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

    • Governance, Remuneration & Nomination Committee
    • Finance, Audit & Compliance Committee
    • Claims 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.
  • 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
    • Finance Audit and Compliance 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
  • Nathan Jones_web_200 x 160

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Nathan has an extensive background and expertise in both Banking & Finance (Macquarie Bank and NAB) and Real Estate (Buxton). He is involved in all aspects of the business of real estate (especially thought leadership and innovation) from a Victorian and national perspective.

    REI Super Board Committee memberships

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

    Qualifications

    • Bachelor of Commerce, Monash (Commerce)
    • Diploma Financial Planning

    Relevant Experience

    • CEO, Buxton Real Estate Group
    • Director and Board Member, REDHQ 
    • Director and Board Member, Kontrast Interiors 
    • Former Banker Macquarie/NAB 2005 to 2012
  • Cassandra Mason_web_200 x 160 copy

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Cassandra is a Partner and heads up our Property Management Division at Arena Real Estate Agency and also one of Western Australia’s premier real estate practitioners. She holds qualifications in Business Management, Training and Assessment and Design and Development (Training). 

    REI Super Board Committee memberships

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

    Qualifications

    • Diploma of Property Services
    • Diploma of Training Design/ Development
    • Diploma of Training/ Assessment 

    Relevant Experience

    • 21+ years property experience
    • Trainer at REIWA
    • Member of the REIWA Property Management Chapter Committee
    • Former Consultant Rockend software (REST) 
  • Leanne Pilkington_web_200 x 160_v2

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Leanne is Chief Executive Officer and Director of leading New South Wales boutique real estate group Laing+Simmons. She is one of the real estate industry’s most respected and sought after commentators.

    Her experience covers the full spectrum of real estate services: residential sales, property management, retail management and development.

    REI Super Board Committee memberships

    • Membership & Business Development - Chair
    • Governance, Remuneration & Nomination Committee
    • Risk Committee

    Qualifications

    • Masters of Business Administration, University of Western Sydney, 2005

    Relevant Experience

    • Chief Executive Officer & Director Laing+Simmons
    • Board Member REIA
    • President REINSW
    • 40 years real estate experience
  • 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 - Chair
    • Investment Committee
    • Claims 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