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Ben Firkins elected as AvSuper’s new Chair

Ben Firkins, AvSuper Chair

Ben Firkins, AvSuper Chair

I am delighted to announce that Ben Firkins has been elected as Chair of the AvSuper Board of Trustees.

Ben will take over as Chair from George Fishlock effective today, 1 February 2019, following the retirement of George Fishlock after 19 years of service to the Fund.

Ben Firkins

Ben works in Perth as an aviation safety auditor, specialising in the carriage of dangerous goods on aircraft.

Ben’s extensive experience enables him to appreciate the complex audit, compliance issues and risk matters of super funds like AvSuper. Ben’s practical experience is of great benefit to the Fund and its members, especially in his previous roles as Chair of the Audit, Compliance and Risk Management Committee, Chair of the Remuneration and Nominations Committee and member of the Investment Committee for many years. His experience as a regulator has greatly assisted the Fund with its general communications with the regulator and helps ensure investment compliance matters are rigorously monitored. Ben also served on the Investment Committee for many years.

Through his work as an auditor, and his everyday engagement with the aviation industry, Ben has developed a keen eye for detail, and an ability to engage with people that will serve AvSuper well in the coming years.

Best wishes

“As well as on behalf of the AvSuper team and members, I personally want to thank George his years of dedicated service and leadership of the Fund and the continuing focus on ‘members first’. We wish George well well as we continue into the future, running the Fund and delivering a high standard of service with a member-centric focus. ,” said incoming Chair, Ben Firkins.

We also want to congratulate Ben on this new role and are very pleased to put the Fund into his capable leadership. Ben’s experience in the aviation industry and in AvSuper make him ideal to lead our aviation based and member focused fund into the future.

If you have any questions about our Trustee Board, or any other matter about AvSuper or superannuation, please contact your AvSuper team on 1300 128 751 or AvChat (see link above).

Michelle Wade

Michelle Wade

Chief Executive Officer

AvSuper wishes a Merry Christmas to all members

As we approach Christmas, the staff and Directors at AvSuper want to wish you and your loved ones a very happy and safe Christmas season, and a prosperous and healthy 2019.

We also want to let you know that our office will close over the Christmas/New Year period, but remind you that Member Online will be accessible throughout the holiday period. Any emails or phone messages will be responded to as soon as possible once we reopen the office in January.

AvSuper normal operating hours to 4 pm Friday 21 December 2018

AvSuper reopens at 9 am Monday 7 January 2019


Michelle Wade
Chief Executive Officer

AvSuper is the members’ choice, again!

We just wanted to share that AvSuper has just won the Selecting Super Members’ Choice Award for the second* year running

2018 members choice award certificate

We truly appreciate your support and your faith in us, especially those of you who voted for us, and want to say thank you! 

 Some AvSuper Directors, staff and I were present at the Selecting Super awards ceremony and it was a lovely surprise to hear our name called out, and then to receive the award on your behalf.

four people holding a certificate and award for AvSuper

Lawrie Cox (award winning Director), Sue Field (Investments Manager), Michelle Wade (CEO), George Fishlock (Chair)

I would like to also thank all our dedicated staff who work so hard to provide high quality, personalised service to our members – without our great team, achieving this award would not be possible.


Michelle Wade CEO

* Last year we won the inaugural Consumer’s Choice Award – the name has been changed for 2018 but it is the same award!

Industry Service Award for AvSuper Director

It is with great pleasure that I announce that AvSuper Trustee Director, Lawrie Cox, has been awarded an Industry Service Award at the Rainmaker SelectingSuper Awards this morning.

portarait of Lawrie Cox, AvSuper Board Director

Lawrie Cox, AvSuper Trustee Director

This recognises the 33 years Lawrie has contributed to the superannuation industry, including the eight years he has served AvSuper members.

Currently, Lawrie is Chair of the Administration and Member Services Committee and a member of the Investment Committee and the Remuneration and Nominations Committee.

We congratulate Lawrie on this well deserved award. 


Michelle Wade
Chief Executive Officer

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