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REST Board

Our board is made up of both employer and employee representatives from the retail industry, as well as independent experts.

Speaking on your behalf

Four directors are nominated on behalf of employees by the Shop Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA). Four directors are nominated by and represent employers and employer associations. They currently comprise three major employers participating in REST, and the Australian National Retailers Association. This means that employees and employers are equally represented. Additionally, independent directors are appointed to the board to supplement the skills and experience of the board.

Kenneth Stuart Marshman

Chairman of Board and Independent Director
Sponsoring organisation:

n/a

Director since:

17 December 2013. Appointed Independent Chairman on 31 July 2014.

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts – Mathematics and Economics (BA), University of Melbourne Master of Economics (MEco), Monash University

Ken has specialised in financial markets and corporate strategy for over 30 years and has been intensively involved in investments for superannuation funds since 1986. He held the positions of Director of Finance and CEO within the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, before joining JANA Investment Advisers. From 1995 to 2008, Ken was JANA's Managing Director, and later the Chair of the JANA Board of Directors and the Head of Investment Outcomes.


Recent and past Directorships/Appointments held:

  • Chairman and Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Chairman and Director of Super Investment Management (SIM) Pty Limited
  • Chair of the JANA Board of Directors.

REST Committee membership:

  • Chairman of Investment Committee
  • Chairman of Tax Planning Committee
  • People, Culture and Remuneration Committee
  • Member and Employer Services Committee.
Ian_Blandthorn

Ian Blandthorn

AM
Sponsoring organisation:

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

Director since:

25 September 2008

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts - Honours (BA Hons)

Ian has over 20 years’ experience in superannuation and is currently the National Assistant Secretary for the SDA. He is also the Board Chair of Service Skills Australia, a Joint Chairperson of the National Wholesale Retail and Personal Services Industry Advisory Committee of Service Skills Australia and a Member of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) Executive. Prior to this he was a member of the State Training Board of Victoria, the President and Member of Flagstaff College of TAFE Council and a member of Board of TAFE of Victoria University.

Recent and past Directorships/Appointments held:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Board member of Victoria Service Skills Industries Ltd
  • Joint Chair of National Wholesale, Retail and Personal Services Industry Training Council
  • President of Commerce Sector for Asia – Pacific Region of Union Network International
  • Chair of National Industry Reference Groups.

REST Committee membership:

  • Tax Planning Committee
  • Member and Employer Services Committee.
Joe_deBruyn

Joe de Bruyn

Sponsoring Organization:

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

Director Since:

13 December 1988

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BAgrSc)

Joe has over 26 years’ experience in superannuation and was the National Secretary of the SDA from 1978 to 2014.  He is now the National president of the SDA.

From 1984 – 1996, Joe held the position of New South Wales Branch Secretary as well as National Secretary of the SDA.

In 1985 he joined the Executive of the Australian Council of Trade Union (ACTU) and was elected as Vice-President in 1997 and subsequently, Senior Vice-President from 2003 to 2015.

Whilst serving on the REST Board, Joe has also been an active member of various bodies such as the Australian Labor Advisory Council, The World Executive Board of Union Network International, the National Workplace Relations Consultative Council, the Retail Council of Australia and the National Executive of the Australian Labor Party.

Recent and past Directorships/Appointments held:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Director of Super Investment Management (SIM) Pty Limited
  • Chairman of Campion College.
REST Committee membership:
  • Chairman of the Member and Employer Services Committee
  • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • People, Culture and Remuneration Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Tax Planning Committee
  • Claims Sub-committee.
Sue-Anne-Burnley

Sue-Anne Burnley

Sponsoring Organization:

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

Director Since:

22 March 1996

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Education (BEd(Sec))

Company Directors Course (GAICD)

Sue-Anne has 18 years’ experience in superannuation and is currently the National Industrial Union Officer for the SDA. Whilst serving on the REST Board, Sue-Anne was appointed in 1998, as a Trustee Director to Care Super. Sue-Anne did work as the Industrial Services Co-ordinator for the Victorian Branch of the SDA in 2005. In 2002 she was engaged as an international consultant by ILO Technical Cooperative Project in East Timor.

Recent and past Directorships/Appointments held:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Director of Care Super
  • Member of SDA Women’s Committee
  • Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.
REST Committee membership:
  • People, Culture and Remuneration Committee.
John_Edstein

John Edstein

Sponsoring Organization:

Retail Council

Director Since:

4 October 2013

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Economics (BEc), University of Sydney

Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Sydney

Master of Laws with Honours (LLM), University of Sydney

John commenced work as a solicitor in 1979. In 1982, John was a co-founder of the law firm, Townsend & Edstein Solicitors, which established a reputation in superannuation and financial services laws, including the taxation of financial services entities.

In 1990, John joined Mallesons Stephen Jaques as a partner in the Taxation and Superannuation Group. John retired as a partner on 31 December 2012 (by which time the firm had combined to become King & Wood Mallesons). In addition to his role as a legal adviser, John was the National Practice Team leader for the Taxation and Superannuation Group for several years, together with being a director on the boards of several of the firm’s operating companies, including as chair of the trustee of the Partners’ Superannuation Fund until it was transferred to a master trust. John was also a relationship partner for several of the firm’s significant clients.

Recent and past Directorships/Appointments held:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Director of Perpetual Equity Investment Company Limited
  • Director of Macquarie Investment Management Limited
  • Director of The Trust Company (Superannuation) Limited
  • Trustee of St Joseph’s College Old Boys’ Union
  • Member of the Investment Committee, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
  • Independent Member of the Australian Defence Forces Financial Services Consumer Centre
  • Emeritus Member, Superannuation Committee of the Law Council of Australia
  • Member, Tax Institute of Australia and Chartered Tax Adviser
  • Member, Law Society of New South Wales.
REST Committee membership:
  • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • Trust Deed Review Committee
  • Tax Planning Committee
  • Member and Employer Services Committee.
Rohan_Jeffs

Rohan Jeffs

Sponsoring Organization:

Woolworths Ltd

Director Since:

6 July 1990

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Arts (BA), University of Sydney
Bachelor of Laws (LLB), University of Sydney
Master of Laws (LLM), University of Sydney
Certificate of Advanced Human Resources Management (UCLA)

Rohan is a lawyer with over 35 years’ experience in major listed Australian companies in the areas of corporate and commercial law as well as in senior corporate roles responsible for governance, risk and compliance; human relations; procurement; industrial relations; superannuation; government, media and corporate relations.

Rohan is also an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Queensland.

Recent and past Directorships/Appointments held:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Director of Sydney Harbour Federation Trust (SHFT)
  • Chairman, SHFT Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • Director of Super Investment Management (SIM) Pty Limited
  • Fellow of Governance Institute of Australia.
REST Committee membership:
  • Chairman of People, Culture and Remuneration Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Member and Employer Services Committee
  • Tax Planning Committee
  • Claims Sub-committee.
Steve_Priestley

Steven Priestley

Sponsoring Organization:

Coles Group

Director Since:

4 March 2014

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Commerce – University of Melbourne

Steve has 35 years’ of experience in finance and most recently was the Financial Controller for Coles Retail, Coles Group Limited. He was initially appointed to the REST Board in 2008 serving as a Director to 2012. Steve then served as an Alternate Director until being reappointed to the Board as a Director. Prior to his role as Financial Controller, Steve has worked within the Coles Group in various roles for the past seven years and prior to this was primarily with Shell Australia Limited, holding various General Manager Roles including Corporate Treasurer and Financial Controller.  Steve is a former member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Recent and past Directorships/Appointments held:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Loyalty Pacific Pty Ltd
  • Director of Super Investment Management (SIM) Pty Limited.
REST Committee membership:
  • Chairman of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • Tax Planning Committee
  • Investment Committee.
Duncan_Shaw

Duncan Shaw

Sponsoring Organization:

Myer

Director Since:

25 November 2010

 

Duncan's entire 40 year career has been in the retail arena. His career commenced as a retail cadet with Grace Bros, and he attained the position of Group General Manager Retail Operations and a member of the Management Board. His portfolios included strategic planning, marketing, management training and development.

Duncan was also the Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association, and most recently CEO of Go Vita Distributors supplying 132 stores throughout Australia.

Recent and past Directorships/Appointments held:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited.

REST Committee membership:
  • People, Culture and Remuneration Committee.
Geoff_Williams

Geoffrey Williams

Sponsoring organisation: 

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

Director since: 

24 July 2008

Qualifications:

Numerous Training Courses including 12 on Investments

Geoffrey has 37 year’s experience in Superannuation (including 27 years with REST) as well as 40 year’s experience in administration, financial control, dispute resolution, arbitration and Industrial Relations. He was appointed to the REST Board in July 2008 and prior to this served as an Alternate Director of the REST Board for 20 years and Chief Executive Officer of the Shop Assistants and Warehouse employees Federation of Australia, Newcastle and Northern NSW Superannuation Fund (SAWEFA) for 20 years.

Recent and past Directorships/Appointments held:
  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Director of Super Investment Management (SIM) Pty Limited
  • Director of 2HD Broadcasters Pty Limited
  • Chief Executive Officer of SAWEFA
  • Retail Trade Industrial Tribunal Member
  • NSW Child Safety Committee Member.

REST Committee membership:

  • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Trust Deed Review Committee.

Alternate Directors

Michael Donovan

Sponsoring organisation: 

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

Date of current appointment as Alternate Director: 

31 March 2011 

Qualifications: 

Bachelor of Science, majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics

Michael had experience as a Research Officer and subsequently as a Senior Research Officer for the SDA from 1977 to 1992 including research, advocacy, negotiation, member advice, delegate education and some government liaison. Michael was advocate for the SDA in the major case which established industry-wide superannuation for retail workers in 1987 – 1988.

Michael became Assistant Secretary of the Victorian Branch of the SDA in 1992 and Secretary in 1996. He is responsible for the supervision of the employees of the Branch, for the financial management of the Branch and for the strategic director of the Branch, in association with other elected Officers.


Recent and past Directorships/Appointments held:

  • Alternate Director to Ian Blandthorn in Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Chairman of FEDSDA Pty Ltd
  • Chairman of Industrial Printing and Publishing Pty Ltd
  • Chairman of Publicity Works Pty Ltd
  • Member of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee.

Gerard Dwyer

Sponsoring organisation: 

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

Date of current appointment as Alternate Director: 

22 April 2014

Qualifications: 

Bachelor of Science, majoring in Chemistry and Mathematics

Gerard Dwyer is the National Secretary-Treasurer of the Shop, Distributive & Allied Employees' Association. Gerard has been the Secretary-Treasurer of the SDA-NSW Branch (2005-2014), National President of the Union (2008-2014) and SDA National Secretary since 2014.

 

The SDA is Australia's largest trade union and represents employees working in retail, fast food and warehousing.

Gerard grew up in regional NSW and moved to Sydney at the age of 18 to pursue tertiary studies. He has a Bachelor of Education (History and English (1989)), a Masters of Business in Employment Relations (UTS, 2002) and is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Gerard's working life has seen him employed as a shop assistant, classroom teacher, social worker and as a Trade Union Official for over 20 years

Recent and past Directorships/Appointments held:
  • Alternate Director to Joe de Bruyn in Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited 
  • Alternative Director to Joe de Bruyn in Super Investment Management (SIM) Pty Limited 
  • Natinal Secretary - Treasurer of the SDA
  • Member of the NSW ALP Administrative Committee.

Julia Fox

Sponsoring organisation: 

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

Date of current appointment as Alternate Director: 

14 April 2014

Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor of Arts -Swinburne University, 1996
  • Masters of Law (Juris Doctor) - Monash University, 2010
  • SDA Victorian Branch – Organiser 1994-2000
  • SDA National Office – Industrial Officer 2000- ongoing

     

    Recent and past Directorships/Appointments held:

  • Alternate Director to Sue-Anne Burnley in Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited.

Joanne Lester

Sponsoring organisation: 

Wesfarmers

Date of current appointment as Alternate Director: 

28 July 2016

Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor of Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma of Financial Accounting
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate

Jo has more than 25 years’ experience in the superannuation industry and is currently Superannuation Manager at Wesfarmers Limited. Change management has been a key feature of Jo’s superannuation career as the superannuation landscape and Wesfarmers’ organisational structure have changed considerably over her nearly 20 years with the company. Jo is also the Chair of St Hilda’s School for Girls Foundation.

Recent and past Directorships/Appointments held:

  • Alternate Director to Steven Priestley of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited.

Aliscia di Mauro

Sponsoring organisation: 

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

Date of current appointment as Alternate Director: 

4 May 2016

Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor of Laws (Hons), University of Technology Sydney Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), Sydney University

Aliscia has been an industrial officer at the SDA NSW branch and a part-time official since 2010. Aliscia previously worked as a senior accountant at Ernst & Young, as an accountant at Hill Rogers and subsequently as a lawyer at Minter Ellison Lawyers.

Recent and past Directorships/Appointments held:

  • Alternate Director to Geoffrey Williams of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited.

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