST Super, the industry fund for the media and entertainment industries. He was also been employed as the National Marketing and Communications Manager for STA Super. David was also the Australian asset owner representative on the PRI Board (Principles… 

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