John Shuttleworth was appointed General Manager, Platforms & Operations, BT Financial Group in September 2012. In this role John looks after platforms (BT Wrap and Asgard), distribution, operations, tax and accounting, the fund manager governance team, as well as the Group's NextGen project which is designed to support the evolving needs of key customers including advisers, dealer groups and investors. John has been served as an Executive Director of the Superannuation Boards since 2008.
John joined BT Financial Group in 2004 as General Manager of Group Marketing, leading the project team that developed BT Super for Life. Since then he has had held several roles including General Manager, Business Transformations; General Manager Superannuation & Investment Solutions and General Manager Platforms Marketing & Communication.
Before joining BT, John co-founded an internet technology company that grew rapidly from a start-up into a successful services firm before being sold to a NASDAQ listed company. John has more than 25 years management experience with a core focus on products, marketing and sales, having worked with organisations including Unilever, Reckitt Benckiser, The Smith Snackfood Company and Amalgamated Holdings. John is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Director and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales.
Melinda Howes commenced a role in late 2014 as General Manager of Superannuation for BT Financial Group. Until June 2014 she was the Director of Product Strategy and Services for AMP's Insurance and Superannuation business.
Melinda is an actuary whose career in financial services has spanned policy, strategy, consulting, product and sales work in superannuation, wealth management, insurance and not for profit entities.
Melinda was the CEO of the Actuaries Institute for three and a half years. Prior to that she was Director of Policy at ASFA (the Super Funds Association). She has also been a consultant with ALEA Actuarial and previously spent eleven years at BT from 1993, culminating in a role as Director of Superannuation and Retirement Products. She started her career in life insurance with Prudential.
Melinda is on the Super FSC board, an Executive Director on the BT Financial Group RSE Boards. Melinda is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of The Institute of Actuaries of Australia, she's also on the advisory board of Macquarie University's Faculty of Business and Economics.
The Chief Executive of BT Financial Group, Brad Cooper brings his passion for customers and his experience of over 20 years in business leadership roles to the organisation.
Prior to joining BT Financial Group, Brad led the merger of St.George and Westpac as the Westpac Group’s Chief Transformation Officer.
Brad joined the Westpac Group in April 2007 as the Chief Executive of Westpac New Zealand. Prior to joining Westpac, Brad was Chairman of GE Capital Bank and Chief Executive Officer of GE Consumer Finance UK & Ireland. He drove GE's UK Six Sigma program and was certified as a Quality Leader (Black Belt) in December 2002. He was promoted to Chief Executive Officer of GE Consumer Finance UK in January 2003 and appointed Chairman of GE Capital Bank in April 2004.
Yvonne was appointed as Chief Financial Officer, BT Financial Group in February 2016. Yvonne first joined Westpac Group in 2007, and has held a number of executive roles including Acting Deputy CFO, CFO Group Services, General Manager Enterprise Investments & Delivery, CFO St George Integration / GM Finance Transformation and General Manager Productivity & Process Excellence.
Prior to joining Westpac, Yvonne was General Manager, Decision Support Australia at NAB and General Manager Strategy at MLC Corporate Development.
Yvonne is a Fellow of the Australian and England & Wales Chartered Accountants and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She holds a Bachelor of Business Studies and Master of Art from Trinity College Dublin, Graduate Management Qualification from AGSM. In 2013, Yvonne was awarded Westpac’s General Manager of the Year Award and in 2015 and in 2013 was a finalist for Westpac’s Women of Influence internal awards.
Leslie Vance is the Chief Risk Officer, BT Financial Group. Prior to this, Leslie held the role of Group General Manager, Core Transformation at Westpac Banking Corporation.
Previously at Westpac, Leslie was Chief Operating Officer of Technology. Prior to that, General Manager of Investments & Business Partnering and has previously held the role of Corporate Counsel for Secretariat & Corporate, where he was responsible for Group Secretariat and the corporate legal function across the Group.
Prior to joining Westpac in 2008, Leslie was Group Executive for External Funds at Investa Property Group and Chief Executive for Gaming at TAB Limited. He has also held strategic project roles with Racing NSW.
Leslie is the Chairman of the Royal Hospital for Women Foundation Limited.
Leslie holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, both from University of Queensland.
Andrew Walker was appointed Chief Operating Officer, BT Financial Group in December 2015 to develop centres of excellence and drive horizontal connectivity across BT and Westpac Group. Andrew is an experienced executive with knowledge of all parts of the wealth value chain and deep expertise in delivering transformational change.
Andrew joined BT Financial Group in 2013 as Senior Head of Strategy, leading Westpac's wealth strategy and the business strategy for BT Financial Group. Andrew has broad experience across multiple industries (and regions) including corporate development, strategic analysis, M&A, capital raisings and turnarounds.
Before joining BT, Andrew was Managing Director of corporate advisory firm Radius Capital Limited and the CEO of Dorchester Pacific Group, a NZ listed multidivisional financial services group with operations across Finance, Insurance, Funds Management and Advice. Prior to this Andrew was Associate Partner with investment banking and venture capital firms Clavell Capital (NZ) and Fremont Partners (US).
Andrew completed his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2003.
Martyn joined BT Investment Solutions (BTIS) in July 2016 following his appointment as Chief Investment Officer. Martyn is responsible for the investment management across the BT Investment Solutions portfolios, including Diversified funds, Sector funds, BT's MySuper Lifestage portfolios, Westpac Staff Super Accumulation and Defined Benefit Funds. Martyn brings with him more than 20 years investment experience and a wealth of financial markets knowledge, which encapsulates practical experience in selecting and managing investments. Martyn's investment experience is supported by a strong academic background in economics, mathematics and finance.
Martyn joined BTIS from BT Investment Management (BTIM) where he was Head of Diversified Strategies he had ultimate responsibility for portfolio performance and the success of a $12 billion diversified fund business. Martyn and his team were finalists in both 2015 and 2014 for the Money Management Fund Manager of the Year in the Multi-Sector and Asset Allocator of the year categories.
Prior to this, Martyn was Head of Investment Solutions at Russell Investment in Australia, where he advised clients on investment objectives, strategy, asset allocation, investment structure and manager selection. He was also responsible for the portfolio management of tailor-made portfolios.
Martyn holds an Institute of Investment Management Research Certificate, a Master of Arts (Finance and Investment) from the University of Exeter and obtained a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) with honours from the University of Central Lancashire.
Lisa is an experienced funds management professional, who has worked on a diverse range of products over the past 25 years.
Lisa joined the Investment Accounting team within Westpac Financial Services (now BT Financial Group) in 1993. She had various roles within Investment Accounting before being appointed Head of Tax and Accounting Services in May 2011.
She has overall responsibility for accounting for BT's managed investment schemes, superannuation funds and platforms.
Prior to joining Westpac, Lisa worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the audit division.
Lisa has a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia, has a Graduate Diploma in Applied Finance and Investment from Financial Services Institute of Australasia (FINSIA), and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Kelly joined St George Bank in 2005 and currently oversees the management of BTFG's platform solutions, which includes both Asgard and BT Wrap. Kelly is responsible for competitiveness of the BT platforms, ensuring they continue to innovate and meet the needs of the adviser and investor communities, in turn growing BTFG's market share.
Kelly has over 11 years experience in the financial services market and prior to this role, Kelly held various other product roles with MLC and BT. Kelly has a degree in Communications, and holds a diploma in financial services and a diploma of management.
Matt is the Head of Workplace Super and is responsible for driving revenue through customer acquisition and retention in Workplace super offers.
Prior to this appointment, Matt led Securitor Financial Group, a part of BT Financial Group's Advice business, since 2010. Securitor provides licensing and practice support to over 450 advisers nationally. Matt previously led BT Financial Group's Practice Management function which is responsible for providing dealer services across the Advice and Private Banking businesses. Matt also spent nine years with Colonial First State, where he held several senior management roles, including Head of Advice Solutions and Head of Distribution Development.
Matt holds a Bachelor of Business (UTS), a Graduate Diploma in Financial Planning (SIA) and is a Graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Bettina Fischer is the Head of Program Delivery in Superannuation, a role which she was appointed to in June 2015 responsible for leading a multi-project team of 150 members to deliver Stronger Super Regulatory requirements, Legislative and Strategic Initiatives.
Bettina joined the BT Financial Group in 2006, throughout this time her roles have included senior Project/Program, Implementation and Change Management roles.
Prior to joining BT Financial Group Bettina held roles with the Insurance Australia Group as a Program Manager in Customer Strategy, as well as with the Commonwealth Bank where she started her career as a Senior Business Analyst and progressed to an Executive Manager of the Compliance Projects Program.
Bettina graduated from Macquarie University with a Bachelor of Economics majoring in Banking and Finance.
Adam was appointed Head of Business Risk & Regulatory Centre of Excellence for BT Financial Group's Superannuation business in May 2015. In this role, he's responsible for ensuring the BT Superannuation business has sustainable, efficient and compliant business processes and frameworks in place which enable it to strategically leverage legislative and regulatory change.
Prior to being appointed to this role, Adam was responsible for leading the delivery of BT's regulatory change program across the Superannuation business.
With over 18 years in the financial services sector in Australia, Adam has worked across the areas of product strategy and development, sales planning and development, strategic program implementation and risk and compliance. Senior roles within Westpac and BT have included Head of Change & Training, Westpac Group Risk, Program Director of the enterprise-wide Heath, Safety & Wellbeing Transformation Program, and Head of Product Development and Strategic Projects at BT.
Adam is Westpac's Lead Mentor for the School for Social Entrepreneurs and has been a Director of the Westpac Employee Assistance Foundation since 2011.
Adam holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David Plumb was appointed as a director of the Superannuation Boards in 2011; he served as Chairman of the Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee from 2011 to November 2015 and serves on the Board Investment Committee. David was appointed as Chairman of the Superannuation Boards on 16 November 2015.
David has more than 28 years' financial services experience, having operated at a Director, Executive and Adviser level principally within the superannuation, funds management, advice and insurance sectors.
In addition to his roles with BT, David is currently a Director on the Board of Insurance and Care NSW, serves on the Compliance Committee for Blackrock Investment Management and consults to organisations on Finance, Strategy and Organisational Change. David is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds a Master of Economics – Professional Accounting from Macquarie University.
Lorraine Berends was appointed as a director of the Superannuation Boards in 2014. She chairs the Board Investment Committee and serves on the Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee
Lorraine has worked for over 30 years in the Australian financial services industry, specialising in superannuation and funds management.
Lorraine served on the Board of the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) for 12 years (including 3 years as Chair) and the Board of the Investment Management Consultants Association (IMCA australia) for 13 years (including 7 years as Chair). Lorraine was awarded Life membership of ASFA in November 2009 "in recognition of exceptional service to the industry".
Lorraine joined Marvin & Palmer Associates, a U.S. based global equity manager, in May 2000 with responsibility for Marvin & Palmer’s business in Australia and Asia. Lorraine was appointed the first non-US principal of Marvin & Palmer Associates in July 2001. In prior roles Lorraine consulted to superannuation funds and other institutional investors.
Lorraine is a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia, a Fellow of ASFA, a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Science from Monash University, Melbourne. Lorraine is a Specialist Member on the Investment Committee of QSuper.
Michael Cottier was appointed as a director of the Superannuation Boards in November 2015 and serves as Chairman of the Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
Michael is an experienced financial services professional with expertise in finance and taxation. Michael’s most recent executive role was as CFO, QSuper Limited. Michael has also worked at QIC Limited and Suncorp Group Limited.
Michael is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a Fellow of The Tax Institute and holds a Masters in Taxation from The University of Queensland.
Michael is on the Board of the Mortgage & Finance Association of Australia, Stadiums Queensland and Metro Arts, Queensland Teachers Union Health Limited and previously served as a member of the ASFA Governance & Regulatory Council.
Jane was appointed as a director of the Superannuation Boards in February 2016. She serves on the Investment Committee and the Board Audit, Risk and Compliance Committee.
Jane has more than 25 years business leadership experience, predominantly in financial services. She retired from her role as Chief Executive Officer, Qantas Super, in December 2015 and was previously Chief Executive Officer of J.P. Morgan Treasury and Securities Services Australia and New Zealand. In March 2011 Jane was recognised as the Custodian Banker of the Year in the Asset Asian Awards and in November 2010, she was inducted into the YWCA’s Academy of Women Leaders in New York. Jane’s earlier career included roles as General Manager People and Chief Operations Officer for AXA’s Australia and New Zealand franchise and Associate Director of KPMG Management Consulting.
Jane has previously held board positions with the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA) where she chaired the Policy Committee and served on the Member Services Committee, National Mutual Superannuation Pty Ltd, National Mutual Staff Superannuation Plan, J.P. Morgan Nominees Australia Limited, the Victorian Arts Centre and the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra.
Jane is currently a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board where she chairs the Risk Sub-Committee and serves on the Risk and Audit Board and the Employment Plus Board. She is a Director of the Sydney Financial Forum.
Jane was educated at Macquarie University, Sydney, and holds Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, as well as a Diploma of Education.