ART appoints Helen Rowell and Martin Parkinson to the board

Australian Retirement Trust (ART) has announced two new board appointments.

Helen Rowell joins the board as an Independent Director, bringing more than 20 years of experience at the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority, including 10 years as an executive Board member and Deputy Chair for the regulator, across both superannuation and insurance.

Dr Martin Parkinson AC will also join ART as an Independent Director. He is currently the Chancellor of Macquarie University and has previously served as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Secretary to the Australian Treasury and inaugural Secretary of the Department of Climate Change, and on the Board of the Reserve Bank of Australia.

The new appointments will be effective early next month.

ART Chair, Andrew Fraser, said the appointments represent the changing needs of the fund as it helps more members than ever, retire well with confidence.

These appointments replace vacancies that arise from Georgina Williams and Michael Traill’s decision to conclude their terms as directors and Fraser thanked them for their service to ART.

UniSuper welcomes new Head of Fixed Interest

UniSuper has announced the appointment of Mathew McCrum as Head of Fixed Interest.

With over 25 years’ experience across Australian and global fixed-interest markets, McCrum previously set up and built Vanguard Australia’s fixed interest capability and then co-founded Omega Global Investors.

UniSuper’s Chief Investment Officer, John Pearce said he is delighted to welcome Matthew to the Investment team.

“Matthew is a great addition to our team, he brings a very strong fixed interest pedigree with a track record leading and developing teams and will be an excellent cultural fit. We look forward to having him on board.”

HESTA announces new Head of Investment Execution appointment

HESTA has announced the appointment of Sophie Jelleff as the new Head of Investment Execution, effective 8 April 2024.

The new role will involve working closely with HESTA’s Executive and Investment Management teams, pivotal in shaping and leading the fund’s investment execution strategies.

Jelleff has over 25 years of extensive investment experience, including leadership roles at Citi and JP Morgan.

Speaking of the new appointment, HESTA CEO Debby Blakey said: “Sophie’s extensive experience in investment operations will undoubtedly bring value to HESTA’s members.”

Rest appoints new General Manager, Product

Rest Super has announced the appointment of Scott Tully as new General Manager, Product effective immediately.

Tully has more than 30 years’ experience in superannuation, retirement and investment management. He now steps into the new position after almost a year at Rest, after originally joining as Head of Investment Option Development in February 2023 and was appointed as Acting General Manager, Product last October.

Prior to joining Rest, Tully was Executive Director, Investments at Colonial First State where he enjoyed a 20-year career leading the investment function.

Deborah Potts, Rest Chief Member Officer said: “Scott is a uniquely talented and experienced superannuation expert. I am confident his expertise and leadership skills will be a fantastic addition to Rest as we work to create simple and easy products and experiences to benefit all members.”