Our Board

There are ten Directors of the Fund's Trustee company. Seven 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 CEO REI Super

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), 1986
  • Certified Practising Accountant, 1993
  • Fellow Certified Practising Accountant, 2004
  • Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2008
  • Fellow Institute of Public Administration Australia, 2011
  • Advanced Diploma, Mastering the Boardroom (AICD), 2011

Relevant Experience

  • Past Chair/Board Director, Victorian Country Fire Authority, 2007 to 2015
  • Past Board Chair, Barwon Health, 2000 to 2009
  • Since 2005 Claire has held numerous Board Directorships in various industries, including health services, aged and disability care, infrastructure, and water authority.

Ian Armstrong

A licenced agent, auctioneer, CPA and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees, Ian has worked for 51 years in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs. A past president 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

John Bailey

As a business leader John has enjoyed significant success in his career as a Board Member/Director and owner of two real estate agencies. As a business professional John embraces strong ethics, including honesty and integrity.

REI Super Board Committee memberships

  • Finance, Audit & Compliance Committee
  • Death and Disablement Benefit Committee 

Qualifications

  • Diploma of Business, TAFE Wangaratta, 2001
  • RG146, ASFA, 2008

Relevant Experience

  • 35 years small business owner
  • 10 years, Company Secretary, Omeo District Hospital
  • 5 years, Board Member, Omeo District Hospital
  • 42 years real estate agent

Michelle Beveridge 

Michelle is an experienced C-level executive and board director of 15+ years. Michelle has developed her capabilities in industries including pharmaceuticals, logistics, financial services, education and travel.

REI Super Board Committee memberships

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

Qualifications

  • MBA (Exec), Australian Graduate School of Management, 2000
  • Bachelor Business, Charles Sturt University,1994
  • Certified Practising Accountant, 1996
  • Fellow Australian Computer Society, 2012
  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors, 2004

Relevant Experience

  • Chief Information Officer, Intrepid Group, 2014 -  present
  • Vernet Pty Ltd, Director (2011 – present) and Chair of Audit & Risk Committee, 2012 – present

Michelle has held various head office positions over 15 years in both business and technical roles including:

  • Chief Information Officer
  • Manager International Postal Systems
  • Program Manager Major Change
  • Manager, IT Strategy

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), a Fellow of the Institute of Managers & Leaders (FIML) and a Member of the Urban Development Institute of Australia (MDIA).

REI Super Board Committee memberships

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

Qualifications

  • RG146, ASFA

Relevant Experience

  • Non-Executive Director, Southern Cross Soloists, QLD, 2017 to Present
  • Former Director, REIQ, 2012 to 2017
  • Former Director, The Brisbane Club, 2003 to 2011
  • Former Director, Asthma Foundation of QLD, 1998 to 2015
  • 33 years a QLD real estate agent
  • 32 years a QLD general auctioneer

Emery Feyzeny

Emery has 40 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
  • Member, The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries, 1974

Relevant Experience

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

Dianne Helmich

Dianne is a Real Estate Office Manager with more than 27 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

  • Death & Disablement Benefit Committee - Chair
  • Membership & Business Development Committee
  • Risk Committee

Qualifications

  • Practicing Justice of the Peace

Relevant Experience

  • 27 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
  • Death & Disablement Benefit 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 was previously CFO of the Real Estate Institute of Western Australia and is now CEO. As Trustee of REI Super, he has served on all Committees of the Board and chaired the Audit, Risk & Compliance Committee.

REI Super Board Committee memberships

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

Beth gained extensive experience in the fields of strategic marketing, public relations and superannuation before deciding on a career in residential real estate sales.

REI Super Board Committee memberships

  • Membership & Business Development Committee
  • Risk Committee
  • Death & Disablement Benefit Claims Committee - Alternate

Qualifications

  • Certificate in Public Relations, TAFE SA, 1989
  • Certificate in Real Estate Sales, TAFE SA, 2002
  • RG146, ASFA, 2003
  • ASFA100, ASFA, 2001

Relevant Experience

  • 18 years’ real estate experience