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 Board of Directors

​Our Board of Directors sets a high standard with its strategic direction while maintaining accountability to all stakeholders. 

The structure, composition and diversity of the Board is essential to its effectiveness. With the exception of the Chief Executive Officer, all Board members are independent Non-executive Directors who may not serve for a period greater than 10 consecutive years.

The Board has the ultimate oversight of our sustainability practices, Ethical Investment Policy and reporting. It comprises of four committees: 

  • Audit, Risk and Compliance

  • Investment

  • Remuneration and Nomination

  • Due Diligence​

Board news

​We are pleased to announce the official appointment of Mathew Browning​ as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer.

In December, Chairperson John Etherington retired after 10 years’ service with David Cousins AM now Chairperson. 

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Non-executive Directors​

David Cousins AM

Chairperson, Non-executive Director

AM PhD

 

Committee memberships

  • Remuneration and Nomination

  • Investment

David is an economist and Adjunct Professor with the Centre for Regulatory Studies, Faculty of Law, Monash University. He was also recently the Commissioner of the Taxi Industry Inquiry and has served as Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria. He has worked in private consulting as a Director of KPMG Consulting. He is an active member of The Uniting Church in Australia. 

Former Director and membership positions:

  • Commissioner of Taxi Industry Inquiry

  • Director of Consumer Affairs Victoria

  • Commissioner of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

  • Chairman and Member of the Prices Surveillance Authority.

  • Director of KPMG Consulting


 

Katherine Allchin

Non-executive Director
GAICD, BBus – Marketing

Committee memberships:

  • Audit, Risk and Compliance

Katherine has more than 25 years' experience in the financial services industry, and extensive knowledge in both the retail and institutional funds management space. Her career also includes the building of a number of successful financial services businesses from start-up organisations.

Katherine is the founding shareholder and Executive at Viva Investment Management, a boutique Australian equity and Asian equity funds management business. She is also a non-executive director of Fortius Funds Management Limited.  

Former Director and membership positions:

  • Chair Corporate Governance Committee at BGI

  • Chair Corporate Governance Committee at Vinva

  • Member of BGI Australian Executive Committee

  • Member of BGI Global Client and Product Committee

  • Member of Risk and Compliance Committee at Barclays Global Investors


 

Jane Bell  

Non-executive Director

B Ec, LLB, LLM, FAICD

 

Committee memberships:

  • Audit, Risk and Compliance

  • Investment

​Jane is a banking and finance lawyer with more than 22 years' experience in senior roles in leading law firms, financial services and corporate treasury operations gained living in Australia, UK, Canada and USA.  Since 2002, she has held a number of directorship positions, She is currently a non-executive director of Monash Health,  Jessie McPherson Private Hospital,  Biomedical Research Victoria and Trustee of the RSYLTC Foundation.


 
Former Director and membership positions:
  • Director of Royal Melbourne Hospital (Melbourne Health)

  • Audit Committee member of The Salvation Army

  • Director of Worksafe Victoria

  • Director of Monash Institute of Medical Research-Prince Henry's Institute of Medical Research.

  • Deputy Chairperson and Director of Westernport Water Corporation 

  • Director of Australian Red Cross (Queensland Division) 

  • Director of Queensland Institute of Medical Research Trust

  • Director of Victorian Women's Housing Association​


 
Lindsay Mann

Non-executive Director
BA, FIAA, GAICD

Committee memberships:

  • Due Diligence (Chair)

  • Investment

Lindsay is a Fellow of the Actuaries Institute and brings 40 years financial services experience to the role. He has held a number of senior executive positions in funds management, wealth management and life insurance across Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Since retiring as Regional Head, Asia, of First State Investments in 2010, he has been a Non-executive Director for a number of investment companies and funds in Asia and Australia. He is currently a non-executive director of WAM Capital Limited and WAM Leaders Limited​. He is a member of the Glen Waverley congregation of the Uniting Church in Australia.​


 


 
Terry McCredden 

Non-executive Director

B Com (Honours)

 

Committee memberships:

  • Investment

Terry is the former CEO of UniSuper and Telstra Super. He is Chairman of Infradebt, an infrastructure debt manager, and is an Independent director of NULIS, a subsidiary company of the National Australia Bank and the Trustee of MLC Super. Terry is also a member of an international advisory board for DC Placement Advisers Ltd based in Munich, Germany and an advisor to the Global Pension Summit. Terry serves on the Finance & Investment committee of the University of Divinity and is Chair of the Leadership Group of Northern Community Church of Christ, his local church.

​Former Director and membership positions:

  • Churches of Christ Financial Services 

  • Churches of Christ Community Care

  • Properties Corporation, Churches  of Christ​



Fiona Pearse

Non-executive Director
B. Ec.  MBA  FCPA  FAICD  

Committee memberships:

  • Audit, Risk and Compliance
  • Due Diligence

Fiona has extensive commercial, financial and tax expertise gained from a broad career spanning almost two decades at ASX-listed, global companies BHP Billiton and BlueScope Steel.  She has served in a number of non-executive positions, including as non-executive director of City West Water, a $2 billion water utility, and as an Advisory Board member to a fintech in Stone & Chalk, developing leading-edge governance, risk and compliance software for large banks.   She is currently a non-executive director of Scotch College, one of Australia’s leading boys’ schools, and of World Vision Australia, the largest charity in Australia.  She has a  Senior Executive MBA; she is a Fellow of CPA Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Former Director and membership positions:

  • Non-executive director of City West Water

  • Non-executive director of Presbyterian Ladies' College

  • Non-executive director of Charles Pearson Pty Ltd



David Watson 

Non-executive Director

B Com FCA GAICD 

 

Committee memberships:

  • Audit, Risk and Compliance (Chair)

  • Due Diligence


 

David has been a Chartered Accountant since 1983. David was a Partner at Deloitte for 20 years, specialising in providing assurance, transaction and advisory services to fast growing mid cap ASX companies and large private companies primarily in the manufacturing, retail and services industries. David retired from Deloitte in May 2013 after 33 years​.​


 
Former Director and membership positions:
  • Audit Partner at Deloitte​


 

Executive Director


​​Mathew Browning

BSc F Fin 
Appointed 5 February 2018

 

Committee memberships:

  • Remuneration and Nomination

Mathew is the former General Manager of The Myer Company (MFCO). He has over 25 years' experience in financial services, property and professional services, in roles across Australia, Asia and the UK.​ During his time at MFCo, Mr Browning held three roles as Head of Investment, Chief Operating Officer and General Manager. Prior to MFCo, Mr Browning co-founded a boutique asset manager focused on global healthcare equities targeting both wholesale and retail investors.

Mathew is UCA Funds Management's Chief Executive Officer.