The Expert Advisory Committee of SuperFriend gains two new members


Workplace mental health organisation SuperFriend appoints Katherine Kaspar, Chief Executive Officer of Meat Industry Employees’ Superannuation Fund and Maria Falas, Head of Life Strategy and Transformation of ClearView, to their Expert Advisory Committee as Partner Fund Representative and Non-Partner Industry Representative respectively.

The Expert Advisory Committee (EAC) acts as an advisory and consultative committee to the SuperFriend board and management, overseeing the development and evaluation of SuperFriend’s innovative solutions.

SuperFriend CEO, Margo Lydon commented on the new appointments: “We are thrilled to welcome Katherine and Maria to the team, who both have a wealth of valuable experiences and knowledge in not just the finance space, but with mental health and wellbeing support too.

Offering nearly 25 years’ experience in the superannuation industry in a variety of management and customer-facing roles, Katherine will bring a Trustee lens to the Committee, as well as a unique insight into the meat worker sector, enabling her to speak directly on the high-risk cohort of members”, Margo said.

As a strong advocate for mental health, Katherine is delighted by the appointment. She said: “Over the years, experience has enhanced my understanding of the importance of good mental health; especially for vulnerable members of our community. Having partnered with SuperFriend for many years, used their services and engaged in their wellbeing programs with my teams, I truly understand the enormous value SuperFriend brings to the pursuit of a mentally healthy workforce.

I’m honored to be part of an organisation that makes such a difference”, Katherine concluded.

Following several years as a practicing lawyer with Ebsworth & Ebsworth, then Ashurst, Maria Falas has more than 20 years’ experience in the financial services industry, including three years as Head of Mental Health & Wellness at ANZ Wealth and Zurich.

Winner of last year’s Women in Finance Wellness Program, Maria rejoins the Expert Advisory Committee in her new position as a Non-Partner Industry Representative.

CEO, Margo Lydon said: “We’re so pleased to welcome Maria back to the team – having been a tireless advocate in the financial services sector for mental health awareness and support services over several years working closely with SuperFriend, Maria has led many industry-first initiatives with great success.”

Maria concluded: “I’m excited to once again join the committee and use my industry insight to help contribute to strategic foresight and future-focused thinking, while continuing to advocate for mental health and wellbeing support.”

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