Meet the CareSuper team



Executive staff

The CareSuper Board has appointed an executive group who manage the day-to-day operations of CareSuper.

Julie Lander

CEO

Julie joined CareSuper in 2001 as General Manager – Trustee, Investment & Member Services and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2002. She is responsible for developing and implementing the Fund's strategy and business plan to meet the needs of members, employers other stakeholders and for overall management of the Trustee's operations through the executive team and staff.

Her experience in superannuation has been developed over 20 years with corporate superannuation funds – both defined benefit and accumulation, as well as with industry funds. Prior to joining CareSuper, Julie worked for professional service firms and membership organisations, including 13 years as National Manager HR for a major employer organisation and five years in manufacturing. Julie holds a Bachelor of Business and has completed RG146 (Superannuation). She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees. She serves on the Policy Committee of AIST, is a Director of the Fund Executives Association Limited and the Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals and is the Chair of Industry Funds Forum.

Suzanne Branton

Executive Manager – Investments

Suzanne joined CareSuper in February 2015 as General Manager – Investments. She is responsible for managing the investment program of the Fund and CareSuper's internal investment team. Suzanne works with the Fund's external managers and advisers to manage the investments of the Fund in accordance with the investment strategy and policies determined by the CareSuper Board and Investment Committee.

Suzanne has over 20 years' experience in financial markets, primarily in direct investment roles. Her experience encompasses both research and portfolio management, with a long-standing focus on strategy and asset allocation. Prior to joining CareSuper, Suzanne spent nine years at another industry super fund. Her role extended across the fund's investment functions and included manager research and selection, asset class responsibility and fund strategy. Suzanne has also held senior positions at Goldman Sachs JBWere. She holds a Bachelor of Economics (Honours), Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia.

Mark Lyons

Executive Manager – Corporate Services

Mark joined CareSuper in May 2017 as Executive Manager – Corporate Services. He is responsible for developing and implementing operational strategy in a range of areas including human resources, business intelligence, corporate finance and technology.

Mark has around 30 years' experience working within financial services and highly regulated industries. Before joining CareSuper he held senior management roles in banking and local government, where he focused on delivering superior customer outcomes and business performance. In previous roles, Mark managed activity such as governance, corporate planning, asset management and business improvement.

Mark holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business Administration. He is a qualified accountant and a member of CPA Australia.

Paul Northey

Executive Manager – Relationships & Growth

Paul joined CareSuper in May 2017 as Executive Manager – Relationships & Growth. His responsibilities include the development and execution of the Fund's growth and retention strategies, and leading CareSuper's client and member facing teams.

Paul brings a wealth of knowledge to his role at CareSuper, having spent over 20 years in the financial services industry. His wide-ranging experience encompasses senior executive roles in superannuation and funds management, financial planning, life and general insurance and banking. Prior to joining CareSuper, Paul was General Manager of RACV Insurance and before that was the Director of Wealth Management for a leading internationally owned banking group. He has also led distribution and marketing teams with major wealth management firms.

Paul holds qualifications including a Bachelor of Business and a Diploma of Financial Planning. He is a graduate of the Senior Executive Programme at the London Business School, has also studied executive development at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Belinda Ray

Executive Manager – Governance and Risk
Fund Secretary

Belinda joined CareSuper in January 2012 and is responsible for managing risk and finance, the compliance team and major projects for CareSuper. Belinda has over 18 years' experience in superannuation including consulting, auditing and accounting.

Belinda started her career as an auditor for Ernst & Young before moving to Towers Watson where she held numerous roles including Senior Consultant for corporate super funds and Head of Research, Information and Compliance.

Belinda holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting & Information Systems) and is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia.

Rachel Reynolds

Executive Manager – Operations

Rachel joined CareSuper in January 2015 as General Manager – Operations. She is responsible for managing the administration of the Fund, as well as providing reporting and analysis to internal stakeholders.

Rachel has previously worked in administration and operations management at law firms and other super funds. Her experience in the super industry spans 14 years, and she has developed an extensive knowledge of superannuation operations and associated systems.

Rachel holds an Advanced Diploma of Financial Services (Superannuation) and has also studied continuous improvement programs, focused on delivering efficient and effective processes and services.

Peter Theodorakopoulos

Executive Manager – Marketing & Brand Strategy

Peter joined CareSuper in 2002 as General Manager – Marketing and Client Services. He is responsible for marketing strategy and execution, and for the delivery of member and employer services, including education, communications, business services and ancillary products.

His experience in the superannuation industry spans over 20 years across a variety of roles which include marketing, sales, relationship management, product development, sponsorship agreements and administration. Peter has experience in accumulation and defined benefit schemes, as well as corporate superannuation. Peter is a Fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) and has completed RG146 (Superannuation).

Diversity

At CareSuper we believe that the quality of decision making is enhanced by having a range of views represented at Board, executive and staff levels. We consciously strive to achieve balance by seeking diversity across several factors including gender, age, experience, skills and professional qualifications.

CareSuper aims to achieve equal gender representation at Board level, and when seeking to fill director vacancies nominating organisations are asked to consider this, along with other criteria, when proposing candidates. We recruit based on merit, taking into account the skills, qualifications, experience and other attributes required to perform the role and contribute to the team.

Gender diversity

Area Females Males
Board 6 6
Executive team 4 3
Middle managers 6 4
Other staff 35 26

Staff remuneration

The objectives of CareSuper’s remuneration policy are to ensure that:

  • CareSuper provides a fair, equitable and competitive remuneration framework that recognises and rewards individual contribution
  • CareSuper attracts, retains and rewards its people appropriately
  • CareSuper’s remuneration reflects the market in which the Fund competes for the capabilities required to achieve its business priorities and is consistent with its values and profit-to-members ethos.

Staff are remunerated by way of a fixed salary package. We do not pay short- or long-term incentives, believing these are not aligned with the profit-to-members ethos. CareSuper’s target salary position is the 50th percentile (median) of the profit-to-members financial services sector (covering superannuation funds and credit unions). Annually, the CEO sources relevant market data from surveys to benchmark the salaries of each position within the Trustee Office. The annual salaries budget and total increases are approved by the Governance and Remuneration Committee.

Salary range Number of staff
$50,000 - $150,000 57
$150,000 - $350,000 13
$350,000 - $600,000 2

The above table shows the salary ranges of CareSuper staff, based on total salary package as at 30 June 2017.






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