Super’s peak professional development body appoints new Directors

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The Fund Executives Association Ltd (FEAL), Australia’s peak professional development body for superannuation fund executives, today announced the appointment of Graeme Arnott and Ross Piper to its Board of Directors.

Graeme Arnott has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the board and Ross Piper has been appointed to replace Doug Carmichael.

Doug Carmichael has stepped down from the FEAL board following his recent retirement from Commonwealth Bank Group Super. In addition, Joe Farrugia will step down from the FEAL Board on his retirement from Catholic Super on 1 October 2019. Doug Carmichael will continue as Chair of the FEAL Program Committee – responsible for organising the annual FEAL National Conference and Executive Forum.

Commenting on the appointments, Jane Perry, Chair of FEAL, said that Graeme Arnott and Ross Piper had been chosen on the basis of their experience as well as their success at First State Super and Christian Super, two very diverse funds which vary widely in terms of size and membership.

“Ross Piper has a long history of serving not-for-profit as well as corporate businesses. His career began working with indigenous communities and the mining sector – he went on to become Head of Corporate Risk for Macquarie Group before moving back to a not-for-profit as COO of World Vision Australia. He is currently CEO of Christian Super, a role he has held since January 2019,” she said.

Jane Perry said that Graeme Arnott brings to the Board of FEAL extensive corporate experience, at First State Super, as CEO of StatePlus and currently as Deputy CEO of First State Super.

“Graeme is also a Fellow of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia and has been an active and passionate advocate for improving education and professional standards in financial planning.”

“Both Graeme and Ross have had long careers in superannuation and the not-for-profit sector – across a range of organisations and funds – and have a deep understanding of how best to offer our members professional development and education – and a new perspective on what such initiatives might look like,” she said.

Jane Perry went on to thank Joe Farrugia and Doug Carmichael for their contribution to the Board. Doug Carmichael has been a FEAL mentor as part of the FEAL Mentoring Initiative since 2015 and a Board member since 2018.

Joe Farrugia was appointed a founding FEAL Director in 1999 and served as Deputy Chair of the Board for the majority of his 20-year tenure.

“Joe’s contribution to FEAL cannot be overstated. He was made a Life Member of FEAL at the 2019 FEAL national conference, and it gives me great pleasure to publicly acknowledge his constant and guiding presence on the Board, and the pivotal role he has played in many of FEAL’s most important initiatives,” she said.

In conclusion, Jane Perry said that she is excited about the future of FEAL and the contribution she expects the new Directors to make.

“Superannuation, like financial services generally, is very much in the spotlight now, and in this period of constant change, professional development and on-going education is more important than ever.”

“I feel very confident that Graeme and Ross will make a significant contribution as we pursue our vision of being the chosen provider of leadership development for today’s executives and tomorrow’s leaders,” Jane Perry said.

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