From all the staff and Trustees at AvSuper, I would like to wish you and your loved ones a very Merry and safe Christmas, and a happy, prosperous New Year.
AvSuper’s offices will be closed from 5pm Friday 20 December until 9am Monday 6 January 2020. Member Online will remain open throughout that time, and you can of course leave phone, AvChat and email messages to which we will respond as soon as possible after we reopen.
Chief Executive Officer
We are very excited and appreciative to have been recently announced as the Selecting Super MemberSelect Fund for the third year in a row!
Your support and votes mean a lot to us and we thank you for your votes and your faith in us.
This award recognises the hard work, fantastic service towards our members and care consistently displayed by our Member Services Team, and the rest of the Trustee Team in helping them make it all happen – without them we would not be able to win awards like this!
Michelle Wade, CEO
I am very pleased to introduce our two newest Member Advice Consultants to our members.
Nathan Ham and Julie Peters have joined our member services team, with Nathan based in Brisbane and Julie in Canberra, and you may well have spoken to one or both already!
Nathan has worked across the super industry in a range of roles, allowing him to develop a breadth of strong technical knowledge that will benefit AvSuper members. Nathan specialises in retirement planning advice including establishing an income in retirement and understanding Centrelink entitlements. As well as an Advanced Diploma of Financial Planning, Nathan has accounting qualifications and is a registered Tax (Financial) Adviser. He is passionate about member outcomes and believes in finding simple solutions for members’ advice needs.
Julie has a Diploma of Financial Planning and over 20 years experience working with large retail and industry superannuation funds, advisers and dealer groups as well as financial service education providers. Julie has a strong technical background and is passionate about providing quality service to all members.
We warmly welcome Julie and Nathan to AvSuper and know they will provide an exemplary service to our members.
Chief Executive Officer
I am pleased to introduce Mr Geoffrey Burgess who has joined the Board of AvSuper.
Geoff replaces Andrew Cooke who chose to step down after six years of service to AvSuper, having provided a valuable contribution in the areas of investment governance, risk management, audit and compliance. We wish Andrew well and know that his expertise will be welcomed as he undertakes new opportunities.
Geoff joins the Board as one of three Employer Nominated Directors. He is a qualified and experienced actuary with extensive experience in the superannuation industry and demonstrated a long history with representational bodies that serve the super industry and professional organisations.
He has recently been fulfilling the role of investments officer at a corporate super fund and brings a knowledge of investment strategies, investment manager selection and the operating regulatory requirements applicable to super funds. Geoff has demonstrated a strong and practical knowledge of the regulatory framework and prudential standards that are applied in the super industry and I am certain that his specific superannuation knowledge and his extensive governance experience will make him a great asset to AvSuper.
On behalf of the AvSuper Trustee Board and staff, I welcome Geoff and congratulate him on this appointment. I look forward to him joining this collegiate board and working together in the best interests of our members.