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

Chair of the Board and Independent Director

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Nominating Organisation:

n/a

Director Since:

17 December 2013
Appointed Independent Chair on 31 July 2014

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Arts – Mathematics and Economics (BA)
  • Master of Economics (MEc)

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 from 2003 to 7 May 2019, Chair of the JANA Board of Directors.


Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Chair and Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Chair and Director of Super Investment Management Pty Limited (SIM)
  • Director of Queens College Trust Corporation
  • Trustee of Victorian Actors Benefit Trust
  • Trustee of Endymion Superannuation Fund

Rest Committee Membership:

  • Chair of the Board Investment Committee
  • People, Culture and Remuneration Committee
  • Member and Employer Services Committee

John Edstein 

Nominating Organisation:

Retail Council

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Director Since:

4 October 2013

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Economics (BEc)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Master of Laws with Honours (LLM)

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.


Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Director of Perpetual Equity Investment Company Limited
  • Chair of Macquarie Investment Management Limited
  • Trustee of St Joseph’s College Old Boys’ Union
  • Member of the Investment Committee, Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
  • 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
  • Director of Super Investment Management Pty Limited (SIM)

Rest Committee Membership:

  • Board Investment Committee

Steven Priestley 

Nominating Organisation:

Coles Group

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Director Since:

4 March 2014

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Commerce (B Com)

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.
 

Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Loyalty Pacific Pty Ltd
  • Director of Super Investment Management Pty Limited (SIM)

Rest Committee Membership:

  • Chair of the Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • Board Investment Committee

Michael Tehan

Nominating Organisation: 

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

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Director Since: 

1 October 2017  

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB)
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)
  • Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration, Australia (Vic)

Michael has over 40 years’ experience in industrial relations and administrative law. In 2014, Michael retired as a partner of the legal firm, Minter Ellison, after more than 25 years at the firm and carrying out several roles in the firm. He now practises as a Mediator in commercial disputes.

Michael has previously served as a Director of a large aged care and disability service provider, a kindergarten Chair, and a School Council Member.

Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited 
  • Member, Advisory Board, Department of Management and Marketing, Faculty of Business and Economics, University of Melbourne
  • Director of Super Investment Management Pty Limited (SIM)

Rest Committee Membership:

  • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
  • Member and Employer Services Committee
  • Board Investment Committee

Julia Fox

Nominating Organisation: 

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

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Director Since: 

1 January 2018

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Masters of Law, Juris Doctor (JD)

Julia Fox is the National Assistant Secretary of the SDA, the Union for workers in retail, fast food and warehousing.

Julia has represented workers for over two decades, starting out as an Organiser for the Victorian Branch of the SDA in 1994 before joining the National Office as an Industrial Officer and the SDA’s National OHS Officer in 2001.

Having completed her Masters of Law (Juris Doctor) in 2010, Julia has advocated for better pay, conditions and protections for thousands of workers in retail and fast food companies.

Julia is Vice President of the World Women’s Committee of UNI Global Union; the global union federation which represents more than 20 million workers from over 900 trade unions in the fastest growing sectors in the world – skills and services.

Julia is the Chair of the ACTU Women’s Committee.
 

Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited

Rest Committee Membership:

  • Chair of the People, Culture and Remuneration Committee

Sally Evans

Nominating Organisation: 

Super Retail Group Limited (ASX-SUL)

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Director Since: 

2 May 2018

Qualifications:
  • Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees Graduate (GAIST)
  • Australian Institute of Company Directors Fellow (FAICD)
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (BHSc)

Sally is an experienced Board director with a commitment to delivering sustainable financial and social outcomes.

Sally’s early professional career as a public sector Clinical Dietitian, lead to her undertaking executive roles in health service within the public and private sector. She received the Telstra Australian Businesswoman of the Year award (private sector) in 2002 and was recognised as an AFR Westpac Woman of Influence in 2013.

Her executive and non-executive director experience spans internationally across private, social enterprise and government advisory boards as well as board committees in the areas of risk, audit and remuneration.

Currently, Sally Chairs LifeCircle, and is a member of the EveryAge Counts Advisory Group. Prior to this, Sally was a member of the Consumer and Industry Advisory Group on the development of a retirement income framework and covenant, and an inaugural member of the Australian Federal Government’s Aged Care Financing Authority.
 

Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Non-Executive Director of Oceania Healthcare Group
  • Non-Executive Director of Healius
  • Non-Executive Director of Allianz Australian Life Insurance Ltd
  • Non-Executive Director of Allianz Australia Life Insurance Holdings Limited
  • Chair of LifeCircle

Rest Committee Membership:

  • People, Culture and Remuneration Committee
  • Member and Employer Services Committee
  • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

Vaughn Richtor

Sponsoring Organisation:

Woolworths Group Limited

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Director Since:

26 June 2019

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Arts, Business Studies (BA(Hons))
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD)

Vaughn is the former CEO of ING DIRECT Australia and CEO Challenger and Growth Countries – Asia, ING Group. Vaughn joined ING in London in 1991 and was Deputy General Manager UK and Ireland, establishing the ING Dublin branch.

Vaughn was then assigned to start banking operations in Australia in 1995, which ultimately became ING DIRECT. He held this role until January 2006, helping to establish the brand and building a profitable business. Vaughn was then appointed CEO and MD of ING Vysya Bank in India where he spent over three years on the successful turnaround of a loss making bank. He then worked as CEO - Banking Asia, covering Retail Banking and Commercial activities in the region for three years, before returning to Australia in 2012. Vaughn retired from his roles as CEO of ING Retail Banking Asia and CEO ING Direct Australia in June 2016.

Vaughn is currently the Chair of Ratesetter Australia and a Non-Executive Director of TMB Bank in Thailand. He also advises on financial services and banking. He is an advisor to Rhizome and Spriggy (a Fintech company providing children’s e-pocket money). Vaughn was previously a Board member of ING Vysya Bank in India from 2009 until its merger with Kotak Mahindra Bank in 2015, and Board Member of Kookmin Group in Korea from 2010 to 2012.

Vaughn was named Australian Financial Services Executive of the Year in 2015. He writes and speaks extensively on Leadership, Corporate Culture, Customer Centricity and Digital banking, and provides mentoring to senior leaders in Australia.
 

Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Non-Executive Chair and Board member for Ratesetter (Australia) PTY LTD
  • Non-Executive Director of MyState Limited 
  • Member of GDCC Executive Committee
  • Director of Velldan PTY
  • Member of Advisory Council to Rhizome.

Rest Committee membership:

  • People, Culture and Remuneration Committee
  • Member and Employer Services Committee
  • Chair of Member and Employer Services Committee

Adam Walk

Nominating Organisation: 

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

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Director Since: 

1 January 2020
Appointed as an alternate director on 28 November 2018

Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor of Arts, Politics (BA)
  • Bachelor of Business, Banking and Finance (BBus)
  • Master of Applied Finance and Investment (MAppFin)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Financial Economics (PhD)
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD)
  • Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia (FGIA)
  • Fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (FAIST)
  • Accredited Investment Fiduciary Analyst® (AIFA®)

Adam Walk is a financial economist with around 20 years’ experience in investment, governance, and risk management appointments at organisations such as Myer Family Company, QIC, QSuper, and Bank of Queensland. Adam is a Partner at MGD Private and an Adjunct Professor at the University of Notre Dame Australia. His research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Portfolio Management and the Journal of Retirement, and he co-authored (with Dr Michael Drew) a monograph entitled “Investment Governance for Fiduciaries” which was published by the CFA Institute Research Foundation in 2019.


Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Director of Drew, Walk & Co. Pty Limited
  • Director of MGD Private Pty Limited
  • Director of Campion College Australia
  • Director of Walk Group of Companies
  • Director of De Colmar Pty Limited
  • Director of The Investment Committee Pty Limited
  • Director of Power Group of Companies
  • Member of the Investment Committee, RSL Queensland
  • Member of the Advisory Board, Hamilton12 Pty Ltd
  • Adjunct Professor in the School of Business (Sydney), University of Notre Dame Australia
  • Advisor to the Group Capital and Investment Committee, The Royal Automobile Club of Queensland Limited
  • Board Member, Archdiocesan Development Fund, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane
  • Director of Super Investment Management Pty Limited (SIM)

Rest Committee Membership:

  • Board Investment Committee

Helen Cooney

Nominating Organisation: 

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

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Director Since:

30 September 2020

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA(Hons))
  • Masters of Government and Commercial Law (MGCL)
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (GAIST)

Helen Cooney is the Principal Policy Officer (Superannuation and Industry Training) at the SDA, the Union for workers in retail, fast food and warehousing.

For the 10 years to 2019, Helen was in leadership as President and then CEO of Caroline Chisholm Society, a charity that supports pregnant and new mothers raise their young children through poverty and other social issues.

Over the last 20 years, Helen provided policy and political advice on early childhood, school education and workplace relations. Helen has advised State Governments and children’s services on regulation and has been a strategy adviser in the Vice-Chancellor's office at the University of Melbourne.

Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Alternate Director of Service Skills Victoria

Rest Committee Membership:

  • People, Culture and Remuneration Committee
  • Member and Employer Services Committee
  • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee

Alternate Directors

Joanne Lester

Nominating Organisation: 

Wesfarmers

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Date of current appointment as an Alternate Director: 

28 July 2016

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Psychology (BPsychol)
  • Graduate Diploma of Business (Professional Accounting (Grad Dip Bus Prof Acc)
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

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.

Current Directorships/Appointments:

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

Aliscia di Mauro

Nominating Organisation: 

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

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Date of current appointment as an Alternate Director: 

1 October 2017

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Laws (LLB (Hons))
  • Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

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.


Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Alternate Director to Michael Tehan of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Alternate Director to Julia Fox of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited

Gerard Dwyer

Nominating Organisation: 

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

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Date of current appointment as an Alternate Director: 

4 March 2020

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Education, History and English (BEd)
  • Masters of Business (Employment Relations) (MBus)
  • Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD)

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 one of 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.
 

Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Alternate Director to Adam Walk in Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • National Secretary - Treasurer of the SDA
  • Member of the ALP National Executive