'Walking the talk' on gender balance on boards

In June, we were delighted to welcome two new non-executive directors to our board. Between them, Dr Deborah Ralston and Kerrie Williams bring over 55 years’ experience in the commercial and public sectors. Their interests range from financial services regulation, superannuation, and innovation to digital technologies, business strategy and operational leadership.

Deborah (above, left) is Chair of the SMSF Association, a member of Reserve Bank of Australia’s Payment Systems Board and the Advisory Board of YBF Fintech Hub, and a non-executive director of SuperEd. She is also a Professorial Fellow at Monash University’s Monash Business School and a Fellow of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

During her career, Kerrie (above, right) has been a professional adviser to institutional investors on investments, risk and governance. She was awarded ‘Superannuation Executive of the Year’ in the 2017 Women in Financial Services Awards and is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Deborah and Kerrie’s appointments restore our board’s gender balance to 50 per cent male and female. This is in keeping with the targets within our Diversity and Inclusion Policy which commits us to keeping gender representation to between 40 and 60 per cent. It is important that we ‘walk the talk’ as we regularly vote on gender diversity at AGMs.

We also extend our sincere gratitude to Katherine Allchin and Gayle Wilson, who retired from the board in 2018, for their years of service.