Our Expert Advisory Committee

SuperFriend’s Expert Advisory Committee (EAC) assists the Board in its oversight of the innovation activities of SuperFriend. The EAC acts as an advisory and consultative committee to the Board and Management.


Our Expert Advisory Committee

Professor Niki Ellis

Chair, SuperFriend Expert Advisory Committee; Director, SuperFriend Board

Niki Ellis is an occupational and public health physician. She has an unusual mix of skills having spent the 80s working on policy for governments – the Tasmanian Department of Health and the former WorkSafe Australia; the 90s in the private sector building up a consultancy business which she then took into PricewaterhouseCoopers; and the… 

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Maria Falas

Committee Member, SuperFriend Expert Advisory Committee; Head of Mental Health & Wellness, Insurance, Zurich & OnePath

Maria has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry and has tertiary qualification in marketing, law and econometrics. Having previously held roles in law, Maria started her career fifteen years ago in risk and compliance at OnePath. Maria’s was also the Client Solutions Manager for OnePath’s group insurance business. In this role,… 

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Chris Deakin

Committee Member, SuperFriend Expert Advisory Committee; Executive Manager, Distribution, LUCRF Super

Chris joined LUCRF Super in November 2018 as Executive Manager, Distribution with strategic responsibility for the Contact Centre, Advice & Education and Business Development teams.

She works with her teams’ leaders to drive continuous improvement in engaging with members to provide access to the support they require to gain financial dignity now and in retirement. Chris has also been an active contributor to Community Health for many years and feels strongly about creating healthy and positive environments for people and… 

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Dr Laura Kirby

Committee Member, SuperFriend Expert Advisory Committee

Dr Laura Kirby is an Organisational Psychologist with over a decade of experience in workplace mental health and wellbeing.

As the former Chief Executive of CommuniCorp, Laura has partnered with SuperFriend for many years to help develop and deliver Mental Health & Wellbeing Training and is both passionate and a strong advocate for the positive impact that workplaces can have on mental health. Laura continues to independently consult with a wide range of organisations… 

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Harry Lovelock

Committee Member, SuperFriend Expert Advisory Committee; Director, Policy and Projects, Mental Health Australia

Harry Lovelock is Director of Policy and Projects at Mental Health Australia.

He has been working in leadership roles in the mental health sector for over 20 years including state government and professional associations for psychiatry and psychology. He led the establishment of the Mental Health Professions’ Association and Mental Health Professions Network on which he was a Board member and Chaired the Evaluation Committee. He has… 

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Mark Lyons

Committee Member, SuperFriend Expert Advisory Committee; Executive Manager Corporate Services, CareSuper

Mark’s philosophy at CareSuper is: ‘a positive internal culture helps us build momentum, and in turn, create growth for members.’ It is for this reason that he was compelled to join the SuperFriend Expert Advisory Committee.

Mark develops and implements CareSuper’s operational strategy across its people and culture, business intelligence, corporate finance and technology departments. Mark has more than 20 years’ experience in leadership positions supporting health and wellbeing and over 30 years’ experience working in financial services and other highly regulated industries. Before joining CareSuper in 2017, he held senior… 

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Stephanie Phillips

Committee Member, SuperFriend Expert Advisory Committee; General Manager, Shared Value Partnerships, AIA Australia