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

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 Endymion Superannuation Fund

Rest Committee Membership:

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

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 general management and was the Financial Controller for Coles Retail, Coles Group Limited when he retired from Coles in 2014. 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 in 2014. Steve worked within the Coles Group in various roles over an 8 year period (2006 - 2014). Prior to this, his career 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

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

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

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 services, investment management and wealth management working across both the public and private sector within Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Hong Kong with broader responsibilities across the Asia Pacific region. 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 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.

Previously, 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, Chair of LifeCircle and an inaugural member of the EveryAge Counts Advisory Group.
 

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
  • Non-Executive Director Ingenia Lifestyle Communities

Rest Committee Membership:

  • People, Culture and Remuneration Committee
  • Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
Vaughn Richtor

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.

He is an advisor to Rhizome Advisory, Spriggy (a Fintech company providing children’s e-pocket money) and Wyvern Health. Vaughn was previously Chairman of Ratesetter Australia from 2017 to 2019; Non Executive Director of TMB Bank in Thailand from 2008 to 2019; Non Executive Director of ING Vysya Bank in India from 2009 until its merger with Kotak Mahindra Bank in 2015; and Non Executive Director of Kookmin Group in Korea from 2010 to 2012.

Vaughn was named Australian Financial Services Executive of the Year in 2015. He has written and spoken extensively on Leadership, Corporate Culture, Customer Centricity and Digital banking.
 

Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Non-Executive Director of MyState Limited and Subsidiaries
  • Member of GDCC Executive Committee
  • Director of Velldan PTY
  • Member of Advisory Council to Rhizome
  • Advisor to Spriggy
  • Member Advisory Council Wyvern Health

Rest Committee membership:

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

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
  • Chairman 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
  • Chair 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

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
Catriona Noble

Catriona Noble

Nominating Organisation: 

Australian Retailers Association (ARA)

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Director Since:

1 January 2021

Qualifications:
  • Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, France
  • Strategy & Business at Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM)
  • Digital Business Transformation Programme at MIT, Boston
  • Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD)

Catriona has led significant growth and major restructures at some of Australia’s largest organisations. Considered a true champion of the customer, her strategic vision and business acumen has reshaped the customer experience at the ANZ Bank and McDonalds, resulting in increased customer base, profitability and market share. A leader who strives to be a positive catalyst for change, with a track record in all areas of business operations, combining strategic thinking with a commitment to high performance and a highly disciplined ‘get it done’ approach to execution. Her ability to challenge traditional thinking and innovate core processes has delivered significant business performance and cultural improvements across the banking and fast moving consumer goods sectors.

During her time with ANZ, Catriona was responsible for key Retail Distribution channels to customers including the Australian Branch Network. Catriona led a team of more than 6,000 people, also spending time as an executive sponsor for several key institutional banking clients and on the board of ANZ Global Services & Operations (Manila).

At McDonald’s she held the role of Chief Restaurant Officer, Asia, Pacific, Middle East and Africa based in Singapore. In this role she was responsible for more than 10,000 restaurants and 200,000 people. Previously, Catriona was CEO and Managing Director for McDonald’s Australia and Chair of RMHC (Ronald McDonald House Charities) for approximately five years.

Throughout a 20 year career with McDonald’s, Catriona earned a reputation as an innovator for her success in driving fundamental cultural change to achieve business success. During her time as CEO she played an integral role in the transformation of the McDonald’s brand in Australia from a pure fast food outlet to one that offers McCafe & healthier options, attracting a broader customer base in the process.

Catriona is a member of the Chief Executive Women, an OzHarvest volunteer & CEO advisor.

Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Director of Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Non-Executive Director of Sydney Festival Limited
  • Non-Executive Director of Southcloud PTY LTD
  • Advisory Board – UTS Business School

Rest Committee Membership:

  • Member and Employer Services Committee
  • Board Investment 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 25 years with the company.

Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Alternate Director to Steven Priestley 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

Michael Donovan

Nominating Organisation: 

Shop, Distributive and Allied Employees Association (SDA)

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Date of current appointment as an Alternate Director: 

25 November 2020

Qualifications: 
  • Bachelor of Science, Chemistry and Mathematics
    (BSc(MathSc))

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. Michael 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.

Michael became the National Vice-President of the SDA in 2014, and the National President in 2018.


Current Directorships/Appointments:

  • Alternate Director to Helen Cooney in Retail Employees Superannuation Pty Limited
  • Chair of FEDSDA Pty Ltd
  • Chair of Industrial Printing and Publishing Pty Ltd
  • Chair of Publicity Works Pty Ltd
  • Member of the Victorian Occupational Health and Safety Advisory Committee