Our Board

There are nine Directors of the Fund's Trustee company. Six are elected by the members of the Fund in accordance with the Election Rules for Member representative Directors elections, and three are Independent Directors, one of which is the Chair of the Fund.

The Board operates a number of Board Committees as sub-groups of Directors to focus on particular issues of importance to the Fund.

The Trustee is responsible for the management of the Fund and for ensuring that the Fund is managed in accordance with the Trust Deed and the Superannuation Industry (Supervision) Act 1993 and Regulations. There are strict internal and government controls over the operation of REI Super.

The Trustee of REI Super is REI Superannuation Fund Pty Limited ABN 68 056 044 770 AFSL Number 240569 RSE Licence Number L0000314, which is bound by the fund Constitution

Claire Higgins, Chair

Claire is a professional director with extensive executive experience with ASX listed corporates. She has held numerous Board Directorships, including as Chair, in various industries such as health services, aged and disability care, infrastructure, government, private and NZX listed organisations.  

REI Super Board Committee memberships

  • Investment Committee
  • Governance, Remuneration & Nomination Committee
  • Finance, Audit & Compliance Committee

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Commerce, University of Melbourne (Acc, Eco & Comm Law)
  • Fellow Certified Practising Accountant
  • Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors

Relevant Experience

  • Current Board Chair, GMHBA Limited
  • Director, Ryman Healthcare Limited
  • Director, Margin Clear Pty Ltd
  • Trustee, Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
  • Past Chair/Board Director, Victorian Country Fire Authority
  • Past Board Chair, Barwon Health
  • Since 2000 Claire has held a number of board directorships in various industries, including health services, aged and disability care, infrastructure, emergency services and water management.

Ian Armstrong

A licenced agent, auctioneer, CPA and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, Ian has worked for 53 years in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. A past president and Life Member of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria, he has been a member of the Fund since 1976.

REI Super Board Committee memberships

  • Governance, Remuneration & Nomination Committee - Chair
  • Investment Committee

Qualifications

  • Dip Comm, Swinburne University, 1970
  • FREI, REIA
  • CPA
  • Licenced Estate Agent
  • RG146, ASFA

Relevant Experience

  • Principal, Whitehorse Real Estate, 2000 to present
  • Past President, REIV, 1988-1989
  • FAIST, AIST

Michelle Beveridge

A chairperson, committee & board member and CIO & COO with over fifteen years of board and executive level experience across the commercial, government and not for profit sectors with noteworthy experience in the superannuation, technology, travel and education industries. At board level Michelle's contribution is to enhance customer engagement and growth strategies, improve governance, reduce technology and cyber-security risks, and identify funding and revenue growth opportunities.

REI Super Board Committee memberships

  • Membership & Business Development Committee - Chair
  • Finance, Audit & Compliance Committee
  • Risk Committee

Qualifications

  • MBA (Exec), Australian Graduate School of Management
  • Bachelor Business, Charles Sturt University
  • Fellow Certified Practising Accountant, CPA Australia
  • Fellow and Certified Professional, Australian Computer Society
  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors

Relevant Experience

  • Melbourne Forum, Director and Chair, Communications Committee 2021 - present
  • Essential Services Commission, Victorian Government, Member (ICT) Audit & Risk Committee 2021 - present
  • Intrepid Group, Chief Information Officer 2014 - 2020 and Chief Operating Officer 2018-2020
  • Vernet Pty Ltd, Director and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee, 2011 – 2020
  • Queen Victoria Women's Centre Trust, Trust Member, Chair, SeeMe Committee, Member of Building Committee, Member of Strategic Engagement Committee 2007 - 2013
  • Chief Information Officer roles at Open Universities Australia (2010-2014), IDP Education Pty Ltd (2007-2010) and OAMPS Insurance Brokers (2005-2007)

Jonathan Blocksidge

Jonathan is a Licensed Real Estate Agent and is Managing Director of the company carrying his name managed by five generations of the Blocksidge family. He is also a Licensed Auctioneer, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), a Fellow of the Real Estate Institute of Queensland (FREIQ).

REI Super Board Committee memberships

  • Risk Committee - Chair
  • Investment Committee
  • Membership & Business Development Committee

Qualifications

  • RG146, ASFA

Relevant Experience

  • Former Director, Southern Cross Soloists, QLD, 2017 to 2020
  • Former Director, REIQ, 2012 to 2017
  • Former Director, The Brisbane Club, 2003 to 2011
  • Former Director, Asthma Foundation of QLD, 1998 to 2015
  • 35 years a QLD real estate agent
  • 34 years a QLD general auctioneer

Emery Feyzeny

Emery has 48 years’ experience in superannuation and life insurance, 20 of those at KPMG where he was a partner and leader of KPMG’s Superannuation practice. He has advised the Australian Senate on the taxation aspects of superannuation.

REI Super Board Committee memberships

  • Investment Committee - Chair
  • Governance, Remuneration & Nomination Committee

Qualifications

  • Fellow of ASFA
  • PS146, Integratec, 2002
  • Senior Associate, The Australia & New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, 2001
  • DIP Insurance, The Australian & New Zealand Institute of Insurance and Finance, 1980
  • BSc, University of NSW, 1973
  • Affiliate Member, The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, 1974
  • Deputy Chair, NobleOak Life Ltd and Chair of its Audit and Risk committees

Relevant Experience

  • Asset Consulting
  • Compliance & general superannuation and life insurance advice
  • 26 years' Life Insurance industry experience
  • 48 years' superannuation industry experience
  • National Head of Superannuation, KPMG, 1989-2009

Dianne Helmich

Dianne is a Real Estate Office Manager with more than 30 years’ experience in all aspects of real estate. She is also a practising Justice of the Peace. Longstanding in the industry and passionate about REI Super, Dianne has a deep understanding of the challenges facing both Real Estate employers and employees.

REI Super Board Committee memberships

  • Claims Committee - Chair
  • Membership & Business Development Committee
  • Risk Committee

Qualifications

  • Licensed Real Estate Agent
  • Practicing Justice of the Peace

Relevant Experience

  • 30 years' experience in real estate

Greg Paterson

Greg is an experienced industrial relations advocate, negotiator and employee relations adviser, having been involved in industrial relations at both national and state levels for many years.

REI Super Board Committee memberships

  • Investment Committee
  • Claims Committee

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Education (Social Sciences), Newcastle College of Advanced Education, 1984
  • Diploma in Teaching, Newcastle College of Advanced Education, 1977

Relevant Experience

  • Principal of Real Estate Employment Consultancy Services
  • Executive Director, Real Estate Employers’ Federation of NSW (REEF), 1993 to 2018
  • Industrial Relations Officer, Employers Federation of NSW, 1990 to 1993

Neville Pozzi

Neville is the CEO of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia, and previously served as its CFO. As Trustee of REI Super, he has served on all Committees of the Board and is Chair of the Finance, Audit & Compliance Committee.

REI Super Board Committee memberships

  • Finance, Audit & Compliance Committee - Chair
  • Governance, Remuneration & Nomination Committee
  • Claims Committee

Qualifications

  • Associate in Accounting, Curtin University, 1977

Relevant Experience

  • CEO, Real Estate Institute of WA, 2012 to present
  • CFO, Real Estate Institute of WA, 1977 to 2012

Richard Simpson

Richard Simpson is a past president of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria and a 5th generation real estate professional, working out of his family run agency W.B. Simpson & Son, located in North Melbourne for the past 20 years.

With a background in accounting, Richard has deep expertise in Property, Banking and Finance, after more than 10 years as a chartered accountant at KPMG. He holds a Bachelor of Business (Property) at RMIT specialising in the Valuation Stream, and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Melbourne University.

REI Super Board Committee memberships

  • Finance Audit & Compliance Committee
  • Membership & Business Development Committee
  • Risk Committee

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Business (Property) at RMIT specialising in the Valuation Stream
  • Bachelor of Commerce degree from Melbourne University
  • Certificate IV in Business (Estate Agency Practice) from Swinburne University

Relevant Experience

  • Former Chartered Accountant 
  • REIV Past President